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Commissioners approve Scotland Community Place Subdivision plat for fire station and medical clinic

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Greene County Commissioners approved the final plat plans for the Scotland Community Place Subdivision on Monday morning.

The action moves two construction projects in the vicinity of the WestGate at Crane Technology Park forward.

The subdivision, located in Greene County, near County Road 800S, will be the site of the new Taylor Township Fire Department/Ambulance Station as well as the Greene County Health Clinic, which is being constructed by Garmong Construction Services of Terre Haute.

Greene County Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Greene County General Hospital.

Ground breaking is anticipated in early November with construction to be completed late in the first quarter of 2013.

The clinic will serve as a family practice clinic as well as a walk-in clinic.

The $514,000 fire/ambulance station is needed to provide more direct access to Interstate 69 for first responder calls. The new station will be located less than a mile from the U.S. 231/I-69 interchange.

The township had sought a $400,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to assist with the $514,000 project.

The Greene County Redevelopment Commission agreed to put up $245,765, the Greene County Foundation pledged $18,500, and Taylor Township will pay $250,000 in the form of a bank loan.

The fire department is planning to build an approximate 60 feet by 100 feet fire station that will also house a Greene County Ambulance Service unit and housing facility.

Because of contractual agreements between the county and the Battery Innovation Center, the county is obligated to provide the fire/ambulance protection coverage close to the site of the proposed $14 million facility.

In other action, the commissioners opened up a single bid from Bloomfield State Bank to provide the financing for the purchase of three new tandem dump trucks for the highway department.

In August, the commissioners also authorized county highway superintendent Brent Murray to make the selection on where to buy the three new trucks based on bids he received.

The department plans to purchase three tandem-axle trucks with dump beds at an estimated cost of about $111,000 each from Sternberg Motors in Jasper.

Three 1996 model trucks will be traded.

The commissioners also decided that financing of the trucks through a local bank is preferred over a leasing arrangement, which has been used in the past to replace trucks.

The county plans to make a $65,000 down payment from the highway budget and finance $333,321.63.

Bloomfield State Bank, the only bid received on the financing, proposed a five-year fixed term loan at 2.95 percent.

The commissioners tabled the bid and asked commissioner's attorney Marilyn Hartman and Murray to review it.

Jacob Atz, of the Bloomfield law firm of Hartman and Paddock, presented a petition on behalf of Phil and Edith Arnold to vacate a portion of a non-maintained county roadway in Scotland.

Atz said no one has used the roadway -- which is grass -- as long as the Arnolds have owned the property since the 1970s.

"They (the Arnolds) consider it part of their yard," Atz said. "It has never actually been used."

The commissioners advised Atz to proceed with the publication of a legal notice in the Greene County Daily World and send certified mail to the affected homeowners.

A public hearing will be scheduled on the petition at the Nov. 5 meeting of the commissioners.

In other action, the commissioners granted permission for the Classic Cruiser's Car Club to use an electric hook-up with the courthouse during its upcoming Apple Festival Car Show on the Courthouse Square this Saturday.

Club spokesman Gary Howell said his club has had a verbal agreement in the past with the commissioners and maintenance staff to be able to hook an extension cord to the courthouse building that provides electrical power for a public address system.

Registration will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with awards presented at 3 p.m.

Entry fee is $10 per vehicle.

Prior to the commissioners meeting, members of the Greene County Ambulance Board met for nearly an hour in executive session to discuss a personal issue of alleged misconduct involving an unnamed member of the ambulance service staff.

The board did not conduct a public meeting to take action.

Instead, the personnel case was referred back to Ambulance Service Director David Doane for discipline action, according to Hartman.

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