Washington County Gets New County Engineer at Board Meeting

The Washington County Board met on Tuesday for a regular monthly meeting.  At that meeting, the board approved the hire of a new county engineer, to replace Mitch Burdict.  Kiefer Heiman will become the new county engineer in Washington County, effective as of Monday, January 14th.  His term will be for 6-years, where he will be in charge of the highway department.  In other business, Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger gave his 2018 annual report, which included 107 total calls received, 40 investigations by either Styninger or the deputy coroner, 3 autopsies, 11 toxicology tests performed and 44 cremation permits issued.  There were 94 natural deaths in Washington County, 8 accidental deaths, 4 motor vehicle, 2 overdoses, 1 drowning and 1 falling, 5 suicide deaths and 1 death notification from an outside agency.  Three resolutions were approved during the meeting.  The 1st one was in regard to an appropriate township aid in Ashley, along Indiana Road.  The project is going to replace a damaged drainage structure, which is a single culvert along Indiana Road, for a cost of $1,551.  Also approved was a road bridge replacement bid to McKinley road, in Oakdale.  The bridge construction bid went to Lake Contracting of Addieville, for $315,662.  The county will pay for ½ of the 20-percent local funding match, required through the township bridge program.  Under the Sheriff’s monthly report, the county had 20 criminal arrests, 34 traffic arrests, and 45 warnings issued in December.  Lastly the county approved the appointment of Stephanie Kraus to an unexpired term to the Washington County Planning Commission from now till December 1st, 2020.