Jackson County Water Utility Plans Expansion In Vernon Township

A planned Jackson County Water Utility expansion could benefit residents in northern and eastern Vernon Township.
According to JCWU manager Larry McIntosh, the three sections of the project will involve the installation of about 28 miles of new lines and could provide water to up to 600 households along the planned path.
McIntosh said the water utility has applied to the state’s Drinking Water Revolving Fund Loan Program to finance the $7 million expansion. He said the Brownstown based rural water utility is hoping to obtain a 30-year loan at 2.4% interest to pay for the expansion project.
“We’ll be holding a public hearing seeking input and answering questions from residents along the proposed expansion area,” said McIntosh. The public hearing will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 16 at the rural water utility office at 1119 W. Spring Street in the Ewing area of Brownstown.
Engineering consultant, Curry & Associates, Inc., will present the recommended improvements which includes distribution system expansion southeast of Seymour and north and east of Crothersville.
At this hearing, there will be the opportunity for questions and comments from the public, McIntosh said.
“All three sections of this project are in areas where residential growth is on-going or anticipated,” said the utility manager.
About 16 miles of 6” & 10” thick-walled PVC pipe would be installed in Section A southeast of Seymour outside the city limits.
Sections B & C of the expansion will occur in Vernon Township resulting in about 12 miles of pipe being installed to serve up nearly 200 households.
“Because of the number of industries along the I-65 & US 31 corridor, this section of Vernon Township is where is expect there to be increased numbers of houses,” he said.
Residents along the proposed expansion path will be receiving a survey sometime before Christmas, McIntosh said. “We hope they will complete the survey and mail it back in the postage paid envelope.”
He said if funding is approved, construction would start southeast of Seymour early fall 2018. The sections of Vernon Township would see construction begin late fall 2018. The entire project is expected to take about 18 months.
The construction would begin from existing service outward so that new expansion customers could be brought into service when the water main is installed along their home rather than wait until the entire project is complete.
Easement acquisition would begin as soon as the project receives funding approval, McIntosh said.
McIntosh said this proposed project does not include any towers or tanks for water pressure. “The 750,000 tank on top on Chestnut Ridge will us used to supply water pressure to the Vernon Township expansion,” he said.
Fire hydrants would be installed about every mile of the new waterline. “This will help with fire protection in the area and could result in a lowering of some property owners’ homeowners insurance,” noted McIntosh.
Unlike a municipal or regional sewer service, residents along the path of the proposed water line expansion will not be coerced to become a customer.
“We hope people realize that personal water wells do not last forever. There are costs to repair and maintenance,” said the utility manager. “Additionally, sometimes there are water quality issues with private wells which may involve the aquifer, water hardness, offending odors, or surface water infiltration.”
“Our rural water utility can help insure a stable supply of clean water to those who want to be our customers,” he said.
Jackson County Water Utility was formed in 1970 and began water service in 1975. It currently serves 5,600 customers throughout Jackson County outside the municipal areas of Seymour and Crothersville. Glenn E. Henry of Crothersville is a local representative on the rural water board of directors.

Color Has Finally Arrived At The Wilderness

by Curt Kovener

Whether it is old school Techni-color® or new school 4K high definition, autumn colors are abundant in the almost area of Jackson County. For the geographically puzzled that the is area that is almost to Lawrence County, almost to Monroe County, almost to Brown County, almost to Bartholomew County and thus almost out of Jackson County.
While tens of thousands of leaf lookers crowded the streets and State Road 46 in Brown County, the autumn color has come to us in Almost.
The early morning and late evening sunlight intensifies the subdued hues of yellows, muted orange and vivid reds and they are all counter-pointed by some still stubborn green leaves.
The drive back the half-mile lane is an ever-changing panorama palate passing by sassafras to maple to oak to yellow poplar and the highlights of red bud, dogwood, and hickory.
The various oak trees that shade the house have been giving up their acorns. Out in the woods this is a quiet natural event. But in the domicile there is the 24-hours a day initial hit of an acorn on the shingles followed by a bounce or two and the audible roll down the roof before a moment of silence and another hit and bounce on the deck.
Leaves accumulate on the rear deck and hide the lurking acorns awaiting a non-shoed foot to step on them resulting in a mildly painful foot jerk reaction. And with shoes it can be like a dangerous walk on marbles. The broom sends the leaves and fruit of the oak to the forest floor and a momentarily clean deck surface.
But the process must be repeated in the next day or two.
Fall brings some passing through feathered critters to the wilderness. There were good-sized ripples on the lake and a stealthy investigation revealed some coots and a pair of wood ducks dining on acorns at the north shallow end of the lake. And as I have already told you, we have a lot of acorns.
Deer like browsing on acorns though they must be stealthy like I was as Emma the Great Pyrenees is outdoors protecting her territory from all intruders. Coyotes, turkey, deer and those illiterate hunters who cannot read (or comprehend the meaning of) No Trespassing signs all get a gruff greeting and a chase by Emma.
There is a bit of conflict between the wilderness pets. Willow the cat likes this time of year as her black and brown tortoise-shell fur is camouflaged by the fallen leaves. And that helps her as she awaits birds that come to feed on the black sunflower seeds we put in the feeder. She considers the bird feeder a baiting station.
The conflict arises when Emma sees those invading seed stealers and rushes to the feeder barking to chase them off. Much to the consternation of Willow the cat.
So I suppose it could be said we have a G-rated action adventure feature in high-def color with surround sound playing now at the wilderness ultra-wide screen.

