The Marshall County Commissioners are looking to improve communication connections at the highway department.
Highway Administrator Laurie Baker mentioned Monday morning that she was unable to access her email for the past few days to report on several bridge projects due to networking being down at the highway department.
The Marshall County Highway Department is in the middle of chip and seal operations on several roads in Marshall County and crews are currently running one day behind in their schedule.
Highway Supervisor Jason Peters said chip and seal work will be done on Pioneer Drive from the city limits to State Road 17 today. That road will be closed in order for this process to be complete. Overmyer Drive will also be closed from State Road 17 to the city limits. That project is expected to carry over to Friday. Overmyer Drive will remain closed until chip and seal work is done. Continue reading →
The recent storm activity has left crews in Bremen cleaning up debris.
Bremen Director of Operations Trend Weldy said the street and utility crews have been picking up tree limbs and brush since Monday morning’s storm brought fierce winds. Thirty trees fell during the storms and work is being done to rid the area of the mess after that impact.
Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters said crews are going to work on 20th Road east of State Road 331 with wedging and paving before the crews take a few days to prep for chip and seal work.
The staff at the Marshall County Highway Department is doing their best to make dollars stretch when it comes to road work.
Highway Supervisor Jason Peters, Highway Administrator Laurie Baker and the entire department worked hard to get the proper paperwork submitted for testing at the facility in order to be able to house millings from other road projects. Peters said the millings from the State Road 17 resurfacing project, U.S. 31 work and the Plymouth Community School Corporation parking lot paving project will be recycled and used for road paving within the county.
Work should be done to reclaim roads by the end of this week. Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters told the commissioners that he anticipates work on 7th Road should be complete this week after repairs are made to some equipment.
The highway workers plan to pave Lilac Road as it’s next on the list. Peters hopes to use the new paving machine on Beech Road when it arrives later this month.
A reduction in funds as mandated by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) will leave the Marshall County Highway Department short in available funds this year.
The Marshall County Council was notified of the reduction at the beginning of April, but decided to hold off on approving the action until Highway Supervisor Jason Peters and Highway Administrator Laurie Baker could review their budget to determine where to make those cuts.
The Marshall County Highway Department is beginning road work for the season where roads are scheduled for reconditioning. This work on county roads could lead to hazardous driving conditions caused by loose material on roadways.
The highway department requested the issuance of an advisory travel alert through the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency. This affects roads in the northern part of the county.
The Marshall County Commissioners are expected to take further action this morning on an ordinance that reestablishes the maximum rate of the Cumulative Capital Development Fund at $.0333 per $100 of assessed valuation.
The commissioners held a public hearing on the matter earlier this month and approved the ordinance on first reading. While the three commissioners stated they don’t want to raise taxes, they noted that something has to be done to help the highway department gather more funds for capital costs.
The Marshall County Highway Department will need to find ways to cut additional funds from its operating budget this year.
The county council received word that the Department of Local Government Finance made the decision to reduce $23,406 from the highway department’s budget. The initial decision on how to make those cuts fell on the county council, but Councilwoman Penny Lukenbill urged the governing body to allow Highway Administrator Laurie Baker and Highway Supervisor Jason Peters to make those funding reductions as they see fit. The council will review those cuts at their May meeting after they are advertised.
The Marshall County Highway Department will be busy working on roads this summer. At first glance at a proposed road project list provided to the Marshall County Commissioners Monday morning, chip and seal, double chip and seal, crack sealing and paving will take place on several miles of road this season.
Marshall County is under a yellow level travel advisory due to several flooded roads. That means routine travel or activities may be restricted in some areas due to a hazardous situation. Motorists should use caution or avoid those areas. Do not try to drive around barricaded roads. Emergency officials say the barricades are in place to protect drivers from a potentially dangerous situation. Continue reading →
Marshall County’s looking to spend a significant amount of money to bring roads up to a good state of repair, but State Representative Tim Harman says he’s figured out a way to do it without raising taxes. Continue reading →
The Marshall County Commissioners will consider a change order request from USI Consultants’ Bart Trester when they meet today. Trester oversees the 7th Road project and the roundabout project on North Michigan Road in Plymouth. Trester indicated earlier this month that crews are waiting for word from the state to move ahead, barring any more issues with the HMX mix design. The mix of aggregate and asphalt binder is causing buckling pavement in other locations across the state. Crews are awaiting final approval of the combination to install the mix.
A representative from the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) will be meeting with the Marshall County Council and the Marshall County Commissioners this week to discuss funding options for the highway department.
Commission President Kevin Overmyer said in a previous meeting that the state will soon cut funding for local roads and highways, and it will be left to local governments to provide funding for projects.