County council approves funds for road paving, repair of Nappanee bridge

Funding requests Saturday, July 12, came from the highway department, sheriff’s department and several other county entities. 

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

The Elkhart County Highway Department will move forward with plans to repair an aging bridge in Nappanee.

On Saturday, July 12, the Elkhart County Council gave final approval for a $200,000 appropriation to fund the design, construction and inspection of Summit Bridge over Berlin Court Ditch. 

“It’s in serious need of repair,” said Jeff Taylor, manager of the highway department.

The county will work with the City of Nappanee on the project.

The council also gave final approval for the highway department to shift $100,000 of saved money to a fund for road paving efforts on Saturday. 

The savings were made through “significant changes in the shop,” Taylor said. 

Other OK’d appropriations:

  • $50,000 for highway department vehicle repairs
  • $10,000 for the highway department’s purchase of buggy license plates and stickers
  • $7,567 for expenses at the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department
  • $50,000 for expenses at the county assessor’s office
  • $12,000 to pay a temporary public defender while a staff attorney goes on leave
  • $5,000 to Superior Court 5 to compensate jurors through the end of the year

Other council actions

  • Accepted $9,000 in grant money for the Sheriff’s Teenage Alcohol Reduction Team
  • Accepted a $122,506 grant from the Indiana Department of Corrections to Elkhart County Community Corrections
  • Reimbursed $25,200 to the general fund for past lobbying costs and financial advising

The council will meet again at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Elkhart County Administration Building, 117 N. 2nd Street, Goshen.

Meetings are open to the public.

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