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Messmer pushes for new park roads

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Improving roads in Forest Park was discussed during the Clay County Commissioners meeting Monday.

Linda Messmer, treasurer of Brazil Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, said sections of three roads need repaved. Using the Wabash Valley Asphalt Company, the rate for asphalt would be $55 per ton delivered. Messmer calculated a total of $19,100 needed. The agreement calls for the county to handle the machinery and labor, but the material would be provided. The City Council has already approved the contract.

"It is wonderful that everyone is working together," Messmer said. "Right now, everyone is in favor of this."

But Commissioner President Charlie Brown had a few concerns. He didn't see a plan for who would prep the roads and felt the city should step up and be more involved.

"We're only going to be able to do so much," he said. "It's a big undertaking."

Brown explained he wasn't against the project, but just wanted things cleared up.

The commissioners approved the contract with the exception that Commissioner Paul Sinders and Messmer would meet with the mayor to talk about prep work and more involvement from the city.

Meanwhile, the commissioners accepted a contract with WTH, the county's map provider. The contract was a new agreement to add web Geographic Information System (GIS), a tool for people outside the county, for a total of $13,800.

Other issues discussed during the meeting included:

* Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband presented model ordinances to the commissioners. The state is trying to standardize the warning systems for all counties. Sinders and Husband plan to meet to review the ordinances and make any necessary changes. The ordinance will then be sent to the county attorney for approval,

* Husband also mentioned an emergency notification system that works through cell phones by using texting and e-mail. He plans to meet with the Clay County Council to discuss the issue at a later date,

* Annette Walden was named head custodian for the Clay County Courthouse, Clay County Justice Center and the Clay County Extension Office. John Hughbanks was named head maintenance for the Clay County Justice Center. The county council must approve both job descriptions, and

* Jason Jacobs presented Ordinance #20-2011 to the commissioners. The Indiana Election Division made changes to districts and precincts within Indiana in the ordinance. Indiana Senate and House made changes to 10 precincts and two districts. The changes will not affect the 2011 election. The commissioners are going to review the information before approving.

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Wabash Valley Asphalt Company......are you kidding me?? Was this opened up for bids or just using their price? Hum.......

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Oct 5, 2011, at 11:31 AM


Are you a conspiracy theorist or do you just think anything and anyone involved in any political action is crooked? What is wrong with Wabash Valley Asphalt Company? Can you provide a better rate per ton? Do you feel that the Board should use a local supplier at a higher rate? That sounds good....keep the business local at the expense of the tax payers.

I suggest everyone read the book, "The Death of Common Sense" by Philip Howard. Oftentimes, people become so engrossed in keeping processes and procedures correct that they fail to accomplish a desired goal. And even if a desired goal is accomplished it is at far greater expense than budgeted and it took longer than the allocated time.

-- Posted by madman36 on Wed, Oct 5, 2011, at 3:54 PM

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