Several streets in Markle to benefit from next round of CC funding

Several streets in Markle will benefit from the next round of Community Crossings funds.

Although some alleys and one disputed street were cut out of INDOT funding in the town’s recent grant request, members of the Markle Town Council agreed to go ahead and pay for them anyway.

The 3-0 vote was taken at the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to accept the lowest bid on the street improvement project from E&B Paving at $187,505.

Josh Padgett, project engineer at Jones Petrie Rafinski, told councilmen the Indiana Department of Transportation removed five alleys from the grant distribution list because only public roadways are funded and alleys do not fall in that category.

They are:

• Alley between Sparks Street and Morse Street, from North Clark Street to Miller Street.

• Alley between Sparks Street and Morse Street, from North Lee Street to alley (SE).

• Alley between 1st Street and 2nd Street, from County Line Road to alley.

• Alley between County Line and Haflich, from 1st Street to 2nd Street.

• Alley between Logan and alley, from North Clark Street to County Line Road.

Also, INDOT also removed North Haflich Street, from 254 feet north of 2nd Street to where it dead-ends, also stating there is no finding that it is a public roadway.

The town would have originally paid $46,876.85 as its portion of the 75/25 matching grant, but will now pay $79,313.75 to keep the alleys and Haflich Street in the project. Town Council President Jeff Humbarger said the town has the money in its budget to pay the extra amount.

“I think it makes a lot of sense just to leave those in there and let’s go ahead and let the town cover that difference,” he said.

INDOT has accepted 14 streets for the 2018 resurfacing project:

• County Line Road, from 1st Street to 2nd Street.

• County Line Road, from 2nd Street to 5th Street.

• County Line Road, from 5th Street to South Street.

• East Wilt Street, from South Draper Street to South Miller Street.

• East Wilt Street, from dead end to South Draper Street.

• Clay Street, from Hoover Lane to North Clark Street.

• North Lee Street, from West Logan Street to West Scott Street.

• West Sparks Street, from North Clark Street to North Lee Street.

• West Sparks Street, from North Lee Street to Sparks Street.

• 1st Street, from County Line Road to alley.

• North Clark Street, from Windridge Street to Hale Street.

• North Clark Street, from Hale Street to East Logan Street.

• East Sparks Street, from dead end to North Miller Street.

• North Draper Street, from East Morse Street to County Line Road.

In other business, the council unanimously approved Ordinance 1028-3 on its first reading. The ordinance establishes rules concerning the use of credit cards and charge accounts by the town.

Members of the Markle Area Chamber of Commerce also received a nod from the council in support of a one-day 4th of July block party on Wednesday, July 4.

By consensus, councilmen approved closing the section from Clark to Miller Street all day to set up a stage, agreed to pay for extra law enforcement coverage and the town’s public works department will assist with setup and signage.

Humbarger said the council may need to consult with its insurance representative about coverage for the event, as well as receive an OK from INDOT.

Chamber President Sherri Thomas said the family social event will feature free food, free music and fireworks.

The council also agreed to make a donation of $500 to the Izaak Walton League, which asked for donations to help fund trail improvements at its Huntington property.