The 2020 Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival organizational committee have been busy brainstorming and seeing how the festival can continue on for many more years, committee member Tracy Karnes reported recently.
“We are very grateful for Sherry Bridges and the past festival members for all their hard work and dedication for so many years,” she said.
Erica Gorbett has taken the reins and the group’s first fundraiser set for Saturday, Sept. 14, from noon-8 p.m.
“The group will be holding a ‘Save the Red, White and Blue BBQ’ at Bard Street Park with live music, vendors, a baby contest, kids games, and a closing ceremony for Veterans,” said Gorbett. “Bring a comfy lawn chair and join us in the fun and music.”
“We may have some other events during the day and are hoping to see some of our past Prince and Princess joining us as well.” she added
The group is seeking vendors to set up for $20 for a 10’x10’ booth as well as helpers for the baby contest.
Anyone having questions, wanting to set up a booth can contact Erica Gorbett at 812.569.4019 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other members of the committee and their duties include:
Media: Chester Jones and Brady Riley at 812-216-0050 or email at email@example.com
Donations: Ashley Ford at 812-498-2208 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Erica Gorbett 812.569.4019 or email at email@example.com.
Music/Sound and Treasurer: John & Ronda Chastain at 812-521-4325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events: Tracy Karnes at 812.820.3639 or email@example.com.
The fall installment of the Crothersville Community Yard Sales will be Saturday, Oct. 5. Yard sale locations will be advertised free of charge on the town’s Facebook page.
Deadline for submitting a yard sale location will be Sunday Sept 29.
To submit a yard sale residents can leave their name and sale location in a message on the Town of Crothersville Facebook page, or send a text, or call 812-390-8217 and leave a message, with their name and address.
Two empty buildings on the west side of the courthouse square in downtown Scottsburg will soon be filled with a main level restaurant and upper floor converted to up-scale apartments.
Mayor William Graham said that 64 and 80 S. Main Street have been sold to Sprigler Downtown Scottsburg, LLC. The real estate transaction closed last Tuesday, Sept. 3. These buildings formerly were home to restaurants, most notably the restaurant known as Company’s Coming and then Jeeve’s.
Sprigler Downtown Scottsburg is affiliated with The Sprigler Company, which is a major developer in the New Albany and Floyd County area, Graham said.
Scottsburg has been working with Sprigler for the past few months on this multi-use development project which will bring 3-4 higher end residential apartments on the upper floor of the buildings and a full-service restaurant being located on the first floor of the buildings, he noted.
“Sprigler has estimated the investment in this project to be several hundred thousand dollars, which will first involve a major rehabilitation and remodel of the buildings,” Graham said.
Mayor Graham stated that he is excited to see this development on the City Square.
“This is exciting because it is a major investment in the downtown community and shows that a major developer has optimism and faith in a successful business venture in the downtown,” said Graham. “The additional traffic in the downtown generated by the restaurant and residents of the apartments should benefit the entire downtown community.
The city recently requested, and received, a zoning variance to allow multi-use of the buildings for both residential and commercial purposes.
In addition to the purchase of the buildings, Sprigler Downtown Scottsburg LLC purchased the restaurant liquor license held by the city.
“Approximately 2 years ago the city purchased that license (previously held by a restaurant at the same location) to use as an economic development tool in order to lure a full-service restaurant to the downtown area,” said Graham. “That plan appears to have come to fruition since one of the conditions of the sale to Sprigler was its pledge that a full-service restaurant be located on the first floor of the buildings.”
Sprigler will make arrangements with its restaurant tenant so that the tenant can use the license at that location. The restaurant plans to offer a full menu and bar as a result of having that license.
“The license being available was a critical piece of the development project according to Sprigler, and is vital to getting a full service restaurant to open at that location,” added the mayor.
The identity of the restaurant operator was not disclosed as details of the lease are still being negotiated, according to Sprigler.
