The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 10, 2013

Veedersburg council hears about revitalization grant

BY ROSE SCHMITT
Commercial-News

VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Town council members heard Tuesday from HWC Engineering representatives Corey Whitesell, Kim Sorenson and Rex Dillinger about the town’s Main Street Revitalization grant proposal.

Whitesell said the proposal they created for Veedersburg will cost about $375,000 and is just for sidewalk replacement on Main Street from First to Third Streets. The proposal did not include repairing the sanitary sewer line downtown. Whitesell said the sanitary sewer line work could be kept as a separate project from the sidewalks, but could be incorporated into the grant proposal if council members agreed.

Council members and street and water superintendent Paul Keeling agreed the repairs to the sanitary line should be included in the proposal. The sidewalk will then be replaced where it has to be torn out to fix the sanitary line.

The sewer line downtown is difficult to get to and even goes under some of buildings. Whitesell said the cost of the project will increase, but it also will make town’s grant proposal look more attractive since it now aims to resolve more issues.

HWC Engineers will take a look at the sanitary sewer and work with Keeling to resolve the problem. Whitesell promised the new grant proposal would be ready for the public hearing on the Main Street Revitalization grant at the April 23 council meeting.

In other business, town council members:

Approved Resolution 2-2013 to purchase a new fire truck.

Discussed the town’s water line work with the representative from HWC Engineering. Whitesell said the town can do its own work on projects that cost less than $150,000 before it has to put a project up for bid. Sorenson said the work Triad Engineering recommended in its planning grant study of the town’s water system can be broken down into smaller projects the town could address on its and at its own pace. These projects could include reinforcing and looping existing water lines.

Whitesell suggested the town use its first small water project as a test case to see what it will cost and how much time it takes.

Heard from Crystal Brewer with the Veedersburg Revitalization Association (VRA) that there are still 19 eagle banners. The VRA would like the town’s redevelopment commission to purchase 26 new banners from GP Designs of Marion, Ind. The new banners would have a patriotic design and would have “the hub of Fountain County” written on them. The banners are $85 each and would be delivered in two weeks. The council approved the purchase.

Heard from Brewer the new Christmas lights have been ordered and should be delivered in a few months. The final price on the lights was $15,213.05.

Learned from Dave Leek that the Veedersburg website is up and operational. Everyone is encouraged to visit the town’s new website at Veedersburg.net. The town council discussed that it might be a good idea to post some of the towns commonly referenced ordinances on the website such as those concerning animals, yard maintenance, golf carts, and curfews.