County commissioners approve road work


Montgomery County Commissioners accepted a bid Monday to begin road improvements as part of the Community Crossings Matching Grant program.

Commissioners approved a $1,635,271 bid from Pavement Solutions Inc.

The bid is for cape sealing previously selected roads. Cape sealing is a chip seal covered with a micro-surface. The procedure provides an increased durability by sealing the sub base.

Montgomery County Highway Director Jacob Lough said the procedure is expected to increase the life of the present surface by 10 years along Nucor Road and up to 15 years in the selected subdivisions.

Selected subdivision roads are Lye Creek, Cadillac Drive, Chigger Hollow, Winslow Drive, Carrington Hills, Golf View, Big Four Arch, Manning Place, Watson Drive, Country Club Court, Stone Crest, Oak Hill Farms, Farmington Hills, Sommer Lane, Logan Road, Joyce and Stanley Drive, Kiger and Del Mar Drive.

Additional work of grading along the edge to remove soil will be done on Fairway Drive and Nucor Road.

Work is expected to begin by mid-July.

Commissioners also approved the Drug Free Montgomery County Opioid Settlement Funds 2025 Project.  Restricted funds in the amount of $191,608 will be awarded via grants to organizations that are actively working to address substance abuse. Unrestricted funds in the amount of $68,858 will be used for matching dollars for potential state grants and to support the Drug Free Montgomery County Coordinator.

The funds are comprised of opioid settlement money received beginning July 1, 2023 through June 1, 2024.

In other business commissioners:

• Approved an amended agreement between Proactive MSO, Hoosier Heartland State Bank and Crawfordsville, North Montgomery and South Montgomery school corporations. The cost of the healthcare service for the county will increase from $155,000 to $198,000.

• Approved an ordinance vacating Jackson Street and an unimproved alley in Parkersburg.