- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—GREENSBURG — Despite rain delays, the first phase of the new Veteran’s Way project is scheduled to be completed at the end of next month.

City Engineer Ron May told the Greensburg Redevelopment Commission last week that construction crews have nearly completed the sewer lines and have started installing street lights, after which they will begin paving and curbing.

Commission members voiced some concerns about the substantial amount of grass and required mowing in the area, especially in the roundabout, and decided to spend up to $30,000 to replace the grass with stamped concrete. Newly elected commission President Rick Fayette voted against the proposal, saying that he did not want to micromanage the project or add cost without seeing the final product.

The project’s first phase will cost about $5 million and is being paid through property taxes generated in the Tax Increment Financing District. City officials hope the road will spur the next phase of commercial developments in northern Greensburg. Phase 2 will take Veteran’s Way from where Smith Road turns south to the project’s intended finish, the intersection of State Road 3 and Lincoln Street. Phase 2 will be paid primarily by the state.

May also told commission members that while design for the second phase is continuing, designers have run into an issue with a power line that will require the city to obtain permission to occupy part of a Duke Energy easement — or to move the road south, in which case the city may have to take part of an existing building. May said he was “guardedly optimistic” that designers could find a solution with minimal impact.

City officials hope to get bids for the second phase in late 2017.

Commissioners also voted unanimously to use sod to restore grassy areas that have been disturbed by the construction in residential areas. For undeveloped areas, the commission will use grass seed. Fayette said that people’s properties should be restored as much as possible to the way they looked before construction, and that means the commission should pay a little more for sod.

Dr. Dave Weigel was sworn in as a new member of the redevelopment commission. He was appointed by the Greensburg City Council and replaces Shannon McLeod, who was appointed by the council to serve on the Greensburg Community Schools board. Weigel had to leave the school board because of term limits. While on the school board, Weigel had served as the school board’s nonvoting member on the redevelopment commission. McLeod now serves in that capacity as well. The two essentially switched positions, with Weigel now being a voting member on the commission, and McLeod serving as a nonvoting member.

Fayette was elected president of the commission last week after members Darrell Poling and Adam Wentzel both were nominated but declined. Weigel was named vice president.

Contact: Boris Ladwig 812-663-3111 x7401; boris.ladwig@greensburgdailynews.com.


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