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March 21, 2013

Floyd County approves plan to repair bridge

Project will cost $485,000

NEW ALBANY — It looks like another small bridge in Floyd County will soon be replaced.

The Floyd County Commissioners unanimously approved a plan to repair Bridge 80 at Stucky Road, located near the Harrison County line. The bridge collapsed from 2011 rains a month after it was closed for repairs, according to Director of Floyd County Operations Don Lopp. The road is still  closed from the Harrison County line.

The commissioners were given three options from Darin Duncan, president of Civilcon in Jeffersonville, for the repair and unanimously approved option one at a cost of $485,000. 

The money will come out of the county’s Cumulative Bridge Fund. One-fourth of the cost will be reimbursed by the federal government. 

A timeline also was released and the final permits should be obtained by Aug. 1 with construction beginning later in the summer.

 

RESIDENTS MAKE PROPOSAL

Three county residents submitted an ordinance Tuesday night that they would like to see the commissioners approve concerning 911 funding and how funds are allocated.

Joseph Moore, Dale Mann and George Mouser signed a letter outlining new procedures they would like to see implemented as 911 funds are requested. Moore said the commissioners recently denied New Albany Police Chief Sherri Knight’s request for $300,000, but earlier approved a similar request from the county. 

The letter states that “as taxpayers and residents, we are naturally concerned about striking the proper balance between emergency preparedness and fiscal responsibility by our elected and unelected officials.” 

The letter asks that all requests for 911 funds shall be submitted in writing, and no request shall be considered unless appropriate statutory authorization is cited by the “requesting person or agency.” Moore said those who ask need to adhere to state statute.

The commissioners took the request under advisement.

 

PROPERTY OWNERS GIVEN EXTENSION

The commissioners granted a six-month extension to George Mills to repair a “rundown” building on his Corydon Pike property. Mills said his “income flow” will be better in six months, which will allow him to be able to repair or tear the building down at that time.

Doug Farnsley, county building inspector, said he has only received one complaint on the building and said he agreed with giving Mills the extension.

“He is sincere with what he is saying,” Farnsley said. “I think it’s in our best interest to grant him time. There are other properties just as bad in the county.”

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