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The City of Seymour is located one hour south of Indianapolis, one hour north of Louisville and one and one-half hours west of Cincinnati. Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana is the place to live your future! Seymour has a population of approximately 20,000 residents and is served by Mayor Matthew Nicholson, Clerk-Treasurer Darrin Boas and seven Councilmembers.

Seymour is a thriving industrial, commercial, and residential community based on well-planned growth and progress. The quality of life is demonstrated by Seymour’s “small town” yet bustling atmosphere, beautiful parks and open spaces, attractive landscaping and arterial streets, a low crime rate, quality schools and affordable housing. Because of the geographic location, a pro-business environment, and a proactive local government — Seymour is expected to continue to grow.

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Article and photos are by Zach Spicer/The Tribune.

As important as it is to never forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, many people today would like to see the nation be more like it was on Sept. 12 that year.

People were nice to one another and came together to help each other. American flags were proudly displayed. Churches were full. Americans bravely stepped up to serve in the military or become a first responder.

The nation was united.

That was the theme of the speakers during the city of Seymour’s 9/11 ceremony, conducted Saturday morning at Shields Park.

 Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of terrorists crashing planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Seymour Mayor Matt Nicholson said he recently came across a quote by Jeff Parness, founder of the New York Says Thank You Foundation: “When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We are about what happened on 9/12.”

“Think about that as you walk away today and remember that we came together as a nation the day after the most horrific attack we’ve ever seen,” he told the crowd gathered for the ceremony. “Let’s figure out how to come together as a country one more time. Let’s figure out how to make our community better.”

Seymour Fire Chief Brad Lucas shared the breakdown of the 2,977 people who died on 9/11.

“It was such a beautiful almost fall day that day, and you wonder ‘How can anything go wrong? How could anyone penetrate our soil and do something like this? How could 19 Middle Easterners associated with Al-Qaeda be persuaded to take that many lives?'” he said. “I just can’t fathom how that could happen, but it did, and our lives have been forever changed.”

Thousands of others were killed defending the country in Operation Enduring Freedom, and firefighters and others who worked on rescue efforts developed respiratory diseases from the smoke and debris, Lucas said.

Despite all of that, he said a lot of good came about after 9/11. People donated blood and gave money to the 9/11 charity, the Department of Homeland Security was formed to protect America’s borders and a 9/11 memorial with reflective pools was completed where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

“Always remember,” Lucas said in closing after thanking the local first responders and military personnel in attendance and those serving around the world.

Before Saturday’s ceremony, nearly a dozen people gathered at Shields Park to place 2,977 flags on the ground to represent all of the lives lost on 9/11.

Elijah Downey, 14, a freshman at Seymour High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 529, was among those who helped with the hour-and-a-half effort.

While he wasn’t alive when 9/11 happened, Downey said the adults he helped Saturday morning were.

“I know that it personally affected them in some way. I know that it had an impact on pretty much every adult in my life, so I was just thinking I know this affects other people, and it’s important to them that I’m here, that I’m placing all of these flags,” he said.

Once all of the flags were placed, Downey said it put in perspective just how many people died on 9/11.

“Even though I wasn’t around when this happened, it’s still important to remember the lives that were lost, and we need to make sure nothing like this ever happens again because this was a terrible, terrible tragedy that happened,” he said. “History repeats itself, especially if we’re not careful, so we need to educate people about what happened.”

 


 

Meet the 2021-22 Seymour Mayor's Youth Council

Members are Gracie Adams, Paul Bontrager, Addie Brock, Macy Casner, Lorelai Dixon, Anastaesia Fields, Luke Franklin, Caden Harriss, Lucy Horton, Elizabeth Kirby, Cory Robinson, Brandon Rodriguez and Phoebe Underwood. Not in attendance: Grace Claycamp, Mary Higdon and Bryce Blevins.

Bontrager, Casner, Horton, Robinson, Higdon and Blevins are serving their second year on the council.

The council serves as an advisory board to the mayor on issues affecting youth in the community. Nicholson started the youth council when he took office in 2020.

“It promotes civic commitment and community volunteerism, and gives our youth a voice and an opportunity to get involved in city government,” Nicholson said.

 


 

9/11 Ceremony Information

On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States suffered an attack unlike any the world had ever seen before or has seen since.

A total of 2,977 people were killed when terrorists hijacked three planes, crashing two into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.  A fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers onboard overtook the terrorists and foiled their plan to crash into the White House or the Capitol building.

At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, the city of Seymour will mark the 20th anniversary of that day with a public ceremony at Shields Park near the bandstand.

