NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Long-time Hamilton County Commissioner Steve Dillinger delivered his annual State of the County address Wednesday at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville.
During the speech, Dillinger explained the state of Hamilton County is strong and the county has $51 million in the bank.
He also discussed major projects in the works for 2017 and prioritized those for CBS 4.
- State Road 37 Project- The environmental study is done for the approximate $124 million project. The first phase could begin this year in Fishers and will transform the intersections from 126th Street to 146th Street along SR 37 to roundabouts similar to what you see on Keystone Parkway in Carmel. The county is working with the City of Fishers and Noblesville on the project. Phase two involves transforming the remaining intersections on SR 37 in Noblesville up to State Road 32 to roundabouts as well.
- Pleasant Street Bypass- The Noblesville City Council just approved $2.75 million this week to start studying and designing the project. The county is in charge of building a bridge over the White River for the project. Dilinger said this is something he’s been working on since the 80’s and the time to act is now. He said traffic is only going to get worse in downtown Noblesville on SR 32 until another east-west corridor is finished.
- Relieve overcrowding at the Hamilton County Jail- This was the commissioner’s top priority in 2016, but the county council put the project on the hold because of a dispute of how many new beds to build. Dillinger said those discussions are still ongoing, but everyone agrees something needs to be done this year.
- Commercial development at Fishers Airport- Over the summer, the Indianapolis Airport Authority and Fishers City Council approved an agreement to develop 211 acres surrounding the Fishers airport into commercial space. Dillinger called the agreement unprecedented and the deal will increase Fishers’ commercial development property by 16 percent.
- Government Center Expansion- This was also one of the commissioner’s top priorities in 2016. The commissioners are currently looking at three different options for the expansion. The goal is to add additional court room space and to prepare for future growth in the county.