Wawasee’s “Iron Pride” robotics team gave a demonstration for Kosciusko County Council members during their monthly meeting Thursday night.

Michael Rassi, a senior at Wawasee, told the council that the school had one three-person team finish third in the skills challenge at the VEX Robotics World Championship Skills Challenge (out of about 10,000 teams) last spring in Louisville, Ky. He also said there was one other team competing at the world championships, and all 10 squads from Wawasee qualified for the state robotics tournament.

Team members then introduced themselves and demonstrated the robot used at the world championships as well as two machines in development for this season.

After that, the council’s agenda was executed quickly.

Council approved an additional appropriation of $111,614 for the Louis Dreyfus tax increment financing district for infrastructure and major improvements at the Claypool facility. Council president Sue Ann Mitchell pointed out that TIF funds are not taxpayer funds, but money the company had put in the account.

Sheriff Rocky Goshert had an insurance check for $2,075.55 added to the department’s vehicle repairs and maintenance account.

County Administrator Marsha McSherry asked for and received additional appropriations for employee health insurance — $11,000 in the employee clinic labs and $8,500 for employee clinic insurance MRI.

Highway Superintendent Scott Tilden asked the council to transfer $11,500 from the truck driver/mechanic account to an account to pay part-time employees. This will allow him to keep staff for mowing through Oct. 1. He also asked that $15,503 be moved from liability insurance to worker’s compensation. Both transfers were approved.

Tilden also updated the council on the emergency culvert replacement on Armstrong Road. He said the new culvert is in place, and all the prepwork for paving will be done today with the expectation of paving first thing Monday. Tilden said he hoped the road would reopen late Monday afternoon or first thing Tuesday.

Joetta Mitchell, county recorder, asked the council to change the department’s salary ordinance for a part-time position to become full time. This reverses an arrangement that allowed an employee to work part time on a temporary basis. The request was approved.

Auditor Michelle Puckett presented the same infrastructure and regional public safety grant that was presented to the county commissioners Tuesday. The grant, for fiscal year 2019, is for $61,860 and is for various fire departments in the county to send volunteers for training. In turn, those firefighters would train others in their departments.

The next Kosciusko County Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 13.