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Commissioners to hear about housing program

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com

The Wabash County Board of Commissioners on Monday will hear about a housing initiative underway in Wabash and the central Indiana region.

Dale Bliss, executive director of Advantage Housing, a Kokomo nonprofit, is scheduled to speak with the commissioners during their weekly meeting Monday morning.

Advantage Housing began offering rapid rehousing grants to Wabash County residents deemed “literally homeless,” or those living in a garage, automobile or pop-up hotel. 

The Wabash City Council will also meet on Monday, this time to hear from Mike Evans of the NCG Board of Aviation.

The seven-member council will then consider a resolution to transfer funds from an old bond account back to the City’s CEDIT fund. Mayor Scott Long says this will allow the City to close an account first opened under the Copeland administration for which the final bond payment was made in 2016.

On Tuesday, the Manchester Community Schools Board of Education will hear the results of a climate audit, undertaken as the school board reevaluates district priorities.

The board will also consider administrator contracts and an update to the benefits summary for classified staff, according to the meeting agenda.

Athletic Director Jeremy Markham is expected to assume the role as district business manager, effective Tuesday with the board’s approval. Markham will replace Scott Bumgardner as the current business manager accepts a position with another school corporation.

Also on Tuesday, the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County Board of School Trustees will resume discussion of possible solar panel testing and LED lighting for the school corporation when the board meets for regular business.