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.
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 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.
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.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
January 10, 2018
Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)
30 South Meridian St., Suite 1000
Indianapolis, IN 46204
On or about January 18, 2018 the IHCDA will authorize the Town of Crothersville to submit a request to HUD the administering agency for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as:
Project title: Town of Crothersville Owner Occupied Rehab Program
Purpose/Scope of Project: Rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing units
Estimated funding: $120,004
Project location if applicable: Scattered Sites throughout the Town of Crothersville
The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the IHCDA, 30 South Meridian St., Suite 1000, Indianapolis, IN 46204 can be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to IHCDA, 30 South Meridian St., Suite 1000, Indianapolis, IN 46204. All comments received January 17, 2018 will be considered by the IHCDA prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The IHCDA certifies to HUD that Jacob Sipe in his capacity as Executive Director consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows Town of Crothersville to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the IHCDA’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the IHCDA; (b) the IHCDA has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) Town of Crothersville has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to HUD, Office of Community Planning and Development, ATTN: John Dorgan, Director of Community, Planning and Development, Minton Capehart Federal Building, 575 North Pennsylvania Street, Room 655, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
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