Christmas Confection Construction

Over 40 area youngsters, adults and their families took part in the annual Christmas tradition of building a gingerbread house at the Crothersville Library on Thursday.
Using white icing as glue, graham crackers were used to construct walls and roof then colorful candies accented the edible holiday decoration.
Seven-year-old Brandi Dawson of Crothersville concentrates as she pipes icing to decorate her gingerbread house as her mother, Abigail Davis, watches the progress.

The Times Takes A Holiday Break

This will be the final issue of 2017 for the Crothersville Times as we take our traditional holiday vacation. Look for your first issue of the Times on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

From Curt the editor, Dale who is in charge of circulation, Doris the circulation supervisor, Becky the occasional columnist, Willow the Cat and Emma the Great Pyrenees who are in charge of Wilderness critter control…thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

CHS Coronates Homecoming Court

Noah Hoskins, son of Chris & Connie Hoskins, was named Homecoming King and Chasta Lamb, daughter of Sonja Lizenby and Doug Lamb was named Homecoming Queen prior to the Crothersville-Madison Shawe basketball game Friday in the CHS gym. The Tigers defeated the visiting Hilltoppers 77-47 to extend their season to 5-2.
First runners-up were Lane Wienhorst, son of Jennifer and Kenney Wienhorst and Maddie Riley, daughter of Susie and Bobby Riley; 2nd Runners-Up, Josh Thomas, son Tabitha Smallwood and Cami Keasler, daughter of Angie and Cory Keasler; 3rd Runners-Up, Logan Brewer son of Natalie Roberts and Eric Brewer and Piper Hensley, daughter of Tanita and Kevin Hensley.

Holiday Closings

Crothersville Town Hall will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 25 & 26 for Christmas and Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 1 & 2 for New Years.
Rumpke trash and recycling pick up will be delayed both weeks from Tuesday to Wednesday.
The Crothersville Post Office will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, & Monday, Jan. 1.
The Jackson County Public Library in Crothersville, Medora & Seymour will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and January 1. All branches will close at 6 p.m. December 20-21 and December 26-28.
The Discovery Bus is also off the road December 25 through January 1.
Customers may use the materials returns at the Seymour, Crothersville, and Medora libraries on the nights and days the libraries are closed.

The W In Christmas

by Curt Kovener

(Christmas traditions make the winter holiday special. We share with you another of our Christmas traditions with this story from the Curt Comments archives.)

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on non-essential obligations— extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.
My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a 5-year old. For weeks, he’d been memorizing songs for his school’s “Winter Pageant.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d be working the night of the production.
Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there’d be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.
So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As we waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, one by one, each class rose to perform their song.
When my son’s class rose to sing, “Christmas Love,” Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright woolen toboggans upon their heads.
Those students in the front row-center stage held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song.
As the class would sing “C is for Christmas,” a child would hold up the letter C.
Then, “H is for Happy,” and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, “Christmas Love.”
The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her. A small, quiet, girl who had Downs Syndrome in the front row was holding her letter “M” upside down— totally unaware her letter “M” appeared as a “W”.
The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one’s mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her. She stood tall, proudly holding her “W”.
Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together.
A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen. In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.
For when the last letter was held high, the message read clearly: “CHRIST WAS LOVE”
And He still is.

