Kosciusko Area Bus Service gave 12,000 rides over 50,000 miles in the second quarter of the year, county commissioners heard this morning.
Commissioners signed off on the countywide transportation service’s $110,000 invoice to the Indiana Department of Transportation this morning, as well as endorsing two grant applications together worth about $451,000.
Another $68,000 grant would help KABS purchase two new small buses, General Manager Kevin Planck said, but they will need to come up with a $20,000 match.
Also this morning, commissioners set a new bid opening date of Sept. 23 at 9:15 a.m. for rehab of Bridge 278 in Syracuse, on Front Street over Turkey Creek. They rejected a $586,000 bid earlier this month as exceeding the engineer’s cost estimate.
It was the only bid submitted after six contractors picked up specs. Highway Superintendent Scott Tilden said the county will take another look and revise the estimate ahead of bid opening.
Tilden also agreed to sign a letter commissioners will draft asking farmers to be careful about their irrigators spraying water across the road at night. Commissioner Brad Jackson said they would rather write a letter than an ordinance.
“I’ve heard from people on cycles, at 2 a.m., they say all of a sudden they’re soaking wet,” Commissioner Bob Conley said.