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1/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
Commissioners discuss fighting winter road conditions
Switzerland County was again hit with severe winter weather last week and early this week, as school was canceled or had a delay in opening due to road conditions and extremely frigid temperatures. In the town of Vevay, town employees worked long hours making sure that streets were clear for travelers. County highway employees also put in incredible amounts of time clearing county roads so that residents could get to work and run necessary errands, while on a couple of occasions Switzerland County EMA had to issue travel advisories due to road conditions.
Switzerland County was again hit with severe winter weather last week and early this week, as school was canceled or had a delay in opening due to road conditions and extremely frigid temperatures. In the town of Vevay, town employees worked long hours making sure that streets were clear for travelers. County highway employees also put in incredible amounts of time clearing county roads so that residents could get to work and run necessary errands, while on a couple of occasions Switzerland County EMA had to issue travel advisories due to road conditions.

The Switzerland County Commissioners met on Tuesday January 21st in a regular scheduled meeting.

Items discussed during the meeting included:

- Switzerland County Building Inspector Mark Archer was present at the meeting to discuss the new ordinance regarding property complaints. He informed the Board that he has been in touch with each property owner or lending institute responsible for the property in question.

- Bernie Hauersperger, engineer representing FBPH of North Vernon, presented an engineering proposal for the replacement of bridge #5 on Bennington Pike. He explained that the approaches to the bridge will have to be extended. The flood plain permits will have to be in place before the work can begin.

- All County appointments to various boards will be discussed at the meeting on February 3rd. These include appointees to the Tourism Board and the SIRPC Board.

- The Commissioners will look into getting one of the county highway trucks repaired versus trading it off.

- There is a water leak between the old part of the courthouse and the new section. The Commissioners asked Gayle Rayles to have it repaired in-house.

The floor will be repaired by an outside contractor.

- Billy Leap was at the meeting representing the Jeff-Craig Fire Department. He asked the Commissioners about the funds that are distributed among the different fire departments. Commissioner Steve Lyons told Billy Leap that County Council makes the decisions as to what percentage on "boat money" goes where. Steve Lyons will talk to the council about the issue.

- The Commissioners discussed the issue of cinders. They said the County has used three times as many cinders this winter than in the past three years. The County trucks are busy spreading cinders, so the commissioners approved the use of contractors to haul in cinders.

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According to Highway Department Superintendent Chris Clerkin, there are five trucks hauling cinders into the stockpile as of Monday January 27th. The County has worked a lot of overtime trying to stay on top of the road conditions. They have an abundant amount of salt and are mixing it with the cinders. They will continue trying to keep our county roads open and safe for travel.

Any county residents having questions concerning county roads may call Bruce Williams at 427-4425, and he will pass along the message to the Highway Department.

Anyone having issues with or questions about state roads should call the Indiana Department of Transportation office at 534-3051. It is responsible for all state roads including highways 129, 56, 250, 156, and 50.

The Switzerland County Highway Department is not responsible for any problems on these state roads.

- Rosemary Bovard





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