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 mrobinson.gopink@gmail.com
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.

Some Of Life’s Confounding Questions

by Curt Kovener

Now that I am a member of the gray hair and Medicare Club, I have been around long enough to compile some perplexing and confounding questions on the world in which we live.
I’m not talking about ‘What’s the meaning of life?’ or ‘Does the Universe have an end? And if it doesn’t, Why?’ or ‘Why are all areas of government from federal to Indiana to Jackson County controlled by the GOP and still we can’t all get along?’
No, I am talking about the important stuff of life like…
•Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
•If a word is misspelled in a dictionary, how would we ever know?
•If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
•Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack? And how do we get back in to whack?
•Why do ‘tug’ boats push their barges?
•Why do they sing ‘Take me out to the ball game’, when they are already there?
•Why are they called ‘stands’ when they’re made for sitting?
•Why is it called ‘after dark’, when it is really after light?
•Doesn’t ‘expecting the unexpected’ make the unexpected expected?
•Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
•Why is phonics not spelled the way it sounds?
•If work is so terrific, how come they have to pay you to do it?
•If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
•Why do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?
•Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
•Why is bra singular and panties plural?

PUBLIC NOTICES

PUBLIC NOTICE
BITUMINOUS MATERIALS
The Board of Jackson County Commissioners will receive sealed bids for bituminous materials, for the Contract year of 2018. All bids to be on file in the office of the Auditor not later than 4:00 pm, November 20, 2017. At the 9:00 A.M. Meeting on November 21, 2017 all bids will be opened and read aloud in the Jackson County Courthouse Annex at 220 Walnut St., Brownstown, IN.
All bituminous materials shall be in conformance with the Indiana Department of Transportation, 1995 Standard Specifications as follows:
Asphalt Emulsion AE-90 Section : 902.04
The following quantities are estimates and to be used for bidding purposes only. The actual quantities used will be determined by the County.
Asphalt Emulsion AE-90 Gallons: 150,000
The bid price per gallon for the bituminous materials listed above shall be taken by the following four (4) methods of delivery.
1. F.O.B. PLANT PICK-UP – County will pick up the material at the vendor’s plant.
2. COUNTY STORAGE – Vendor will deliver material and pump into storage tank provided by county.
3. VENDOR STORAGE – Vendor will provide a storage tank at any point in Jackson County upon Superintendent’s request.
4. JOBSITE DELIVERY – Vendor will hold the truck transport at jobsite until emptied or released by Superintendent.
All proposals must be accompanied by a properly executed Bid Form 95 (which includes the non-collusion affidavit) as prescribed by the State Board of Accounts. Each Proposal shall be accompanied by an acceptable certified check, cashiers check, or surety bond made payable to Jackson County in an amount of not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid price.
The Board of Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all bids and the right to waive any informalities
in the bidding process.
Signed this 11th day of October, 2017.
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PUBLIC NOTICE
BITUMINOUS MIXTURE
The Board of Jackson County Commissioners will receive sealed bids for 5,000tons or less of the following types of Bituminous Mixture, for Contract year of 2018
Quoted price shall be per ton, F.O.B. plant, loaded into any County Highway truck.
Price should be bid as follows:
Hot Mix:
#9 Stone……………. @ $________per ton
#11 Stone………….. @ $________per ton
#9 Binder………. @ $________per ton
Cold Mix, all type…………..@ $____per ton
MWS Mix, all type………….@ $____per ton
Hot Asphalt Tack.@ $__________per ton
All proposals must be accompanied by a properly executed Bid Form 95 (which includes the non-collusion affidavit) as prescribed by the State Board of Accounts. Each proposal shall be accompanied by an acceptable certified check, cashiers check, or surety bond made payable to Jackson County in an amount of not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid price.
Unless otherwise specified herein, applicable portions of the Indiana Department of Transportation Specifications (1995) shall apply of this contract as if they were printed herein. Attention is called to the following particular Sections. Section 109, 401, 403, 406 and 620.
Each Bidder shall submit with their bid verification that the asphalt plant used to produce the Bituminous Mixture for this contract has been inspected and accepted by an approved source of supply by the Indiana Department of Transportation. The verification form submitted with the bid shall be a current INDOT Form TD-444, Bituminous Mixing Plant Inspection Report, completed and signed by a representative of the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Each Bidder must indicate on his bid for the exact location of their asphalt plant and stockpiles. They shall also list the exact dates of plant mix availability for both hot mix and stockpile mix.
Weigh scales and weigh tickets shall be in accordance with the applicable Provisions of Section 109 and Section 401 of the Indiana Department of Transportaiton Specifications, 1995. The weigh tickets shall contain the information as outlined in Section 109.01 (b). A weigh ticket shall accompany each load of Bituminous Mixture.
An approved Escalator Clause may be submitted with this bid.
Materials:
Hot Mix shall be Hot Asphalt Concrete produced as set out in the applicable Provisions of Sections 403 of the Indiana Department of Transportation Standard Specifications, 1995. Mixing asphalt shall be AC-20.
Cold Mix shall be produced as set out in the applicable Provisions of Section 406 of the Indiana Department of Transportation Standard Specification, 1995. Mixing asphalt shall be AE-150.
MWS Mix shall be Mixture WS produced as set out in the applicable Provisions of Section 620 of the Indiana Department of Transportation Specifications, 1995. Mixing asphalt shall be AE-300.
The Board of Commissioners reserve the right to reject any and all bids; reserve the right to waive irregularities in bidding procedure; to award to the lowest and best bidder and to reject any and all bids that are obviously irregular.
All Bids to be on file in the office of the County Auditor not later than 4:00 p. m. November 20, 2017. At the 9:00 A.M. Meeting on November 21, 2017 all bids will be opened and read aloud at the Jackson County Courthouse Annex at 220 Walnut St., Brownstown, IN.
Signed this 11th day of October, 2017.
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PUBLIC NOTICE
