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DARKE COUNTY – A new amount of public roads was certified by the Darke County Board of Commissioners, during Wednesday’s Regular Session.

The total length of county maintained public roads in Darke County was 518.47 miles as of Dec. 31, 2012 as certified by the Board of County Commissioners and/or reported by the Director of Transportation.

As of Dec. 31, 2013, the amount of public roads that the county was responsible for maintaining was 520.997, a total increase of 2.15 miles from last year.

The additional roadways were a result of the addition of former State Route 242 to the care of the Darke County Engineer’s Office, with a total of $800,000 provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation for initial improvements to the state route.

While no additional funding was allocated for the road’s ongoing maintenance, Commissioner Rhoades stated that because of the recent reconditioning of the road, the route would likely not require additional upgrades for 10 to 20 years.

Richland Township was also eligible to assume maintenance of the road, however the Commissioners said that the Engineer’s Office was best suited to take on the stretch of roadway because of its consistent annual carryover.

Also during the session, the commissioners gave an update on their ongoing evaluation of the Darke County Township Association’s request to add a permissive $5 dollar license fee on a county-wide basis.

Currently the board is meeting with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Engineer’s Office for further clarification on the full effect of the fee. A decision is expected within a week.

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