Economic Development Director Larry Taylor is retiring this week after serving the organization for 11 years.
"His outstanding leadership and vision have been instrumental in countless development and quality of life projects in Warrick County, and will leave a lasting positive impact to our region for many years to come. His efforts and collaboration with others in projects such as the Warrick Wellness Trail, Friedman Park, North Warrick Industrial Park and Warrick County Industrial Park, advanced broadband fiber, medical and industrial grown/expansions and many other infrastructure project have truly helped Warrick County become a center for success. Thank you for your passion and dedication," Jacob Grear, Economic Development Analyst, posted about Taylor on Facebook.
Downtown Boonville merchants got a little insight into the ongoing construction project around the square Tuesday morning.
Mayor Charlie Wyatt offered a little insight into the sidewalk construction timeline and asked merchants for input and concerns.
“I know there was some concerns about their businesses and the affect it would have on them, but we’re trying to do some proactive things,” Wyatt said.
Wyatt said the west side of the square was the learning curve for the other three sides. There were issues, but he feels that the input provided by merchants and the contractors will help the rest of the project go even more smoothly.
Julie Reeder of Commander’s Grill said that one of her biggest concerns was seeing Shabby Sheek Boutique’s struggle. She said it was hard to tell if they were open during the construction on the west side of the square.
“That was one of the concerns we addressed with them,” Mark Mayer, owner of Shabby Sheek, said. “There was orange fencing everywhere saying, ‘Sidewalk Closed,’ but then ‘Pedestrian traffic this way.’ The recommendation we made to them… I told them to have some kind of walkway that is definitely visible.”
Both Mayer and Reeder said they would do whatever it takes to keep their business going and see a great longterm benefit to the project.
“Right now with the way it is, people will come in anyway. It doesn’t affect the nighttime business much because there’s more parking. But during the day, if the weather is bad and they think they’ll have to walk, they’re just not.”
Reeder said that she’s noticed that county workers and contractors are parking on the square, which takes parking away from customers.
“That hurt us,” Reeder said. “There were three big county trucks out there last week. That’s three customers.”
Josh Armstrong, Director of the Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District, and Kim Howard, Regional Director of Indiana Small Business Development Center Southwest, met with merchants and offered a hand in keeping businesses going during the sidewalk project. Both organizations have resources available to help businesses transition through the construction.
The next area slated for construction is the south side of the square, which should begin next week and be complete in July.
The latest information provided by the city shows a final completion date of Nov. 10.
EB62 & Second Street - Start Wednesday, March 20
EB62 & Third Street - Start Monday, May 20
WB62 & Third Street - Start Tuesday, July 16
WB62 & Second Street - Start Wednesday, Aug. 28
Final completion date: Sunday, Nov. 10