The ceremony will last less than an hour and will include music, speakers and prayer. The Seymour Fire Department will present the flags, and there will be two moments of silence, one to signal when the first tower was hit and the second for the second tower.

To pay tribute to those lives taken, 2,977 flags will be placed in the park by local boy scouts before the ceremony.

Seymour Mayor Matt Nicholson and Fire Chief Brad Lucas will serve as speakers.

“I feel that it is very important to commemorate Sept. 11 on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy to remind everyone, not only of the many lives that were lost that day, but also of how it changed our everyday lives in so many ways,” Lucas said. “Many of the firefighters I am hiring today were too young to remember the tragedy that day. They need to hear the story.”

Bleachers will be set up, but people can bring lawn chairs for seating too.

Masks and social distancing are recommended. The ceremony also will be broadcast live on 92.7 NASH ICON, WXKU and 99.3 WZZB.

Nicholson encourages families to use the ceremony as a way to open communications with kids about 9/11.

“My hope for this ceremony is that it will open a conversation for adults with their children who were not here for 9/11 20 years ago and allow them to share memories and feelings from that day,” he said. “Our kids have seen footage and heard stories from across the country, but have you ever told them where you were that morning?”


 

 

Road Rejuvenation Project

Seymour will begin a project after Labor Day to extend the life of just more than 7 miles of city streets.

On or after Sept. 7, crews from RejuvTec Inc. will be applying an in-depth seal coat of the asphalt rejuvenating product Reclamite on many local streets.

The product is designed to restore the asphalt pavement back to its proper chemical balance, improve flexibility, eliminate cracking and potholes, reduce road fatigue and slow the oxidation process.

Seymour received $108,200.18 earlier this year from the state’s Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which the city will match with funds from the Seymour Redevelopment Commission to fund the road rejuvenation project.

Using Reclamite is a way to make newly constructed pavement last longer and provide corrective maintenance on deteriorated pavement to preserve streets and delay further deterioration and more costly fixes.

Preventive maintenance on a roadway can be compared to changing the oil in a vehicle. It will greatly extend service life at a lower cost than repaving or reconstruction.

City engineer Bernie Hauersperger said he is glad the city is able to move forward with the rejuvenation project.

“We are excited that we can take this progressive step in pavement maintenance,” he said. “This project will allow streets that have good pavement to last longer before we need a major overlay.” 

The product replaces oils in the pavement that have been dried by the sun, preparing it once again to be weather resistant.

Application will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. All cars parked on the street need to be removed during those times. Streets will be closed a lane at a time. Flaggers and signage will be in place to help direct traffic. Residents will be notified of rejuvenation work on their street by a door hanger beforehand.

Residents will have access to their driveways at all times. During the application period, RejuvTech workers will provide assistance to drivers and residents if needed.

An applicator truck sprays the Reclamite on the asphalt surface. The product goes down pink and penetrates into the asphalt. It then changes color in about 15-30 minutes depending on temperature and other factors. 

Reclamite is a petroleum maltene based product and will temporarily darken the pavement.

After application, a light coating of sand is then put down to absorb any residual Reclamite to reduce tracking of the product into homes. Although odorless, pets and children should not be allowed on the street during and immediately after application.

The road will remain closed until after the sand has been applied because the road will be slick and oil can get on vehicles. Sand will be swept up within two days.

To reduce the chance of getting residue on vehicles, speed should be kept to a minimum for several days.

 Should residue get on a resident’s driveway, it can be washed away with water or will wear off in a few weeks. If it gets on a vehicle, it should be washed off immediately with soap and water or a mild solvent remover.

Also, residents should not use lawn sprinklers or wash their vehicles as the street must be dry to receive the treatment. In the event of rain, work will be delayed until the following day.

Click here to view a list of the Road Rejuventation Projects

 


 

 

Fourth and O'Brien Intersection Improvement Project

Sample Roundabout Image - Not located in Seymour We would like to thank those from SEH Engineering, INDOT and all of the citizens who participated in last night's public hearing on the proposed $1.58 million Fourth and O'Brien Intersection Improvement project which includes the construction of a mini-roundabout, sidewalks and bike lanes.

The public comment period remains open through Sept. 16. Comments can be emailed to Glenn Peterson at gpeterson@sehinc.com.

All comments submitted will become part of the public record, and they will be entered into a transcript, reviewed, evaluated, and given full consideration during the decision-making process.

Final design plans will be completed later this year with construction beginning in the summer of 2022 at the earliest.

Click here to view the INDOT Road Plans for O'Brien Street at 4th Street

Click here to download the Powerpoint Presentation

Pictured Above - Sample Roundabout Image - Not located in Seymour


 

 

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