Council Considers Additional New Town Hall Matters

The Crothersville Town Council meeting on June 5 was the first to be held in the newly renovated Town Hall which formerly housed the Methodist Annex on Howard Street.

Some remaining exterior work still must be completed, according to town council president Ardell Mitchell.

To gain additional public parking on the west side of the town hall, the council is proposing constructing a paved parking area to accommodate six vehicles with access off Howard Street.

“This would be primarily for employee parking so we can leave the town owned public parking lot (on the east side of the town hall) open for the public to use,” said Mitchell.

All-Star Paving of Seymour was the apparent low bidder proposing to construct and pave the parking area for $13,614. All-Star was previously awarded the contract to mill and re-surface Howard Street from US 31 to Preston and Seymour Road from Howard to Colman.

Other parking lot proposals came from Sedam Construction of Hanover for $17,349; Temple & Temple of Salem for $19,423; and Dave O’Mara Paving of North Vernon for $24,866.

Among the other things to be considered is painting the exterior of the masonry building, placing signage on the east side of the building noting the town hall location and that the southeast door is the public entrance for public meetings, and updating some of the meeting room furnishings.

In other matters, the council approved amending the town nuisance ordinance as it applies to grass and weeds changing the notification height from 12″ to 8″.

The council also passed state mandated anti-nepotism and conflict of interest policies.

It was announced that work on the wastewater improvement project is continuing and that sewer work on US 31 at the south edge of town was to have begun this past Monday morning. Sewer work will make the area open to only one lane traffic for the next 30 days, it was reported.

Council president Ardell Mitchell as permission to waive ATV registration fees for a charity ATV ride to be held on September 15. ATV will depart the High Fly MX Track south of Crothersville, travel north on Frontage Road, then tour Crothersville before departing for Lovett, Deputy and Blocher before returning to Crothersville.

The council approved waiving the ATV registration fee for participants by a 2-0 vote with Mitchell abstaining.

Mitchell also reported that the Jackson County Recycling District had increased its monthly stipend to the town for recycling efforts from $400 to $600.