TEMPERANCE -- Three miles of pothole-plagued Rauch Road, a Monroe County link between U.S. 23 and South Dixie Highway, is to be resurfaced next year because of the cooperative efforts of Bedford and Ida townships and the Monroe County Road Commission.
Bedford Township officials last week approved spending $201,872 as the township's share of the cost to repave Rauch between Minx and Lewis roads and between Lewis and Jackman roads.
The Ida Township board, which shares responsibility with Bedford Township for maintenance, had approved an equal amount for the project.
The road commission will put aside $284,688 for engineering, labor, and construction. The nearly $690,000 repaving job is among the road commission projects scheduled for completion in 2013.
Supervisor Walt Wilburn said repaving of the remaining sections of Rauch Road is long overdue.
"It takes a lot of effort and work to bring two townships together to work on something at the same time and to have their budgets have the money in it at the same time to do it," he said.
The board also approved spending $861.50 as its share to fill and seal cracks on Rauch between Secor and Jackman roads. Ida Township is contributing the same amount, and the road commission is contributing $2,105 for the project, scheduled for this summer.
Mr. Wilburn said the maintenance work on the two-mile section is necessary to protect the investment made several years ago to repave the road.
"If we are repaving these roads we have to maintain them," he said.
The board accepted a $4,064,955 budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year that is about $95,000 more than the one ending in June.
Finance Director David Manning said the township expects to receive about $150,000 in additional revenue from various sources, including cable franchise fees and street lighting assessments
The budget allows for 2 percent wage increases for employees.