BY ROSE SCHMITT
VEEDERSBURG, Ind. —
Town council members approved an expanded grant proposal Tuesday. A public hearing on the altered proposal will be conducted May 14.
Corey Whitesell with HWC Engineering of Indianapolis explained the original scope of the town’s Main Street Revitalization grant proposal just addressed the sidewalks and some curbing on Main Street between First and Third Streets. The project was estimated to cost $375,000.
At the last board meeting, council members asked HWC Engineering to include replacing the sanitary line that runs under some buildings along U.S. Route 136 as part of the town’s grant proposal.
Whitesell said the updated proposal includes the original proposal as well as the work to replace the sanitary sewer line along Route 136 between a half block west of Main Street and Railroad Street. The updated project will cost $859,500.
Whitesell added that combining the two projects makes it more expensive, but it also makes it more competitive in the eyes of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Council members agreed the drainage issues need to be addressed downtown. They didn’t want to install new sidewalks just to have to take them out later to fix a sewer problem. Whitesell added the larger project is easier on businesses, because they will only have to face construction issues one year instead of several years of smaller projects.
The grant application is due to IOCRA on May 24. Whitesell said the biggest challenge will be getting easements with the property and business owners along Route 136 for the sanitary sewer work.
In other business, town council members:
Heard hydrants will be flushed on May 12.
Discussed replacing the sidewalks, steps, and asphalt drive around the fire station. Redevelopment Commission President Mike Booe said he thinks it might be smarter to just have the asphalt repaired instead of replacing it with concrete. Booe also wanted to make sure that all the bidders were quoting on the same specifications.
Fire chief Terry Shields said he will have three bids on the work by the next meeting and said he would contact each of the bidders to make sure they were all bidding on the same specs.
Heard from Cindy Ricketts with the Head Start program in Covington that she would like to restart a Veedersburg summer park program this year. The program would run from July 8 to Aug. 2 and would be open to children from 5 to 12 years old. Ricketts said she was not looking for any money since she hoped to get her funding from the Community Foundation, but she needed the town’s permission to use the park facilities and pool. Council members approved the request.
Learned this year’s downtown clean up dates are 9 a.m. on May 11, July 20 and Sept. 28.