Crothersville council approves sanitation construction contract



Members of the Crothersville Town Council recently approved a sanitation construction contract that will improve infrastructure near a new mulch production plant on the south side of town.

The council approved a $76,425 contract from King’s Trucking and Excavation to extend the town’s sewer line south on U.S. 31. The council also approved an alternate bid for $38,790 with the Seymour contractor to do additional work near Industrial Way.

The money will come from the town’s sewer operating fund.

Dave O’Mara Contractors of North Vernon also bid on the project, but that bid totaled $138,490.

The project will help the town with infrastructure for future development, council President Danieta Foster said.

Sims Bark Co., a Tuscumbia, Alabama-based mulch supplier, will pay $15,000 of the project’s expenses.

The company plans to initially invest $7 to $8 million and employ 20 people at the site off of U.S. 31 on County Road 1150E, adjacent to Interstate 65 at the Crothersville exit.

The company also plans to contract with local sawmills for raw material such as bark, slabs and other wood byproducts and local truck drivers to haul those materials to the processing plant and finished product to customers.

"I think it’s the right thing to do," Councilman Chad Wilson said of using money from the sewer fund.

In a related matter, the town has planned a public hearing during its January meeting for annexation of five parcels of property in the area. The annexations require the town to provide trash, lighting, sewer, water and other services to those areas.

Services to the areas will cost the town about $110,000 annually, Clerk-Treasurer Terry Richey said.

Town attorney Jeff Lorenzo said it made sense for the town to conduct its public hearing regarding annexation in 2020 because annexation is not permitted the year before a U.S. Census.

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