Reconstruction project OK’d

MIAMI COUNTY — On Tuesday, the Board of Miami County Commissioners approved the construction of the Free/Stine Group Reconstruction Project.

A petition was accepted by the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors on Jan. 8, 2019, regarding drainage problems that exist within the watershed area. The drainage area is between U.S. Route 36, Fairview Road, and Snyder Road in Springcreek Township, where it “has been inundated with excessive surface and subsurface water and is mostly agricultural cropland with a few residential homes,” according to the staff report.

The proposed construction would begin at the bridge on U.S. Route 36 “with the dredging of an open ditch up to Fairview Road,” the staff report stated. “At Fairview Road, a subsurface drain is proposed to flow in a northwest direction and cross Snyder Road, turn back to the northeast and cross Fairview Road again, and end on the east side of Fairview Road, just south of Snodgrass Road.”

The commissioners also upheld the assessment schedule as presented by the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District to let the project for public bid, acting as the contracting agent for said project. A representative from the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District said the total estimated cost of the project is $314,000, including $276,000 for construction; $22,000 in contingencies; and $14,000 for the first-year maintenance.

The commissioners first approved the assessment schedule in June before holding an objection hearing last month. Only one objection was heard where a resident who expressed concerns about the cost of the assessment and not the project. Assessment notices were mailed to the affected property owners in the area of State Route 36, Fairview Road, and Snyder Road in Springcreek Township.