Lebanon Reporter

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June 14, 2014

Commissioners will hold CCD fund rate hearing Monday

A public hearing on whether to re-establish the county’s cumulative capital development fund will be conducted during Monday’s meeting of the Boone County Commissioners. The meeting, in room 105 of the Boone County Annex, 116 W. Washington St., Lebanon, is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. It could be delayed, though, if an 8:30 a.m. meeting of the county drainage board at the same location runs over.

The commissioners unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance re-establishing the CCD fund, at a maximum rate of 3.33 cents per $100 of net assessed valuation. The ordinance must pass a second reading, scheduled to be conducted after Monday’s public hearing.

County officials say they need to increase the CCD levy to cover the costs of renovations at the 19-year-old Boone County Jail; conversion of a building at 220 W. Washington into offices for the Boone County Prosecutor and other county agencies; and for other projects. While the ordinance allows the rate to be increased to the maximum of 3.33 cents, the Boone County Council can enact a lower rate.ALSO at Monday’s commissioners meeting:• Bids for a new Ford Road bridge over Eagle Creek are to be opened. The bridge, built in 1921 and renovated with a new deck in 1971, is used by about 5,000 to 7,000 vehicles daily.• The board will be asked to approve a proclamation recognizing “Boone County Purdue Extension Day.”• An update on renovations to the former Elks Lodge, 220 W. Washington St., will be given. The building is being converted into offices for the Boone County Prosecutor and other county agencies.

The Boone County Drainage Board is scheduled to review findings and consider approval for relocation of the Simpson Legal Drain, south of CR 300 S west of a Wabash Valley Power substation near CR 875 E. Brenwick Development Co., Carmel, is considering construction of a subdivision in the area; improvements to the Simpson drain would be necessary for the subdivision.

Final approval has been recommended for drainage plans that would allow Whitestown Parkway (old Indiana 334) to be widened east of CR 700 E toward the entrance to the Maple Grove subdivision. Retail and commercial construction has increased traffic in the area; more traffic is expected as more businesses and homes are built in the area.

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