?INDOT updates truck bypass project at local meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
????    Runfa Shi and Randall Brown of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) were in Salem on Wednesday, August 27, to meet with local government officials and interested citizens regarding plans for and progress on the truck bypass project to begin construction in 2009.  Thirty of the forty land parcels needed have already been acquired for the project that is scheduled to be completed in 2011 or 2012.
    According to Project Manager, Shi, the 3.65 mile corridor will run to the southeast of Salem between Highway # 135 and Highway # 56 with an interchange at Highway # 60.  The project, originally planned as a four lane expressway was modified to what Shi referred to as a “super two”.  When asked to give an example of a “super two”, the stretch of Highway # 56 east of Salem was noted.  This type of roadway construction is characterized by two wide lanes of oncoming traffic with very wide, paved shoulders for emergency use.  Mark Roseberry, Salem Building Commissioner, acting as meeting facilitator, explained that the change from a four lane roadway to  two lane had solely to do with costs.  Besides the obvious decrease in the construction costs, land acquisition would be cut in half.
    Those attending the meeting asked several questions ranging from time lines to issues of limited access.  According
to the current plan, access to the bypass will only be available at the three aforementioned state highways.  Several
attendees expressed concerns that economic development along the new highway will be drastically handicapped by
the lack of accessibility.  Both Shi and Brown assured the questioners that once the roadway is finished, future access
points can always be considered.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:52
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?Bike Ride and 5K Walk Benefit the Salem Rotary Club, Shop with a Cop PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
???    Bring friends and family for apple cider, autumn colors and a taste of small-town Americana during the Turkey Strut Bicycle Shimmy and 5K Sidewalk Shuffle in Salem,  October 4.
    With a parade start from Salem’s Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary School at 9  a.m., the Turkey Strut Bicycle Shimmy offers your choice of safe, scenic bike courses ranging from 10 to 60 miles through the Southern Indiana countryside. Routes are well-marked, and include homemade goodies like apple cider, cookies and parched corn at several SAG (Support and Gear) stops.  New this year is the 5K Sidewalk Shuffle for those who’d rather walk than ride. Designed for families, the 5K walk includes snacks and free admission to the nearby Depot Railroad Museum and Stevens Memorial Museum. 
    Registered cyclists can also tour the museums after the ride without charge.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:54
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?CASA in need of volunteers to help children in Washington County PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
?    CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children are in need of volunteers in Washington County.
    Washington County currently has five volunteers working diligently for the children in our county, but five is not enough with 14 children on a waiting list for CASA volunteers.
    CASA is a volunteer program with 65 counties in Indiana participating in this program
    Washington County volunteers donated approximately 9,540 hours, if paid $50 per hour, these volunteers would have donated $477,000 to Washington County.
    According to Jeanie Wood, Volunteer Coordinator, Washington County is in the process of holding a training class for September. Training consists of 30-40 hours done over a four to six week period.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:57
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?Brian Farmer replaces Richard Lambert on WW School Board PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 August 2008 00:00
? ?    The West Washington School Board appointed Brain Farmer to replace the vacant position of Richard Lambert who resigned effective August 1 at their recent meeting held on Monday, August 18.
    The board interviewed four potential candidates for the vacant position, Virgil Phelps, Marvin (Butch) Jenks, Duane Rippy and Brian Farmer.
    “I care about the education of my children and I care about the community.” said Farmer.
    Farmer has a lot of interaction with children. He has been an active volunteer in the community.
    Farmer will serve out the remainder of Lambert’s term until June 30, 2009.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2008 15:12
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?Board of Commissioners quiz contractors about bids for restoration work on county courthouse PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 August 2008 00:00
?    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday afternoon, August 20, with all members present. The Commissioners unanimously approved the minutes of previous meetings and all claims.
    Judge Robert Bennett addressed the Commissioners and introduced representatives from two construction companies specializing in restoration of historic buildings.  Dennis Bolton of BJB Architectural Metal Services, Inc. and Tom Johnson of Keystone Restorations went into depth explaining to the Commissioners what their inspections revealed about damage to the bell tower of the courthouse and the recommended work to correct the problems.
    All three Commissioners examined the bids and asked probing questions regarding the differences and similarities contained in the two bids. In summary, both companies plan to remove the aged and damaged mortar from around the sandstone masonry of the bell tower and replace the mortar with new, yet historically accurate, mortar and waterproof the exterior of the tower.  The bid from Keystone Restorations included a step of applying urethane sealant to the mortar.  Differences also were noted in how each contractor would actually get up to the bell tower and do the work.  BJB stated that their procedure called for workers to rappel down from the open area above the clock face to do the work while Keystone plans to use a large crane/lift vehicle and work from buckets.  According to Commissioner Lana Sullivan, the difference in the two bids is in excess of $56,000, BJB being the lower bid.  The Commissioners asked for and received references from each contractor and plan to verify those as soon as possible.  Regardless of which contractor is awarded the contract, work is expected to begin during the first week of September and completed some four to six weeks later.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2008 15:09
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