Reconstruction of a portion of CR 100 East in Milford is necessary due to the development of Trupointe Cooperative’s full-service agricultural fertilizer hub and grain handling facility. Today, Kosciusko County Commissioners opened bids for the road project.
Two bids were opened for reconstruction of CR 100 East from CRs 1300 North to 1400 North. The project will make way for the fertilizer facility, which is being built on 275 acres off of CR 100 East in Milford.
The first bid, from Niblock Excavating, Bristol, was for $1.6 million. The second bid, from Phend and Brown, Milford, was at $989,989.52. The engineer’s estimate for the project is $1.1 million. Both bids are being taken under advisement. No word on when the project is expected to begin.
In other business, a price tag of $61,568 to upgrade cameras in the jail was approved. “It’s time to replace them,” said county administrator Ron Robinson, adding that the cost is mainly the mechanism that records jail activity. “This is the most updated system.”
Sheriff Rocky Goshert agreed with Robinson stating that, for legal purposes, it’s a good idea because the recordings can be played back and are recorded in real time. The last time the cameras and recording system were upgraded was in 2002.
Lee Taylor of the Kosciusko County Area Plan Commission requested an ordinance to name rights-of-way in Southgate Park in Warsaw. The petitioner, Cass Holdings, is requesting multiple uses on one tract of ground, said Taylor.
Taylor said naming the unplatted, privately maintained access drives is needed for the purposes of improving and promoting emergency services and 911 calls. The property is located off Country Club Drive. The previously unnamed drives will be known as Southgate Park and Seymour Midwest Drive.
The board heard from John Passey of VS Engineering, Indianapolis, who introduced himself. Passey worked for Indiana Department of Transportation for more than 40 years. Most recently, Passey and VS Engineering assisted Warsaw with the Argonne Road project and wants to work with the county on future road projects. “It’s good to have a list,” noted Commissioner Ron Truex, who added that Passey needs to speak to Scott Tilden, highway superintendent, to be considered for any proposed projects.
Commissioners are President Ron Truex, Bob Conley and Brad Jackson. The next meeting is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the county courthouse in Warsaw.