Monroe gets bids; okays neoptism law

    Bids were opened for the resurfacing of Polk Street  Thursday evening by the Monroe Town Council.
    A bid of $85,591.51 was received by Lica, Berne; $85,435 from Wayne Asphalt, Fort Wayne; and $96,238 from Brooks Construction, Fort Wayne.
    Council voted 3-0 to take the bids under advisement and will meet in a special session at 6:30 p.m. on July 9 to render a decision.
    Meanwhile, new resolutions for Monroe employees and elected officials regarding nepotism will begin July 1 of this year.
    The town council passed a resolution on Thursday in order to comply with a new Indiana code stating that no employee may be the direct supervisor of an immediate family member.
    Immediate family members were defined as spouse, parent, step-parent, child, step-child, siblings, step-siblings, half-siblings, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, daughter-in-law, or son-in-law.
    Individuals employed by the town prior to July 1, 2012, are not subject to this new resolution unless there is a break in employment, such as resignation or termination.
    Council also passed a resolution stating that no elected county official may award contracts to, or make purchases from, an immediate family member, as defined above, without meeting disclosure requirements.
    A disclosure statement outlining the relationship of the elected official with the immediate family member involved in the contract, as well as the contract itself, must be submitted within 15 days of final action of the contract or purchase for approval.