You have to give a little to get a little.
Elkhart County Highway Director Jeff Taylor went before the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners Monday morning to seek approvals for several additional appropriation and appropriation reduction requests.
The first additional appropriation to be approved was for a request for $88,474 from the motor vehicle highway fund for equipment rental.
“These are funds that are the proceeds from the equipment auction we had,” Taylor said. “The equipment was either obsolete or not used very much. What we want to do is put that sum of money into an equipment rental fund, and when we need that kind of equipment, we’ll just rent it rather than own it.”
In explaining his request, Taylor said it has actually been costing the department more to own the equipment than it would to rent it on an as-need basis.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Commissioner Frank Lucchese.
Right of way acquisition
Also approved by the board was a request for $125,000 from the Economic Development Income Tax fund to purchase right of way for the C.R. 3/C.R. 32 intersection.
“We have federal funds to improve the site and visibility of that intersection,” Taylor said. The intersecton is about four miles north of Wakarusa. “The design is complete, and now we’re entering the right of way phase, and $125,000 is needed.”
Taylor said $75,000 was originally appropriated for the project, but a finalized appraisal of the project revealed that the cost would be slightly higher than anticipated.
“We have the actual documents now from the appraiser, and that makes a difference,” Taylor said. “When we first get an appropriation, it’s kind of a shot in the dark. $125,000, that should do it unless we encounter some difficulties.”
An additional appropriation for $30,000 from the EDIT fund for drafting assistance and environmental document preparation was also approved by the board Monday.
According to Taylor, one of his department’s engineers is away on maternity leave, requiring that the department contract for some additional help in drafting and environmental document preparation work until the employee returns in June.
The last of the additional appropriation requests approved was for $1,000 from the MVH fund for postage.
“We ran over on our postage, and we’ll probably run over again,” Taylor said. “We’re selling all of our old radio equipment on eBay, and every time you ship one of those it’s $15 to $20.”
First to be approved for a reduction was a request by Taylor to put $30,336.60 back into the EDIT fund, close out the accounts for sections 2A and 2B of the new C.R. 17.
“2A is the section between C.R. 28 and C.R. 30,” Taylor said. “2B is between C.R. 30 and C.R. 32.”
Next to be approved was a reduction request from the EDIT fund for $89,543.75 to close out the Cleveland Road project.
“All of the right of way had been purchased, and it has to be closed out,” Taylor said. “We started with $200,000, so with all of the right of way services and purchases, it came to just over $100,000.”
You have to give a little to get a little.
- Local News
UPDATE: Westview student in critical condition after crash
Jaid Rex, 16, was listed in critical at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Her sister, Mikayla Rex, 18, was listed in fair condition Friday.
- Human uniqueness focus of religion and science conference GOSHEN — Goshen College’s 14th annual Conference on Science and Religion will take place March 14-16. The featured speaker will be Joshua M. Moritz, lecturer of philosophical theology and the natural sciences at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco and managing editor of the journal Theology and Science.
- Questions linger in Northridge teacher's removal A Northridge High School teacher has apparently been removed from his classroom duties, but why that action was taken has not been revealed.
- LaGrange dispatcher talks woman out of burning home A distraught Topeka woman was talked to safety out of her burning home Thursday morning by a LaGrange County 911 dispatcher.
First Fridays theme is 'Live & Local'
Music: This month, it’s the main thing.
“Live & Local” is the theme for the March First Fridays in Goshen. Local and regional musicians will be performing in a host of downtown venues.
- Wreck leaves Westview sisters in critical, serious condition EMMA — A pair of Millersburg sisters headed to school this morning were involved in a two-car crash that left one in critical condition and may have been caused in part by snow piles obstructing views.
State police hand over Martin's shooting report to prosecutor
The Indiana State Police handed over its report from the Jan. 15 shooting at Martin's to the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office today.
VIDEO: Crash near Westview High School sends two to hospitals
TGN Photojournalist Sam Householder talks to LaGrange County Sheriff's Deputy Ed Flowers about the crash at Ind. 5 and 200 South near Emma shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014.
WHO WE ARE: Major transportation changes just around the corner
A rerouted and raised U.S. 33, a quiet zone and a Waterford Mills Parkway bridge over the Marion Line will change the way motorists travel through and around the city in a few years. And those may not be the last three projects to separate cars from trains.
Home invasion suspect pleads guilty in court
One of the suspects involved in a home invasion, where a New Paris couple were confined in their home, pleaded guilty to several felonies this morning in Elkhart Circuit Court.
- More Local News Headlines
- UPDATE: Westview student in critical condition after crash