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Commissioners discuss road maintenance bond requests

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Clay County Commissioners discussed a pair of road maintenance bond requests during Monday's meeting.

Hannum, Wagle and Cline Engineering representative Lindsey Glover (Terre Haute office) informed the commissioners about details regarding the Center Point water and sewer projects.

"Part of the project includes water line replacements and the installation of a new booster station," Glover said.

"This particular portion would be along County Road 200 East (Harmony Road), from CR 600 N to the Interstate-70 right of way."

She explained that with the recent repaving of Harmony Road, contractors will be required to bore under the ground to install the water lines, but the booster station would require part of CR 600 N to be cut.

"We would need to open cut that road in order to connect the line with the new station," Glover said.

The commissioners expressed concerns with cutting the road, since it was paved within the last few years as well.

However, with a portion of the existing water line directly under Harmony Road, Glover said the cut would be beneficial, in part, to reroute the line.

"In addition, the open cut is preferred because of the existing fiber optics in the area, and it would be easier to avoid them if the road is cut," she said.

"Right now, we are also waiting for the state to issue construction permits."

After more discussion ensued, the commissioners agreed to allow the work as long as there is a four-year, $100,000 road maintenance bond in place for the project, which totals approximately 3,800 feet in length.

Also in the motion to approve the bond amount, a stipulation was included stating the road and right-of-way areas were to be brought back to "as good as or better" than their current status.

Meanwhile, John Johnson, representing Adler Energy, requested an expansion of its current road bond.

Currently, Adler Energy, which is producing oil in Clay County, has a $200,000 road maintenance bond in place for its usage of Murphy Road and CR 600 N.

"Our drivers are instructed to use those two roads exclusively," Johnson told the commissioners.

"However, there are times when the trees are being trimmed or there is some other hindrance, which causes us to travel on a different road to get back to State Road 59."

Johnson proposed a $500,000 road maintenance bond, which would allow his company to utilize any road in the county, while still having the ability to make repairs if necessary.

Commissioners' Attorney Eric Somheil suggested adding a provision stating Adler Energy would utilize the most direct route possible at any given time.

The commissioners approved the proposal, though Johnson said the bond still has to be drawn up.

The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, March 7, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.



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