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Repaved roads, new firehouse on the horizon for town of Shelburn


The residents of Shelburn will soon be seeing additional repaved roads and a new firehouse building.

First, Shelburn town officials opened bids for the 2019 edition of the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.

Two submitted bids were opened and read aloud at the town’s community building on Monday — Wabash Valley Asphalt ($438,260.61); and E & B Paving ($478,846.00).

The previous week, the town council voiced concerns that all the streets listed to be repaved would not be completed if the bids came in too high.

On Monday, Shelburn clerk-treasurer Jay Southwood remained optimistic.

I’m still hoping we can do all do the roads,” he said. “We should know in the next couple of weeks.”

The bids were taken under advisement by the town’s project manager, HWC Engineering, and a decision is expected to announced at the April town council meeting. 

The roads on this year’s list include:

• Thomas Street from Mill Street to its dead end.

• Walnut Street from Broadway Street to SR 48.

• Harrison Street from Delaware Street to Garfield Street.

• Kentucky Street from CR 600N to Harrison Street.

• Park Street from Wall Street to the curve.

• Lincoln Street from Poplar Street to Delaware Street.

• Maple Street from Delaware Street to Thomas Street.

• State Street from Maple Street to city limits.

• Missouri Street from Madison Street to Monroe Street.

The town of Farmersburg will also be opening bids at 3 p.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, the Thunderbird Fire Protection Territory is getting closer to moving into an all new firehouse at its same location near the intersection of Mill and Poplar streets.

“We hope to be in the building in about three to four weeks,” TFPT chief John Quilliam stated. “The outside is basically framed in. They still have to move a water line, then the next thing will be putting down a concrete floor.”

Quilliam said the previous firehouse was torn down in late December, with the new construction beginning “about a couple of weeks later.”

Divine Construction is building the new firehouse at a cost of $388,850.

During this time period of construction, the Shelburn fire trucks are being housed at Dodd’s Sawmill, located just over a mile south on U.S. 41.

“Dodd’s Sawmill made enough room in a rear building for us to house our equipment,” Quilliam said. “We have until April 15 (to stay there).”

As for being located outside, albeit near, Shelburn, Quilliam mentioned, “It hasn’t affected our response time.”

The new firehouse will have bay doors opening out onto Mill Street. The former building’s doors opened on Poplar Street, which created a rather tight squeeze, with a twist, onto a side street.

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