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Commissioners accept bids, receive info on CSX repairs


The Sullivan County Commissioners discussed road paving, railroad crossings, IT problems — even an ice cream social — during its first meeting of the month last week.
The commissioners accepted bids for road paving and related supplies at their previous meeting, then tabled a decision awaiting a review by Sullivan County Engineer Jerry Netherlain, for:
• Bituminous paving and associated work on CR 200S (54X).
• Community Crossings asphalt overlay on portions of CRs North 900W, North 400S, East 875N, North 700E, West 450S, West 700N, West 750N, North 750W, West 250S, South 500W, North 900W, East 250S and South 350W.
• Additional local road asphalt overlays.
• Double washed No. 11 limestone aggregate for chip and seal purpose.
• AE-90S emulsion for chip and seal.
Bid winners were Wabash Valley Asphalt for asphalt and paving; KTI (or Kennedy Trucking Inc.) for stone — S&G Excavating was also accepted as a backup bid; and Asphalt Materials for bituminous materials.
Netherlain also reported having discussions with CSX Railroad about their plans to repair crossings on CRs 300N, 400N, 450N, 500N, 550N, 700N and 850N starting in mid-June.
Netherlain told the commissioners he requested the railroad not closemore than two of these crossings at any one time to assist local traffic.
The railroad announced since that meeting they are set to begin crossing work on SR 48 near Shelburn on Monday. The work is expected to take four days, depending on weather conditions.
The commissioners also were given an early update on ongoing information technology issues at the courthouse from Steve Clark of Terre Haute-based Innovative Communication Solutions Inc.
Clark was recently hired in a special meeting six days earlier with a budget of up to $20,000 to get the “system straightened out … assess and get it fixed,” according to commissioners’ president Bob Davis.
In a related note, representatives of Edge Information Technologies, which performs similar IT work, introduced themselves to the commissioners.
“We’re here to express interest in providing IT services,” a representative said, noting they have been in business 15 years. He
said they have provided services for the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and E-911 for the past three years and the Sullivan County Health Department for two years. “We heard there was an opportunity and wanted to show that we were
interested,” the rep said.
In other business:
• The commissioners also heard annual reports of services provided by Developmental Services Inc. (Sherri Tredway) and Ride Solutions (Becky Guthrie), who also asked for continued county funding.
DSI provides services for individuals with disabilities and other challenges, while Ride Solutions provides low cost transportation for residents within a 10-county area, including Sullivan.
• Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce administrative assistant Brandy Wolfe asked — and received permission from the commissioners — for thechamber to host an ice cream social on the courthouse grounds on July 2.

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