County commissioners approve bridge contract



Montgomery County Commissioners approved a contract to construct a bridge on C.R. 750E over Big Raccoon Creek at Monday’s regular meeting.

A contract from Conexco Inc. in the amount of $673,615 was accepted, which was under the engineer’s projected cost of $850,000.

Work on the bridge is expected to begin in February 2024 and be complete in the spring of 2024.

The Tempur Sealy project was on the agenda twice. Commissioners approved a disbursement in the aggregate amount of $900,678 for rail infrastructure expenses incurred by Tempur Sealy and corridor management expenses incurred by Lochmueller Group.

The second agenda item concerning the Tempur Sealy project was the introduction of an ordinance creating a fund for the Indiana Finance Authority grant from the State Water Infrastructure Fund. The grant is in the amount of $3 million. Grant funds can only be used to construct a main water line, water tower and pump lift station. Indiana American Water will do the work and will be reimbursed from the grant.

Commissioners also introduced an ordinance that establishes a fund for work to be done in the Mace area. Funds will be provided by the State Water Infrastructure Fund in the amount of $466,200 and will be used to address storm water issues in the Mace area.

A third new ordinance was introduced creating a fund for the Montgomery County Health Department Social Impact Partnership Program. The $10,000 grant is to be used for diapers and wipes for eligible recipients.

Commissioners adopted on final reading an ordinance that lowers the Cumulative Bridge Fund from $0.0775 to $0.055 per $100 of assessed value. The new rate will be levied beginning with taxes for 2023 and payable in 2024.

Montgomery County Sheriff Ryan Needham informed commissioners that two department officers were recently recognized for their service.

Sergeant Kevin Crull was recognized with a Life Saving Award issued by Indiana Homeland Security. Crull responded May 12 alongside the Crawfordsville Fire Department at an incident. Crull was able to assist a man with CPR. Needham said Crull’s action saved the man’s life.

North Montgomery School Resource Officer A.J. Rice was recently nominated by a North Montgomery High School student for Educator of the Year. Needham said even though the award sounds out of the scope of Rice’s duties, he understood the student has been mentored by Rice since elementary school.