Kosciusko County Commissioners took another step Tuesday toward the formation of a sewer district to serve residents at Tippecanoe and Chapman lakes by establishing boundaries for the district.

Roughly, the boundaries circle the lakes along roads leading toward lakefront properties, but not all the properties on those roads have a shoreline. The district would include the unincorporated town of Oswego but not the Hawthorne subdivision.

Maps of the boundary lines can be found on the homepage of the county’s website, kcgov.com.

Commissioners discussed the boundaries at length with Ken Jones of engineering firm Jones Petrie Rafinski in Mishawaka. Jones said the residents of Hawthorne asked not to be included, as it is a relatively new subdivision and it’s expected to be several years before septic systems become an issue there. Other residential areas near Chapman Lake have been excluded for essentially the same reason.

Jones told the commissioners their decision Tuesday wasn’t necessarily permanent, but it would be better to draw the boundaries over a larger area and make it smaller as the need arises. On the other hand, Jones said to increase the size of the district would mean more or less starting the entire sewer district process over from scratch. The plan is also flexible enough to add customers from outside the boundaries should the need arise.

In other business, county attorney Chad Miner told the commissioners there is someone interested in purchasing a landlocked property on Palestine Lake. Miner will have the property assessed and report back to the board.





County Administrator Marsha McSherry asked the commissioners to approved a contract for $13,500 with Masonry Solutions in Wabash for damp-proofing the justice building. The request was approved.

Scott Tilden, county highway supervisor, asked to apply for a grant through an Indiana Department of Transportation railroad safety program that would allow the county to have enhanced road markings on approaches to railroad crossings. The program would fully reimburse the county for its expenses in putting in those lines, up to $44,250. Commissioners approved Tilden’s request.

The board also:

• Saw a presentation by Chasity Sandy on the county’s revamped website.

• Was thanked by Bob Weaver, health department administrator, for the recent remodeling of the offices. The department got new furniture, carpeting, fixtures and paint. Weaver said the department operated smoothly while in temporary quarters during the remodel.

• Watched a demonstration by members of the Wawasee robotics team. Micah Rassi, Joe Kelshimer, Taylor Fiedeke and Vanessa Wright performed the demonstration, accompanied by coach Jed Wandland.

The next county commission meeting will be at 9 a.m. July 24 on the third floor of the old courthouse in Warsaw.