CROWN POINT | Lake County commissioners on Tuesday awarded $2.6 million in consultant contracts and supplies.
The county highway department will pay U.S. Aggregates $697,850 for crushed limestone, Airmark $227,400 for pavement-painting services, Blade Cutters $19,200 for seeding and mulching services, and Baughman Tile $77,260 for plastic culverts that direct water away from road surfaces.
The department also will buy $383,000 in gasoline and diesel fuel for its fleet of trucks.
The Lake County Sheriff's Department will pay Shopright Foods, Five G's Distributing and Clover Crest Dairy a combined $855,000 for county jail inmate food for the first six months of this year.
The sheriff will pay Kenneth A. Ray $199,312 to remain as a consultant helping the county comply with federal standards of health care for jail inmates, and Merrillville attorney John Bushemi and Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP $180,000 for legal services.
County Commissioner Gerry Scheub said he previously opposed those two consulting contracts, but now approves of them because they are $154,000 less than previous requests.
The county government data processing department will pay Judicial Systems Inc. $147,868 over the next five years for software that will help the courts locate potential jurors for upcoming trials. This replaces older software that is no longer supported by a previous technical vendor.
The county assessor will pay Nexus Group $122,000 to help determine assessed values for property tax purposes.
County government will pay the Lake County Fire Chiefs Association $100,000 for consulting services.
Commissioners will pay consultant Thomas Dabertin's Shared Resource Solutions $40,000 to guide the consolidation of 17 police and fire dispatch centers into a single E-911 network.