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About Seymour

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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Burkart Annexation Fiscal Plan

The PDF document below is the fiscal plan for the “Burkart Annexation” territory for future annexation to the City of Seymour. This territory encompasses four (4) different annexation areas. This document constitutes the written fiscal plan and definite policy for each of the four separate annexations.

Click here to view the Burkart Annexation Fiscal Plan

 


 

Census Info Released for Jackson County/Seymour

Census reveals Jackson County as fastest growing rural county in Indiana - Seymour grew by 23.2% since 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau on Aug. 12, 2021, released information for the 2020 census, and Jackson County ranked as the 7th fastest-growing county in Indiana.

Of Indiana’s 92 counties, Jackson County ranked 7th with a growth rate of 9.6% over the past decade. Jackson County’s population grew from 42,376 in 2010 to 46,428.

All 6 counties ranked above Jackson County were in metropolitan areas with five surrounding Indianapolis and the sixth in the Louisville, Kentucky metro surrounding area.

  1. Hamilton County – 26.5%
  2. Boone County – 25%
  3. Hendricks County – 20.2%
  4. Johnson County – 15.8%
  5. Hancock County – 14.1%
  6. Clark County – 9.8%
  7. Jackson County – 9.6%

In addition, the City of Seymour showed a 23.2% population increase and is shown with a 2020 population of 21,569, and the two townships that include Seymour (Jackson and Redding) had growths of 15.4% and 23.1%, respectively, totaling population of 28,346.

The Town of Brownstown showed a 2.6% increase from the 2010 Census and has a population of 3,025, while the communities of Crothersville and Medora showed slight decreases.

In total, more than half of Indiana counties showed a population decrease, while the State of Indiana overall showed growth of 4.7% over the past decade.


 

 

West Second Street Road Reconstruction & Improvements

After reconstructing and improving two sections of West Second Street in 2016 and 2017, the city of Seymour is preparing to begin work on the final phase in three years.

The project will include full-depth pavement reconstruction from Lasher Drive east to Pine Street and resurfacing from Pine Street east to Indianapolis Ave. for a total of 1.25 miles.

Major changes will include the addition of two roundabouts, one at the Community Drive intersection and the other at the Westgate Road/Airport Road intersection.

Costs, including design, right-of-way acquisition, utilities relocation, construction and inspection, total $10.66 million. The project is being funded with 80% federal money and a 20% or $2.13 million local match from the Seymour Redevelopment Commission.

A public information meeting on the project will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Seymour Community Center, 107 S. Chestnut St.

There will be a presentation by RQAW engineers followed by a question-and-answer session. Project maps, displays and informational handouts will be available. City leaders will be in attendance to answer questions and address concerns.

During the meeting, the public will learn about the scope and schedule of the project, preliminary design plans and have the opportunity to provide input and comments.

Mayor Matt Nicholson said residents, businesses and property owners in the area will benefit from attending the meeting.

“I hope our citizens can make time to attend and learn about the projects as well as provide input as the design team works towards completion,” Nicholson said.

As part of the project, the existing sidewalk on the south side of the street will be widened to 5 feet to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The sidewalk along the north side will be removed and replaced with an 8-foot-wide asphalt multi-use path which will be separated from the roadway by a 5-foot-wide grass buffer strip.

With the corridor improvements, about ½ acre total of permanent right-of way will be purchased by the city along with 1 acre of temporary right-of-way.

 Nicholson said the project will help expand the downtown area with more east to west appeal.

“The additions of the multi-use path should allow our community to access downtown via bike and by foot as well as allow our high schoolers a safer path to bike and walk to Seymour High School,” he said.

A new storm sewer line and curb inlet structures will be installed to help improve drainage in the area, a problem that residents have dealt with for years.

Another improvement will be the addition of a 280-foot, 12-foot by 6-foot, four-sided concrete box culvert to replace the existing piping that conveys the Von Fange ditch under West Second Street.

Existing traffic signals will be replaced at the Walnut and Chestnut streets intersections and new street lighting will be installed along the multi-use path. Existing streetlights on electric poles will be replaced too.

