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Indiana Code Title 8. Utilities and Transportation § 8-20-1-35

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Sec. 35. (a) Whenever public convenience requires the erection, repair, or purchase of any bridge across a stream forming the boundary line between two (2) or more counties (and in all cases where a stream crosses a public highway forming the boundary line between two (2) or more counties, and where the stream requires a bridge of more than twenty (20) feet in length) the executive of either county may aid in the erection, repair, or purchase of the bridge and shall notify the other county of its intent.

(b) If the executive of the other county also agrees to provide aid, both executives shall, by concurrent resolution, order the preparation of a survey, an estimate, plans, and specifications for presentation at a joint session.  The executives shall place the plans and specifications agreed upon at the meeting on file with the auditor of the county that first offered to aid in the erection or repair of the bridge.  The auditor shall keep a complete record of all the proceedings relating to the bridge.

(c) If an executive fails, for a period of thirty (30) days after receiving notice, to join in the building, repair, or purchase of the bridge, then the executive of the first county may build, repair, or purchase the bridge, after first obtaining the written consent of the landowner in the adjoining county whose land will be occupied by any part of the bridge.

(d) The county executives shall jointly appoint a person who will supervise the erection or repair of the bridge, subject to rules adopted by the executives.  The executives may require the individual supervising the work to give bond in the manner prescribed by IC 5-4-1.

(e) The executives shall fix the appropriation to pay the cost of the improvement in a joint resolution.

(f) If any county refuses to join in the improvement of the bridge, the county desiring the improvements may proceed on its own, and when the cost does not exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000), the county making the improvement may recover from each adjoining county affected by the improvement the amount that the county should have paid had it joined in the improvement.  If the claim is litigated, the judgment shall include a reasonable fee for the plaintiff's attorney.

(g) All executives in advertising for bids, letting contracts, and requiring affidavits and bonds for bidders and contractors shall proceed under IC 36-1-12.  Each county shall be the owner of an interest in any bridge erected, repaired, or purchased under this section.

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