Legal Notices

LEGAL NOTICE
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
On or about February 2, 2018, the Town of Crothersville intends to apply to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for a grant from the State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Wastewater/Drinking Water Program. This program is funded by Title 1 of the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. These funds are to be used for community development project that will include the following activities: replacement of Seymour Road pump station and Seymour Road/Cindy Lane storm/sanitary separation. The total amount of CDBG funds to be requested is $550,000. The amount of CDBG funds proposed to be used for activities that will benefit low- and moderate-income persons is $281,875. The Applicant also proposes to expend an estimated $103,064 in non-CDBG funds on the project. These non-CDBG funds will be potentially derived from the following sources: water and sewer funds.
The Town of Crothersville will hold a public hearing on November 20, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Crothersville Town Hall, 111 E. Howard Street, Crothersville, Indiana to provide interested parties an opportunity to express their views on the proposed federally funded CDBG funded project. Persons with disabilities or non-English speaking persons who wish to attend the public hearing and need assistance should contact Office of the Clerk-Treasurer, Town Hall, 111 E. Howard Street, Indiana 47229, 812-793-2311 not later than November 16, 2017. Every effort will be made to make reasonable accommodations for these persons.
Information related to this project will be available for review prior to the public hearing as of November 20, 2017, at the Office of the Clerk-Treasurer, Town Hall, 111 E. Howard Street, Indiana 47229, 812-793-2311 during normal office hours. Interested citizens are invited to provide comments regarding these issues either at the public hearing or by prior written statement. Written comments should be submitted to Trena Carter, Administrative Resources association, 748 Franklin Street, Columbus, IN 47201, no later than November 17, 2017 in order to ensure placement of such comments in the official record of the public hearing proceedings. A plan to minimize displacement and provide assistance to those displaced has been prepared by Town of Crothersville and is also available to the public. This project will result in no displacement of any persons or businesses. For additional information concerning the proposed project, please contact Trena Carter, Administrative Resources association, telephone: (812) 376-9949, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or write to Trena Carter, Administrative Resources association, 748 Franklin Street, Columbus, IN 47201.
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LEGAL NOTICE
These are the Court Claims that were approved by County Commissioners for the month of September 2017.
Circuit Court
Bedford Office Supply, $154.22; M & M Office Products Inc, $309.95; Brooke Ritz, $15.64; Amanda Lowery, $99.50
Superior Court I,
Bedford Office Supply, $267.59; Legal Directories Publishing, $69.75
Superior Court II
Maria Hendrix, $50.00; Bedford Office Supply, $35.54; Quality Business Products Inc, $400.00; IN Council of Juvenile, $60.00
Kathy S. Hohenstreiter
Jackson County Auditor
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LEGAL NOTICE
These are the Court Claims that were approved by County Commissioners for the month of Oct 2017.
Circuit Court
Bedford Office Supply, $287.83; Phillips & Co, $144.00; Pitney Bowes Global Financial, $390.00; Great American Financial Services, $258.57; Pinnacle Mailing Products LLC, $206.45; Amanda Lowery, $143.02
Superior Court I
Travis Thompson, $25.00, Postmaster, $2529.45
Superior Court II,
South Central IN Interpreting, $961.36; Bedford Office Supplies, $343.47; Thompson Reuters-West, $220.00; Postmaster, $1401.50; Phillips & Co, $225.00
Kathy S. Hohenstreiter
Jackson County Auditor
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38 Parcels Sell At Delinquent Tax Sale For Over $1 Million

