Public Notice


Invitation to Bid

2014 Town Barn Renovation

Sealed quotes will be received by The Town of Crothersville, (hereinafter referred to as “the Owner”), at the Crothersville Town Hall, 111 E. Howard St. Crothersville, IN 47229 until 4:00 P.M. local time, Tuesday, May 6 2014, for the 2014 Town Barn Renovation for the Town of Crothersville. Quotes received by the time and date specified will be opened later by the Town Council at the regular May meeting held at 5:30 at the Town Hall.


The owner reserves the right to reject all proposals. The owner is requesting prices on renovation of the town barn and disposal of all old material that is no longer needed.

Bidders are to provide pricing per the proposal.

After review and award of a contract, the Owner will provide a “Notice to Proceed” to the Contractor. Contractor will then have 60 working days after said “Notice to Proceed” to commence construction and 30 days after said “Notice to Proceed” to achieve substantial completion and 10 additional days to complete all work for this project, for a total of 100 days after “Notice to Proceed” to project closeout. Contractor will be assessed $100.00 a day liquidated damages for any work remaining over and above either of the specified contract completion dates. Payment will be made on a standard claim basis with a 10% retainage, and said retainage may be held up to 3 months after the successful completion of this contract.

There is no retainage reduction for this project.

Each QUOTE must be enclosed in a sealed envelope, clearly marked “2014 Town Barn Renovation” on the face of the envelope, and display the name and address of the proposer.

The Town of Crothersville, reserves the tight to accept or reject any quote and to waive any or all formalities.

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The Passing Of A Captain Of Industry

by Curt Kovener 

We admire entrepreneurs; those who have a vision, take risks, establish a business and keep it going for multiple decades. The Crothersville community lost one of its entrepreneurs last week with the passing of Earl Murray.

Murray, along with his partner, the late Lee ‘Sam’ Royalty established Regal Industries, the local manufacturer of cellulose insulation.

Murray began recycling back in the early 1960’s before the focus on recycling and reusing really took off. I am not so sure that he was that concerned with recycling and the environment as much as taking an abundant resource-used newspapers-and making them into a usable, cost effective way of insulating the houses he was building around Crothersville.

He started what we know as Regal Industries in a garage. He once told me that they would make insulation during the winter as a way of keeping his building crews employed. Then as more homeowners sought ways of making their home heating bills, the new form of “blow-in” insulation became in demand and Murray shifted focus from home construction to insulation manufacturing.

But the equipment to make newspapers into a usable product had to be self-fabricated and Murray used his self taught engineering and home building skills to develop bigger mills to make insulation. Nearly all of the early equipment was Murray made.

Earl & Ruth Murray were next door neighbors of mine though I rarely saw them. Earl would leave early and return late handling all things manufacturing at the plant. The times that I did see him and we exchanged pleasantries, he would be in work clothes with a dusting of ground up newsprint about his person.

With the manufacturing process, the metal mills would generate heat from friction. Heat and paper are not a good combination and there were a few fires at Regal. I recall one particularly bad fire in November which did significant damage to the equipment and arched steel building.

Even as the local fire department was busy extinguishing the fire, Murray, with his partner Sam, were in the company breakroom with paper and pencils making plans on how to make repairs and get back into production. As I recall, 10 days after the fire, they were back making insulation.

Earl told me at the time that he had employees who counted on him for a paycheck and he didn’t want any fire spoiling their Christmas.

Under Earl’s leadership, Regal grew to be one of the largest manufacturers of cellulose in the eastern U.S.- a fact that he rarely touted but was a source of pride for him.

Regal has been turned over to a new generation of entrepreneurs who face the same as well as new and higher technological hurdles as did their founder. His entrepreneurial spirit and hard work ethic will live on.


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BOOM!!! Fireworks May Return To Local Festival

After a several year hiatus, a Saturday night fireworks display may be returning to the Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival.

“If there is sufficient financial interest and contributions to allow it to happen,” said RWB Festival Director Sherry Bridges.

This year’s patriotic salute will be June 12-14 around the Crothersville Community School ground.

Fireworks, a festival ending salute, was discontinued several years ago because of the cost of fireworks and insurance.

“We are hoping to put together a 15-20 minute fireworks climax to this year’s festival. The cost of such a show is $4,000,” said Bridges.

“If local residents want to see fireworks we need to quickly see the level of their support with their checkbooks,” said Bridges.

Bridges said businesses are already contributing to the festival so whether or not there is fireworks will be determined by local residents.

