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Madison BOPW OKs deal to handle county trash
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Madison’s Board of Public Works Monday gave its blessing to an interlocal agreement between the City of Madison and Jefferson County, allowing the county to use the city’s waste transfer station for garbage handling and disposal.

The agreement, approved by County Commissioners at a meeting last Thursday, must also be approved by Madison City Council but that would be the final step in the county’s plan to begin hauling its own waste rather than contracting with Rumpke.

City Attorney Joe Jenner said the agreement needs approval by “both fiscal bodies” of the city.

The agreement would allow the county to drop off trash collected with its new garbage truck at the city’s transfer station at a rate of $62 per ton. The city would them process that trash and have it transferred to an approved landfill.

In addition should the county’s garbage truck experience mechanical issues, the city would agree to supply a driver and a truck to make pickups at the county’s six dropoff points on a temporary basis at a rate of $750 per day.

Madison Mayor Bob Courtney noted that as part of the agreement, the county will contribute $25,000 toward the cost of improvements to the city’s transfer station, which the city approved making significant upgrades to just last year.

“It is good to partner with Jefferson County,” said Courtney, especially when that is “driving savings to the residents of our community.”

Board of Works member David Carlow said he thinks a county representative needs to be available to respond to complaints, questions and concerns from county residents rather than dumping those issues on a city employee.

“There needs to be a county person to address county issues,” said Carlow, adding that a city employee at the transfer station might not be able to adequately address county issues and should not have to deal with a potential “confrontation with a county resident over trash.”

Courtney, who is out of town and participated in the meeting via telephone, said Carlow offered a “good suggestion ” and added that the interlocal agreement has not yet been finalized, so the matter could still be discussed with Commissioners.

Board member Karl Eaglin questioned a portion of the agreement where the city would provide a driver and truck to the county on a temporary basis in the event of a mechanical failure to the county’s truck. Eaglin said he understands the reason since the county only has one garbage truck but asked if the county “will they have a backup driver?”

Courtney said while the county probably has other employees qualified with a Commercial Driver License who could drive the truck, there might still be rare instances when the county could be without a driver. He said the intention of that part of the agreement is for situations due to a mechanical malfunction of the truck and not the availability of a driver.

MCHS Theatre to stage ‘Clue’ this week
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Students in Aaron Kelsey’s Theatre class will take a step back in time this week by performing “Clue” April 22-25 at Madison Consolidated High School’s Opal E. Sherman Auditorium.

The popular play, a madcap comedy whodunit murder mystery set in 1954, has been keeping audiences guessing for decades.

“The mystery unfolds as to who is killing all these people,” said Kelsey, who is directing the production.

The cast and crew have been preparing since late January on a script based on the 1985 motion picture about an unusual dinner party in which each of the guests have an alias and the butler offers a variety of weapons.

The play, which has considerable dialogue for students to memorize, challenges students to not only memorize a lot of lines but deliver them exactly right, Kelsey noted.

“It’s a mystery, and in some plays they can get away with fudging on their lines, but in this play, they have to be perfect with their lines and their delivery” because if specific words aren’t used or if it’s slightly off in the way it’s expressed, it can affect the presentation. For what’s said next, “the actor will play off the next line. It’s got to be spot on,” he said.

Due to the uncertainties of COVID-19, the production rehearsed two sets of actors for most characters. When one group is on stage acting, the other will be working behind the scenes.

The cast includes Conner Slygh and Chloe Kummer in the role of Wadsworth, Linda Lohe and Izabela Jett as Yvette, Autumn Hedgepeth and Libby Herbert as Scarlett, Mia Mires and Brooklyn Cornelius at Mrs. Peacock, Zoe Bullock and Tabetha Jameison as Mrs. White, Ethan Cline and Danny Winters as Professor Plum, Dillon Miller and Preston Kuppler as Mr. Green, and Andie Royce and Shelby Priebe as Ms. Body. Additionally, the cast includes Ethan Mack as Colonel Mustard, Emma Konkle as the motorist, Leah Combs as the broken down car cop, Haily Caudle as the chief of police, and Brianne Ford as the cook.

There will be five performances including 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. For tickets visit: www.onthestage.com/show/madison-consolidated -high-school/clue-93765/tickets.

Crystal Beach bids top $2.5 million
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Plans to rehabilitate Madison’s iconic Crystal Beach pool took another step forward Monday as bids were opened at the Board of Public Works meeting.

