Cripe said county engineers are finalizing project plans.
City coffers are footing the majority of the bill. Redevelopment Commission president Tom Stump explained that it is between the city and redevelopment commission to come up with the nearly $2 million. “I hope we will get more from the state,” he said. “It’s a state road — it’s their project.”
Ind. 15 is under the Indiana Department of Transportation’s purvey, however, because the intersection is low on its priority list, Cripe said, the state is funding about $220,000 for construction. She, like Stump, hopes INDOT will reconsider and make that number higher.
“We basically have to do this,” she said.
During the next meeting, commissioners will lay out a strategy on how to fund the project.
Cripe said the city is ready to proceed with appraisals for right of way acquisitions. Rita Gabriel has completed the appraisal problem analysis at a cost of $2,400. City engineering has a proposal of $24,475 from Russell Appraisal Services to do the appraisals for these required parcels, she said. And Gabriel’s estimated fees for review appraisal amount to $12,625.
The commissioners approved funding the $24,475 for Russell Appraisal Services and $12,625 for Gabriel.
The properties involved include those of Yoder Property Management, Cynthia Noel, Terry D. Cobbs, Daniel and Tannice Lehman, Brian D. Kohrt, Lynne Alber, Jack and Ann Gibson, Lake City Bank, Dale and Linda Kovarik and Luke and Rebecca Gascho.
The improvements and widening of Kercher Road will go from about 50 feet west of Island View Drive and go east through Ind. 15 to the east side of the railroad tracks. Additional turn lanes on each of the four corners of the intersection will be included to allow a left turn only lane, a straight through lane and a right turn only lane.
Elkhart County is the design consultant and is bearing the expense of engineering and design work.