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Mitchell, Stark win sewage plant bid

The Corydon Town Council last week approved a bid from Mitchell and Stark Construction to work on the new Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Mitchell and Stark, who has done work in Corydon before, will begin what the engineers call Headworks Improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. They will install an automotive screening device to filter out metal, wood or other items not intended for treatment, said Corydon town manager Fred Cammack.
Mitchell and Stark’s bid, $179,625, was the lowest received, almost $100,000 less than the high bid.
Laura Dixon with River Hills Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission, also stopped by to discuss the Keller property and Chestnut Street improvement grants. On the Chestnut Street grant, the board appointed a committee to review the proposals on the project. The committee consists of Cammack, Sean Hawkins, Charlie Lynch and Judy Kennedy. Bids must be let and one accepted by Dec. 31.
In an interview earlier this week, Hawkins said he believes the committee will choose a contract for the Chestnut Street project sometime next week.
As for the Keller grant, the board gave Dixon some advice on what to do with the companies that submit bids.
They recommended that once all the bids have been submitted and the winner selected, that negotiations continue with that company, as the board said that usually the amount can be negotiated even more. The winning bid must be selected by Dec. 31.
The funds from the contract can be used to tear down all the non-original strucutures. That means the red brick buildings will stay, for now, and all the others will go. Down the road, however, the red brick buildings, the town board said, could be taken down.
Also at the meeting last week, the board was given a petition signed by 46 people, complaining about Janet’s Discounts, which is located just north of the Walnut Street and Capitol Avenue intersection.
In a later interview with the owner of Janet’s Discounts, Janet Alton said, ‘I will work with the town to follow all rules and guidelines. I’m just trying to make a business and a life, and I’m trying to be as cooperative as possible.’
Several complaints were about merchandise on the grass, which is against town rules. Once Alston was told about the restriction, the items were moved off of the grass.
The town board may consider an ordinance, limiting the amount of yard sales an individual can have in a year, and Alton thinks that will hurt many people in the town. ‘I think it would be detriment to the town as a whole. Elderly people sell stuff to help make ends meet, for things such as medical bills. When we have elderly people who want to set-up at our place, we help them out and don’t charge them.’
Alton also said that the plans are to move all merchandise inside the building in a few weeks, once cold weather arrives.
In other matters, the board granted the Corydon Central Vanguard’s request to close Country Club Road from the Corydon Intermediate School to the four-way stop at Beechmont Drive, from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, for the marching band contest.