The city announced in January that it had been awarded a $2 million grant by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to improve handicap accessibility and extend the life of the Works Progress Administration-era facility. The project includes an improved concession area with ADA access to the street, an accessible spray pad, restored perimeter fencing and walls, a renovated accessible pool deck, repairs and renovations to the bath, shower and locker room area for ADA accessibility, an elevator for ADA accessibility to the second floor of the pool house as well as ADA accessible restrooms and a new pool liner that should extend the life of the pool by years.

Three bids were received Monday with all taken under advisement until they can be reviewed based on specifications.

Poole Group of Dillsboro made the lowest bid at $2,527,000. Teton Corporation bid $2,656,000 for the project and Calhoun Construction of Louisville bid $2,966,000.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a contract with Ratio Architects of Indianapolis to develop designs for city parks as part of the master parks plan. The contract is for $20,000 with an additional $5,000 for reimbursements. The designs will focus on Gaines Park, Rucker Sports Complex, Jaycee Park and Lytle Park, along with a possible new 12-acre park near Miles Ridge, according to Nicole Schell, city planner-preservation coordinator.

• Approved a contract with Zambelli Fireworks to provide the fireworks show during Madison Regatta weekend in July. “This is the same company that we have used in years past,” said Hannah Fagen, director of community relations. “They are familiar with Madison and the setup,” she said.

The cost of the fireworks is $25,000 with an additional $3,000 for a barge, said Fagen, who said the plan is to increase the fireworks show by 10% this year. She is in the process of seeking sponsors for the event, which will be part of the Madison Regatta that was canceled last year due to COVID.

“This is an important part of our community celebration,” said Madison Mayor Bob Courtney. “We already have plans to make it bigger and better.”

• Approved a request filed by Mike Fine of the National Boat Racing Heritage Center for a street closing in connection with the Madison Vintage Thunder on Sept. 18-19. The street closing will be on Vaughn Drive between the west side of Broadway Street and the east side of Walnut Street from 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 through 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20.

• Approved a rate adjustment of $5,899.33 for Madison Consolidated Schools from its waste water bill after an incident in which Lewen Line Construction hit a water line to a storage building at Lydia Middleton Elementary School when it was boring for Metronet Cable. The problem wasn’t discovered until two to three weeks later, and Lydia Middleton School, which typically uses about 51,400 gallons monthly, used 668,500 gallons.

• Courtney reported the city was among 80 selected out of 120 applicants to receive another round of Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) small business grants. The $250,000 grant will also include a $25,000 contribution from the city’s Revolving Loan fund. “We will have announcements for small businesses coming soon after the committee meets to review applications.”

• Courtney said the city received a grant of $352,000 for right-of-way acquisition to widen Wilson Avenue. He anticipates that work on the project will not begin before 2023. Additionally, Courtney said Beaty Construction will be in Madison later this month to complete milling and paving on the new US 421 gateway, a project that will take two to three weeks and “should wrap up by the end of May.”

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Earth Day events also target healthier Jefferson County

The Healthy Lifestyles team of the Healthy Communities Initiative of Jefferson County is hosting four community clean-up events on Thursday, April 22.

The hour-long event will not only serve as an opportunity to be active and engage in exercise but also help beautify local communities by to clean up any discarded trash. Scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, there are four locations around Jefferson County including Bicentennial Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Hanover Park and the Rucker Sports Complex.

Trash bags, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be provided. For those planning to participate at Clifty Falls, let the gate keeper know that you are there for the clean-up and admission will be waived.

The Healthy Lifestyles team also encourages those who may not be able to come to one of the four sites to simply gather family and friends or coworkers and clean up your neighborhood or workplace — then benefit to your body and the community are the same.

Harvard Medical School notes that hundreds of medical studies show that regular exercise is good for health. Walking improves cardiac risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness and inflammation and mental stress. Walking and other moderate exercise programs also help protect against dementia, peripheral artery disease, obesity, diabetes, depression and colon cancer.

For more information contact Heather Foy at foyh@kdhmadison.org or visit the HCI Jefferson County Facebook page.

Madison police to offer basic weapons class

Madison Police Department’s Training Division will offer a basic handgun users course starting May 17.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Madison Police Department, 621 West Street, and should be completed and returned to MPD by May 10.

The program begins May 17 with mandatory classroom instruction beginning at 6 p.m. However, the remainder of the week will focus on the shooting range with sessions scheduled around each student’s availability.

Cost for the class is $75 per person.