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Board approves partial lane closure on Kimmell Road 

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By Sabrina Westfall

The Vincennes Board of Works voted to have a partial closure of lanes for trench work on Kimmell Road.

City Engineer John Sprague said two different prices were given by Wabash Utilities for the suspected trench failure on Kimmell Road near Ford Road, funded by the Vincennes Redevelopment Commission.

The cost with partial closure of the road was $17,385 with up to 10 days of construction needed. The cost with full closure of the road would be $11,820 with a closure needed of up to five days.

The RDC approved the funding up to $17,385 and suggested the Board of Works make the final decision on the partial or full lane closure.

Mayor Joe Yochum suggested the partial lane closure of Kimmell Road despite the increased cost because of the school buses that travel the road.

Dave Roose with Miller Pipleline requested the temporary closure of a portion of North Second Street for gas line replacement project from Main to Seminary Streets. They are going to be replacing the gas line in the south bound lane.

Roose said they will be working on the line one block at a time, and plan on only closing the parking lane along the road. Miller Pipeline will be coordinating the closures with City Engineer John Sprague.

The project will begin on Sept. 2, and the Second Street portion will take about three weeks to complete and work on the side streets is expected to take an extra couple weeks.

The board voted to approve the temporary closures for up to six weeks.

The board approved the temporary road closure of Dubois Street from Fourth to Fifth Streets on Sept. 15 for the Valley Cash and Carry Dewig Rib Fest.

The Cash and Carry Manager Liz Romani said there will be a large smoker truck.

The board voted to approve a temporary parking sign in front of the Christian Campus Fellowship on East Lyndale Avenue. Preston Ratliff informed the board the curb in front of the building had been painted yellow over the summer.

The sign will allow parking in front of the building for Thursday evening services and special events.

Board president Mark Hill suggested a change in Tim Hall’s request for a handicapped only parking space in front of the North Eighth Street resident.

Hill said the handicapped space will allow anyone to park in front of the residence that is deemed handicapped. He instead suggested a resident only parking sign. He noted the cost of the sign is the same.

The alley behind the Masonic Lodge between Fifth and Sixth Streets will be temporarily closed to remodel the basement. The remodel would require removal of a 10-foot by 30-foot section of the alley. Matt Hendrixson noted the alley would be replaced once the remodel is complete.

Construction is expected to begin in early September. Hendrixson noted he would work with Sprague when the alley is to be replaced.

The board approved the purchase of a 2001 Bucket Truck and a 2014 CASE 4×4 for the Vincennes Street Department.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved the hanging of banners for the Knox County Public Library’s celebration of 125 on the light poles in the city.
  • Approved the hanging of banners for the Melon Acres 5K Run/Walk and Chili Cook-off, as well as the Corn Maze and Fall activities.
  • Approved the hanging of banners for the Walnut Grove Festival.
  • Approved the use of the Riverfront Pavilion on October 18 for the Dogtober Festival, which will include a Poker Run that will end at the Pavilion with a Beer Fest.
  • Approved the use of the Riverfront Pavilion on May 9, 2015 for a wedding ceremony requested by Joanna Harrison.
  • Approved the use of Gimbel Corner in Vincennes for a Community Fashion Show to be put on by the Vincennes Beauty Bar on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.