2012-10-09 / Front Page

New Community Building Near Completion In Taylor Township

Site May Possibly Be New Voting Location
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


The on-going work to establish a new community center in Taylor Township is getting closer to completion at the corner of Hardware Road and U.S. Highway 231 North. 
(Staff Photo) The on-going work to establish a new community center in Taylor Township is getting closer to completion at the corner of Hardware Road and U.S. Highway 231 North. (Staff Photo) Residents in northern Owen County’s Taylor Township will soon be able to utilize a new community building just off of U.S. Highway 231 North on Hardware Road.

The 2.1 ares of land at 309 Hardware Road was originally donated to the Owen County Board of Commissioners by the late Melvin Hall, who hoped it would be utilized for a future emergency medical service substation. However, the Owen County Board of Commissioners, Wiley Truesdel, Steve Redenbaugh and Steve Williamson signed over the land to the Taylor Township Trustee in June of 2005.

“The county decided they weren’t going to use it, so they gave it back to the township,” McCammon recalled. “The way I understood it, they didn’t think they could put a building in there because of how low the power lines are. We got Duke Energy to come out and look at it and that’s why it sits (at an angle) like it does, because it’s the only way we could fit the building in there. It had to stay 75 feet from the middle of the power line, it was the only place to put it and still get a septic in there.”

The building is completed on the exterior with some essential work waiting to be completed.

“We’re waiting on the septic to be put in, it’s framed up totally, but it’s not finished inside,” Mc- Cammon said. “When we get the septic in, we can put the plumbing in, get it wired and it will be finished then.”

Several uses have been suggested, including citizens renting the building for gatherings and possible a new location for the Taylor Township polling site.

“We hope to be able to vote in there, of course we won’t be able to vote there this November, but in the future. Taylor Township votes over in the Millgrove United Methodist Church right now, so hopefully it will be set up to be able to vote in,” McCammon added. “It can be rented out for family reunions of whatever anyone would like to use it for. It will have handicap accessible male and female bathrooms. Then later we will have a sink, stove microwave and refrigerator, but I’m not sure when that will be. The rest of it is just open. It’s got doors on three sides, so if the weather is bad and if someone is handicapped, they can drive into the building and out the back side. It’s not going to have any air conditioning, so you can open it all up and get a breeze going through there.”

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