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County council organizes for year ahead

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The Montgomery County Council elected officers and filled appointments to many committees Tuesday during its first meeting of the new year.

All the 2021 officers were re-elected, including Tom Mellish as president and David Hunt as vice president.

All 2021 appointments to many boards were retained.

The council approved an agreement with WHIN to contribute $30,000 for the next three years to the regional economic development organization.

Coroner Darren Forman reported a new law is allowing Tippecanoe County to bill Montgomery County for autopsies of local residents as ordered by Tippecanoe County officials.

“The new law was not to be used for a county to make money,” Forman said.

The board approved a motion to allow department heads to move funds within the same line category in the county general fund. Instead of asking approval from the council each time funds need to be moved, department heads can now make the necessary moves without council approval.

Council member Gary Booth said overseeing the transfers is one of the duties of the council that he was not willing to give up that right to monitor the transactions. The board approved the motion 6-1, with Booth voting nay.

County administrator Tom Klein reminded the council that 2022 is a bicentennial year and there will be activities all year to celebrate. The Bicentennial Committee is incorporating local festivals and special events in the upcoming year.

Klein also reported the new county government center renovation is coming along fine. He said the building could be move-in ready in late March or early April.

Tempur-Sealy reported the roadwork on Tempur Drive will be complete by the end of 2022, which is earlier than previously reported. The company’s new water tower is nearly complete.

The council’s next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 8 in Room 103 in the county courthouse.

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