County board agrees to help pay for paving in Elkhart
GOSHEN — The Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission is stepping in to help pay for roadwork on C.R. 6 in the north part of Elkhart after the city’s paving funds came up short.
Elkhart County commissioner Mike Yoder told the commission Thursday, Aug. 22, that the city and county highway engineers typically coordinate paving plans where county roads intersect with city limits. But this year, he said the city of Elkhart had a shortfall and could not pave part of C.R. 6 between Northland and Decio drives. The county redevelopment commission agreed to kick in $125,000 for the roadwork.
“Taxpayers expect us to do a good job with the tax dollars,” Yoder said. “It doesn’t matter to the taxpayer whether he’s paying it to the city or the county or the township or whatever. They expect us to do a good job, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re not going to leave that section of road unpaved.”
The county redevelopment commission had also agreed in May to help foot the bill to pave parts of Pierina Drive and C.R. 6 northeast of Elkhart by using $770,000 from a tax increment financing, or TIF, district.
The cost to pave the section of C.R. 6 in the city was estimated at $125,000 before the bids for the county’s paving program were complete, Yoder noted.
“It turns out that’s $20,000 short of what we need,” he said. “I’m not asking for more today. The county is going to cover that portion. We found $20,000 in savings in a different bid package that did come in a little bit less, so we’re able to move some money around.”