Kosciusko County Commissioners held a brief special meeting this morning to hear updates on a road project in Milford. Work is continuing on Trupointe’s new plant in Milford and CR 100 East is set to be widened in preparation for the new plant.
Bids for the road project will be opened July 30. The work is to be conducted north of the railroad tracks and north of the overpass. County administrator Ron Robinson said work is being done 12 hours a day, seven days a week to get the facility completed in time. “They are moving forward,” he said.
Trupointe is building a full-service agricultural fertilizer hub and grain handling facility on 275 acres in Milford. The plant is expected to open some time next year.
In other news, an ordinance was signed to clarify the definitions of employment status with the county so employees know their benefit eligibility. The ordinance is required due to the new Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which is set to begin in January. Part-time employees can’t work more than 25 hours per week and are not eligible for benefits, such as health insurance.
Per the ordinance, county employees are considered one of four classifications: full-time public retirement, full-time Affordable Care Act, part time or seasonal / temporary.
In highway matters, bids will be opened at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, for a bridge rehabilitation project on CR 225 East. The bridge is located over Deed’s Creek in Warsaw.
Commissioners are president Ron Truex, Brad Jackson and Bob Conley. Commissioners met this morning instead of the regular meeting date of Tuesday, July 2, so the board could sign the claims and county employees can get paid next week. There will not be a meeting on July 2. The next regular meeting will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 16.