October 2017

Reaping a Harvest in Indiana

By Kevin Russel, PE
      Harrison County, Indiana

As it likely is for many of you, it’s budget approval time for County governments in Indiana. This year, Highway Departments all around our state are experiencing the truth embodied in a verse from Galatians that I’m fond of: “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”

For years here we’ve labored to maintain our local infrastructure with insufficient resources. We, like many of you, became experts at “doing more with less.” Through this time, though, we worked diligently to generate data and educate our elected representatives, as well as the public, about the seriousness of the funding crisis we faced: what that meant for the condition of our state’s infrastructure and, more importantly, the safety of our public.

Those efforts paid off this year with the passing of a comprehensive road funding package, HEA 1002. This is estimated to provide an additional $617 million for state and local road funding in FY2018 and increase annually up to an additional $1.209 billion in FY2024. HEA 1002 would never have happened without the tireless work of many of my county highway colleagues, as well as other local government groups and related stakeholders in the transportation industry throughout our great state of Indiana.

My department’s projected revenue for 2017 was approximately $3.6 million. This year when preparing our budget for 2018, we had the pleasure of seeing our projection increase to approximately $5.2 million as a result of this bill. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of the process that produced this bill. I’m also very excited to have the opportunity to serve as your NE region VP for NACE.

I’m fortunate to have bosses that recognize the value of participating in NACE. Time and time again, I’ve seen the truth in the statement that you “get out of an organization what you put into it.” It’s not always easy to make time to participate in a state organization, much less a national one such as NACE. But I can assure you that it is worth the investment of time it requires.

NACE works diligently on the national level in the same way that my colleagues and I worked for the passing of HEA 1002 here in Indiana on the state level. And just like here in Indiana, we will all reap benefits from NACE’s efforts if we do not grow weary of the work.

NACE genuinely is the “voice of county road officials.” Make our voice stronger by adding yours to it!

Visit our NACE Corporate Partners by clicking on their ads!

      

Oregon - Giving Us Ideas to Consider

NACE 2018 - What You Need to Know

New Pilot Project on Local Government Role in Drone Integration

Benchmarking Added to NACo County Explorer

Fires Wreak Havoc in California’s Wine Counties

Illinois Celebrates 103rd Annual Conference

Reaping a Harvest in Indiana

Paul Trombino a Step Closer to Post with Federal Highway Administration

Trump Officials Assure Republicans an Infrastructure Plan is Coming

New Cars Have More Distracting Technology on Board than Ever Before

White House Eyes 7-Cent Gas Tax Hike for Infrastructure Plan

EDC-4 Focus on Community Connections

Back to Basics : The Endangered Species Act

Court Ruling on Drones Signals Turbulence for Local Rules

Find the Safety Webinar for You

Webinar - Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) used on Highways

Mason County Seeks County Engineer / Deputy Director

Rockford City Director of Engineering Opening