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Mace stormwater project moves forward

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Montgomery County Commissioners and the Indiana Department of Transportation will work together to improve stormwater drainage in Mace.

On Monday, county officials approved an agreement with the state. INDOT’s portion of the project is $692,800. The county’s portion of the project is funded by a State Water Infrastructure Fund grant of $446,000 and an American Rescue Plan grant of $343,200.

Homeowners have spent years pumping water out of flooded crawl spaces and dealing with mold, mosquitoes and flooded yards. But since Mace is an unincorporated community, the question of who was responsible for addressing the problem and paying for the fix was always a sticking point.

The county council must approve the additional appropriations request at its meeting on Aug. 9.

Once construction begins, the project is expected to be completed in 18 months.

In other business, the board:

• Opened two bids for deck replacement projects on bridges 29, 205 and 207. Milestone’s bid was $1,051,165 and H.I.S. was $880,800. The bids will be reviewed by the engineering consultant.

• Approved the monthly rental of a broom for the highway department. The department’s broom, which was purchased in 1990, has malfunctioned. It is a vital piece of equipment used for chip and seal, paving and more. The rental contract is $4,200 per month from Southeastern Equipment. The expected rental will be for five months.

• Gave USI authorization to develop contract documents for the pavement rehabilitation project on Constitution Row. The fee is $7,000. USI also will receive $14,000 to assist the county in submitting an application for a state grant to pave the six road segments.

• Introduced an ordinance amending the speed limit on Old Waynetown Road. The highway department has recommended the speed limit be 30 mph. The ordinance requires three readings.

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