At its June 16 meeting, approved requests from Area Plan Commission, Kosciusko County Highway Department and several other items on the agenda.
Early in the meeting, Kosciusko County Emergency Management Director Ed Rock made a statement regarding the recent storms and ensuing floods. “There’s a bunch of water that’s come down,” he said. “There’s a lot more that’s been forecasted.”
Rock urged the people of Kosciusko County to use caution on the roadways and heed warnings of high water and flooding. He also noted that sand and sand bags were available county highway garage on Old Road 30. He said those who need to collect sandbags should bring their own shovel and manpower.
Two rezoning requests from the Kosciusko County Area Plan Commission came before the commissioners. The first was to rezone a 20 acre tract of land, owned by Rick and Patricia Marlow, a half mile east of Dewart Lake near CR 950E from Agricultural to Agricultural Two.
The Marlows plan to split the tract into two separate tracts, five acres to the south and the other 15 acres to the north. Patricia informed the commissioners that the five acres to the south would be given to her youngest daughter for the purpose of constructing a house. There will likely be no change to the 15 acre tract to the north.
Dan Richard of the APC noted that two nearby tracts were rezoned to Agricultural Two in 1989 and 1999. APC’s agreed unanimously to recommend the rezoning request. The commissioners approved.
The second request was to rezone a tract of land northeast of Warsaw, owned by Greg Mitchell, from agricultural to residential. Richard noted that the city of Warsaw is developing a residential area nearby, and the APC agreed unanimously to rezone the tract.
Mitchell told the commissioners, “it seems kind of a natural progression.” He stated he plans to continue farming until a residential development opportunity arises.
Kosciusko County Highway Department Superintendent Scott Tilden brought several items before the commissioners regarding the upcoming bridge project on Country Club Road over Eagle Creek. The first was a supplemental agreement with USI. The commissioners approved that item.
Tilden had sought bids for the construction of 6 box beams to be used on the bridge project. Two bids were submitted: Hoosier Precast LLC, out of Salem, bid $69,850 and Prestress Services, based in Decatur, bid $82,500. County attorney Chad Miner and the commissioners reviewed the bids and approved awarding the bid to Hoosier Precast.
Miner reported that plans were in place to expand the bounds of the Trupointe TIF district, located near the north side of Milford, on the east side to the Syracuse town limits. He stated that Kosciusko County Redevelopment Commission approved a declaratory resolution, and APC has confirmed this action was within the county’s comprehensive plan. The commissioners approved moving forward with the expansion. The issue will come before the commissioners again next month.
The commissioners approved the sale of a county-owned property in North Webster to Michael Kissinger, provided a higher counter bid was not issued. Kissinger’s current bid is $1,100.
Additionally, Ron Robinson reported that during the flash flooding yesterday, the basement of the justice building flooded due to water pump failure. He thinks repairs will likely be needed.