County approves road vacation

Public hearing held Tuesday

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning voted to vacate a gravel road, a half-mile section of Fowler Avenue.

County Engineer Nicole Stinn said the road in Section 10 of Webster Township only serves a couple of properties, including the Department of Natural Resources. She said the property owner has agreed to give the DNR an easement so the property won’t be landlocked. Stinn said the county will create a driveway in the spring for one property user on the northeast corner of the land to allow access.

“The county has not done any maintenance on the road for the sometime. It has been gated off for quite a while already,” she said. “We don’t want to put any more resources into that road in the future.”

Stinn said the secondary roads department did do some grading on the road recently and added resurfacing material to it, since the DNR will still be using it to access land.

A public hearing was held and with no written or verbal objections, the board moved ahead, voting to vacate the road.

In other business, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with PPME Local 2003. The measure boosted the clothing allowance for mechanics in the secondary roads department to $350 and offered incentive pay to those certified to test materials at a rate of $.03 per hour per level of certification — a maximum of $.15 per hour, Stinn said.

A statement understanding with the mental health region was approved. The document recognized the hiring of a part-time receptionist using funds from the mental health region.

Lacy Lindmark was hired as a three-quarter time jailer at the Hamilton County Jail. Her starting wage will be $15.04.

Sheriff Doug Timmons reminded area motorists that with ice and snow in the forecast over the next few days to use safe winter driving skills.