2015-06-23 / Front Page

Commissioners Approve Culvert Repair On North Cataract Road

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


A partially collapsed culvert pipe beneath North Cataract Road is causing deterioration of the asphalt roadway in Jennings Township. Repairs, howver, are approximately three weeks away. (Staff Photo) A partially collapsed culvert pipe beneath North Cataract Road is causing deterioration of the asphalt roadway in Jennings Township. Repairs, howver, are approximately three weeks away. (Staff Photo) The deterioration of North Cataract Road due to a partially collapsed culvert drainage pipe was a cause of concern for the Owen County Board of Commissioners last Friday morning in the wake of heavy rainfall.

The board was unable to obtain a second quote for utilizing Inliner curedin place pipe product technology for the emergency repair of a 120-foot stretch of pipe, using four 24-foot lengths and a 24-foot ‘bullet nose,’ which is cut off at the end.

“The bottom of the pipe is rusted out, so it’s washing out around the pipe and making the road cave in,” Owen County Highway Department Superintendent Verl Keith explained. “As soon as we get that liner forecasted for the majority of the next 10 days. Those funds will come from the Cumulative Bridge Fund. weight limits. The board voted 3-0 to sign phase one of the inspection process.

Joining Keith was highway system. The upgrade will be covered with the highway’s existing $1,100 annu- al maintenance agreement.

The construction of a new salt barn by Graber Post Buildings was approved, 3-0, at a total cost of $85,225. The new 48’x96’ structure will include a six-inch concrete floor. The board also voted 3-0 to seek bids for the construction of a concrete apron.

The commissioners also voted 3-0 to approve a flag donation to Judge Kelsey Hanlon’s Owen County Circuit Court II. A presentation was scheduled for 8:00 a.m., prior to the next board meeting on Monday, July 6.

An event application from the Tivoli Theatre for a ‘Dino Daddy’ event to be held the following day, Saturday, June 20 was also unanimously approved.

Another 3-0 vote allowed the board to sign a sub-grant agreement for Owen County Emergency Management Director Jack White with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

The board decided to table quotes for a new computer server from AME Group and Four Phase Technology in order to allow county attorney Richard Lorenz to review the quotes. The server is to store back-up data for the county auditor and treasurer’s offices.

Also related to the auditor and treasurer offices, the commissioners agreed to schedule a joint special session with the county council in the near future, where tax software system demonstrations would be given by Low Associates and Thompson-Reuter.

The commissioners chose to recess the meeting for a second time, until further notice.

The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is set for Monday, July 6, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Room, located on the second floor of the Owen County Courthouse.

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