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Alton bridge work still on schedule

August 05, 2009
Rehabilitation work on County Bridge No. 45 at Alton is progressing and should be completed by the beginning of November, according to an update given to the Crawford County Board of Commissioners last month.

The project engineer told the commissioners, at their July 23 meeting at the judicial complex in English, boats near the bridge will not need to be moved in the project's early stages but will have to be relocated prior to the structure being painted.

Flyers will be posted on the boats, and the owner of the boat ramp will be notified before painting begins.

The board has given District 3 Commissioner Jim Schultz, who represents the area, authority to select the paint color.

In another matter, the commissioners authorized District 2 Commissioner Randy Gilmore to work with County Attorney John E. Colin on drafting a letter of support for using federal stimulus dollars to resurrect the Anderson River Watershed project in the Hoosier National Forest. The letter is to be ready for all of the commissioners to sign at their next meeting.

Gilmore said the project, which began in the early to mid-1980s before being shelved, would create hundreds of jobs, Gilmore said.

The project would create a flood mitigation and water resource lake near and along the Anderson River in the western part of the county.

In other business, the commissioners:

•Were told by Rick Beaver, Mike Brown and Mike Trusty that they believe the approximately 0.6-mile lane they live on off of S.R. 66 south of Marengo is a county road that the county isn't receiving state funds to maintain.

Beaver said they discovered this after asking the state to fix a collapsed culvert at the road's intersection with S.R. 66. The state, he said, said it was not responsible since the lane was not listed as a county road.

"First and foremost, we want you guys to get some income off of it," Beaver said.

He asked for a letter stating the county has been maintaining the road since 1996 despite it not being listed on the county's inventory list.

Colin said a legal description is needed for required county easements. Larry Bye, president of the board, said the commissioners should be ready to take action either this month or in September.

•Approved allowing Hoosier Hills PACT to again apply for a juvenile grant through the county that provides funding for a program at Crawford County Junior-Senior High School. The county only acts as a pass-through and doesn't provide any matching dollars.

•Approved two subdivisions: Pine Bluff, a 31-lot development on Devil's Hollow Road, and Woodland Lakes, a 22-lot development on South Lively Road. The roads will be private.

•Approved a Homeland Security subgrant agreement with the state for $14,894 for GIS.

•Appointed Dennie Stroud as their representative to the Crawford County Public Library Board. He replaces Darwin Groves, who completed the maximum four terms. Stroud's term is for four years.

•Authorized applying for a permit from the town of English to construct a porch at the Probation Office.

•Were notified by Gilmore that a bridge replacement project on Allen Creek Road, which is in his district, has been slowed because of inclement weather and will not be completed by the beginning of school on Aug. 10 as hoped. The project, he said, should be finished a week or two into the school year.

•Open and took under advisement bids for two Ford vans, 1994 and 1999 models.

•Announced that their next meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 27, at the judicial complex. The public meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a closed executive session at 5.

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