Plan under way to beautify State Road 56 corridor through downtown area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 21 October 2016 12:25



It's quite an undertaking, this plan to make downtown Scottsburg something other communities will envy – and probably copy.

Mayor Bill Graham said the plan, dubbed “See Yourself Downtown,” has a lot of elements used in other urban landscapes that have attracted walkers, families and businesses. “If I like it, I don't mind borrowing it,” quipped the Mayor this past week.

For all the light-hearted comments made by people eager to get involved in the plan, there's a lot riding on “See Yourself...” Mayor Bill is worried about the lack of economic vitality in Scottsburg's downtown square. “We've only got 60% occupancy. We need to encourage foot traffic to come back to the square or we're going to have an economic ghost town on our hands,” he pointed out at the October 6 business meeting of the Scottsburg Redevelopment Commission (SRC).

The current plan covers only the State Road 56 corridor. It will stretch from Vail's Home Center and Saegesser Engineering on the west end to Dr. E.C. Kho's office and the Eastside Art Gallery on the east end.

In an unanimous vote, SRC members earmarked $225,000 to get “See Yourself...” started. With that gift safely in the bank, the group met Tuesday morning, October 11, to further discuss the vision which local artist Ryan Heacock has created for the S.R. 56 corridor project.

Heacock carefully went over details of Phase 1 of the project at the SRC meeting. He showed off the unique lighting features that will illuminate trash receptacles and planters. New benches will be scattered throughout the corridor as well, tempting walkers to stop and relax.

Heacock called the effort “...tying in elements that are there with new visuals which attract and please the eye.” Several called the plan “...just plain stunning and attractive.”

In addition, members of the Scott County Arts Council will be renewing crosswalks painted last year by the Council and adding more artwork, such as murals, to fill empty brick walls.

Sidewalks have already been washed thoroughly as the Parks Department staff gets ready to re-stain and then seal bricks. “The color is going to make them 'pop',” promised Parks Supervisor Jerry Asher.

In fact, there's been effort made already at one of the square's oldest business, The Pub. Its deteriorating shingle awning was removed recently, and a patron has stepped up to replace two of the establishment's three windows. The Arts Council will then move in and repaint the front of the business, bringing new life and color to what many considered an eyesore.

And there's more going on behind the scenes.

The plan also addresses lighting in alleys. Alleys serving the downtown square have recently had installed “City of Scottsburg” arches. The arches were created by Total Concepts of Design, a Scottsburg area business. Other issues include buildings with windows which have been boarded up over the years, new banners and double plant hangers for the current decorative light poles and new signage which will direct visitors to such places as City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce and the Scott County Visitors Center, the local downtown library and the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum.

If all goes well, most of the corridor project will be completed before Thanksgiving weekend. There's a reason for that, noted Mayor Graham.

“Thanksgiving is the holiday when most families travel back home to be together. When they come downtown to enjoy Courtyard Christmas this year, I want everyone to see what's been done. I want that 'Wow!' factor,” he told workers Tuesday.

People who'd like to get involved in the project are welcome to call the Mayor's Office at 812-752-3169. “We're going to need sweepers, people who can plant, painters and maybe even window washers,” the Mayor envisioned.




Commissioners successful in letting road paving bid; Austin's bids too much PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 October 2016 12:23



Scott County Commissioners finally got a road paving bid that they can afford on Monday morning, October 17.

With just two bidders present, Commissioners and Auditor Tammy Johnson opened what they got. Wingham Paving of Charlestown was the winning bidder at $1,999,000 for paving 34.1483 miles of roads.

The only other bidder was Dave O'Mara of North Vernon. As the firm had in September, the bid went over the $2 million mark set by Commissioners for the paving project. O'Mara's bid was $2,257,000.

Two earlier bidders, Temple and Temple and E&B Paving, elected not to bid at this second bid opening.

A look to ensure all documents required were present allowed Commissioners Robert Tobias, Larry Blevins and Kelley Robbins to award the bid that morning to Wingham.

With that, County Highway Superintendent Jill Baker reminded the representative of the winning company that paving needed to begin as soon as possible on Concord and Goodwin Roads, which are both in Lexington Township. A total of 2.2263 miles on Concord was being paved on October 19, Commissioners were informed when they held their second business meeting of the month. Goodwin Road has 2.002 miles targeted for paving.

Both roads must be paved by Monday, October 24, according to the specifications included in the paving contract.

Next, Wingham crews must pave 2.3009 miles on Kinderhook Road by October 31. November 7 is the targeted date for paving to be finished on 3.1294 miles of Charlestown Road.

Two more roads have target dates as well. Harrod Road and Terry Road must be completed by November 14. A total of 2.2511 miles of paving are planned for Harrod Rd. Nearly three miles, 2.9584 to be exact, must be paved on Terry Rd.

