Public hearing set May 17 on Austin’s blight program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 20 April 2018 11:31



Five more buildings are being considered for purchase and demolition under Austin’s Blight Elimination Program (BEP).

All have served as homes. They are: 385 Wilbur Avenue; 147 Paulanna Avenue; 212 Paulanna Avenue; 695 Mann Avenue; and 232 East Main Street.

The BEP goal is to reduce the number of blighted and abandoned structures in Austin neighborhoods. BEP projects are funded through a grant awarded to Austin by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

A public hearing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, at Austin City Hall to discuss the program’s impact on the community. Any interested person may attend and comment.

Questions about properties targeted should be directed to Austin Mayor Dillo Bush by calling his office at 812-794-6646. To gain more information about BEP, visit or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Bids sought for portion of project at U.S. 31/State Road 256 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 April 2018 11:29



Officials with the City of Austin are accepting bids on a portion of a project being funded by the Austin Redevelopment Commission (ARC) as part of its economic/beautification efforts.

Members of the ARC board decided to clean up the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 31 and State Road 256 by creating an attractive area of plantings and adding benches and a flagpole.

Bids are now being sought for filling, grading and sodding the targeted area. Bids must be submitted to the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. At that time, submissions will be opened at City Hall. The winning bidder will be notified when a decision is made by the ARC.

Plans and specifications of the project are available at City Hall, 80 West Main Street (State Road 256) or at the offices of Heritage Engineering L.L.C., 603 North Shore Drive, Unit 204, Jeffersonville.

Felonies filed against man allegedly admitting molestation PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 April 2018 11:28



An Austin man is being held at the Scott County Security Center after being charged with child molestation and vicarious sexual gratification.

The initial jury trial date for Mark A. Sandlin, 28, is July 2. The charges against him are Levels 4 and 6 felonies.

Sandlin allegedly admitted to touching a three-year-old girl inappropriately while watching pornography on a television.

The child’s mother contacted the Department of Child Services (DCS) after noticing the little girl did not want anyone touching her while she was bathing. After an investigation by Det. Brian Busick of the Indiana State Police, Sellersburg post, Sandlin was interviewed. Charges were filed by the Prosecutor’s Office on April 6.

Sandlin had his initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on April 10. He was provided with the services of a public defender. Bail was set at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $7,500 cash.


McClain Avenue improvements in Scottsburg take step forward PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 April 2018 11:26


McClain Avenue improvements in Scottsburg take step forward

Work on the $786,192 project to improve State Road 56 from its intersection at U.S. Highway 31 to Fourth Street in Scottsburg began on Monday, April 16.

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), workers began removing sidewalk sections. Next will come constructing curb ramps compliant with the Adults with Disabilities Act (ADA). Curb ramps will be installed in 31 locations along the stretch of state-maintained highway.

Anticipated pavement repairs and milling/paving operations are currently scheduled to begin in mid-May.

City officials indicated several weeks ago that funding to replace an antiquated waterline buried in the roadway is being sought so that the two projects can be coordinated. The line broke three times this past winter, requiring excavations to occur. Pavement received temporary patching in anticipation of the state project.

S.R. 56 is a major east-west artery in Scottsburg. Once work begins in earnest, local motorists are expected to use side streets to get around machinery and anticipated back-ups.

The project this year does not include the S.R. 56/U.S. 31 intersection. Work to improve that area is expected to start in early 2019.


Community Park leading in votes for $50,000 MLB/Scotts grant PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 April 2018 11:25




Everyone enjoys being in first place, and that includes the Austin Parks Board.

That ranking was revealed over this past weekend in email votes counted for a grant that could give the board $50,000 to renovate an old baseball field at Austin Community Park.

“We’ve heard plenty of talk from folks that support the project; now, we need action!” declared J.D. Buchanan, Parks Board President.

Voting in favor of the project can be done twice per day from any one email address until the final seconds on Monday, April 30, at 12 noon.

“Just go to Follow the instructions and support the park and its plans,” explained Buchanan. “It’s getting closer and closer to April 30. We really need this grant to improve our playing field. We can completely renovate it for this amount of money so it’s not susceptible to washouts anymore,” explained the board president.

As part of the Scott County Little League/Softball League, the field is used extensively by elementary-age players during ball season, which begins in May. Last year, the county organization had 350 children playing ball.

“We’ve had lots of people ask questions about the grant. We’re one of four communities in the running for the grant, and the other three are major metropolitan areas. Austin would be the first rural community to ever win a grant from Major League Baseball (MLB) and Scotts Company L.L.C. The two have partnered since 2016 to give out these grants, and we’d really like to be known as a recipient of an MLB/Scotts grant,” said Buchanan.

Los Angeles is currently listed as number two in voting. Rankings of the other two finalists, Kansas City, Ks., and Passiac, NJ, are not known.

Austin’s application was prepared by Austin High School baseball coach Gordon Bayes, an AHS graduate. All of the finalists were selected by a special panel from 315 applicant cities in 43 states.

“We can only encourage our supporters to vote twice each day and help us keep this number one ranking and get this grant,” pointed out Buchanan. “If we can get it, it’ll be like a hitting a homerun 50,000 times over.”




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