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
The county Commissioners may adopt ordinances regulating behavior. Specifically,
they have authority to pass ordinances in the following broad areas:
To provide for traffic control
To establish minimum housing standards
to grant vacation pay, sick leave, paid holidays and other similar benefits to county employees
to administer elections in conjunction with the county election board
To incorporate new towns and alter township boundary lines, on petition
Maintain all County property and buildings
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.)
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 Generally, an ordinance need not be published as a legal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