KENTLAND — Maintenance concerns and plans for a couple county-owned buildings were discussed at the June 3 Newton County Commissioners’ meeting.
John Hivley, maintenance director for Newton County and Scott James, administrator for the George Ade Health Care Center in Brook, both informed the commissioners that the care center needs a new generator.
“The generator is 25 years old, it is still operating but not at peak capacity,” said James.
James also added that he would like to see the old generator replaced with a bigger one as well.
Hivley also stated the there are issues with the air conditioning unit that is located on the roof of the jail, and he has received a $130,000 quote for the work.
“I don’t want to wait until next year, because it is too risky with summer now here,” added Hivley.
The commissioners gave Hivley permission to ask the county council for an additional for the AC work at the jail and also asked him to get some quotes for new generators.
In other news, the commissioners approved a Planned Unit Development (PUD) amendment for the Port DeLou resort. The amendment allows the resort, located in-between Thayer and Roselawn, to go down from three units to one. The commissioners were told the owner would be using the other two units for storage.
The commissioners voted 2-1 to allow the release of money to DeYoung Dirt Works for his recent work on a drainage board project if it meets the approval of Commissioner Mickey Read.
Surveyor Chris Knochel told the commissioners that the money had been withheld since the company didn’t fulfill all the parts of the contract, which included the re-seeding of the land to a 75 percent consistency standard.
Commissioner Read said that she had seen photos of the grass area, and that it looked good to her, but that she will look it over in person. The motion was approved 2-1 with Commissioner Kyle Conrad voting no. He wanted the money released once the project met the approval of both Read and Knochel.
The commissioners also approved a proclamation making Friday, June 7, 2019, Blue and Orange Day in Newton County in the honor of the North Newton baseball sectional champions, their first title in 22 years.