All other roads will be paved as weather permits and as she schedules them, advised Baker. Those roads include Bloomington Trail, Finley Firehouse, Taylor, Little York, West Lake, Swan, Smith, Pleasant Ridge, Frontage, Marshfield, Slab, Napper, Sunnyside and Oard Springs.

When bids were opened by Austin city engineer Dave Eberenz on Wednesday morning, October 19, several companies were represented. Four offered bids for all roads on the Austin list, and Dave O”Mara was the apparent low bidder at $324,124.52.

But, with only $300,000 to spend, Mayor Dillo Bush quickly took all bids under advisement and set a special meeting of the Austin Board of Works and Public Safety for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24.

In the meantime, Eberenz will go over all documents submitted by O'Mara, All-Star Paving of Seymour, MAC Construction of New Albany and Temple and Temple of Salem. Then, he will sit down and consider how to whittle some of the costs down so that the whole project is not jeopardized.

Currently, streets earmarked for paving are South First, Church, Mann Avenue, Rural, Broadway, Cross and York Road.

All-Star Paving was second lowest, submitting a price of $332,442. Temple and Temple had a bid of $340,913.50, and MAC Construction's bid was the highest at $341,946.

An alternate package was also provided for companies to consider. Those on that list include Thomastown Road, Mac Drive, Hollan Drive, Union Street, South Third and South Fourth Streets, Cherry Street and Plum Street.

Bids were led by MAC Construction's price of $78,208. Temple and Temple had a price of $73,603. All-Star Paving's bid was $64,614. Dave O'Mara was again low at $62,998.65.

“We are hopeful that we can let a contract quickly. We need to get this paving under way,” advised Mayor Bush. The Board of Works will meet at Austin City Hall.

Scottsburg's paving bids will be opened at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, at Scottsburg City Hall.




Scott County Residents are Reminded that Fall Installment of Property Taxes are Due Nov. 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 October 2016 12:21



Scott County Treasurer, Sheryl Jent, reminds everyone that Thursday, November 10 is the payment deadline for 2015 property tax, payable in 2016. The original statements were mailed out in April which included BOTH spring and fall coupons.

Treasurer states the taxpayers have several payment options: 1) In-person at the Treasurer’s office located on the east side of courthouse. 2) Locked drop-box located at the counter of Treasurer’s office to avoid waiting in line. 3) Call 812.752.8414 to pay by phone; however, credit/debit card transaction fees do apply. 4) Mail check along with payment coupon to: Scott Co. Treasurer, 1 E. McClain Avenue, Suite 140, Scottsburg, IN 47170. Non-sufficient funds will VOID tax payment. Mailed payments must have a Postal Service postmark on or before Nov. 10, 2016. Receipt(s) can be mailed to taxpayer if self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed with payment. To ensure prompt posting of your tax payment, please detach and return payment coupon with your payment or write parcel number on check. Due to the increase of counterfeit currency, patience is asked while the staff inspects “ALL BILLS” when paying by cash.

Banks also conveniently accept tax payments and offer Saturday hours that the courthouse does not. You MUST present fall coupon. Hours of operations are:

YOUR COMMUNITY BANK – (WesBanco) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m,.; Wednesday & Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

NEW WASHINGTON STATE BANK Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday & Saturday 8:30 a.m. to Noon; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

STOCK YARDS BANK Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

SCOTT CO. TREASURER’S OFFICE Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Treasurer says if you can’t pay the entire tax amount due, please come in and make a partial payment to avoid any additional penalty. Partial payments are accepted year round. Please keep in mind any unpaid taxes will automatically receive penalty after Nov 10.

The following credit/debit cards are accepted as payments: Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express; however, there is a $2 portal admin fee plus 2% of property tax amount that is added and collected by LoGO Indiana.

Questions regarding:

Assessments – Assessor’s Office – 752-8436

Exemptions/Deductions – Auditor’s Office – 752-8408

Taxes – Treasurer’s Office – 752-8414

Reminder: Courthouse will be CLOSED: Tues., Nov. 8 for Election Day and Fri., Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day.



FC XC wins Regional PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:40

“Absolute great day for the FC girls at the IHSAA Crawford County Regional,” said Head Coach Carl Hook about the Lady Highlander Cross Country team that won for the second consecutive week at Crawford County.

Great Pumpkin Walk PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:39

The Washington County Tourism Commission is sponsoring a pumpkin walk and pumpkin carving contest slated for October 28th and 29th.  Participants can win cash prizes in several categories for their pumpkin creativity and the public will be able to enjoy the efforts of participants by viewing their creations along the community walking trail beginning at the Salem Middle School and ending at the YMCA.  Pumpkin walks have become popular country-wide with the one held in Louisville drawing thousands of onlookers.  This is the initial event for Salem and one that the Commission hopes to become a regular October event.

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