Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

March 4, 2013

County Road 1000 South to be closed for inspection

Tess Rowing
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — In the regularly scheduled County Commissioners Meeting Monday morning, discussion covered the closing of a widely-traveled county road and a bridge for construction, as well as a planned change in voting locations.

Mark Mohr, Decatur County highway superintendent, addressed a sink hole issue with County Road 1000 south, which he mentioned is a highly-used road.

Mohr said the Highway Department is unsure of the causes of the dangerous sink holes, so the road will be closed to discover why it has been developing patches of collapsing ground beneath the road’s surface. Work is presently underway on the road, which is located between County Road Southwest 60 and CR 100 West.

Bridge 18, located at County Road 400 west, will be closed beginning Monday to proceed with repairs which had been discussed at previous meetings.

Potholes which have developed throughout the county will be worked on as spring approaches, given that the weather does not become exceedingly icy. “We do have our work cut out for us this spring,” Mohr told the board.

Representatives from clerk’s office shared that voting locations may be changing. The Election Board approved that voting will change from precinct voting, and instead people may visit one of four voting centers, all located in the corners of Greensburg.

The commissioners expressed concern that residents from other parts of Decatur County may not vote because all the centers are in Greensburg.

Using voting centers is estimated to save Decatur County approximately $14,000 a year, mostly because the amount of people needed during elections will be cut.

The Election Board is now required to hold two public meetings to get public opinion. In order to confirm the new voting system public opinion must be unanimously positive.

Bryan Robbins, Executive Director of Main Street Greensburg, outlined his organization's plans and achievements for the past and current years.

Robbins also shared that non-local contributions, such as grants, were at a record high last year. On the list of Main Street Greensburg's successes were several major events such as the Fisher Five-Mile Big Wheel race and the downtown Santa house, which led to more than 300 photographs being taken. Eight new businesses were established last year, said Robbins, and the square has been seeing new businesses added for a few years.

Productivity from the Farmer’s Market was down, said Robbins, but he added that people were still visiting the market in 103 degree weather and farmers still arrived to share produce that the drought hadn’t destroyed.

New technology is expected to appear at not only the Greensburg farmer’s market, but markets in Batesville, Shelbyville, and Brookville. People with debit/credit cards can purchase tokens which are exchangeable as cash at all four markets.

Since 2004, said Robbins, Main Street Greensburg has reached most of its goals, saved parking around the Courthouse, and has set new goals for 2013 that are expected to be achieved.

School Resource Officer Bruce Copple requested the southwest street of the courthouse square be closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 while the Greensburg High School’s history department reenacts Robert Kennedy's 1968 visit to Greensburg.

Many high school students will be present, as well as vintage cars. The request was approved.

The school's reenactment is part of teacher John Pratt's Chautauqua program.



Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004