Shelbyville Daily Union

Local News

August 16, 2013

County Board approved proposed budget for 2014


The board approved a joint agreement with IDOT for funding and approved the engineering agreement with Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick for the bridge replacement near Henton as presented by County Engineer Alan Spesard.

Spesard also reported that IDOT is requiring two bridges in Rose Township. Because there was no convenient way around one bridge approximately five miles northeast of Tower Hill, Spesard requested replacing the bridge with pipes as soon as possible at a cost of $25,000 to be shared equally between the township and the county. This was approved.

Spesard also asked for weight reduction on a wooden bridge on a county highway. This was also approved.

In other reports, Spesard said that the Clarksburg bridge is open and the railroad crossings in complete and open. He has also requested that a bridge in Lakewood Township be replaced using flood disaster funds from FEMA. Shelby County was declared one of the flood disaster counties by FEMA in April. Spesard reported that the bridge letting in Ash Grove Township was won by Depew and Owen and that a pre-job meeting will be held in August.

Zoning administrator Jared Rowcliffe reported that there were 12 building permits in July. As EMA administrator Rowcliffe reported that 30 weather radios were programmed at the radio programming day in July. He added that he has five radios left for sale.

Rowcliffe said the rural addressing program is “still plugging through” and anticipates completion by August 31. The addresses will have to be verified by the local post offices before cards are sent out. Some cards have already been sent out to the southern part of the county.

Board member Robert Jordan reported that someone had recently broken in to the animal control shelter and turned animals loose. Animal control officer Brad Hudson was able to recapture all the animals.

A security camera has been ordered, according to Hudson.

Cannon reported that the county has received $47,000 from the Clean Energy grant from the courthouse improvement and $9,000 from the State Board of Elections grant to be used toward software.

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