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The Holmes County Amish Steering Committee, a subgroup of the Amish Safety Committee, donated $57,000 again this year to a Road Maintenance Fund that helped pay for resurfacing work this week on sections of a buggy lane along U.S. Route 62 between Holmes Lumber and Berlin.
In accordance with Section 5501.33(A) of the Ohio Revised Code, any organization, individual or group of individuals may give money to the Ohio Department of Transportation to pay expenses the state incurs in maintaining, repairing or reconstructing state highways and roads upon which animal-drawn vehicles travel.
"This is the sixth time we've been able to apply these monies to the roadway, since this section was established in the ORC during ODOT's 2004-2005 Biennium Budget process," said ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam. "We continue to be amazed by this partnership and are very appreciative of the Amish community's generosity to assist us with roadway maintenance and repairs."
Melway Paving Co. Inc., from Holmesville, performed this work, and ODOT contributed almost $43,000 toward the project, totaling about $100,000.