Historic Landmarks Gives ‘Thumbs Up’ To Local Preservation Project

online derelict bldgA 125-year-old brick building scheduled for the wrecking ball in downtown Crothersville has been approved by the board of directors of Indiana Historic Landmarks as a remediation project for the preservation organization, according to Greg Sekula, regional representative of the organization.

The 2-story building, built in 1891, at the stoplight corner originally served on the second floor as the meeting hall for the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge in Crothersville. The street level portion has served as pharmacies, barbershops, retail shops and the local library over the decades until it fell into disrepair over the past several years.

The Jackson County commissioners currently own the certificate of ownership due to delinquent property taxes.

The town has agreed to use $40,000 formerly earmarked for demolition to give to the Indiana Historic Landmarks to assist with the preservation effort.

Title to the property will go from the county to IHL and after remediation, they will market the building to a new owner.

“This is great news that this project will be moving forward,” said town council president Ardell Mitchell. “I hope we can work to help find a buyer and years from now we will see this building remain.”

Indiana Historic Landmarks will be replacing some brick, tuck pointing the structure, replacing the roof all to shore up the building and make it structurally sound.

Interior remodeling would be left to a future buyer to design the way that suits their business need.

Kovert-Hawkins of Jeffersonville is donating architectural services for the project, Mitchell said. Architect Hal Kovert is a Crothersville native and has been involved the the remodeling of Crothersville Community Schools and assisted the Greater Crothersville Heritage Foundation with design ideas for the present Hamacher Hall Cultural Arts Center.

Work on the IOOF building is expected to begin later this summer.

Conservation Club Frying Fish Saturday

The Tri-County Conservation Club, located at 8705 E 800 S southwest of Crothersville will hold their monthly fish fry on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call in orders will be taken by calling 812-498-6522, 812-498-4447 or 812-498-4448. The menu will consist of fish sandwiches for $3.50, french fries for $1.25, desserts for $1.00 and drinks for 50¢.

Indoor Marijuana Operation Located In Scott County

0729 p1 Flaminio, DavidA trooper with the Indiana State Police was attempting to serve an arrest warrant at 6191 East State Road 356 in Lexington last Thursday, July 23. The person being sought was not at the home but the trooper with assistance from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office located an indoor marijuana grow operation in a garage next to the home, according to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

“The garage contained grow lights and growing marijuana plants. The grow operation was estimated to be producing over $3,000 per month in marijuana proceeds,” Goodin said. “We don’t know how long the grow operation has been functioning.”

David Flaminio, 42, was arrested and incarcerated at the Scott County Jail on several marijuana related charges.

This investigation is continuing, Goodin reported.

Public Notice


Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals will be received:


Crothersville Community Schools

201 Preston Street

Crothersville, IN 47229


Roof Replacement Central Core Area

Crothersville High School

109 Preston Street

Crothersville, IN 47229


Administration Building

Crothersville Community Schools

201 Preston Street

Crothersville, IN 47229

UNTIL: 2:00 P.M. (EDST), (project local time)

DATE: August 10, 2015

At which time all proposals will be opened and publicly read aloud. Proposals received after the hour and date set for receiving of proposals, will be returned unopened.

Proposals shall be executed on the Contractor’s Bid for Public Works, Form No. 96 (Revised 2010), Parts I and II, in full accordance with the Proposal Documents, which are on file with the Owner and Architect and may be examined by Bidders at the following locations:

Crothersville Community Schools

201 Preston Street

Crothersville, IN 47229


812.793.3004 fax

Kovert Hawkins Architects, Inc.

630 Walnut Street

Jeffersonville, IN 47130


812-282-9171 fax


DATE: Thursday, July 30, 2015

TIME: 10:00 A.M. Local Time

LOCATION: Crothersville High School

109 Preston Street

Crothersville, IN 47229

All bidders and plan services will have free access to a complete electronic set of Drawings and Specifications.

All bid documents may be downloaded free of charge in electronic PDF format for viewing, printing and distribution to bidders, sub-bidders, suppliers, and reprographics services at the discretion and responsibility of the General Contractors. Bidders shall complete the Plan Holder List form via www.koverthawkins.com/bid-information.