“The City anticipates working with the restaurant operator to ensure a successful startup of this new business in Scottsburg,” said the mayor. “In the meantime, the community should see construction activity begin in the immediate future.”
The Jackson County Public Library is presenting a program on Essential Oils at the Crothersville, Medora, and Seymour libraries.
People who are interested in learning more about the benefits and use of essential oils are encouraged to attend one or more sessions led by volunteer Kimberly Sooy.
•Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Crothersville Library with registration requested by Sept. 12
•Thursday, Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at the Medora Library with registration requested by Sept. 17
•Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Seymour Library with registration requested by Sept. 19
Register by going to www.myjclibrary.org/events or calling the Seymour Library at 812-523-INFO (4636), Crothersville Library at 812-793-2927 or Medora Library at 812-966-2278. Programs with no or low attendance after the registration deadline may be cancelled
Scottsburg Solar Park Under Construction
The construction of a solar park along I-65 in the southwest corner of the City of Scottsburg is underway on a 43 acre parcel of land. When completed there will be around 36 acres of solar panels, making the Scott County power producer one of the larger solar parks in the state, said Scottsburg Mayor William Graham.
The Indiana Municipal Power Agency, (IMPA) will be constructing and generating the wholesale electricity for the city.
“Electricity generated from almost 25,000 solar panels will be directed into the Scottsburg Electric Utility distribution system for use by Scottsburg electric customers,” Graham said. Construction is expected to take about 8 months with the solar park generating and distributing electricity in the spring of 2020.
The Scottsburg City Administration has worked with IMPA over the past several months to bring this major construction project to Scottsburg.
Graham said there will be several benefits to the citizens of Scottsburg and Scott County from construction of this solar park including use of green energy by the city’s electric customers, creation of approximately 25 temporary construction jobs during the construction phase of the project, and taking Scottsburg to the forefront of producing green energy in the State of Indiana.
Based on the IMPA investment, around $12.1 million will be added to the local tax base as a result of the solar park project. It is anticipated that over $400,000 will be paid in taxes by IMPA during the next 10 years, said the mayor.
IMPA began operations in 1983 and now provides wholesale power to 61 municipal electric utilities, including Scottsburg, which was a founding member of IMPA.
Mayor Graham presently serves on the Board of Directors of IMPA and assists IMPA in carrying out its mission of providing low cost, reliable, and an environmentally responsible power supply to municipal electric utilities, such as Scottsburg.
According to a public notice ad found on page 3 of the edition of the Times and in the Public Notice section of this online edition , there are 140 parcels of property with delinquent taxes that could be sold at an auction at the Jackson County Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 29, beginning at 10 a.m.
The number of properties is up by 11 from 129 in the 2018 tax sale.
Real estate on which property taxes have not been paid for 18 months are eligible to be offered for sale by the county for back taxes.
During the October auction, properties will be offered for late taxes, special assessments, penalties & interest and auction fees with a minimum beginning bid.
After the auction, the property owners have up to a year to ‘redeem’ or pay the successful bidder for his bid plus interest.
In the first six months, to redeem a property an owner must pay 110% of the minimum bid and 5% per annum for any bid amount over the minimum bid. After six months, the interest goes to 15%.
In this day of less than 1% savings accounts and 2% CD’s, many investors participate in tax sales as a way to earn better returns on their money.
Residents interested in bidding on the tax sale should register online at http://legacy.sri-taxsale.com/Tax/Indiana/Registration/.
Bidders should arrive the morning of the tax sale at least 30 minutes before the beginning time to be assured to receive a bid number before the start of the sale, said Jackson County Treasurer Roger D. Hurt.
Bidders should bring their registration form and W-9 form with them the morning of the tax sale. These forms can be printed from the SRI registration web site, according to Jackson County Auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter.
Residents with property on the delinquent property tax list have until the day of the auction to pay the back taxes and have the property removed from the auction’s sale list.