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Commissioners Hear Update On Brownfield Project
Updated September 23, 2014 4:46 PM | Filed under: Politics
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(BEDFORD) - The Lawrence County commissioners heard an update from Southern Indiana Development Commission.

The group is seeking a $600,000 grant for brownfield assessment testing that would be spread over Daviess, Greene, Knox, Lawrence and Martin counties over a three-year span.

The grant, funded through the Office of Community Rural Affairs will be split between all the counties participating.

Brownfields have become a problem in communities and the goal is to look at those sites that have become eyesores, clean them up and get them back on the county's tax roll.

The first step will be to do an inventory, then prioritize which ones would have the best economic impact and then after an assessment, go into the clean up phase. One site officials will be looking at is the old Huron School.

In other business:

* Sheriff Sam Craig reported there were 94 inmates at the jail. Of those 2 were Department of Correction holds and 18 were females.

Security at the courthouse will be moved from the north entrance to the south entrance Monday while crews replace windows on the courthouse. As soon as the work is complete (after about three to four days), security will be moved back to the north entrance.

Tri-County will begin construction of a concrete barrier around the radio tower at the jail at a cost of $3,600.

Johnny Signs will be installing the three flag poles at the jail of a cost of $4,996.

The county will also be accepting bids on older county vehicles. The vehicles will be on display at the jail parking lot on October 3 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

* Lawrence County Highway Superintendent David Holmes says demolition of the old Mount Pleasant bridge is complete and crews are finishing doing clean up and guardrails will be put up.

Construction continues on Bridge 199 on Tunnelton-Dennison Road.

Crews continue to pave roads, do mowing and are cutting brush.

* Commissioner Bill Spreen addressed a request he received to name the highway bridge in Williams after two men who lost their lives while serving in the Vietnam War.

The commissioners were were concerned saying there have been many Lawrence County residents that lost their lives while serving their county not only in the Vietnam War but many others.

"I think we need to think about this," said Commissioner Chris May. "We don't want to leave anyone out. I don't want to be the judge and jury on who is worthy and who is not."

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