Upon completion of the form, bidders will be re-directed to the Project Page where all bid information may be downloaded. Bidders should bookmark this link and www.koverthawkins.com/bid-information for future access.

A list of updated Plan Holders and Addenda will periodically be posted and made available for download.

The Architect retains all copyright to the bid documents, as instruments of their professional service.

Bidders, or any other persons, may not use the PDF files for any other purpose than preparing a bid for this project.

All General Contractors planning to submit a bid for this project are required to be Registered Plan Holders.

Registered Plan Holders are only those who complete the Plan Holder List form via the Architect’s website as indicated above. Addenda and any other additional information will be emailed only to these registered plan holders (using the address provided on the Plan Holder List form) as they become available.

Bidders obtaining partial copies of the bid documents from any other source are not Registered Plan Holders and will not be automatically provided with Addenda or other bidding updates as prepared by the Architect.

Non-Registered Plan Holders assume all responsibility for obtaining all necessary information in a timely manner.

General Contractors shall certify on the Proposal Form that they have obtained a complete set of construction documents, including all Drawings, Specifications and Addenda, and have reviewed the jobsite to sufficiently familiarize themselves with the existing conditions.

All questions and requests for substitutions shall be directed to:

Ken Peters

Kovert Hawkins Architects, Inc.


Bid Security in the amount of five percent (5%) of the Proposal, including all add alternates must accompany each Proposal in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders.

The Owner reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and to waive any irregularities in bidding.

The Base Bid may be held for a period not to exceed Sixty (60) days before awarding Contracts.

All additive Alternate Bids may be held for a period not to exceed Thirty (30) days after signing of Contract.

Should a successful Bidder withdraw his bid, or fail to execute a satisfactory contract within ten (10) days after notice of acceptance of his bid, the Owner may declare the Bid Security forfeited as liquidated damages, not as penalty.

The successful Bidder shall furnish a Performance Bond and Labor and Materials Payment Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Sum with an approved surety company and said bond shall remain in full force and effect for a period of one (1) year after date of final acceptance of the work.


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So Where Was Our Bridge Over Troubled Waters?

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

The floods of 2015 appear to have subsided for the time being. At least the flood waters that prevented passage over county and state roads along the Muscatatuck and White River basins.

Farmers, will be dealing with the over abundance of water for some time to come what with crops ruined and no time left in the growing season to re-plant. The remaining muck and silt may make cultivation difficult and weeds prolific.

Even those growing crops not in the flood prone areas have had production hampered by too much moisture. It is a definition of irony to see the six-figure irrigation systems some hub deep in water.

The Crothersville-Tampico Pike and Crothersville Road east of Slate Ford were impassible for a long while as were the Retreat Bottoms (appropriately named) and State Road 250.

Granted a bridge/culvert replacement had that road closed east of the flood prone area, but the locals have a non-state sanctioned detour. But with the shallow river basin area between Uniontown and Dudleytown also flooded, it left few options for east-west travel.

Couple the driving difficulties of the multi-single lane changing repairs of I-65, the traffic backups of the same and then the I-65 traffic diverting to US 31 causing that artery to clog, it left motorists with little to no options for non-snail’s pace travel.

Which, I suppose, brings me to the crux of this prose.

Why, when I-65 & US 31 are clogged with the usual traffic and east-west roadways are flooded, would INDOT decide to fix a bump in a bridge on US 31 over I-65. The single lane traffic caused even more back-ups.

Then there was the single lane chip and sealing on State Road 135. And some more single lane bridge bump fixing on the same area. On State Road 58 in Bartholomew County there were more minor road repairs forcing flaggers to get motorists in a single line.

At one point in the road repair gridlock I was told by an orange shirted worker to hurry up as others wanted to get through too. Then before I cleared the work area, another, by his hand gestures, wanted me to slow down.

On the back of their vest it reads INDOT, but from my experience the word was misspelled.

Road repairs are a good thing. A necessary thing. But don’t the road repair crews coordinate with the storm damage crews? If there is only one road out of Baghdad, should it be single lane for bridge repairs?

And now I see where a bridge over the Muscatatuck connecting the bumpy US 31 in Crothersville with the near failing US 31 in Austin is being prepared for traffic lights for more necessary travel delays.

To paraphrase as famous saying: INDOT moves in mysterious ways its wonders to perform.


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