Legal Notice

Sealed bids will be received by the TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE, acting by and through the TOWN BOARD (hereinafter referred to as “the Owner”), at 111 WEST HOWARD STREET, CROTHERSVILLE, IN 47229 until 6:00 PM local time, FEBRUARY 6, 2018, for the construction of CCMG PROJECT IMPROVEMENTS for the TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE.
Bids received by the time and date specified will then be publicly opened and read aloud.
After review and award of a contract, the Owner will provide a “Notice to Proceed” to the Contractor. Contractor will then have 10 working days after said “Notice to Proceed” to commence construction and 90 days total to achieve substantial completion and an additional 30 days to complete all work for this project, for a total of 130 days after issuance of “Notice to Proceed” to project closeout. Substantial completion date is therefore anticipated to be July 12, 2018 and final completion date is therefore anticipated to be August 11, 2018, based on a Notice to Proceed and Contract approval by April 3, 2018. Contractor will be assessed $300.00 a day liquidated damages for any work remaining over and above either of the specified contract completion dates. Payment to be made on a standard monthly claim basis, with 10% retainage, and said retainage may be held up to three months after the successful completion of this contract. There is no retainage reduction for this project.
Copies of the Contract Documents are on file for review in the Office of the Owner (TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE – Clerk Treasurer, 111 WEST HOWARD, CROTHERSVILLE, IN 47229). Access to an ftp site with the Contract Documents in PDF format is available from the Engineer (FPBH, Inc., 72 HENRY STREET, P. O. Box 47, North Vernon, Indiana, 47265, 812-346-2045) for a non-refundable fee of $50.00 per set. Printed copies of the Contract Documents are available for a non-refundable fee of $50.00 per set. Additional sets may be purchased for a non-refundable fee of $25.00 per set. Partial sets will not be available. Only those plan holders registered through the Engineer will be allowed to submit a bid for the project.
There is no pre bid conference scheduled for this project.
Bids must be submitted on the forms in the Contract Documents and other conditions therein described must be met. Each bid must be enclosed in a sealed envelope, clearly marked TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE – CCMG PROJECT IMPROVEMENTS on the face of the envelope and display the name and address of the bidder. Each bid must be accompanied by a Bid Bond or Certified Check in a sum equal to 10% of the amount of the bid unless otherwise specified, and a completed Non-Collusion Affidavit. Bid prices must be firm for a period of ninety (90) days from the bid opening date. 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 and Labor and Materials Payment Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent
(100%) of the contract sum with an approved surety company. Said bond shall remain in full force and effect for a period of one (1) year after date of final acceptance of the work.
The TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE, reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and to waive any or all formalities.
January 12, 2018
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Job Description and Job Duties
•Assist with Operation of Water Facility and Distribution System under the direction of the Water Superintendent
•Assist with Operation of Wastewater Facility and Collection System under the direction of the Wastewater Superintendent
•Perform or assist in performing repairs on sewer lines, water lines and equipment repairs.
•Perform duties presented to Town Hall by concerned citizens or Town Council Members
•Heavy equipment operating experience is preferred but not required
•Assist with periodic animal control issues
•Assist in reading water meters when needed
•Perform or Assist in performing maintenance of town equipment
•Assist with snow removal and spreading salt during slick road conditions.
•Be on call for Town issues that may arise
•Learn and perform lab procedures for both Water and Wastewater facilities.
•Learn and perform procedures for checking operation of both Water and Wastewater facilities on weekends and holidays.
•Be courteous and respectful to co-workers, Town council members, vendors, all Town residents etc.
Work hours will be 7:30AM – 4:00PM (Monday – Friday) with some weekends, once trained.
Paid Holidays
Sick and Personal Time
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United Healthcare Insurance
Public Employee Retirement Fund
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Applications can be picked up and dropped off at Town Hall (111 E. Howard Street, Crothersville, Indiana 47229) during regular business hours. (7:30AM – 4:00PM)
Possible hire date sometime during early February.

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Council Shoots Down Gun Range

Town workers Roger Jewell (left) and Chris Mains dismantle targets at a gun range built surreptitiously on town property last month. The town council ordered the gun range, discovered at the old town dump, dismantled.


