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Fort Wayne/ Allen County

Indy firm to tally workers’ benefits

The Allen County commissioners Friday approved a contract with Nyhart, an Indianapolis actuary and employee benefits company, to calculate the value of employee benefits offered by county government.

Government accounting rules require financial statements to show the current value of future benefits such as early-retirement plans or insurance for retirees, so bondholders and taxpayers can determine future liabilities.

County Auditor Tera Klutz told the commissioners the $1,500 contract will provide an interim calculation, while next year the firm will have to do a full accounting, costing about $6,000.

Church forum eyes role in drugs, gangs

Pastor Carlton Lynch of New Beginnings Church will host a forum Monday to discuss the church’s role in gangs, drugs, violence and other matters.

The forum, titled “The Church Speaks,” will begin at 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing. The event is open to the public and will include several speakers, including pastors from local churches.

Indiana

3 more counties get flood reviews

Local, state and federal officials are expanding damage assessments from severe weather and flooding in mid-April to Huntington, Grant and Tippecanoe counties.

Of the four initial counties being assessed – Howard, Madison, Tipton and Wabash counties – evaluations of Madison and Wabash have been completed. The damage assessments are a key part of the multistep process to determine eligibility to pursue federal assistance.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging anyone who has not yet reported damage to do so promptly, online at www.in.gov/dhs. People may also contact their county emergency management agency to report damage.

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