Starke County Highway Department officials recently stated that the results from phase one of bridge inspections displayed that the overall bridge health in the area is excellent compared to some other places throughout the state.
According to representatives, within the last five years,
the county has developed a bridge maintenance plan to keep them in good
After a six month break between meetings, the Starke County Park Board has picked up its discussion on the Bass Lake Beach House patio. On Tuesday, board members directed the facility’s manager, Larry Clarich, to get quotes for what it would cost to have an engineer visit the site, while making short-term repairs in the meantime.
It’s unusual for the Starke County Highway Department to
have nearly all of the materials hauled in for spring and summer operations in
January, but Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler informed the commissioners
Monday night that they’re doing just that.
With the lack of snow removal efforts this winter, crews have been busy
with several other projects to prepare for the summer paving season and
completing some minor bridge maintenance work during the down time.
Several training opportunities in October have proved successful for the crews at the Starke County Highway Department. Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the Starke County Commissioners that the snow plow drivers brushed up on skills and new drivers took in new information presented by Mark Ennis of Bliss-McKnight.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour tonight. Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. It’s also a good time to test your smoke alarms and change their batteries, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Starke County officials hope that recent upgrades to the County Forest will help attract new visitors. County Park Board members and Community Foundation representatives joined Forester Bruce Wakeland, Commissioner Kathy Norem, and several others Wednesday afternoon, to cut the ribbon on the forest’s upgraded access road.
The Pulaski County Highway Department is looking into partnering with WorkOne to get some free labor. As part of a job training program, participants would have the chance to learn skills by working with the Highway Department for a certain period of time, while WorkOne would pay their wages and assume any liability. Similar partnerships have already been put in place with the county’s Maintenance Department, as well as the Starke County Highway Department.