A gun range built on town property north of Crothersville had a brief life. Constructed unbeknownst to the Crothersville Town Council believed to be sometime in mid-December, the shooting range was ordered demolished when the council met Jan. 2.
The gun range was constructed on the old town dumpsite a 1.2 acre parcel on County Road 400 S. The town has not used the site since the mid-1960’s other than to store loads of dirt excavated during town storm water, water and sewer repair projects.
A now dismissed town employee apparently constructed the gun range without the council’s knowledge.
The council voted unanimously to dismantle the shooting range at their first meeting of the new year.
Councilman Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson was the most vocal in his opposition to the gun range.
“This is the stupidest thing that could happen,” he said noting that his opposition had nothing to do with gun ownership or gun rights but for safety and financial responsibility of the town.
“The dirt backstop was only six inches above the targets and beyond the dirt pile was US 31,” he said. “I don’t know how anyone could have thought that was a smart thing to build.”
“No body checked with us. Nobody asked permission. And the town’s insurance would have gone through the roof,” said councilman Bob Lytle.
Town workers were on the scene Wednesday morning removing the 1/2” steel plate targets and leveling the mound of dirt.
While some spent brass shell casings were found during the demolition, Crothersville Chief of Police Brent Turner said his department was made aware of the gun range only after it was completed.
“No officer with our department used the gun range,” Turner said.

Council Hears Project Updates, Makes Annual Appointments

The Crothersville Town Council heard updates on town projects and made annual appointments to boards when they met on Jan. 2.
Town Engineer Brad Bender told the council that the storm water project on the west side of town now substantially completed.
“The new, larger culverts on Kovener Street, Park Avenue and Bethany Road were set and the roadways opened to traffic Dec. 13,” said Bender. “There are a few punch list items for O’Mara to complete but we should be closed out well ahead of the July 2018 deadline.”
The next big project for Crothersville will be paving some 14 streets as a part of the state’s Community Crossroads grant.
Bender said bid documents will be completed and the project advertised for bids later this month with bids opened at the town council’s February meeting. “We should be ready to provide the winning bidder a notice to proceed by the April council meeting,” said Bender.
“That should get us in line in front of the large number of other communities who were also awarded paving grants,” he said.
Trena Carter of Ara said the town will be applying to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs on Feb. 9 for a $550,000 grant to replace the aging lift station at Seymour Road and to replace storm water and sanitary sewer lines in the immediate area.
If approved, the town will have to come up with a $144,272 local match.
In annual appointments, the council made a change to its leadership voting to name Danieta Foster as the new town council president. Chad Wilson was elected vice president.
Wilson, Brenda Holzworth, and Charles Densford were re-appointed to the town safety board.
Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson was re-appointed to the Jackson County Solid Waste District.
Curt Kovener was re-appointed as the town’s representative on Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation.

Cana Methodist Giving Away Coats

Cana United Methodist Church, located on State Road 250 east of Uniontown, is giving away winter coats.
According Pastor Brynen Chitwood, church members have been and continue to collect winter coats to distribute to those who need one.
“The temperatures have been extremely low lately and for that we would like to distribute coats throughout Jackson & Jennings Counties,” he said
Each Saturday of the month of January the church will be serving some type of hot soup along with giving away coats from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There is no deadline for the giving of these coats and if you need one don’t hesitate to stop by the church or call 812-599-9547, Chitwood said.

Weather Or Not…

by Curt Kovener

As it is at your house, it is cold and frozen in the wilderness.
And also as it is at your house, I am ready for a brief…or maybe even extended… above freezing respite.
It was welcome to have a light White Christmas. Though most of us would have preferred to have not been gifted with extended temperatures from sub-zero to the teens since then.
There is still a covering of the Christmas snow in the wilderness. It makes for easier wildlife viewing. Birds and other critters can be more easily seen moving about the woodland ridges and valleys. In light of the temperatures, I prefer to view them through the window from the inside of the house.
It is an adventure to visually track winged movement on the far ridge as blue jays, cardinals, and the generic “little brown birds” fly closer and closer to dine at the nearly always emptied seed feeder in front of the house.
Even Emma & Willow keep watch over their property from inside.
The pond has about 5” of ice. I do not know if that is a record since I do not keep such tallies. But I can tell you it is more than is needed or preferred.
As I walk the front porch and back deck to bring in wood for the now always burning fireplace, the boards crack and pop more than usual. I will blame the cold weather not my added holiday winter weight for their groaning.
You may wonder why I am writing about the obvious—the overly lingering #$%*%! cold Southern Hoosier temperatures.
It is a matter of history and tradition.
Long time readers of this column will recall that when I would write about how wet the weather was in the wilderness, by the time the newspaper came out the skies dried up. And the times when I would write about how hot and parched the wilderness was, by the time you got the paper mid-week, we enjoyed a cooling rain shower.
So that is why I write about this cold, frigid weather. For all of our comfort, let us hope history and tradition remain true.