Commissioners approve bid for trail work

The Warren County Commissioners have signed off on a bid that will rehabilitate portions of the Warren Bike-Hike Trail.

The work will include repairs between the trail’s southern terminus in the City of Warren and its intersection with S. State St.

Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said only one bid was received and it came in just under $90,000.

He said further review of the bid by county staff indicated that the bid was a “reasonable price” and added that a $6,000 grant will help offset the cost, the rest of which will be funded by the county’s Act 13 allocation.

“(That) section really needs to be worked on,” Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said. “(I) think everybody will be very happy once it’s done.”

The commissioners also signed off on a budget narrative for Children and Youth as well as a policy to manage how county vehicles are utilized.

Meredith Ketcham, director of CYS, told the commissioners placements went down 33 percent last year. Five students graduated from high school with one heading to college.

Increases were seen in substance abuse cases and truancy cases but Ketcham said a change in the law — an the pandemic — might be driving the increase in truancy. “(We’re) hoping that this school year will be different,” she said.

The vehicle policy the commissioners also approved on Wednesday will allow the country to do background checks on people operating county cars and address a host of items such as mileage logs, reporting of crashes and citations.

“I think it’s all very reasonable,” Kafferlin said.


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