Owen Commissioners Allow INDOT Closure Of Texas Pike
A complete closure of Texas Pike will take place near the end of April for one to two days to allow workers from Dave O’Mara Contractors to work on the roadway where it connects with State Road 46 West.
The Owen County Board of Commissioners agreed to the closure request from Indiana Department of Transportation Project Supervisor Ed Unger on Monday morning.
Unger explained that while O’Mara’s bid included working around a complete closure of the roadway, time and money would be saved if the work was expedited by the closure. A one- to two-day complete closure will not permit emergency or school bus traffic. A second partial seven-day closure allowing emergency and school bus traffic will also take place to allow workers to tie the newly-aligned roadway into State Road 46W. A seven-day notice of the closure will be provided to the public and printed in the Spencer Evening World. The Owen County Highway Department will soon begin work on local detours on Fall Creek and Shepard Patrick roads.
Also related to county roadways, the commissioners learned that a newly-purchased 1977 Athey 711-D Loader is being utilized to ditch along Smithville Road in Marion Township, while a box culvert is being considered to remedy issues on Fiscus Road.
In an update from county maintenance supervisor Sam Hobbs, the board agreed to allow Hobbs to remain in his current position with the county. Hobbs, who recently announced his intention to resign, said he would like to retain his position following an executive session with the board and further review of his job.
Hobbs informed the board that he would begin hauling trash collected at the courthouse to the county recycling center each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with assistance from Community Corrections on Wednesday and Saturday.
Hobbs told the board he is seeking quotes to repair water damage to the roof of the county Emergency Medical Services building, which will also need gutter work and a coat of ice guard on the building.
The board later received an update on ongoing tire collection at the county recycling center from director Troy Denney. After the first day of collection on Monday, the semi trailer used for tire collection has been filled and a new trailer should be in place in coming days.
The commissioners also approved a request from Owen County Clerk Jeff Brothers to enter into a one-year contract with Dossett Consulting LLC using IV-D Title funding to help with collecting child support at a monthly cost of $550. The board voted 3-0 to approve the request.
In an update from Owen County EMS Director Cris Lunsford, the board was informed of issues with decals recently placed on a newly-purchased ambulance. Lunsford explained that the ambulance remains under warranty and new decals will be placed on the truck in the near future.
In a request from the Patricksburg PTO, the board voted 3-0 to approve an annual request to hold the Bulldog Dash at Patricksburg Elementary School on Saturday, May 11.
The board was also approached by Southern Indiana Development Commission’s Matt Sward who provided a quarterly report concerning the project to rehabilitate the spillway at Lake Hollybrook and an invoice from SDIC totaling $2,400, which the board approved to be forwarded to the county council for payment.
The commissioners scheduled an April 12th work session to meet with contractor 3-D Construction and others involved with the courthouse Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility improvement project to discuss work yet to be competed. The public meeting will begin in the Commissioners’ Room, located on the second floor of the Owen County Courthouse, at 10:00 a.m.
Lastly, the board approved mowing and hay collection at the former Byerly Road Landfill by Patricksburg resident Jerry New- port, in addition to an employee vacation transfer request.
The Owen County Board of Commissioners will meet again on Monday, April 15, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room.
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