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Street design standards set for housing additions

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Developers now have rules for designing and improving streets in housing additions under the county’s subdivision ordinance.

The rules, approved Monday by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, mean that streets and sidewalks in subdivisions must be built to the county’s standards. The standards take effect Jan. 1.

“All roads inside the subdivision control ordinance will be county roads,” building and zoning administrator Marc Bonwell said during a public hearing.

The standards dictate the minimum number of access roads and sidewalks depending on the size of the housing development. Sidewalks will also be required along county roads.

Curbs and gutters are required in subdivisions with 26 or more lots, according to the rules.

The Montgomery County Plan Commission gave the standards a favorable recommendation last month.

In other business, commissioners gave approval for the highway department to remove a dirt bike track built by a former Chigger Hollow resident on county-owned land east of Nucor Road. The county said the track is obstructing the right-of-way.

The resident, Caleb Thayer, did not comply with a July deadline set by highway superintendent Jeremy Phillips to tear down the track. Thayer was given notice of Monday’s public hearing on the code violation, but did not attend.

Thayer now has 30 days to pay the county more than $13,000 in fines racked up since the summer.

Also in other business, the commissioners approved:

• A $67,000 agreement with Crawfordsville-based Conner Excavating to build an access road to the landfill from Memorial Drive.

• An agreement with American Financial Credit Services Inc. of Indianapolis to become the county’s collection agency.

• An interlocal agreement with the Montgomery County Regional Sewer District allowing the county engineer to conduct inspections of sewer connections. The district will pay the county $50 per inspection.

• An ordinance reestablishing a bereavement leave policy for county employees. Up to five days leave will be granted in the death of an immediate family member, with up to three days approved for an extended relative. One day of leave will be granted in other deaths. Supervisors have the authority to grant additional time under special circumstances.

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