Allen County highlights last year’s successes and profiles this year’s projects in an 18-page report released Monday.
The 2012 Allen County annual report includes a breakdown of general fund revenues and the distribution of the county’s $80.7 million general fund budget; a recap of some of the major projects undertaken by the highway department; and a contact list of county officials and department heads. The report also includes expected projects in 2013.
Business was good last year, according to the report.
New businesses and expansions of existing companies included Parkview Health System, Franklin Electric, Greatbatch Medical, Sweetwater Sound, Meijer, Logistics Insight Corp, Voss Automotive Inc., DOWCO, Parco Inc., Precision Laser Services Inc., Exel Inc., Android Industries, American Mitsuba Corp., JCR Automation and Glaze Tool and Engineering.
Allen County continues to create good things with diminished resources, according to Commissioner Nelson Peters.
Economic development and transportation are two key areas that continue to drive jobs to this county, Peters said.
The number of permits issued in the city-county joint building department increased 19.2 percent – from 19,792 in 2011 to 23,613 last year. Department revenue was $1.61 million, a 12.9 increase, according to the report.
There were 273 new commercial permits issued, compared with 229 the year before.
Efforts to streamline the permit process and align city and county codes and ordinances remain ongoing, with the first phase expected to be completed this year.
Also this year, the county will work toward procuring funding for the Lafayette Center Road project, Peters said.
Allen and Huntington counties are working together to determine the feasibility of converting a stretch of road from Interstate 69 to Roanoke into a thoroughfare for motorists on U.S. 24.
In November, commissioners agreed to pay half of a $100,000 engineering study fee, and Huntington County agreed to pay the other half.
Results of the study are beginning to trickle through, and we should have the full report in the next month or so, Peters said.
The county will also continue to work with the northeast Indiana mayors and commissioners caucus, which includes about 30 to 40 key officials in 10 counties, he said.
We will continue to lobby the state and federal governments to bring back funding for roads and economic development-related projects, Peters said. We led the state in economic development, and we need to get more dollars up here.
Other projects include the relocation of the joint city-county 911 center from the basement of the Rousseau Centre to the fifth floor.