Legal Notices

CAUSE NO.36C01-1711-EU-000106
In the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Indiana.
Pursuant to I.C. 29-1-7-7, notice is hereby given that Steven Trapp was on the 30th day of November, 2017, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Murrel R. Trapp, deceased, who died testate on September 28, 2017.
All persons having claims against this estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the office of the clerk of this court within three (3) months from the date of first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedent’s death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred.
Dated at Brownstown, Indiana, this 30th day of November 2017.
Amanda L. Lowery
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Jackson County, Indiana
Attorney for Estate:
Matthew J. Lorenzo
Lorenzo & Bevers
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
Phone: (812) 524-9000
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On or about February 9, 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 force main; installation of storm sewer, storm sewer discharge pipe, manholes, storm inlets, and appropriate appurtenances all within the Seymour Road/Cindy Lane/Walnut Street area. 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 $144,272 in non-CDBG funds on the project. These non-CDBG funds will be potentially derived from the following sources: Water Utility Operating and Sewer Utility Operating funds.
The Town of Crothersville will hold a public hearing on Tuesday January 2, 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 December 28, 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 January 2, 2018, 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 December 29, 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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In order to assure compliance with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (IOCRA) and related requirements regarding competitive negotiation of professional services, the Town of Crothersville, Indiana is seeking Requests for Statements of Qualifications for the provision of engineering services relating to the Wastewater System Improvements Project. This project will be supported in part or in whole by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds through a Wastewater/Drinking Water Program grant funded by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Description of Project/Scope of Services:
The services will include all necessary services for design and inspection for the recommended improvements based on issues impacting the Seymour Road Pump Station and surrounding area. The recommended improvements include:
•Replacement of the Seymour Road Pump/lift Station
•Replacement of 650 LF of 4″ force main sewer
•Lining 2 manholes
•Installation of 650 LFT of storm sewer and 380 LFT of storm sewer discharge pipe
•Installation of 8 manholes
•Installation of 8 inlets
•Move water lines and laterals as a result of the installation of new pipes
•Restoration of road
•Restoration of yards
Type of Contract
The Town of Crothersville will execute a cost reimbursement type of contract for these services that is contingent on the final commitment of grant funding. All services will be stated on the cost reimbursement basis (hourly rate and maximum hours fixed). The awarded contract will have a not to exceed clause that will limit the allowable fees charged in connection with these services through close out.
Federal Requirements
Prospective offerors should note the successful proposer must meet the following terms and conditions:
1. 24 CFR Part 85.36.
2.Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
3. Conflict of Interest (24 CFR Part 570).
4. Access to records.
5. Executive Order 11246- Equal Employment Opportunity
6. Executive Order 12138- Women Business Enterprise Policy.
7. Architectural Barrier Act of 1968.
8. Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
9. Section 3 Clause -Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968.
10. Section 504 -Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
11. Retention and Custodial Requirements (24 CFR Part 85.42).
12. Executive Order 11063.
13. Affirmative Action Program I Plan.
14. Davis Bacon and Related Acts.
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (IOCRA) has a 10% MBE/WBE goal for all projects funded with Community Development Block Grant funds.
Rate of Proposals/Qualifications
The proposal must include sufficient information regarding qualifications and determine that the architect/engineer is qualified and experienced in similar projects. Do not include a proposed fee with the proposal, as this is a qualification based selection process. The proposal should include the following:
1. A description of expertise, experience and resources directly relevant and available for the proposed project.
2. A list of similar projects previously completed.
3. A list of references.
4. Resumes of professional staff members that will work on this project.
5. Name of person to be in charge of project.
6. Description of scope of services as per Description of Services Needed
7. A project time line.
The proposal shall also provide the following information:
Name, title, address and telephone number of individuals with authority to negotiate and bind the proposer contractually, and who may be contacted during the period of proposal evaluation.
Award of Contract
Proposal Evaluation criteria shall include:
I. Specialized experience or technical expertise of the organization and its personnel in connection with the scope of services to be provided and complexity of the project. (30 pts)
2.Capacity of the organization to perform the work within time limitations, taking into consideration the current planned workload of the firm. (30 pts)
3.Past record of performance on contracts, including quality of work, timeliness and cost control. (25 pts)
4. Familiarity of the organization with this type of project or problems applicable to the project. (15 pts)
If you are interested in providing the required services, please note that four (4) copies of the Statement of Qualification from each prospective organization must be received by the Town of Crothersville, 111 E. Howard Street, Crothersville, IN 47229 no later than 4:00 p.m. local time on January 22, 2018. The proposal must be submitted in writing in a sealed envelope labeled “Town of Crothersville Wastewater System Improvements Proposal”. Statement of Qualifications received after this time will be returned unopened. Each Statement of Qualification will be reviewed for completeness and clarity according to the above criteria.
The Town of Crothersville may or may not negotiate the fee schedule with one or more offers. The town reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals. The town is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The contract is tentatively scheduled to be awarded in March 2018. Offerors may desire additional information, a site visit, or clarification regarding the Statement of Qualification. If so, please contact Lenvel Robinson, Town Council President, (812)-525-9366 or Trena Carter of ARa at (812) 376-9949.
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