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Agency will help cover cost of clean-up for May floods

By Molly Haines

The flood of 2010 hit several areas of Owen County hard, forcing residents out of their homes and leaving some people wondering if moving back was worth it.

However, homes weren’t the only things damaged during the flooding, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be stepping in to help clean up the mess left behind.

The Owen County Fiscal Court recently entered into a project agreement with the NRCS to remove debris and help prevent flooding in the future.

The court held a special-called meeting Friday to discuss the issue.

According to the project agreement, the NRCS would assist the court in removing debris from Brush Creek, lower Eagle Creek and Big Twin Creek to prevent future flooding and stream-bank erosion.

According to the agreement, the cost of the project is estimated, but should not exceed $71,845.

Under the agreement, the Owen County Fiscal Court will pay $17,961 for the work, with the NCRS picking up $53,883 of the cost.

During the meeting, the court opened sealed bids for crushed stone and asphalt.

The crushed stone bid was awarded to Liters and the asphalt bid was awarded to Marathon at $1.89 per gallon.

The court also approved a recycling grant agreement.

Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the court requested $109,665 and was granted the full amount for the recycling agreement.

The grant will provide the court with several items, including a vertical baler and $4,400 for advertising and classroom materials.

Keith said the classroom materials will continue to help the Maurice Bowling Middle School with their recycling project.

The fiscal court did not hold a workshop this month.

The court’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 6.