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Shelburn council discusses repaving roads, closing a road, damaged building


The Shelburn Town Council is anxiously awaiting for bids to be opened in this year’s edition of continued road repaving in the town.

During its regular monthly meeting on Monday, town clerk-treasurer Jay Southwood explained a timeline for the 2019 version of the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.

The town invited bids through a public notice  in February with a deadline set for 2 p.m. Monday. At that time, bids received will be opened and publicly read aloud, then be taken under advisement for review by the town’s project manager, HWC Engineering.

Council member Jesse Kasinger asked what streets are in line to be repaved this year. Southwood replied the list has been posted on the town’s website,

The roads on this year’s list are:

• Thomas Street from Mill Street to its dead end.

• Walnut Street from Broadway Street to SR 48.

• Harrison Street from Delaware Street to Garfield Street.

• Kentucky Street from CR 600N to Harrison Street.

• Park Street from Wall Street to the curve.

• Lincoln Street from Poplar Street to Delaware Street.

• Maple Street from Delaware Street to Thomas Street.

• State Street from Maple Street to city limits.

• Missouri Street from Madison Street to Monroe Street.

“These roads are the ones we want to repave this year, but depending on the bid amounts, we might have to take a street off the list … like we did last year,” Southwood explained.

Switching gears, the council passed an ordinance to close Interurban Street from Mill Street on the north to Glenn Street on the south.

“The reason for closing and vacating the street is to allow for handicap access to the Interurban (Depot) Building located on the street,” council president Jim Ward explained.

All council members voting 4-0 in favor of the ordinance were Jesse Kasinger, Brad Cagle, Mark Shroyer and Ward.

Ward mentioned the town will also plan to design a turnaround in that area — a type to be determined, he said — for the use of large water trucks.

Discussion then switched to a damaged building on the opposite side of the Interurban Depot Building on Mill Street.

Winds last weekend were blamed for blowing off a large garage-size door and damaging the siding on the green building the town is in process of purchasing. The building is located just west of the Interurban Depot, which is being renovated.

Kasinger asked about the status of the building purchase.

Jay Southwood said a purchase agreement has been submitted to the owner at the asking price of $20,000.

“They were supposed to order a title search on the property for us … we’re paying for the title search of course. And we haven’t from them yet,” Southwood said.

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