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.”
The county would have to assume the debt from the Human Society’s building. The board approved getting an appraisal of the property.
Chairman Bruce Cannon reported that the airport will host the National WACO fly-in and that efforts are underway to look for lodging of the pilots and crew coming in.
“It’s great we can host such events for a small airport, but we need lodging. This is when it would be nice if Eagle Creek was open,” Cannon said. He added that he will be working with the Shelby County Tourism Office to find lodging.
An electronics recycling day is set for January 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. Recyclable items include microwaves, cell phones, VCRs, printers, speakers, cameras, computers, typewriters, and television. Recycling service is free but donations may be made to the Lake Volunteers Association.
Board appointments approved include: Rob McCall to the Shelby County Housing Authority; Lynn Williams to the Rescue Squad; and Rick Smith and Gary Robison to the Planning Commission.