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NEWS July 23, 2016

Reservoir bids in the ballpark with local company expected to get job
Bids for North Ver­non's new reservoir were opened at the Utility Service Board Monday night to the relief of at least one key person-engineer Richard Morin.

"I feel pretty good," he said Tuesday afternoon. "Bids came in reasonably where we expected."

While the lowest bid was more than the engineer's estimate of $295,000, it came in below the construction budget of $3.5 million. Two of the bids were a scant $11,693 apart, which Morin said was a good sign "that they (the bidders) understand the project."

Bidding on the work were:

C & H/M Excavating, Inc. out of Milan: $4,004,426;

Dave O'Mara Con­tractor, Inc, North Vernon: $3,376,573;

Layne Heavy Civil, Inc., Orleans: $4,569,281; and

Mitchell & Stark Con­struction Co., Medora: $3,388,266.

The Utilities Service Board scheduled a special meeting Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m. to award the bid. Since O'Mara was the lowest bidder, it is expected the local company will get the work. Ironically, its closest competitor, Mit­chell & Stark, was awarded the $4.26 million job at the wastewater plant last year which O'Mara also bid on.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Construction progressing, but not fast enough for Greensburg St. to reopen
Originally, the goal was to re-open Greensburg Street in time for school buses to start rolling through in time for the start of school on Aug. 2.
Now, though, that is not possible, reports North Vernon Wastewater Superintendent Russell Vaught. Work at the plant is continuing and while progressing nicely, it is not to the point where traffic will be able to get through.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TIF inches closer to expand 177 acres and to buy new industrial park
The North Vernon Redevelopment Commission moved closer to formally expanding its TIF area by 177 acres and to purchasing approximately 97 acres in that area for a new industrial park at their meeting Monday, July 18.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New diamond not flashy but will allow for heavier cargo, less noise
Those traveling downtown last week were drawn to a busy corner at the Madison Avenue and East O&M intersections.
It was there that a crew from CSX Railroad of about 20 men "from all over" labored for a week to replace a section of track where the Madison Railroad and the CSX rails cross, forming what is known in that transportation parlance as "a diamond."
A new diamond was needed as CSX plans to increase the number of trains going through North Vernon. One report had the increase from 5 to 10 trains a day; another thought it would be 20.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

CASAs needed to help these kids have a future
To illustrate and bring awareness to the need for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers in our local community, Advocates for Children will be regularly highlighting one case each month currently on our waiting list. Identifying information has been altered in order to protect privacy of the families .

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Maintenance plan is formulated for the city
City residents just may find find their street on a five-year maintenance plan presented to the North Vernon City Council on June 13.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

CC to decide how to best use new 50-50 grant for streets
The City of North Vernon, Cernon and Jennings County government have the opportunity to participate in Indiana's new "Community Crossings Matching Grant Program."
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New industrial park picked out?
At their meeting a mere nine days ago, the North Vernon City Council gave permission to its Redevelopment Commission to start the search for new industrial land it could perhaps market in the future.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

City finalizes ownership of old golf course
The City of North Vernon is now in possession of the former Muscatatuck Country Club/Ford's Crossing golf course smacking the middle of the city.
The closing was held Tuesday afternoon.
The North Vernon Revedelopment Board will be the funding source of the property purchased from Dean Ford of Dupont who purchased the property in 1999 for $400,000 after the private Muscatatuck Country Club voted to disband due to mounting debt. Ford leased the property as a golf course for several years until 2013.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Aloha! Creative juices flow at youth art camp
The children created fish sculptures from driftwood, made a mermaid, painted flowers and dressed up as if they were in a Hawaiian luau.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Relay for Life serving as 'guinea pig' for new stage
The City of North Vernon will debut its new stage this weekend at the annual Relay for Life fundraiser at the Jennings County High School track.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Students selected for attending Hoosier Girls, Hoosier Boys State
Four Jennings County High School 10th graders have been selected as delegates to the Hoosier Girls State and Hoosier Boys State to be held on the campus of Trine University located at Angola this summer.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BZA holding special meeting for industry
The Board of Zoning Appeals will have a special meeting on Monday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room of the Government Center in Vernon.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Principal bringing 'passion and love' of St. Mary's School to her new job
She loved being in the classroom so much that she thought she would never stop teaching.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bicentennial torch to be here on Sept. 16th
Last week marked the 100 day countdown to the start of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay. In 100 days on September 9, the 3,200-mile journey through Indiana's 92 counties begins in Corydon (Harrison County).

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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