commissioners-2017During the Marshall County Commissioners Meeting on March 5, Marshall County Sheriff Matt Hassel received approval to apply for a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety that could mean an extra layer of protection for officers who are transporting prisoners. Hassel said the grant would allow them to purchase bullet resistant vests.

Haskell said the transport staff wears uniforms and drive marked cars and could use the added protection.

A second request to send three Sheriff Department employees for training was also approved. Hassel explained the training offered in Orlando, FL in June will cover OSSI Software use.

Culver Town Manager, Jonathan Leist, appeared before the Commissioners to get approval for annexation of 71 acres northwest of the town limits. Plans are to allow a planned unit development to be built. The vote in approval was 3-0.

Work on the Bridge 81 project is moving ahead. Laurie Johnson, representing DLZ, told the commissioners that the project was let in February and five bids were received. Following review of the bids, the project was awarded to Grand River Construction, Inc. in the amount of $1,184,454.67.  A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for March 9 at 1:00 P.M. at the Marshall County Highway Department.

Johnson indicated that there were initial discussions with Grand River and clearing of the property will begin on March 19. There are between 50-75 trees to be cleared.

Carol Anders Correspondent