Improvements will be made by the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 58 to the county Police Memorial located on the county Courthouse Plaza in Troy.

Billie Ray, president of the FOP lodge, told county commissioners May 16 he hopes work can get under way at the 18-year-old memorial in June.

The cost of the update will be paid for by the FOP, he said.

Bricks at the memorial have settle, making for an uneven area, and the bricks have faded and need to be relettered, Ray said.

The work, he said, “would only add to the beauty of the memorial.”

The commissioners had no problems with the proposed improvements. Commission President Jack Evans said the commission appreciated the FOP’s concerns and willingness to address the issues.

In other business last week, the commissioners sent petitions seeking a referendum on their recent vote to rezone the Trafalgar property in unincorporated Concord Township from agricultural to residential to the county Board of Elections. The board will be asked to verify that the petitions contain enough signatures for the requested referendum.

If so, the commission then would vote to ask the board to place the referendum on the November ballot. This would be the 18th referendum on the rezoning proposal involving the 50 acres off Monroe-Concord Road since 1995.

The commission also approved an agreement with Access Engineering of Celina to provide engineering services for design of a waterline extension loop to Upper Valley Medical Center, as requested by the county sanitary engineering department. The cost of the design work is not to exceed $49,500. Engineer Paul Huelskamp said the project would bring a second water line to the hospital property.

The commission last week also:

-      Awarded a contract for $213,921 to Tom’s Construction of St. Henry to perform the village of Potsdam storm water improvement project. The project is being paid for using grant funds.

-      Approved the hiring of Carl Stang as part time eligibility case aide college intern for the Department of Job and Family Services effective May 22.