Knox County Officials Disagree on Highway Supervisor

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Intense skepticism took over the Knox County Commissioners meeting Wednesday night. There’s disagreement over who should take over as the highway department supervisor.

Commissioner President Kellie Streeter says now is the time for a professional change, and advocates to hire RQAW, a private consulting engineer firm based in Indianapolis.

“I heard road projects, I saw paving projects. It was amazing. Knox County’s never been there,” says Streeter.

But this proposition came with some public backlash.

One man saying, “you’re hiring a thief. A liar. The guy that you’re putting in is a liar.”

The Commissioners don’t appear to be on the same page either. Tim Ellerman put himself on the agenda to explain his views. Ellerman walked through an annotated preliminary contract with RQAW, highlighting his concerns. One concern includes additional fees on top of the engineer’s $120,000 salary.

“And when it gets down to the extra charges, we’re going to be paying $220 an hour,” says Ellerman. “I didn’t think the meeting was Kosher.”

RQAW does come with an impressive resume. The proposed Knox County highway engineer, Greg Ellis, is a Rose-Hulman grad with local ties. Ellis ran the INDOT Vincennes Maintenance Operations in Knox County.
 

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