Curb work on hold


HUNTINGBURG — Work to grind down a curb in front of Steinkamp Home Center is on hold.

Mayor Steve Schwinghamer told the Huntingburg Common Council Tuesday that the Indiana Department of Transportation has halted the plans for now.

“INDOT is saying that we can’t do anything to that curb until they find out what’s going to happen as far as the height,” he said, “as to what the contract called for (concerning) how high to build it.”

The curb was replaced following recent water main work along U.S. 231. But when it was reinstalled, the curb was made taller than before, which is causing a problem for the many semis that come to and from the facility and its scales. The trucks drag their trailers up and down on the taller curb.

The council approved a plan to grind down the curb to lower it to where it was before the work was done and for the city to cover the estimated $1,200 cost. Also, bid details involving the curb were to be checked to make sure the work followed specifications.

That is still being checked, Schwinghamer said. “So until all this gets worked out,” he said, “nothing is going to be done.”

Meanwhile, the Indiana Department of Transportation is doing work on U.S. 231. Starting Monday, the state agency plans to close both lanes of the state road from State Road 64 to 10th Street for a drainage improvement project. The section will be closed around the clock and is expected to remain closed to traffic until the end of July, weather permitting. INDOT suggests drivers use State roads 64 and 162 as a detour.

The council also:

• Heard from Schwinghamer that signs leading drivers to the railroad bypass have been ordered. One sign will be installed on U.S. 231 so that northbound drivers will see it before they reach the tracks; two will be installed on State Road 64 to direct eastbound and westbound traffic to the bypass.

• Held a public hearing and appropriated to the Huntingburg Public Library $1.8 million the library board has saved to make improvements to the library. This process was originally done last month, but the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance found errors in the original appropriation documents. The corrections were made and, just like before, no one commented at Tuesday’s hearing.

• Heard that documents are being prepared to change jurisdiction of the street department’s electric provider from Dubois Rural Electric to the city’s utilities. By doing this, the city will pay the city electric company instead of Dubois REC, Schwinghamer explained. City Attorney Phil Schneider will take care of the work to draft a written agreement between the city and Dubois REC and to file a petition for the change with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

• Congratulated Huntingburg native and Southridge graduate Colson Montgomery, who the Chicago White Sox selected Sunday evening with the 22nd overall pick in the 2021 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

More on