News and Tribune


September 25, 2012

News and Tribune letters: Sept. 25, 2012

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Property owner pleased with Bethlehem roadwork

My wife and I are the property owners of a 20 acre hayfield in Bethlehem that we donate to the Autumn on the River Festival for charity parking. We have hundreds of visitors every year to our festival. The festival committee has raised thousands of dollars each year of which all is donated, including the parking. It is a total community affair with food, art and craft booths, displays, historical re-enactment, musical groups, entertainment, rides and an auction. We attract visitors from all over the Midwest and it is a great asset to Clark County.

For the last several years we have had a serious hazard with the county road because of the drop-off and no shoulder along the road. We not only use our hayfield for parking but also for our flag memorial, antique tractor displays, hot air balloon and parade. The road was repaved two years ago with stimulus money and was not properly backfilled. There was a huge drop-off and, in fact, the new pavement was cracking. In the past, I have went out in the field and took dirt with a backhoe to make access for parking and handicap vehicles along the county road. I asked our County Commissioner John Perkins for some county help with this situation and to help save the road.

John Perkins got our Highway Supt. Jim Ross and his crew involved. They were able to backfill and put a shoulder along the road and not only eliminate a safety issue but save the pavement from future damage.Thanks to Nugent Sand/ Bethlehem Sand & Gravel for free filldirt, the crew was able to complete a much needed job without straining the county budget. In the past, the county highway department has performed shoulder repairs, culvert repairs, and drainage work in our township similar to this job with good old common sense and not major appropriations being needed. This was another one of those jobs! In my opinion, we need more people like this in our government that are problem solvers and care about our county.  

  I would like to thank Commissioner Perkins, Supt. Ross and all the county employees for a job well done and a safety issue resolved.

— Mike Oles, Bethlehem property owner

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