VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Town council members Tuesday discussed submitting an application for an INDOT grant with Cory Whitesell of HWC Engineering of Indianapolis.
Whitesell explained INDOT has put out a call for projects. Possible projects have to be for work on roads, streets, bridges or trails. The INDOT project grant also requires a 20 percent match. Whitesell said Veedersburg has two potential projects: street, sidewalk, and water line work on South Mill Street from U.S. 136 to State Street; and extend the town trail all the way to Fountain Central Junior-Senior High School.
HWC Engineering estimates the Mill Street project would cost $2,289,000 and require a town match of $457,860. and the trail would cost around $1 million, not including the easement work. Applications are due in December, but Whitesell said that INDOT would call for projects next year.
Council members agreed Mill Street should be given priority. If awarded the grant, the project would not begin until 2015 or 2016.
In other business, town council members:
+ Learned from Whitesell the details of the first inspection of the former Cushman building on U.S. 136. Whitesell said that the masonry, walls, and foundation all look pretty good. The building itself is pretty stable; however, the first and second floors are collapsing. Both the east and west walls are adjoined to other buildings so if the council decides to demolish the building it will not be a cheap demolition. Whitesell said based on the first look, “it is very possible to save the building”. No price estimates can be given.
+ Learned the Christmas parade will be at 1 p.m. EST Dec. 7. The parade line up will begin at noon on Seventh Street. Santa Claus will visit the town municipal building immediately following the parade.