Wayne County council members transferred $186,520.26 as match money for the county highway department’s Community Crossings grant money.

The action came during a nine-minute workshop May 15 with council and commissioners. The funds are left over jail bond money that was transferred to the highway department when the jail projects were completed.

Community Crossings awarded Wayne County $186,520.26 that pays for half the materials necessary for planned paving and chip-and-seal work. The highway department will do the work in-house.

Paving in the Fair Acres subdivision will include Maze Avenue, Rolling Drive, Ridge Dale Drive, Fair Acres

Road, West View Road, South View Drive, Crescent Drive and Glen Dale Road.

The highway department will do single chip-and-seal work on Gaar Jackson Road (county’s portion); W.E. Oler Road (west of Indiana 1); all of Turnpike, Five Point, Jennings and Morrow roads; Union Pike Road (north of Tingler); Abington Township Line Road (south of Pottershop Road); and Whitewater Road (east of Arba Pike).

Wayne County’s Community Crossings share was part of $207 million awarded to 252 recipients.

Courthouse project done

Midwest Maintenance Inc. of Piqua, Ohio, has completed its repair work on the courthouse exterior.

The company began the project during fall 2022, repairing cracks and replacing damaged limestone when weather permitted. This spring, half-moon protective windows were also replaced.

Steve Higinbotham, the county’s director of facilities and development, told council members that the project’s cost decreased by $78,320 because some cracks required only epoxy rather than more complicated repairs.

The project’s total cost is $1,748,057. Final payments are coming from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act money.

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A version of this article appeared in the May 22 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Mike Emery is a reporter and layout editor for the Western Wayne News.