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Farmersburg council proactive on stormwater, road repaving; police force recognized

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Photo by DENNIS CLARK

The Farmersburg Town Council worked on stormwater issues during
Tuesday's special meeting. Reviewing the map are, in back, from left,
Eric Smith of HWC Engineering and Woodrow Power. Looking on across
the 
table are, from left, Jim Bishop, Jim Sharpe and Jerry Baker.

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The Farmersburg Town Council has kept themselves busy in April with
not one, but two meetings in the past two weeks — both highlighted by
infrastructure issues.

In a special meeting on Thursday, Eric Smith of HWC Engineering
reviewed several stormwater projects. The reason is the town's
stormwater system has been placed in an agreed order status with
Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which set a deadline
of Saturday for an update.

Smith reviewed 10 trouble areas for stormwater and noted the town is
eligible to apply for a grant through the Office of Community and
Rural Affairs.

After a lengthy review and discussion period, the council approved
Smith to submit an update to IDEM on their plan to fix the problems.

"The deadline to respond to IDEM is May 1," Smith said. "This is to
show them we have a plan for down the line."

Rewinding to their regular meeting a week earlier, the council
discussed road repaving plans through the Community Crossing grant
program with Brian Fleck, a project manager with HWC.

Fleck said Milestone Contractors, the new name for Wabash Valley
Asphalt, was the low bidder and approved for the repaving.

Council president Jerry Baker explained this repaving was supposed to
have been done last September, but COVID slowed it down. A
pre-construction meeting was scheduled the next night, with Fleck
saying he expected Milestone to start concrete work later this month.

Fleck said they could be paving in about a month and if they are here
every day, it would take about a month to complete.

Baker and other council members asked about inspection of the paving
work as it is
ongoing, in order to fix any problems as they occur.

"It makes better sense to catch (problems) as they are doing it and
correct it right then," Baker said.

The council agreed to allow HWC to do this inspection of work with a
top cost limit of $5,000 for their services.

Next up in the Community Crossing program is a July deadline to submit
a bid for repaving several other streets not included in this cycle.
If awarded, this repaving would occur in 2022.

The council decided to leave the Main Street project for the upcoming
January 2022 bid process.

The council also has been considering various ways — lights, rumble
strips, speed bumps, etc. — to slow traffic on Main Street in front of
Northeast North Elementary School. At the special meeting, the council
agreed to utilize a pair of LED lights at the intersections of Fourth
and Fifth streets. They will ask Northeast School Corp. officials to
pay half of the
cost, and if not, would foot the bill with town funds.

Town Marshal Cody Strain reported his department had initiated 27
pullovers for speeding and running stop signs on Main and Heap
streets.

Strain also said the town's police unit is now recognized by the U.S.
Department of Justice.

"In the history of the Farmersburg Police Department they have never
been certified and accredited with the U.S. Department of Justice," he
said, noting one benefit will allow the department to obtain better
grants.

"It's a pretty good deal," Strain said.

The council also decided in their regular April meeting to have their
town hall be open five days a week, mentioning the town of Shelburn
and the county courthouse are all open five days a weeks.

The council voted 4-0 in favor, with Jim Sharpe — making his first
appearance as a new council member replacing Trent Fennell — making
the motion, with Jim Bishop making the second. Woodrow Power and Baker
also were in favor.

The town hall will now be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through
Friday, effective April 26.


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