A section of CR 400E north of CR 900S has been subject to rapid deterioration because of poor drainage in the area. Kosciusko County Surveyor Mike Kissinger approached the county commission at its Tuesday meeting to seek an out-of-the-ordinary solution.

Kissinger asked the county to make a financial contribution toward reconstruction of the drainage system so water doesn’t continually seep into the pavement. The alternative is to raise the road surface, but that’s been tried several times since the 1980s, and the surveyor feels reconstruction is the better long-term solution.

Board members voted to contribute $92,820, about half, to the project, and the remainder will come from taxes paid by properties that drain into nearby Plunge Creek.

County Attorney Chad Miner told the board the updated documents requested by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for the proposed Tippecanoe and Chapman Regional Sewer District were sent in last week. Miner said IDEM has assigned someone the  application, and a community hearing should be scheduled soon.

Just one bid was received by Scott Tilden, county highway supervisor, for the reconstruction of bridge No. 9 on Husky Trail, just south of CR 200N. That bid, from Rieth-Riley construction of South Bend, came in at about $1.8 million, $700,000 higher than engineering estimates.

Tilden speculated there are more than enough construction projects around the state to keep companies and crews busy, which led to a lack of bidders and the increased cost. The board voted to reject the bid.

The board also voted to extend a moratorium on building permits for large-scale solar projects, or “solar farms,” for an additional 90 days. This will allow those involved in the decision-making process more time to study what other local government entities have done and establish best practices for such projects.

In other business, the board:

• Recognized Eagle Scouts Devin Van Lue and Carter Bowman. Both are students at Wawasee High School and live in Syracuse.

• Approved a pair of road vacations. One was a 20-foot private road in Crow’s Addition off Eli Lilly Road near Syracuse; the other was EMS B17A Lane, which was not big enough to accommodate a residential structure without replatting.

• Renewed ordinances establishing the tax rates for the Cumulative Capital Development Fund and the Cumulative Bridge Fund. The ordinances have to be renewed annually.

• Accepted a bid of $17,059 from Core Mechanical Services of Etna Green for replacing heating and cooling coils on the Justice Building. The coils were damaged during the extreme cold snap the last week of January.

• Heard an update on Kosciusko Economic Development Corp. activities from its CEO, Alan Tio.

The next county commission meeting will be at 9 a.m. April 2 in the county courthouse.