The County Highway Department budgeted $30,000 for the mowing crew and $7,500 for the supervisor in 2021. Superintendent Jason Peters says the Highway Department spends about $30,000 on equipment and repairs each year along with $20,000 for fuel and $5,000 for damages. That is over $92,000 each year.
Commissioner Kevin Overmyer said, “I’m really looking forward to not having to mow the county roads and I’m sure the Highway Department is because it is a very costly project.” He said the equipment costs along with fuel and manpower is a huge undertaking on top of the daily activities of the Highway Department. Overmyer said, “Hopefully we can have a long-term relationship with this company and get rid of some of our headaches.”
S&M Contractors LLC out of Goshen was the only company to bid on the mowing. Their rate was $21 per center line at 911 miles.
Jason Peters said they will mow 4 times a year and each round will be approximately $19,131 or $76,524. He said it will be a bit little bit less because the county will still do bat-wing-mowing on Lincoln Highway, Pioneer Drive and Michigan Road.