Feed mill fate back on docket


The Brownstown Town Council may make a second attempt to obtain federal grant money to remove a former feed mill across from the courthouse despite some misgivings by at least one council member.

“A part of me thinks we have more important things we can focus upon,” council member Ben Lewis said during a recent council meeting at town hall.

Lewis recently changed his mind about the idea of obtaining a grant to purchase and demolish two buildings that once served as a feed mill at 119 and 121 E. Walnut St. across from the Jackson County Courthouse.

Earlier this year, Brownstown/Ewing Main Street asked the council to apply for a federal Community Focus Fund grant to purchase and demolish those buildings as a part of a broader plan to revitalize the block. A governmental entity has to apply for federal grant money.

During the application process, the council was told by the state Office of Rural and Community Affairs that it needed to come up with a plan to preserve at least a part of the feed mill in some manner because of its historical nature and location on the courthouse square. The state administers federal grants.

A later meeting with an Indiana Landmarks official failed to produce any solid preservation plans, and the grant idea has since fallen by the wayside.

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