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Plan will promote Lanesville growth

April 09, 2014 | 08:41 AM

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on the master plan at the Lanesville interchange area and future planned economic development Monday morning at its first regular meeting of April.

While the construction of a pharmaceutical distribution center helps state their case, the master plan will leave no doubt to potential businesses that growth can and will occur at the site, according to those involved.

Matt Gullo of Kovert Hawkins architects, Jason Copperwaite of Paul Primavera & Associates Engineers and Jeff Shireman of James L. Shireman Construction conducted the presentation.

They said their assessment — which will include an economic impact study, landscape architectural study and engineering and planning services — will build off of an existing master plan and modify it where needed.

The Planned Economic Development area already includes Areva Pharmaceuticals, and, with the addition of the incoming sanitary sewer lines, more economic development is sure to follow.

Gullo said interested local participants will be included, such as county planner Eric Wise, county engineer Kevin Russel, economic development executive director Darrell Voelker and Bob Woosley, regional sewer district representative.

"We'll look at the correct location for growth, traffic and make sure it's all synced together with proper placement for roads and utilities," Gullo said, while also mentioning drainage and stormwater as aspects of the study. "It's a very extensive and very needed analysis."

Copperwaite said a few things have changed since the last master plan was created, such as the placement of the UPS Worldport in Louisville (which was instrumental in the attraction of Areva) and the progress on the connector road from the interchange area to S.R. 64 west of Georgetown.

He also said the plan is a must for marketing the area for potential businesses.

"We can show them, 'Hey, it can happen here'," he said.

Commissioner Jim Klinstiver, who retired from the Indiana Dept. of Transportation, said the growth at the interchange will be more than "any of us can foresee" and advised that business growth should be a sufficient distance away from the interchange to provide for future expansion of the interchange. He also said they should consider the possibility of changing Crandall-Lanesville Road to a state road.

"It may not be the only interchange leading to a county road (in the state), but there are very few of them," he said.

Commissioner George Ethridge said it's a huge project that's very important to the community.

The presentation will be made to the county council next week, and funding for the work (estimated at $48,000) will be determined.

In other business, the board opened annual bids for rejuvenating fog seals after last year's trial run was deemed successful.

"I'm encouraged and really happy with the product we used last year," Russel said.

He said the rejuvenation product, administered by MAC Construction, flat-lined the deterioration or even enhanced the quality of the roads. Russel said a study will be conducted to show the true value of the rejuvenates.

Bids were as follows: contracts 2014-RS1, 2014-RS2 and 2014 RS3 — Rejuvtec, $249,000; MAC Construction, $216,000; Gohmann Construction, $252,000; and Asphalt Systems, $219,000.

Pavement Maintenance Systems differed on the three packages with $201,000, $213,000 and $192,000 respectively.

Chip and seal and paving bids will be advertised for the May 5 meeting, but there will be no chip and seal in District 3, per request by Klinstiver.

Also in the engineer's report, the board discussed phase 3 of the Indian Creek Trail project, which will be submitted as a 80-20 federal-local match grant proposal. The project will include refurbishing and placing the old Valley View bridge onto the trail and completing the trail at Hayswood Nature Reserve to connect with the YMCA of Harrison County/west bridge portion of the trail.

"You'd link a gem of a park (Hayswood Nature Reserve) with a gem of facilities at the YMCA and Keller park," Russel said.

The commissioners are obligated to maintain the old bridge per state historical regulations at a cost of more than $640,000 if it were to stay at its current location. But, if a successful grant is secured, the cost to move and refurbish the bridge to the Indian Creek Trail would be less to the county, at a little more than $500,000.

"We think we have an opportunity here," Ethridge said, to complete a mandatory task and cut costs in the process and also enhance the trail system.

"To me, it's a no-brainer," he said.

Twitter: @rossschulz

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    April 10, 2014 | 09:41 AM

    The fog seal work has proven to benefit our county roads. The chip and seal has proven a failure due to not holding up well through the winter weather as anyone who is stuck traveling on those roads knows. I'm hoping the other districts will follow Mr. Klinstiver's lead and say no more chip and seal in their districts. Chip and seal is a waste of our taxpayers' money. Our local politicians need to then start putting pressure on the state to get Hwy 62 from Edwardsville to Corydon repaved in order to reverse the damage caused by that chip and seal project.

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    April 10, 2014 | 11:48 AM

    In the past when it has snowed and iced 62 was awful with the number of slideoffs. This winter was as bad as I can remember for a number of years and I had no issues driving on 62 this year. You can call it a failure but in my opinion I think the chip and seal helped in that regard. Is it perfect no, but I think it helped.

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    April 10, 2014 | 04:00 PM

    I live on 62 also and I found it to be worse this winter as the chip and seal layer caused it to hold water which turned into ice. Our neighborhood group actually discussed how much worse it was in one of our meetings. For my part, I agree that the chip and seal is a waste of tax payer money. Driving on it today, I notice how much worse that stretch of highway is now than it was before the chip and seal.

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    April 10, 2014 | 04:01 PM

    Hasn't public opinion been clear on chip and seal? The public opposes it. Thank you to Commissioner Klinstiver for not using it in District 3. However, there are three other candidates running for Commissioner there this fall. Where do those candidates stand on chip and seal. I hope commissioners will discontinue chip and seal and do a good job on slightly fewer miles of roads so they do not chew up people's tires, chip their paint, and cause damages to their shocks.

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    April 11, 2014 | 08:19 AM

    I wish Mr. Klinstiver had decided not to use chip and seal a little sooner on Old Dam 43 Road. We are stuck with it now. We used to live on a blacktop road and that was very nice. Now it is getting back to a rock road. When you go down the road the dust rolls up behind your vehicle. The fog seal helped for a bit, but it was short term.

    Part of the road was covered only with seal. It looks better than the part with chip and seal. I suggest just using the seal and see how that works.

    I am sure the rock with some oil thrown on top is cheaper. I understand budget constraints. Rock and oil beats nothing I suppose. Most anything beats the gravel road we used to live on. I just miss when we had blacktop.

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    April 11, 2014 | 09:18 AM

    I'd say Jim Klinstiver knows the results of chip and seal first hand, since he lives on Old Dam 43 Road and they chipped and sealed it.

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