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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Neal Haeck’s Retirement Request

The Marshall County Commissioners approved a retirement request during their meeting Monday morning.

Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck wasn’t present during the meeting Monday, but Commission President Kevin Overmyer read aloud Haeck’s request by letter for retirement which would become effective May 2.

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Marshall County Council Approves Transfers

The Marshall County Council members approved nearly $350,000 in transfers for the highway department to cover a grant reimbursement that hasn’t been received and is due.

Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck said the money is for the 7th Road project and the federal reimbursement has not yet come in. He assured the council that the money is coming, it’s just slow in its arrival.

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Overtime Money Approved for Marshall County’s Highway Budget

The Marshall County Council members approved an additional appropriation for the highway department overtime budget Monday morning.

Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck told the council members that his employees have been out everyday for nearly a month making sure the county’s roads are passable. There is a list available for volunteers to work the night shift and it’s on a rotating basis.

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Marshall County Sheriff’s Department to Get New Vehicles, Highway Supt. Reports on Safety Meeting

The Marshall County Commissioners approved a prepayment in the amount of $73,526 for the sheriff’s department.

Sheriff Tom Chamberlin explained that three new vehicles will be delivered on Monday, Jan. 27 and a prepayment is needed in order to complete the transaction. The vehicles will need to be equipped with light bars and other pertinent equipment that needs to be installed in a police cruiser.

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Marshall County Officials Look to Reduce Road Repair Costs Caused by Horse and Buggy Units

The Marshall County Commissioners will be discussing what to do with horse and buggies and the damage they cause to the county’s roads in a future meeting.

Commissioner Jack Roose asked Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck Monday to see what Elkhart and LaGrange county highway departments do to reduce the cost on the wear and tear on roads.

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Marshall County Highway Superintendent Gives Update to Commissioners

Marshall County Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck told the commissioners this week that the summer mowing activity is finishing up. He explained that more areas around Plymouth will be mowed soon as the Blueberry Festival nears. Most of the other trouble areas in the county have been mowed.

Haeck also noted that he’s gotten several complaints that intersections with tall corn have been dangerous for travelers. He said that they have cut some stalks of corn back to aid in the safety of sight for drivers, but his workers haven’t had to do much of that. Haeck added that he’s not attempting to hurt any agriculture business in the county, he just wants drivers in Marshall County to have safer intersections.

Marshall County Highway Department Tackling Water Issues

Watch for signs like these in the area in the next few days

Watch for signs like these in the area in the next few days

Marshall County Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck told the commissioners Monday that his department been dealing with some water issues on the roads. While nothing is too serious, there have been some roads washed out this season with the heavy rains and they’re attempting to keep an eye on the situation and move along with regular summer projects. Haeck urges motorists to be cautious when coming upon standing water in the roads. It may be a good idea to turn around and utilize a different route of travel.

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Semi Truck Traffic Causing Damage to County Roads During U.S. 6 Construction

Marshall County Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck informed the commissioners this week that construction on U.S. 6 just east of U.S. 31 is causing problems on county roads.

Haeck told the commissioners that semi truck drivers are utilizing the county roads to get around the construction in that area and causing destruction on Maple Road and 1st, 3rd and 4th roads. The commissioners and Haeck urge all semi truck drivers to adhere to the official detour that directs them on state highways. The official detour is meant to deal with semi truck traffic as opposed to county roads. “No truck traffic” signs will be posted in areas where the damage is heaviest.

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Marshall County Commissioners to Keep Stop Signs at RR Crossings

The Marshall County Commissioners like the stop signs at all railroad crossings in the county and they have no plans of amending that decision.

Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck told the commissioners Monday that if they would like to change the stop signs to yield signs, they will need to have a review and traffic study completed by the Indiana Department of Transportation-LaPorte District. Commission President Kevin Overmyer told Haeck that they don’t intend on taking out the stop signs and would like to make sure INDOT receives a letter stating that intention.

Every railroad crossing has a stop sign with the exception of the crossings that have gates.

Marshall County Commissioners Discuss Highway Department Requests

The Marshall County Commissioners held off on approving a road cut for Crystal Broadband as several customers have complained about the service the company provides.

Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck told the commissioners that a customer has complained for months that his cable service has not been working, but they keep charging him for it and he can’t get a hold of any representative to help him with the situation. He’d change to a satellite system but the location would not provide a direct line of sight for a satellite dish.

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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Payment Requests

  The Marshall County Commissioners approved many monetary requests during their meeting this week.

Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck presented the commissioners with three bids he obtained to outfit the truck chassis that were recently purchased. The bids contained specifications for plows, truck beds and hydraulics to be assembled on the chassis. The commissioners approved the low bid submitted by Hoosier Equipment at a cost of $49,969 per truck which comes to a total of $99,938.

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