A new maintenance
agreement will ensure that roads constructed in Porter County are
Robert Thompson of
the Porter County Plan Commission reported at the Board of Commissioners
meeting Tuesday morning that highway engineering has a new maintenance
agreement, under which developers who build roads are subject to a
three-year term that allows the County to ensure build quality. County
Attorney Scott McClure said the agreement is like having a warranty on new
Thompson said that
roads constructed under this agreement will only be admitted to the County’s
inventory after the period of three years has passed and the road has been
inspected to ensure it is functioning right and up to code. The developer is
responsible for any problems that arise during the agreement. “Any kind of
crack we see in the roads, they’re gonna have to seal,” Thompson said.
Developers are also required to include reflective delineators so snow plow
drivers can see obstructions such as islands. The County will perform snow
plowing for the life of the agreement, which is backed by a $246,355 letter
of credit provided by developers.
Commissioner President Jeff Good, R-Center, recalled that the County has
seen a lot of road failures in subdivisions in recent years. “I think this
will put a lot of onus on the developers to build these roads right the
first time,” Good said.
Matt Stechly reported that the jail kitchen needs two new tilt skillets to
replace one that is nonoperational and one that is at the end of its life.
He presented three quotes, and the Board opted to approve the low one of
$31,963.58 from C & T Design. Stechly said a lot of the equipment in the
jail kitchen is in need of replacement, so he is coordinating with the
vendor that provides food prep at the kitchen to put together a capital plan
for updating the kitchen. “We’re trying to really get on top of it,” he
presented quotes for fencing at the Emergency Services Center, which houses
shared storage for the Emergency Management Agency and the Health
Department. The quotes he found were for 8-foot barbed wire topped fencing
outside of the building, and some inside fencing to create a securable
storage area for the bomb squad. He recommended, and the Board approved, the
low quote of $9,000 from Northwest Indiana Fence.