JACKSON COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
REQUEST FOR QUOTATION
CEMENT READY- MIX
2,000 Yards Or less of Ready Mix Cement. Quotes must be submitted on Ready Mix Cement on a per yard basis by using Stone and Sand that meet with the State of Indiana.
Specifications and supplier shall also supply any equipment needed to any point in Jackson County, subject to the supervision of the County Road Supervisor.
Quotes must be submitted using the following formula:
Class A Mix Per Yard
Class B Mix Per Yard
Class C Mix Per Yard
9 Bag Grout Mix Per Yard
Interplast-N Per Yard
Additive: Air entrainment 1% or 2% excelerator
3500 PSI
3000 PSI
The above combination of concrete shall meet the specifications of the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Quotes to be in the office of the Jackson County Highway Department not later than November 20, at 3:30 P.M.
Quotes shall be for the year 2018.
Signed this 11th day of October, 2017..
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PUBLIC NOTICE
JACKSON COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
REQUEST FOR QUOTATION
CULVERT MATERIALS
Quotations accepted for the year 2018.
8,000 Feet Or less corrugated galvinized steel and/or aluminum and/or plastic (sizes: 12″ through 60″ diameter) culvert pipe to be available in twenty (20) to forty (40) foot length sections.
>> Include pipe arch or other shapes of equivalent end areas
>> Include 16, 14, 12, & 10 gauge for steel and aluminum.
>> Include polymer precoated galvinized steel, if available.
>> Include corrugated N-12 Poly pipe (Diameter 4″ through 60″ smooth interior)
>> Include HP Storm Pipe (Diameter 12″ through 60″)
>> Larger diameter structures will be quoted as needed throughout the year.
All materials to be delivered to the County Highway Garage unless otherwise stated.
Delivery is required within 45 days of date of order.
Above price to be firm and net.
Quotations accepted for the year 2018 include certified chemical analysis from supplier of steel or aluminum or plastic. All materials to meet Indiana Department of Transportation Specifications.
Quotations to be on file in the office of the Jackson County Highway Department not later than November 20 at 3:30 p.m. 2017.
Signed this 11th day of October, 2017.
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PUBLIC NOTICE
GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL
Notice is hereby given that Jackson County, Indiana acting by and through its board of Commissioners will receive sealed bids at the office of the Auditor in the Courthouse, Brownstown, Indiana, until 4:00 P.M. on November 20, 2017 for the following gasoline, diesel fuel, oils, and other supplies for all County owned vehicles, for the year 2018. At the 9:00 A.M. Meeting on November 21, 2017 all Bids will be opened and read aloud at the Jackson County Courthouse Annex at 220 Walnut St., Brownstown, IN.
50,000 Gallons more or less, of lead free gasoline-regular grade 87 octane. Gasoline service is to be available 24 hours a day and seven days per week, preferably in three locations in Jackson County. Bids will be considered with a discount off pump quoted in bid, applicable taxes included in price per gallon.
65,000 Gallons more or less, of a 50 cetane on road premium diesel fuel oil with winter blend, in season and a 51-55 cetane off road diesel oil to be delivered to any tank the County may use in Jackson County.
Bulk Gallons more or less, of DEF endal (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) to be delivered bulk, 275 gallons.
The bid shall include rack prices as of November 8, 2017.
Bidder shall have the right to increase or decrease the contract unit price, in an amount equal to the bidder’s increase or decrease in cost of materials and supplies occurring subsequent to the date on which such a bid is awarded. Said increase or decrease in the bidder’s cost of materials and supplies shall be substantiated by proper documentation from the bidder’s source of supply. All services and supplies are to be purchased at the bidder’s place of business. Fixed price may be accepted.
The Right to reject any or all bids is reserved.
Each bid is to be on completed Bid Form 95 that includes a non-collusion affidavit and be accompanied with a Bond Bid, Cashier’s check or Certified check in the amount of 10% of the total bid. Bidding is to be accepted in accordance with laws of the State of Indiana governing bidding on county material, services and supplies.
Signed this 11th day of October, 2017.
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PUBLIC NOTICE
JACKSON COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
REQUEST FOR QUOTATION
OILS, ANTI-FREEZE & FLUIDS
Quotes accepted for the year 2018.
Lubricating Oils, Grease, Transmission Fluids and Anti-freeze (anti-freeze to be 55 gallon drums) quotes will be received for the following:
15W-40 EOL Bulk/275 gal
Mercon 12 / 1 cs. qts.
HYD R & O 20W ISO 68 55 gal. drums
MP GL-5 80W-90 30 gal. drums
Grease NLGI #2Cs. 30/1 tubes & 120# drum
Antifreeze Low Silicant Concen. 55 gal. drums
DEF endal (Diesel exhaust fluid) Bulk/275 gal
Quotes to be on file in the office of the Jackson County Highway Department not later than November 20, 2017 at 3:30 P.M.
Signed this 11th day of October, 2017.
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PUBLIC NOTICE
STONE AND OTHER AGGREGATE
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of the County of Jackson, Indiana, will receive sealed Bids until the hour of 4:00 p.m. on the 20th day of November, 2017. At the 9:00 A.M. Meeting on November 21, 2017, all bids will be opened and read aloud at the Jackson County Courthouse Annex at 220 Walnut St., Brownstown, IN.
Contract bids will be for the year 2018.
Crushed stone as described by the Indiana Department of Transportation. Stone furnished must meet the specifications of INDOT as to quality and size. Bidders price must include any and all cost of loading into County Highway trucks or private trucks employed by the County Highway Department.
Stone will be bid by and accepted by specific geographic area townships: Brownstown, Driftwood, Grassyfork, Washington, Salt Creek, Owen, Carr, Pershing, Hamilton, Vernon, Redding and Jackson so as trucks can better utilize time and mileage.
Stone shall consist of the following sizes numbers: #2, #4, #5, #8, #9, #11, #12, #53, #73, Rip Rap 6″ & 12″, Special Fill, Sand and Course Lime
Stone in all sizes shall also be bid at price F.O.B. quarry.
Stone must meet INDOT Class A Specifications
All proposals must be accompanied by a properly executed Bid Form 95 (which includes the non-collusion affidavit) as prescribed by the State Board of Accounts.
Each Proposal shall be accompanied by an acceptable certified check, cashiers check, or surety bond made payable to Jackson County in an amount of not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid price.
Signed this 11th day of October, 2017.
10/11, 10/18 hspaxlp

