Lake County Council to tackle big agenda next week

2012-12-06T19:30:00Z 2012-12-06T22:10:35Z Lake County Council to tackle big agenda next weekLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent
December 06, 2012 7:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | With end-of-the-year deadlines looming, the Lake County Council must consider action Tuesday regarding the $15 million in borrowed money the county’s fiscal body approved Nov. 13 to balance Lake County’s 2013 budget.

The council’s regular monthly meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Lake County Government Complex, 2293 N. Main St.

Four of the seven Lake County Council members attended Thursday’s workshop session to discuss items on the 14-page agenda and ask for information from department representatives. Attending the workshop were Jerome Prince, D-Gary; Christine Cid, D-East Chicago; Mike Repay, D-Hammond; and Ted Bilski, D-Hobart.

Two public hearings — one for $5 million in additional appropriations stemming from the sale of bonds and another for $10 million in additional appropriations from the bonds sale — will be held at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Following the public hearings, the Lake County Council will consider two ordinances approving the use of that money. Council members must also establish funds to deposit the money.

Discussions indicated the council will approve the ordinances and establish the funds.

The extensive agenda for Tuesday’s meeting also focuses on a host of fund transfers and appropriations, zoning changes, ordinances and appointments to various boards.

This will be the last County Council meeting for Repay, who will become a Lake County commissioner Jan. 1. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, already has resigned from the council to take his seat as an Indiana representative.

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