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Ag rezoning near Morristown gets county approval

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

The Shelby County Commissioners have given the nod to a rezoning request by Caldwell LLC.

Sam Booth, director of the County Plan Commission, presented the request to the commissioners at their weekly meeting on Monday. 

Caldwell LLC wants to rezone 20 acres of a larger tract just northeast of Morristown near the corner County Road 1100 North and 600 East. 

“They’re proposing building a warehouse, maintenance shop,” Booth said. “It’s heavily ag-related.”

Rezoning it from A-1 conservation agriculture to A-4 agriculture is to allow the commercial use of the land, he said. 

Members of the Shelby County Plan Commission unanimously approved the rezoning request at their meeting on July 24, Booth said, sending the matter to the County Commissioners for final approval.

In other matters, the commissioners approved a contract with the United States Geological Survey for operation of a stream gauge in the Big Blue River.

The county’s share of the annual contract is $8,200; the USGS share is $4,800.

At the request of Sheriff Dennis Parks, the commissioners OK’d an annual maintenance contract with Esco Communications for security cameras at the county jail and court house at a cost of $4,562.

And the commissioners approved a change order for Bridge 13 totaling $10,267.

Bridge 13 is being moved to Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville because the state has required the county to preserve the historic structure.

The bridge is to become part of the city’s Blue River Trail which runs through the park and, when finished, will connect four city parks.

However, longer pilings were needed to support the bridge, requiring the change order.

And Kem Anderson, superintendent of the Shelby County Highway Department, reported that paving county roads was on track to match last year’s brisk pace.

County highway workers have paved 32.6 miles of road so far this year; they had done 32.8 miles as of this time last year, he said.