News and Tribune

December 11, 2012

Clark council signs off on interlocal agreement

Town of Clarksville will pay for repairs to bridge over Brown’s Station Way

By MATT KOESTERS
matt.koesters@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — The Clark County Council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement between the county and the town of Clarksville regarding the Lewis and Clark Parkway overpass over Brown’s Station Way at a meeting Monday.

The county takes ownership of the bridge from the Indiana Department of Transportation, which will give the county $2 million in credits toward projects in which there is a local match for federal funding disbursed through INDOT. The credits can be used on existing projects, said County Attorney Greg Fifer.

The town will be responsible for any major renovations or repairs to the bridge, and would be on the hook for paying the local match if outside funding sources are approved for the repairs. The bridge is in good shape, and should not need to have any repairs done for at least 10 years, Fifer said.

The county has two projects slated to receive INDOT funding from which the $2 million INDOT credit can be spent. The county is eyeing the widening and straightening of Salem Noble Road, and the widening of Bethany Road in partnership with the city of Charlestown.

Clarksville will also be responsible for any aesthetic upgrades to the bridge, Fifer said.

The interlocal agreement covers 12 years, and after that the county would be responsible for repairs. The Clark County commissioners would have the authority to order work on the bridge at any point during the agreement and demand payment for the work from the town, Fifer said. He added that per Indiana law, towns are not permitted to own bridges.

The Clarksville town council and the commissioners have already approved the agreement.

The county council also approved an interlocal agreement with Greater Clark County Schools which will allow the school corporation to purchase salt through the county’s highway department.



COURT SALARIES REVISED

Circuit Court 1 Judge Dan Moore and Presiding Judge Vicki Carmichael appeared before the council to submit a form which redefines the salaries of the unified court.

Because the salaries of different positions were very different from court to court when the four courts operated independently, the judges made adjustments to salaries to bring uniformity to the salaries of equal positions.

“We wanted to fund positions instead of people,” Carmichael said.

The proposal is in line with the salary ordinance approved by the county council in terms of salary ranges for each position and for the overall budget for court salaries, although some positions received significant raises as a result.

The courts will cut part-time staff and rely more heavily on salaried employees to handle the courts’ workload.



COMPUTER PURCHASES

The council approved a request for $12,144 from the county’s information technology fund for the purchase of new computers for the assessor’s office. The purchase had been previously approved by the commissioners.

Additionally, the council approved an additional appropriation of $1,000 out of the county’s riverboat fund for the purchase of miscellaneous equipment for Information Technology Director Roger Hardy.

Councilman Steve Doherty voted against the appropriation from the riverboat fund after asking if there were sufficient funds in the county’s IT budget. The appropriation would have to be re-advertised and voted upon at a separate meeting if the county wished to appropriate the money from that fund, according to County Council Attorney Scott Lewis.



DREYER LOAN AUTHORIZED

The council approved a resolution authorizing County Auditor R. Monty Snelling to close on a loan from New Washington State Bank in the amount of $925,000.

The money — awarded to Margaret Dreyer in a lawsuit against the Clark County Board of Aviation Commissioners stemming from an eminent-domain action for the Clark County Regional Airport’s runway expansion project — will be paid into court escrow.

The loan will be closed on Wednesday, Snelling said. The loan has a 2 percent interest rate and must be paid back within one year.