Roads, Justice Building Flooded, Commissioners Hear

Heavy rains have left county roads, as well as part of the Kosciusko County Justice Building, flooded, commissioners heard this morning.
Emergency Management Director Ed Rock cautioned residents to be wary around standing water after heavy rains yesterday and more expected today, which Commissioner Bob Conley noted has left five or six county roads flooded. Sand bags and sand are available at the highway garage at 2936 E. Old 30, Rock said.
“Bring your own shovels and manpower,” he remarked.
County Administrator Ron Robinson later said the justice building basement has flooded with 6 inches of water, and another 2 to 3 inches accumulated in the lower hallways, which he expects will leave some damage to the walls that will need to be assessed and repaired.
Also this morning, commissioners gave their OK to the expansion of the Trupointe tax increment finance district near Milford, which will spread eastward toward Syracuse town limits. A public hearing July 15 will be held before final approval is given.
And they accepted Highway Superintendent Scott Tilden’s recommendation of a $69,850 bid for beams for Bridge 209. Replacement work for the bridge on Country Club Road over Eagle Creek is set to begin Sept. 8.
Commissioners also approved two rezonings recommended by the Area Plan Commission: 20 acres at CRs 950N and 500E east of Dewart Lake, from agricultural to agricultural 2, at the request of landowners Rick and Patricia Marlow; and 35 acres northeast of Warsaw from agricultural to residential, at the request of Greg Mitchell.
Korean War veteran Richard Dobbs was recognized as the Veteran of the Month at the outset of the meeting. He served with the 64th Tank Battallion, 3rd Infantry, after being drafted in 1951, and was discharged in 1953. Dobbs, who stands well over 6 feet tall, noted with some irony he was made a tank driver despite training on artillery fire direction.

(Story from The Times Union)