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Casi Cowles said that Marshall and Larrian Fry have purchased the Vise property.  The Fry’s would like to tear down the house but need to remove items from the inside first.  They thought is may take 60 days to accomplish.  Roger Rose made the motion to continue the public hearing on the former Vice property, now the Fry property, to August 2 at 10:05 a.m.  Sherry Fulton seconded the motion.  Motion carried 3-0.

Public Hearing Continuation – Fred Schammert Property:

Mark Rodriguez re-opened the public hearing at 10:15 a.m.

Mr. Schammert said he would like to have an extension.  He has someone hired to remove the trailer and buses off the property but stated it has been too wet.  He did not have plans to tear down the house because he said he could not afford to.  Greg Heller said if the county incurred the cost of tearing down the house, we could get a judgment lien that would go against the property.  In addition, there is procedure to have it as a special assessment for property tax purposes.  Roger Rose made the motion to continue the public hearing for the Schammert property to July 6 at 10: 15 a.m.  Sherry Fulton seconded the motion.  Motion carried 3-0.

President, Mark Rodriguez, closed the public hearings.


Letty McKee stated a new polling site would need to be designated for Henry Township since there is no longer room at the Akron Fire Station.  The Community building, Akron Library, and the Church of God were the three options Letty was researching.

Letty said that paper ballots are becoming a thing of the past because of the cost.  Letty said we usually spend around $35,000 per election compared to Cass County who only spends $9,000 for all touch screen voting.  She would like to acquire another 15 touch screens.  She has grant money to pay for 9 of the machines.  She would like the county to purchase the other 6 touch screens for a total cost of $17,340.

Recess for 5 minutes


Maintenance Department:

Randy Gundrum stated there are some flooring issues on the ground level of the courthouse.  Bill Roe of House of Décor explained some options.  The VCT tile installed 9 years ago is deteriorating and was installed over tile containing asbestos.  Roe suggested installing 24-inch carpet tiles. Costs would be $4,600 for VCT or $6,900 for carpet tile.  The commissioners asked Randy to check into costs for removing the tile with asbestos before reaching a decision.


Lorie Hurst inquired if commissioners needed to sign an ACH agreement.  

County Assessor:

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