Corydon City Hall

In the Sept. 18 City of Corydon meeting, Mayor Dennis Moorman advised the council the bids for the street project came in under budget. The lowest bid came in at $998,046.50 for Norris Asphalt staying below the $1.1 million mark, which included a 10 percent contingency.

“I like to keep a contingency in there of about 10 percent,” said Nancy Buss of Hall Engineering. “The bid did come in about $20,000 over what our engineer’s estimate of cost was so we are a little less than 10 percent. Things can happen out there when doing this work and we need to make sure we have a little bit of leeway with funding but I think with the numbers you got back, you got good numbers.”

A public hearing was held with no public feedback given during meeting or prior to with the contract being awarded to Norris Asphalt for the Street Improvement Project.

Jared Chambers, President of the Wayne Community Foundation was present for the public hearing regarding the RFP for the 2019 Condition Survey to accept the proposal. Chambers has attended several meetings in regards to a proposal from the Wayne Community Foundation.

“To refresh everyone’s memory I was approached several months ago by a donor-advised fund which is to remain anonymous throughout this entire process,” Chambers began. “We received two proposals they have reviewed and I have a statement from the donor.”

“The donor-advised fund of the Wayne Community Foundation recommends the hiring of MSA Professional Services Inc. to conduct the street conditions survey,” Chambers continued. “Further the Wayne Community Foundation has offered to reimburse the city $29,200 for the survey. In exchange for this reimbursement the foundation would like affirmation that the city is committed to implementing the plan and pursuing available funding sources for street improvements once the plan is completed.”

“I don’t know how we’re going to come up with the funding,” said Moorman. “We just spent it on the street project.”

 “We need to make a constituted effort to follow this plan,” said council member Kenny Holmes.

“Don’t just put it on the top shelf and wipe the dust off every three or four years,” said Chambers.

“When the money comes around then we follow the plan,” said council member Amber Rodgers.

“What is that committee kicking the money in for?” asked Moorman. “Is it just this $29,000 because originally we thought oh they had big bucks and we thought we could do roads and all this.”

“I never once came in here and said we were going to spend money on roads,” answered Chambers. “It was for a RFP for pavement evaluation. The newspaper (not the Times-Republican) blew that up.”

“Not this paper,” said Jen Reed, reporter for the Times-Republican.

“I know, it was brought up the foundation was going to pave the entire streets of Corydon, that is not true and I’m willing to go on record and say the Wayne Community Foundation is not paying for the streets,” said Chambers. “I’m going to say it again because I am sure I am on voice recorder for the other paper, the Wayne Community Foundation has a donor-advised fund in place and they are remaining anonymous and have approached me through this whole process to pay for this proposal to evaluate the streets.”

“I was wanting to get that straightened out to everybody,” said Moorman.

“The foundation would like to move forward,” said Chambers.

“I wasn’t trying to catch you off guard, I just wanted it straight,” said Moorman.

“I want it in the paper,” said Chambers. “I just want it clarified and I want it known this is not the Wayne Community Foundation paying for this, but instead the donor-advised fund.”

The motion was made and seconded to accept the proposal from MSA Professional Services Inc. for the street conditions survey.

Following complaints received, the council declared the property at 212 W. Jackson to be a nuisance. The owner of the property was in attendance and was advised to have his attorney speak to the City of Corydon attorney.

The property at 215 N. West Street was declared a nuisance upon hearing complaints from neighbors on the yard being not mowed and abundance of cats. The next steps would be followed on handling the issue.

A liquor license was renewed for Bowling Green Lanes and a wine license approved for Casey’s General Store.

A request from The Alley Cat was approved to close the alley on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10.

A sealed bid from Jacob Clark in the amount of $256.50 was approved for the antique appliances advertised.

Beggar’s night was set for Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The next regular City of Corydon meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Kyle Hampton was designated as the guest council member.

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