2013-06-26 / Front Page

Hometown Values, World Class Vision

Up To Our Elbows In Progress...
by Denise Shaw,
Executive Director

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but travel around Spencer has become a bit of a challenge. Progress is often accompanied by inconvenience – at least for a little while. But, thankfully, there is a light at the end of our tunnel and when all is said and done the upgrades and improvements in our area will have been worth the price of a little inconvenience. Every time I get stuck in traffic or have to take a detour, I try to remind myself that it will be worth it in the end. It helps me cope.

Added to the challenges caused by state highway work in the area, will be the beginning of the sewer extension construction – which is scheduled to begin mid-July. For the sake of those who might be impacted, I am listing below a portion of the TENTATIVE construction schedule (weather permitting):

•July 7-20 – project set-up / erosion control. This segment of work will not have direct impact on drivers, but landowners that have granted easement might see some activity during this time. It is my understanding that the Owen County Fair will not be impacted in any way.

•July 21-September 21 – work will be done to lay pipe down River Road. The road will be closed to through traffic during this time, but homeowners and emergency vehicles should be able to have access from one direction or the other. Contractors and inspectors will be working with individual homeowners to keep them informed.

•September 3-October 19 – pipe is scheduled to be laid on the east side of State Road 43 directly across from the new Hoosier Energy facility site. A good portion of this work will be conducted within state highway right-of-way. If a landowner has a concern, our offices will be happy to put them in contact with the contractor and/or inspector on the job.

•Sewer service is scheduled to be operational by November 1, 2013.

•Road improvements to River Road will be fully complete in the spring of 2014.

There are other segments of the schedule that are specific to one or two properties. If landowners have any questions, they are certainly welcome to contact our offices for more details. Again, this schedule is only tentative, with much depending upon the weather.

With the start of construction, also comes the opportunity for landowners along the path to elect to hook on to the new sewer extension – ONLY IF they are so inclined. All indications are that the advent of sewer in the area will have a positive impact on property values, especially commercial sites. Homeowners and businesses not already under contract will be receiving a letter from the county/town attorney, representing the Owen County Redevelopment Commission and the Town of Spencer. The letter will provide details of the opportunity and a possible upcoming public meeting on this matter.

It has taken many years for our community to come to this place. A lot of hard work and investment has gone into this project which brings with it much promise for the future. By this time next year, we’ll be able to look back with satisfaction and a strong sense of accomplishment, remembering that change is hardly ever easy, but in the end things almost always turn out for the better. It has been my pleasure to have a small part in getting to see these things come to pass for the sake of this community and the precious people we call our “neighbors.”

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