Decatur County Commissioners

The Decatur County Commissioners met on Monday. The board approved the claims.

Mark Mohr gave an update. Bridge 137 will

Open on Thursday. They have talked recently about a culvert problem that turned out to be a narrow bridge issue. This was fixed and they are ready to go except the recent rain has slowed down the final step. Community crossing grant 2020-1 has been completed and there is a final claim that needs to be approved before submission. INDOT has moved the close out date for Community Crossing Grant from December 31 to November 1. The claim was approved. 2 people have looked at the covered bridge in Westport however there have been no estimates yet.

Krista Duvall presented ordinances 2020-3, 2021-13, 2021-7, 2021-18, and 2021-12. These were approved.

Kenny Buening gave an update. There have been 43 building inspections, 12 new building permits, and 3 red tags.

John Pratt presented his preliminary plans for next year as the Bicentennial Coordinator. This will be a year round event starting in January and ending in December. A few of the plans include a bicentennial parade focusing on local history, a film series, a lecture series goin on all year, a bicentennial concert series reflecting on our heritages as a community, and a comic book series of our highlights which will be illustrated by the comic artist for Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The week before Memorial Day will have a celebration everyday for veterans.

The commissioners received a notice from the National Opioid Settlement on whether they would like to join the settlement or not. The board approved this and appointed their attorney as their point of contact.

The board approved the ARP Committee recommendations for Small Businesses.

There was a bid opening for demolishing the old jail. The bids were as follow: Best Excavating for $288,035, Wolf Contracting for $83,500, Shutte Excavating for $108,675, and Johannigman Excavating for $333,500. The bid went to Wolf Contracting.

Morgan Schofield


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