COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Commissioners and County Highway Engineer Brandon Forrester opened five bids submitted for the highway department’s Community Crossings projects.

According to Forrester, the county has $650,000 allotted by Community Crossings, which will be used to pave and fix various roads around Whitley County. The project bids ranged from $1,174,167 to $1,299,295. After opening all five, the commissioners voted 3-0 to accept the bids and allow Forrester to further evaluate them to decide which company would be the best fit.

Also at the meeting, Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf presented a request on behalf of the Whitley County courts for new video equipment. Schrumpf said the court wanted to begin using video chatting more for certain hearings, but the current video equipment has made this difficult. The commissioners agreed to give a favorable pass on a request for the court to upgrade its video equipment and pass it onto the Whitley County Council for final approval.

Commissioner Don Amber was especially glad to approve the request, noting that that this was something that was “a long time coming,” and that video hearings would make it easier on both the court and the sheriff’s department.

Scott Wagner, from the Whitley County Department of Health, also came before the commissioners with the updated well ordinance. Unfortunately, the hard copies given to the board had formatting problems and made it a little difficult to read, so the commissioners opted to table the ordinance until next meeting to make sure everything was in order.