By Brent Brown Daily News
Greensburg Daily News
---- — GREENSBURG – A potentially dangerous rural intersection, the results of the county’s bridge inventory project, and a planned downtown event featuring members of the Indianapolis Colts were the main topics at Monday’s meeting of the Decatur County Commissioners.
In a move sure to spur attention in the downtown area, the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce received approval from the commissioners Monday to use the south side of the courthouse square for an Indianapolis Colts Fan Fest slated for June.
Pending later approval by the Greensburg Board of Works, that location will welcome fans downtown to interact with Colts players and cheerleaders who will sign autographs and meet with fans from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12.
The event will also include football activities for children as part of the NFL’s “Play 60” initiative. A live band is also expected to perform.
Chamber executive director Jeff Emsweller said he’s spoken with Greensburg Chief of Police Stacy Chasteen, Greensburg Fire Chief Scott Chasteen and Street Commissioner Mark Klosterkemper about the venture, and all three were in favor.
The event will impact parking on the south side of the square and a portion of the west side of the square that evening.
Emsweller said Greensburg is one of only three destinations for this year’s Colts Fan Fest, the others being Fort Wayne and Louisville, Ky. The fan fest will include “Colts in Motion,” a traveling museum of the football franchise’s long history.
Another downtown draw was presented to the commissioners by Main Street Greensburg executive director Sarah Robinson who received permission to use the parking lot at Franklin and Main for “Junk in the Trunk” sales beginning in May. The sales will serve as a follow-up to the afternoon farmer’s market and is intended to keep patrons downtown until the start of the “Second Friday Movie on the Lawn” at dusk.
“Hopefully we’ll have more people bustling about on Fridays,” Robinson said.
The commissioners agreed to a test run of the program from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, in order to see how the process works. Public safety was the primary concern Monday.
In other downtown news, Robinson has been working with Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert and Decatur County Commissioner Rick Nobbe on determining a company to maintain the flower islands around the square and near the war memorial.
Robinson added her hopes that the work could be completed prior to the opening of the farmer’s market, with regular maintenance taking place in line with popular courthouse square events.
“The city is more than willing to get this done,” Mayor Herbert said. “We’re just trying to get the best bang for our buck.”
Making the most of funds is a prime goal for Decatur County Highway Superintendent Mark Mohr.
Mohr told the commissioners he met last week with the Decatur County Council to discuss problems with some of the county’s road equipment. The highway superintendent told the Daily News he is still in the early stages of looking at options and cost for fixing or replacing the equipment.
“The more money we use on equipment, the less we’ll use to keep our roads repaired,” Mohr said.
In terms of repairs, Mohr described recent work as “patching, patching and more patching.” The long and brutal winter has caused a myriad of road problems throughout the state, and Decatur County is no different, Mohr said.
“We’ve concentrated a lot on crumbled up asphalt and potholes,” Mohr said.
The final April meeting also gave the commissioners an opportunity to hear the state of the county’s 183 bridges, which must be inspected every two years according to federal mandate.
United Consulting’s Dave Richter and Matt Lee said they worked closely with Mohr throughout the process, which completed its first phase last September. Lee inspected each bridge himself and finished the project in January.
Mohr said the summary given to him by Lee and Richter identified 28 “scour critical” bridges, four “fracture critical” bridges and three in need of rehabilitation.
Lee said his findings in Decatur County were “comparable” with the rest of the state.
Mohr was complimentary of the work completed by United Consulting.
“They’ve been a pleasure to work with,” he said. “They’ve exceeded all our expectations.”
The commissioners also turned their attention to a potentially dangerous rural intersection.
Mohr informed the commissioners a hill at the intersection of CR 600S and CR 700E obstructs the view to the south of drivers traveling west.
Mohr said a family has built a home there and is worried about safety issues concerning the hill.
Mohr and the commissioners discussed possibilities of improving the situation, but nothing was decided Monday.
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