Following the presentation on the Grain Belt Express Transmission Line by Clean Line Energy representative Rick Cornell (see Friday, Dec. 13, Daily Union), the Shelby County Board heard requests from Shelby County Highway Engineer Alan Spesard.
The board approved a request to replace two bridges in Richland Township west of Strasburg.
“The bridges are adjacent. The west 12-ton bridge is currently closed. Both bridges had formerly been repaired. I’m asking to replace both bridges,” Spesard said.
Spesard said that the estimated cost of replacement is $690,000 which would be paid 80 percent federal funds, 16 percent state funds, and the remaining 4 percent paid between the county and the township.
“When we repair bridges, its always a tough decision to repair and two years later have a failing,” Spesard said.
Spesard also presented a resolution requesting approval from IDOT to use the $575,000 Motor Fuel Tax for maintaining county highways in 2014. This was approved by the board.
He also requested a resolution for 50 percent reimbursement of federal funds to Motor Fuel Tax. The board also approved this resolution.
Zoning administrator Jared Rowcliffe requested special exceptions for Shelby Electric Cooperative who is seeking to construct an electrical distribution station at Route 16 and 2200E and Iola Quarry Inc. who is seeking to expand its business in Clarksburg and Holland Townships. These were approved.
Rowcliffe presented a zoning amendment for Rock Springs Cabin from agriculture to general business. This was approved.
As EMA administrator, Rowcliffe reported that the rural addressing project was complete after 15 month of work. The final address cards are being mailed and he reminded people not to throw them away.
In committee reports, the animal control committee chairman Robert Jordan reported that the pound is looking at a new site.
“The Humane Society has decided to fold and has offered its building to the pound,” Jordan said. “The current pound is in bad shape and the opportunity came out of nowhere.”