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Board of Commissioners

555 Michigan Avenue, Suite 202
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone (LP): 219-326-6808 Ext. 2229
Phone (MC): 219-874-5611 Ext. 2229


Duties

The county Commissioners may adopt ordinances regulating behavior. Specifically, they have authority to pass ordinances in the following broad areas:

Check To provide for traffic control
Check To establish minimum housing standards
Check to grant vacation pay, sick leave, paid holidays and other similar benefits to county employees
Check to administer elections in conjunction with the county election board
Check To incorporate new towns and alter township boundary lines, on petition
Check Maintain all County property and buildings
Check Maintain all County Roads

In most cases the county may exercise its regulatory powers only in the unincorporated areas of the county. As a general rule, the county does not have jurisdiction to regulate behavior in the incorporated cities and towns of the county.

The commissioners are the custodians of the home rule powers of the county. Within the scope of home rule, commissioners may adopt and vest themselves with additional regulatory powers. (Generally see IC 36-2-2 for duties of the board of county commissioners.)


Meetings

The Board of Commissions meet on the first Wednesday’s of the month at 10 A.M. and the third Wednesday’s at 6 P.M. Special meetings may be called by any commissioner on a 48 hour notice.

Two commissioners comprise a quorum, as well as the necessary majority to pass an ordinance or resolution.

Unanimous consent is required to pass an ordinance on the same day or at the same meeting at which it is introduced, except for amendments to zoning ordinances and ordinances of the county council for additional appropriations.

Otherwise an ordinance requires two readings at two separate meetings. County commissioners may adopt their own rules of procedure that are in addition to those required by statute, such as requiring additional ordinance readings.

Ordinances, orders and resolutions are considered adopted when signed by the president of the county commissioners. Generally, an ordinance need not be published as a legal notice, unless it prescribes a penalty or forfeiture or there is a specific statute requiring publication. In the case of a penalty or forfeiture, prior to the effective date the ordinance must be published once each week for two consecutive weeks.

The county auditor acts as the clerk of the board of county commissioners and is required to attend all meetings of the commissioners. The Commissioners secretary keeps the minutes for the Board.