Council Finally OK’s East Walnut, Main Street Circle Sewers, Streets

The controversy over whether streets and sewers in two subdivisions in Crothersville were built to specifications and should be accepted by the town is no longer a point of contention. The town council last Tuesday unanimously voted to accept the east end of Walnut Street and Main Street Circle as a part of the town’s street and sewer system.
The Walnut Street question has been argued for over 40 years when Waldo ‘Bud’ Marshall developed the extension of Walnut Street from Preston to East Street. No records have been found if the sewer was installed correctly or if the now gravel roadway has sufficient base.
Main Street Circle is a bit more recent issue when developer Paul Scholl began building homes on the eastern end of Main Street in the late 1990’s. No records can be found of whether the sewers installed and in use are installed corrected and whether the paved street is up to town code.
“Are they up standard?” town council president Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson asked. “We don’t know because there is no documentation. Don’t we need that?”
Town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH told the council, “You can go through the exercise of running a camera (through the sewer) but it is a moot point because they are both (Walnut Street and Main Street Circle) connected to the town’s sewer system. You are collecting a fee for the sewer’s monthly use just like all of the other sewer utility users in town. They are paying the same rate as everyone else.”
“For all intents and purposes, they are already a part of your sewer system,” Bender said, adding, “Besides, if they are not, who do you go back on (to fix them)?”
The developers of both projects are deceased.
After the vote to accept both streets, Bender said he would begin the process to add the additional roadways into the town’s inventory which would increase road and street fuel tax funding from the state.
On another matter, Bender said that the Stormwater Grant project to clear the western portion of Hominy Ditch and install bigger culverts at Bethany Road, Parke Avenue and South Kovener Street is again delayed.
Work was scheduled to have begun on replacing the Bethany Road Culvert in the middle of September, but other than erecting warning signs, no work has been done.
“O’Mara Paving, (the winning bidder) is simply overworked with state highway paving contracts,” said Bender. He said the culvert replacement can take place in colder weather, but that resurfacing may have to wait until the asphalt plants re-open next spring.
In another paving matter, Bender said that he plans to have specifications drawn up in December for the recently awarded state Community Crossing grant of over $400,000,
“There will be a lot of communities seeking bids for paving next year and we need to be at the front of the line,” said Robinson.
Bender said if specs are drawn in December the town can go to bid and award in January for the spring 2018 paving season.
Crothersville Water utility Superintendent Chris Mains said that the town water tower maintenance project is drawing to an end.
“The inside of the tank has been coated and we are waiting on that coating to cure before installing the mixer to keep the tower water circulated. It all should be finished this week,” he said.
In other matters the council:
•Learned from Trena Carter of ARa that the community has been awarded $120,000 for home repairs under the community housing grant. “We expect that six homeowners should be assisted,” said Carter. “We are awaiting grant documents to determine who.”
•Approved getting bids to raze and clean-up a home site at 614 Bard Street removing an abandoned mobile home. The parcel is on this month’s county delinquent property tax sale showing $5,472.86 owed in back taxes.
• Established Trick or Treat night in Crothersville on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. Residents welcoming youngsters should turn on their front porch light.

Fall Festivals Saturday At Houston, Medora, & Wildlife Refuge

Fabulous food & entertaining events will be a part of the annual fall festivals in three corners of the county this Saturday.
The Houston Fall Festival, in northwest Jackson County, will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday at Houston School.
Activities include a tractor drive at 10 a.m.; a greased pig contest at 1 p.m.; and a program for veterans at 2 p.m. Other activities include a bake sale, wagon rides and music.
The festival, first conducted in 1994, focuses on raising money to preserve the community’s former schoolhouse. The school last educated students in 1967. In the early 1990s, a film company wanted to purchase the school and burn it as part of a movie.
However community members opposed the idea and decided to conduct the festival to raise funds to restore the church, which sits on property owned by Houston Christian Church.
Down the road from Houston will be the 8th annual Medora Goes Pink celebration to raise money for cancer fighters.
“To date, HOPE Medora Goes Pink Breast Cancer Awareness, Inc. has given, $69,000 to those affected by all types of cancer,” said one of the event organizers Debra Wayman.
The cancer awareness event is from 7 .m. to 4 p.m.
Schneck medical Center will host a health fair from 7 to 11 a.m.
Kelly Toon, Louisville’s leading caricature artist will be offering quick caricatures to the festival attendees.
The Medora Goes Pink parade, a first for this year, will step off at 3 p.m.
Parade Grand Marshals, are John Hughes and little Kinley Lynn Tormoehlen.
Anyone interested in entering the parade can contact organizer Missi Miser Robinson at
HOPE Medora Goes Pink is a 501 (c) (3) Non Profit Tax Exempt Charitable Organization. Anyone who would like to make a contribution can make checks payable to: HOPE Medora Goes Pink.
“100% of the donation will be given to Survivors or those on their journey,” said Wayman.
Donations can be mailed to: PO Box 125, Medora, In. 47260.
The eastern part of the area has a festival on Saturday with Log Cabin Day at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.
The annual event, sponsored by the refuge non-profit friends group, Muscatatuck Wildlife Society, will be held at Myers Cabin from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event features a free ham and bean lunch, music, a blacksmith, old-time crafts, wildlife exhibits, children’s activities, and much more.
Scattertuck Band will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and guests can peek inside the log cabin, which once housed the Myers family. Other activities include spinning, butter churning, popcorn shelling, treadle machine sewing, weaving, quill writing, playing string games and using a wringer washing machine.
The refuge “closed area” next to the Myers Cabin will also be open to visitors until 2:30 p.m. and a shuttle will take people to view an eagle nest.
Log Cabin Day culminates the observance of National Wildlife Refuge Week

DAR To Tour Hayden Museum

Fort Vallonia Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) will meet at Hayden Historical Museum, in Jennings County at 1 p.m. this Saturday, October 14, for the regular meeting and tour of the museum and campus.
The program title is “Celebrating the History of Hayden, IN (est. 1854)” and will be presented by a member of the museum. Hostess for the event is Reita Capes and those needing transportation may contact one of the members.
Anyone interested in becoming a member may contact the Regent, Jan Longest at (812) 361-7566.

Large Trash Pick-Up Begins Next Week

The fall large trash pick up will take place in Crothersville beginning next week.

The area of town east of the railroad and south of Howard Street will have large trash collected on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The northeast section of town north of Howard and east of the railroad will have large trash pick up on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The area west of town will have their large trash collected on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Tires, fence wire, construction debris will not be picked up. Mattresses must be fully wrapped in plastic to be collected. Oils, paint, and other potentially toxic liquids will not be collected.

Each resident’s large trash must fit in an area 4’x8’x4’.

For questions of acceptability for collection, residents should call town hall at 812-793-2311.

Conservation Club Plans Final Fish Fry Saturday

The Tri-County Conservation Club of Crothersville will hold their final Fish Fry/ Chili Supper of 2017 this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call in orders can be made by calling 812-498-4447 or 812-498-4448.

The menu will consist of fish sandwiches, french fries, desserts and drinks.

Club memberships are available.

The club is available for rental for $50-$60 through the Fall and Holiday Season.

Please contact Sandy at 812-793-2014 or Brian at 812-498-4447 for reservations information.