PUBLIC NOTICE
JACKSON COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS
TIRES AND TUBES
These specifications are for the tires and tubes for all present vehicles and equipment owned or purchased by the Jackson County Highway Department.
Price sheets quoted on regular and lug tires. Supplier shall also quote on radial, bias and belted bias tires.
Quotes to be submitted for heavy equipment and radial ply tires for all trucks and trailers. Radial ply shall be steel textile construction. Truck tire tread design shall be: Front – open groove with minimal slipping; Rear – traction conventional (standard tread depth).
Supplier to have a service truck available for repair service on the road.
Quotation will be for the year 2018.
Quotations to be on file in the office of the Jackson County Highway Department not later than November 20, at 3:30 , 2017.
*Tire sizes attached that the County is presently using:
235/75R17 4 ply Pickup
265/75R16 4 ply Pickup
245/75R18 10ply Pickup
235/85R16 10 ply Ton truck
245/75R16 4 ply Brush Chipper
245/75R17 4 ply Pickup
7.50 X 15 8 ply Roller
315/80R22.5 14 ply Dump truck
10.00R20 14 ply Dump Truck
11R22.5 14 ply Dump truck
9.50X16.5 10 ply Trailor
7X14.5 12 ply Trailor
17.5X25 8 ply Loader
17.5X24 8 ply Backhoe
11L16 8 ply Backhoe
18.4X30 6 ply Tractor
15-22.5 8 ply Chipbox
7.50-15 8 ply Roller
1100 x 20 14 ply Tack truck
185R14 4 ply Crafco Sealer
225/75R15 6 ply Brush Sprayer
205/75R15 6 ply Trailor
215/75R17.5 8 ply Trailor
10.00-20 16ply Wheeled Excavator
Signed this 11th day of October, 2017.
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