City of Warsaw strives to improve translation services –

By Dan Spalding

WARSAW – The City of Warsaw has entered into a contract with a linguistic and cultural consultant to help the city improve communications with residents who speak Spanish.

A signed contract with the city and Language Matters sets in motion a plan to study how to most efficiently determine which documents need to be translated.

“There is a lot of translation we are behind on. These are services we provide to our Hispanic community, Mayor Joe Thallemer said during a recent meeting with the City Works and Safety Board. “There is a lot of work to do.”

Last year, the city set aside funds for translation services.

Language Matters is a local business that realized the need to provide services.

The aim of the study is to help make Warsaw a more accessible and welcoming city.

Thallemer said the study will also help determine priorities by determining which municipal documents need to be translated.

Almost all departments have improved their translation services, he said.

The study will cost $3,300.

Lucas Fonseca, President and Founder, recently received a KEDCo Rising Leader Award at the KEDCo Annual Meeting for his efforts with Language Matters in Kosciusko County.

Connie A. Bailey