Kosciusko County Commissioners awarded a bid on a bridge project in Syracuse.
There were four bids presented and the lowest bid, $404,278.71 from Northern Indiana Construction Co., Mishawaka, was approved. The bid was under the engineer’s estimate. The bridge is located on Front Street, north of Medusa Street.
A rezoning for Devon Hochstetler was approved. The property is located at the southwest corner of CR 1350N and CR 700W in Nappanee. The area planning commission voted 8-0 to recommend approval for the case at its last meeting and with no opposition the case was approved by commissioners. Hochstetler wants to rezone 14.5 acres from agriculture to agriculture II.
In other highway news, the purchase of five new snowplows at a cost of $47,790 was approved. The lowest quote from Hoosier Equipment Service Inc., Plymouth, was awarded the bid. There were five quotes submitted from three vendors.
Also, a 24-inch cold planer milling machine for a skidloader was approved at a cost of $13,697 from Bobcat of Warsaw; the business had the lowest bid out of four quotes.
Ed Rock, the county’s emergency management director, said a training exercise was held Sept. 22 at Clunette Elevator. Emergency responders from Atwood and Leesburg and Multi-Township EMS were in attendance. “We had a good turnout,” said Rock, adding they were very impressed with Sarah Lancaster, a 911 dispatcher.
In other news, commissioners:
• Approved process maps and controls Title IV-D federal reimbursement from the state board of accounts.
• Approved the purchase of information technology equipment in the jail to replace existing computers.
• Approved the purchase of an air handler for the Justice Building at a cost of $4,000; the equipment was damaged during a recent storm.
The next meeting is at 9 a.m. Oct. 7, at the county courthouse in Warsaw.