Commissioners introduce highway maintenance ordinance


Residents will soon be able to go online and to view information about county road maintenance processes.

On Monday, commissioners approved on first reading an ordinance adopting highway policies for road maintenance and snow removal.

Commissioner president John Frey said the purpose of the ordinance is allow how public officials decide which roads are to be improved and other items such as the setting of speed limits. A snow removal policy is included.

“We realized that none of this type of information is really written,” Frey said. “This ordinance will make our policies a part of the code and will describe the processes and makes them available to the public.”

The ordinance passed on the first reading and will need passage next month on second reading.

Highway Director Jake Lough asked commissioners to approve a road striping contract with Traffic Control Specialist in the amount of $54,810. The contract was approved.

Upon recommendation of the county Redevelopment Authority, commissioners approved a request from Nucor to relocate a drain tile. The tile presently sits where the planned expansion project will be and the tile will need to be moved.

The tile will be moved into the county right away along Ladoga Road and Nucor Road. Nucor will incur the cost of the relocation and will continue to maintain the tile.

Upon final reading after a public hearing, commissioners approved to re-establish the Bridge Accumulative Fund to 1.75%.

A bid from Rieth-Riley was approved for county road improvements as part of the Community Crossings Matching Grant. The amount of the contract is $1,214,158 of which $999,542 will be paid with grant funds with the county paying $249,885.

Roads to be paved this summer include: C.R. 500S from S.R. 231 to S.R. 47, C.R. 100W from New Market town limits to C.R. 500S, C.R. 500E to C.R. 300N to S.R. 47, C.R. 200E from C.R. 150S to Elmore Street, Traction Road from C.R. 400E to the Crawfordsville city limit C.R.300S from S.R. 47 to U.S. 231.

Commissioners acknowledged and accepted the 2022 Sugar Creek Advisory Board Annual Report.

A proclamation was approved making April 1-7 as the Week of the Young Child.

Upon recommendation of county Sheriff Ryan Needham, commissioners approve a contract for inmate healthcare with Quality Correctional Care.