Lawrence County Redevelopment Commission agrees to Marshall Township TIF projects

BEDFORD – During the Lawrence County Redevelopment Commission (RDC) Thursday, the Commissioners discussed the Marshall Township TIF and what projects needed assistance.

Within the overall discussion of the three projects for improvements to Avoca Park, improvements at the Briarwood Sewer treatment plant and the purchasing of a utility task vehicle for the Fire Department, Commission President Jeff Quyle worked with County Attorney Dave Smith in writing out a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for all three projects.

Lawrence County Redevelopment Commission President Jeff Quyle

There had been discussion to help the township with the Avoca Park renovations and improvements for a total of $40,000 being used for the updates that are needed.

To receive the funds from the RDC, the township is required to apply for the Indiana Uplands Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) grant for $10,000 as well as the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Land, Indiana University for an additional $15,000.

The total of $65,000 will then be used to go towards all of the plans and necessary improvements for Avoca park. The MOU states that the project is to be completed no later than July 1, 2025. If the work is not fulfilled by the deadline, the money will be paid back to the Commission in full.

Lawrence County Redevelopment Commission during their December 9th meeting

The Briarwood Sewer treatment plant has requested a match to go towards a sewer plant replacement project. They will apply for an OCRA grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for $56,000.

In order to get the payments taken care of, the plant would have to prove that they would be able to pay the matching amount in order to get the renovations completed.

The Marshall Volunteer Fire Department is also requesting $17,500 to go towards a Utility Task vehicle for the Department.

The need for this vehicle is due to the traditional vehicles having the inability to access areas that need help due to overgrown brush or residential growth, causing the roads to become more narrow or rugged.

This would be a matching grant of $17,500 that would be able to go towards funding and equipment for the vehicle for the Fire Department to use in case of these situations.

The total sum equates to $113,500 for the commission to aid in all three of the projects and was unanimously approved by the board.