Four Properties, 2 In Crothersville, Fail To Sell

When the delinquent property tax sale list was first advertised in September there were 144 parcels with back taxes owed. By the time Friday’s tax sale began at the courthouse, that list had been pared down to 41 after property owners paid taxes owed prior to the sale.
Those 41 parcels owed a total of $116,584.20; successful bidders paid $1,053,184.88.
“The county is only interested in the taxes owed,” said county auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter. “The amount paid over the taxes owed will go into a surplus tax sale fund.”
She explained that those properties sold on Friday can be redeemed by their owners by paying the taxes plus 10% for the next six months; after that the interest increases to 15%. Upon redemption, the surplus paid by the successful bidder will be returned to that bidder.
Four of the 41 parcels did not sell at Friday morning’s tax sale; two of them in Crothersville,
One is one at 614 E. Bard Street that has been the focus of a cleanup effort by the Town of Crothersville. The property, owned by Paul & Penny Gay had $3,463.77 in taxes owed and failed to get that minimum bid.
A second parcel, a small parking lot on the southwest corner of Howard and Kovener Streets, owned by Grover Stacey also failed to gain the minimum $929.03 minimum bid.
Two other parcels failed to receive the minimum bid: 6668 N. Glendenning St in Freetown owned by Gary W. & Cheryl P. Greathouse failed to get the minimum $2,081.90 bid and the Unicell property on West Spring Street in Brownstown failed to get the minimum $156,466.52 bid for back taxes owed on the 32.7 acres site.
Hohenstreiter said that those properties would be offered for sale during a Commissioners’ Certificate Sale sometime in April 2018. At that sale the minimum bid per parcel is $200.
The following parcels sold at tax sale. Listed is the property owner, address, taxes owed; buyer and amount paid.
Brownstown Township
Raymond A. Reynolds, 210 S. Benton, $918.71; John Disque, $2,000.
Joe M. & June R. Peters, 522 W. Spring St., $9,960.91; SAVVY IN, LLC, $54,000.
Daranee Payattakool, 518 S. Poplar St., $4,269.83; SAVVY IN, LLC, $42,000.
Joe Mark Peters Sr. & June R. Peters, 116 S. Jackson St., 5,603.41; M&M Investments, $54,000.
Carr Township
Lezli A. McKnight, Christopher Williams, 74 acres 5941 S 1250 W, Medora, $3,407.57; Sabre Investments LLC, $106,000.
Mark Allen & Amber Kessner, 6894 S 1100 W, Medora, $2,154.21; M&M Investments, $32,000.
Jennifer George, 3393 S 1125 W, Medora, $478.11; SAVVY IN, LLC, $40,000.
Walter & Patricia Ingram, 16 acres in the 12000 block of W 425 S, Medora, $255.40; David Newkirk, $23,000.
Jesse Mann, 13.9 acres in the 3000 block of S 740, Medora, $771.40; Sabre Investments LLC, $17,000.
Natalie Phillips, 31 Elm St., Medora, $301.46; Dale Ehringer, $2,000.
Michael Wayne Moore, 116 S. Jackson St., Medora, 751.40; M&M Investments, $2,500.
Driftwood Township
Joe M. Peters Sr., .4 of an acre 200 block of S. State Road 135, Vallonia, $162.78; John Disque, $200.
Hamilton Township
Richard Eugene Rose, .08 of an acre 4000 block E SR 258, $146.53; Douglas Bledsoe, $146.53.
Jackson Township
Matthew P. Jackson, 3873 N US 31, $505.03; SAVVY IN, LLC, $4,500.
Grover & Sondra E. Stacey, 4990 N US 31, $37,865.68; M&M Investments, $114,000.
Carl A. & Sherry G. Thompson, 729 E. 5th St., $4,424.60; SAVVY IN, LLC, $44,000.
Joseph F. Laupus, 207 N. Chestnut St., $5,470.10; SAVVY IN, LLC, $22,000.
Joseph F. Laupus, 200 W. 2nd St., $5,470.10; GM Gillenwater, $30,000.
Juan Alberto Lopez Mendez, 221 S. Park St., $2,728.04; M&M Investments, $9,500.
Toby Brewer & Courtney Cooper, 402 W. 8th St., $261.26; Douglas Bledsoe, $4,500.
Owen Township
Tommy Joe Graham & Lisa A. Kirschbaum, 200 S 1250 W, Norman; M&M Investments, $14,000.
Cole C. Cummings, 8705 W 150 N, Medora; $3,600.04; SAVVY IN, LLC, $62,000.
Larry Sluder, 5425 N. Mackey St., Norman, $525.31; Dale Ehringer, $525.31.
Pershing Township
Dean Barger, .2 of an acre in the 7000 block of N 675 W, Freetown, $522.33; Dale Ehringer, $522.33.
Jason W. Burnside, 6712 N. Union St., Freetown, $2,660.69; SAVVY IN, LLC, $16,000.
Redding Township
Thomas W. & Janice L. Hoene, .48 of an acres in the 400 block of Redding Road, Seymour; $2,743.14; SAVVY IN, LLC, $42,000.
Sharon K. Hennsley, 11225 N US 31, $1,544.86; SAVVY IN, LLC, $66,000.
Nicole M. Zanghi, 11669 E 900 N, $628.55; SAVVY IN, LLC, $42,000.
Barbara & Char Ison, 207 E 13th St., $2,102.91; SAVVY IN, LLC, $32,000.
Anita Nalley, 1022 Center St., $3,360.94; Douglas Bledsoe, $6,500.
Vernon Township
Kirby Mosley, 10737 E State Road 250, $2,092.10; M&M Investments, $82,000.
Kirby Mosley, 1.46 acres in the 10000 block of E St Rd 250, $571.26; M&M Investments, $4,500.
Grover & Sondra Stacey, 500 W. Howard St., 3,161.92; M&M Investments, $30,000.
Southern Indiana Home Properties LLC, 302 W. Howard St., $2,171.47; UMB Bank, $7,500.
Travis W. Jones, 304 Mill St., $1,733.17; UMB Bank, $10.000.
Herman Edward & Betty Jean Calloway, .907 of an acres in the 600 block of E. Walnut St., $290.71; Rick Clark, $290.71.
Howard V. & Daisy Womack, 202 E. Howard St., $2,699.22; SAVVY IN, LLC, $34,000.