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Elkhart County Highway Department paying $90,000 in overtime

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The Elkhart County Commissioners approved a large sum of money to be shifted around between accounts for the Elkhart County Highway Department.

Highway Manager Jeff Taylor gave a request to the commissioners for the following:

From the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund:

  • $30,535 for an administrative assistants salary
  • $80,000 for excess hours

From the EDIT Fund:

  • $125,000 from the for traffic signal improvements

From the Cumulative Bridge Fund:

  • $10,000 for excess hours
  • $310,000 for work on bridge 127

From the Local Road and Street Fund:

  • $96,000 for vehicle repairs and bridge/traffic lights

The total cost: $651,535, with $90,000 of that money being for overtime costs. Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder says the county already has the money, it's just the case of having to shift the amount of funds in each account. One of the biggest factors he says was paying highway department workers overtime. Two weeks ago, the highway department laid off 10 highway workers, leaving them in complete shock. County Administrator Tom Byers said the 10 layoffs would save the county nearly $400,000.

Jessica Miller was one of those who was let go. She says she's already found work, but she's still owed her last check which she says she will get Friday. She knows during the winter months, she plowed and accumulated over 90 hours of overtime she's still owed. Miller says she was able to cut that number down by taking a vacation in February, but she says she knew plowers that were approaching the 200 overtime hour mark.

FOX28's Faran Fronczak will have more tonight on the FOX28 News at 10 about how the County Commissioners plan to handle the expenses.

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