Commissioners discuss Tulip Trestle eclipse traffic

Monday, March 25, 2024

At the March 19 regular meeting of the Greene County Commissioners, Anne Duell of Tulip Trestle Community Restoration Inc. spoke to the Commissioners regarding parking during the upcoming solar eclipse festivities. To prevent traffic congestion along the roadway, Duell sought a recommendation from the Commissioners on how to prevent cars from parking on both sides of the road leading to the Trestle.

Since the Tulip Trestle will serve as one of Bloomfield’s viewing locations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the eclipse, April 8, Duell mentioned 23 parking spots for photographers and over 250 spots for cars and trucks at the location.

As Duell stated, when cars are parked on both sides of the roadway, the resulting space is not wide enough for a medium or larger vehicle to pass through. With cars parked on just one side of the road, the clearance can allow for cars to drive through from both directions, as Duell found with the previous Santa Train event.

Commissioner Ed Michael led the conversation as he suggested the road operating as a one-way for the duration of the event, as he felt restricting parking to one side of the road would be nearly impossible. The one-way road would also allow enough room for emergency vehicles, such as an ambulance, to safely arrive at the scene if needed.

After discussion was held regarding the efficiency of traffic cones or “no parking” signs, the Commissioners agreed that they would work with the Tulip Trestle group to assist in making the road a one-way for the designated time.

Tulip Trestle’s solar eclipse event will feature a food cart serving hot dogs, sausages, chips and drinks. Nonetheless, visitors are encouraged to bring food and drinks in case the cart runs out. Alcohol, discharging of firearms, fireworks or camping will be prohibited, and all dogs must be on a leash.

In other business:

Minutes from the March 5 regular meeting along with the claims and payroll were approved.

A standard GIS data-sharing agreement with Core Logic was approved, including a $750 fee which the county keeps a portion of and WTH keeps a portion.

As stated in the most recent meeting of the Commissioners, an ordinance draft was presented regarding an infrastructure development zone, or IDZ. County Attorney Marvin Abshire has been working to create the ordinance draft that Commissioner Rick Graves mentioned could be “tweaked as we go”.

Michael inquired about the definition of broadband as stated in the draft, and Abshire informed the Commissioners of an update to the definition of broadband declared just a week prior. Michael questioned the initial statement regarding speeds of 100 MB/second to upload and 20 MB/second to download, stated to be the classification for underserved areas. Abshire stated the draft would be edited to refer to download speeds of 100 MB/second to download and upload speeds of 20 MB/second, thus fixing the error of switching “upload” and “download”.

The draft was approved, and a public hearing is slated for the next regular meeting of the Commissioners in order to move forward with the process of approving the actual ordinance.

Greene County Sheriff George Dallaire approached the Commissioners seeking approval to begin flooring renovations at the jail. The current flooring, including a large amount of carpet, was stated to be over 20 years old and “well-worn” according to Dallaire. The Commissioners approved Dallaire’s request to begin flooring installations following his expression of confidence in the product to be utilized.

Graves provided updates on construction at the event center, stating it had begun and is expected to be completed near the end of August.

Commissioner Nathan Abrams stated that following a decision by the Commissioners, all county offices will be open on the day of the April 8 solar eclipse and will be “business as usual”.

The next regular public meeting of the Greene County Commissioners will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room on the third floor of the Greene County Courthouse. A video option will be available at the “Greene County, Indiana, Government” channel on YouTube.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: