COLUMBIA CITY — Thomas Stephenson won one of four scholarships available through Association of Indiana Counties, Pam Coleman, a representative with the organization announced at Monday’s Whitley County Commissioners meeting.

Funded by Nationwide Retirement Solutions SRI International Inc., the AIC provides $500 college scholarships to four students in the state. While unable to attend the announcement, Stephenson’s parents Jennifer and Chip Stephenson were there to accept it for him.

In other Whitley County Commissioners news

• The Commissioners approved a resolution to create the Whitley County Regional Sewer and Water District. This, they emphasize, was not a major step but rather a “rubber stamp” of their approval before sending a packet to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for review and the creation of a charter.

“This is the beginning of the end,” Commissioner Don Amber said. “It’s the last thing Commissioners have to do before it’s in the hands of the board.”

The district board is now complete, and, Amber says, could begin “putting holes in the ground” at the start of 2018.

• A new roundabout will be built at the intersection of South 800 East, 900 South and Liberty Mills Road on the Whitley/Allen County line. Much of the work has been done by Allen County, said Highway Engineer Brandon Forrester.

Forrester also plans to look into a potentially confusing intersection at the intersection of 500 North and 450 East, and may put a yield sign at the intersection.

• Commissioners approved, at the request of Executive Director of Planning and Building Nathan Bilger, the formation of a two-lot plat on County Road 400 North. The Plan Commission approved it in September, and the Commissioners unanimously passed it without discussion.

• Commissioner George Schrumpf said that Maintenance Supervisor Mark Sturtevant came to the commissioners with a five-year outlook on facility maintenance for buildings countywide. The repairs total an estimated $1.5 million.