VANDERBURGH CO, Ind (WEHT) – The Vanderburgh County Commissioners delivered the State of the County address to the Rotary Club.
County leaders updated major projects. Vanderburgh County Engineer John Stoll received the Orange Barrel award for finishing Green River Road, a project he’s been working on for nearly 29 years.
“The final part of it is Green river road section six and it took it all the way to Indiana 57 which is where Daylight is so now you will have that third link of traffic in Vanderburgh County. You can go down U.S. 41, you can go down I-69, or you can take Green River Road all the way down to basically the central business district of the county on the east side,” said Vanderburgh County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave.
Musgrave said they are also trying to help businesses by seeking partnerships to bring broadband to rural areas of the county.
“You can’t participate in today’s economy without broadband access and good broad band access at that,” explained Musgrave.
The commissioners are hoping to bring more businesses to the area through the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership. They also want to attract more tourists in the future after a traveling drought during the pandemic.
Commissioner Ben Shoulders said expanding and renovating the Deaconess Sports Park and Goebel soccer fields is something he wants to see come to fruition.
“And then also to make Burdette Park a regional destination, a regional attraction by making it an adventurous park concept by adding things like ziplines, canopy, scavenger hunts,” Shoulders explained. To ensure everyone’s safety while traveling for these adventures, all three commissioners encourage everyone to protect themselves from the virus. “So get vaccinated.”
Even though more than 73,200 residents have been vaccinated, the commissioners say there’s still progress to be made.
“Once we start ramping up vaccinations in the schools, we are going to get well over 50, 60%,” said Commissioner Hatfield.
The commissioners also talked about how the community adapted during the pandemic, including utilizing the space at the Old National Events Plaza for court hearings, an early voting location, and a COVID vaccination site.