The county is hoping to make $1 million in road improvements and its hoping to use Economic Development Income Tax funds to do it.
Kosciusko County Highway Superintendent Scott Tilden requested approximately $1.1 million for proposed road work at Tuesday’s Kosciusko County Commissioners meeting. During last night’s Kosciusko County Council meeting, commissioners Ron Truex and Bob Conley came forward to ask the council to advertise their intent.
The county highway department has several road improvement projects they would like to complete this year at an expense of about $1,165,000. The money could be taken from the E.D.I.T. fund, but that requires advertising the intent and holding public hearings.
Currently, the county uses E.D.I.T. funds to pay for the Justice Building, which will paid off in 2015. “I’m hesitant to give all (of the money needed for road repairs), but giving $1 million of E.D.I.T. funds will get us through two years before we start pulling for the Justice Building,” said Truex.
Commissioner Conley added that bids for other projects have been coming in lower than expected, “So we’re hopeful that will come into play, too.”
The council was not able to vote on the request at last night’s meeting, noting it must be publicly advertised first.
The council otherwise had a short meeting and completed the following business:
- Approved the transfer of $660 to the sheriff’s department repairs fund due to an accident.
- Approved a reimbursement of $5,461.74 to a county highway department repairs fund also due to an accident.
- Approved a request by the health department to use Medicaid reimbursements to cover the cost of operations of the health clinic at the K21 Health Pavilion.
- Appointed councilman Jon Garber to serve as the council’s representative on the Warsaw Community Development Corporation.
- Appointed Stu Lambert to continue to serve on the Lakeland Regional Sewer District.