Flood Warning, Travel Advisory Issued in Marshall County

Marshall County is under a flood warning and a watch level travel advisory.

Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery says the Yellow River and Tippecanoe River are expected to crest later this week well above Major Flood Stage. The Yellow River is expected to crest at 16.4 feet by 7 a.m. on Thursday and the Tippecanoe River is expected to crest at 14 feet by 7 a.m. on Saturday. Avery says residents can expect flooding of urban areas and small streams, ditches and creeks.

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Commission, Council Presidents Urge Resolution to Empty Highway Positions

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Delp, Kevin Overmyer, Kurt Garner

Marshall County Commissioner Kevin Overmyer would like to see a resolution to the unfilled positions at the highway department.

He explained to fellow Commissioners Mike Delp and Kurt Garner Monday morning that the assistant clerk position needs to be filled as well as the county engineer position. He stated that the person who is currently doing the work of two clerks is up to 75 hours of comp time since Jan. 1. He mentioned that Highway Supervisor Jason Peters is at 80 hours of overtime.

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Motorists Beware! Current Weather Conditions Ideal for Pothole Formation

As the weather continues to fluctuate between warm and cold, it unfortunately causes ideal conditions for pothole formation.

Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters explained why these damp, dynamic conditions can result in these unwanted road hazards.

Peters said, “Water gets underneath the road which freezes, then when it thaws it kind of somewhat creates a soft spot under the road so with a soft spot being underneath the roadway that starts to give, it cracks and breaks then it just start creating a bigger and bigger and bigger pothole.” Continue reading

Marshall County Engineer/Director Position Still Open

The Marshall County Commissioners are still looking to fill the county’s engineer/director position at the county highway department. Commission President Kevin Overmyer said no resumes had been received as of Tuesday morning.

Commissioner Mike Delp said Highway Supervisor Jason Peters has made an offer to hire a clerk at the highway department. Delp added that since things are in a transition phase at the moment, others should be involved when hiring a parts manager.

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Marshall County Highway Department Warns Motorists to Prepare for Snowy Weather

Marshall County Highway Department reps want to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas. They say drivers should be prepared since it’s looking like it’s going to be a white one.

Due to information received about tomorrow’s snowy forecast, Marshall County Highway Department crews plan to start around 1pm tomorrow afternoon. They intend to plow and treat as many roads as possible based on amount of snow fall. Continue reading

Highway Administrator Job Opening to be Advertised

The Marshall County Commissioners took action Monday morning to advertise the open position of Marshall County Highway Administrator.

Laurie Baker announced her resignation from the position earlier this month. Her last day will be Dec. 29.

Commissioner Kurt Garner said he read the job description and noticed that the candidate could hold an engineer’s license. Commissioner Kevin Overmyer and Commissioner Mike Delp both agreed that hiring an engineer is not necessary.

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Marshall County Commissioners to Meet Today

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Delp, Kevin Overmyer, Kurt Garner

The Marshall County Commissioners will meet today and are expected hear requests to apply for grants from Community Corrections Director Ward Byers and representatives from the Marshall County 4-H Fair Board Long Range Planning Commission.

Members from the highway department will award construction and resurfacing bids during today’s commissioner’s meeting, while a zoning change will be presented by a representative from the Marshall County Planning Commission. Kankakee River Basin information will be presented by members of Christopher Burke Engineering, LLC. Continue reading

Marshall County Highway Administrator Resigns

The Marshall County Commissioners will be looking for a new highway administrator in the next few weeks. Laurie Baker submitted her resignation on Monday morning during the commissioners meeting that is effective Friday, Dec. 29.

Baker stated that she’s had a great experience working with the county in different aspects for a total of 15 years, but she’s looking forward to moving in a different direction and focusing on family time out of the area. Continue reading

Marshall Co. Commissioners Support Highway Dept. Request for Funds

The Marshall County Highway Department will be asking the county council for some additional funds and money transfers in order to pave more county roads this season.

Highway Supervisor Jason Peters told the county commissioners that he’ll be requesting $550,000 to $600,000 in an additional appropriation before the county council on Monday, Sept. 11. Continue reading

Marshall County Road Projects One Day Behind Schedule

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