Checks in any amount can be made payable and sent to the Red, White & Blue Festival, PO Box 102, Crothersville, IN 47229. Write “Fireworks” in the memo line.

Council Considering Increasing Its Size

If a resident request is carried through, the Crothersville Town Council could be increased from three to five members.

Resident Brenda Holzworth had earlier requested the council consider adding to it representative membership to allow for more input and debate into council action.

While the council will continue to consider the matter at its May meeting, council president Ardell Mitchell isn’t sold on public support for the expansion.

“I am not convinced that the public wants this,” he said during last Tuesday’s town council meeting. “Rather than coffee shop talk, we need to see signatures on paper that residents want this.”

He encouraged supporters of council expansion to develop and circulate a petition seeking signatures supporting increasing the number of seats on the town council.

According to clerk-treasurer Terry Richey, county clerk Amanda Lowery reported that Crothersville voters would have to vote on a public question to expand the council in the general election this November.

To get that question on the November ballot the council must pass a resolution approving the increase from three to five members to the county clerk by Aug. 1 of this year.

The resolution should state whether the members of the council will be elected from residence districts, at large, or a combination of both.

“If a majority of voters voting on the public question, vote yes, then you will have 2 new terms beginning January 1, that will likely only last one year,” wrote Lowery. “The existing members of the town council can select 2 voters who fit the qualifications to serve during 2015, until the next municipal election (IC 36-5-2-4.2(f).”

Increasing the number on the council will result in an additional council election being held in odd numbered years. Portions of the council would be voted on in alternating election cycles. Cost of the additional election is expected to be between $2,000-$3,000 paid for by the town every other year, the Richey said.

Mitchell said the matter would be revisited at the May meeting to gauge public opinion on the expansion.

In other matters, the council approved a separation of duties ordinance that allows the council to appoint the office manager. The ordinance came about after former clerk-treasurer Michele Teipen resigned, Terry Richey was appointed clerk who then named Teipen as her first deputy. Richey wants to name Teipen as office manager, a position historically held by the clerk-treasurer. Richey, who is the treasurer for Crothersville Community Schools, only wants to be the town clerk-treasurer, a part-time position.

The separation ordinance officially makes the office manager appointment the responsibility of the town council. The ordinance was approved 2-1 along party lines with Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson voting against the measure. “I think it will be tough to get a clerk-treasurer candidate to run for a part-time salary,” he said. The clerk-treasurer salary is currently $9,500 per year.

In other business:

•The council is considering street paving this summer. On the council street smoothing radar is Dixon Street from Kattman Ave. to Kovener Street, Bard Street from Seymour Road to Preston St., Marshall Drive from Moore Street to US 31, and Main Street from US 31 to Preston.

The town is to seek proposals for the street work for consideration at their May meeting.

•Council members reported that they have heard no interest from Crothersville area residents for serving on a now defunct parks board.

•The clerk-treasurer reported that she continues to gather information from companies to allow the town to accept credit card and electronic payments.

•The council approved traditional street closings for the Red, White & Blue Festival June 12-14. The First Baptist Church was granted approval to close Jackson Street from Howard to Main Streets from 8-11 a.m. on Sunday, June 15, for a special outdoor service. Rain date would be June 22.


‘Arts In The Ville’ At Hamacher Hall This Saturday

The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association will be celebrating the History and Art of Crothersville with its annual ‘Arts In The Ville’ this Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hamacher Hall.

There is no admission charge.

Several area artisans will be setting up shop inside Hamacher Hall to exhibit their craft and sell their wares. Woodcraft, soap, candles, jewelry, and Crothersville memorabilia will be among the artistry.

The Crothersville Town Players will be on stage at various times during the event with historical information about local schools, churches, events, and fascinating people from our community’s past.

“Although there are several events in the area this weekend, we hope all those interested in Crothersville’s history and art will find this an opportunity to stop by Hamacher Hall,” said Brenda Holzworth, President of the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association. “‘Arts in the ‘Ville’ is an annual event. This is a family event, and the perfect place to purchase unique items for gifts or for yourself.”

Sloppy joes, hot dogs, and other concessions will be available.

The purpose of Arts In The Ville is to encourage the exploration and preservation of Crothersville history, and to promote interest in the cultural and performing arts. The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association is a non-profit group that depends on fundraisers and donations to maintain programs available for the citizens in and around Crothersville.

Memberships are available for $12 annual, or $6 for students. Monetary donations and volunteers are welcomed.