Construction, which is slated to begin in 2024, will be completed in stages allowing West Second Street to be closed blocks at a time. Access to all properties will be maintained during construction. Those impacted by the project, including Seymour Community School Corp. and emergency services, will be notified of potential road closures and detours prior to construction.

The project should be completed by the end of 2024; however, some paving may get carried over to spring 2025.

 


 

 

Fourth & O'Brien Streets Roundabout

The city is planning a $1.47 million project at the intersection of Fourth and O’Brien streets to improve the flow of traffic and make the area safer for motorists and pedestrians.

Plans call for the construction of a mini-roundabout in 2022 to replace the existing four-way stop.

Preliminary design plans and the environmental study can be viewed at Seymour City Hall, 211 N. Chestnut St. From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Any resident or business impacted by the project can request a public hearing and/or make comments, share concerns or ask questions by calling Glenn Peterson with SEH engineering firm at 219-405-3982 or email gpeterson@sehinc.com on or before Aug. 19. Information also can be mailed upon request.

Eighty percent of funding for the project is coming from the state with a 20% or $294,000 match from the Seymour Redevelopment Commission.

The need for the project stems from the lack of bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the area and the significant queuing delay caused by stopped traffic.

The new design will improve how the intersection operates by increasing traffic flow and reducing conflict points and delayed traffic while having the least impact on surrounding properties.

City engineer Bernie Hauersperger said with the existing three roundabouts in Seymour, and plans for several more to be constructed in the city, motorists are becoming more familiar and comfortable with navigating them.

“I think we all see the savings in time and the increased safety that roundabouts produce,” he said.

To construct a safe and effective roundabout with proper design and safety measures, the city will have to purchase a third of an acre total of permanent right-of-way including the property at 310 N. O’Brien Street. Existing walls on both the northwest and southeast corners will be replaced with new retaining walls as part of the project.

“Adding another full roundabout would be best for safety, but we are limited in area with homes and businesses, so the mini-roundabout was selected,” Hauersperger said.

The design will drive the same as a normal roundabout for most vehicles but will require traffic to stop for semi-trailers and larger trucks.

“In this situation, the truck will enter the roundabout and others will need to stop and wait for this truck to clear,” he said. “The middle median area on a mini roundabout is all pavement, so trucks can get through the best they can.”

The intersection will be closed for five months during construction. During that time, traffic will be detoured using Burkart Boulevard to North O’Brien Street to Seventh Street to Blish Street to Third Street. Bike and pedestrian traffic will be detoured along Third Street to the pedestrian trail near Cummins.

“A little patience and practice go a long way, so I hope people will give this mini-roundabout a try to see the benefits it provides,” Hauersperger said.

 


 

 

City Proposes Annexation; Public Information Sessions

NewProposed Annexation - Frequently Asked Questions

It’s been eight years since Seymour annexed property on the city’s north side which allowed for the development of Burkart Crossing apartments and the Redbud Meadows subdivision. 

Now, Mayor Matt Nicholson is looking to take his turn at growing the city’s physical boundaries again. 

The city is proposing the annexation of a total of 719 acres, most of which is agricultural ground located south of the city between State Road 11 (South Walnut St.) and North County Road 975 East, where the new Burkart Boulevard extension currently is being built.  

The annexation area also includes properties surrounding Phase 1 of the extension from east of Silgan Plastics to east of Sycamore Road where the new road comes up near Walmart Supercenter east to County Road 975E. 

A total of 210 parcels are within the proposed annexation including all of the Ashwood and Hoevener subdivisions off of County Road 950E (Meadowbrook Drive) south of The Home Depot.   

Mayor Matt Nicholson said the annexation makes sense for the future of Seymour. 

“If we want to grow, this is the direction it’s going to happen,” he said. 

With the construction of the bypass, a pedestrian trail, railroad overpass and the sewer interceptor project, the city is setting up the area for future residential, commercial and industrial development.  

The annexation also will provide city services to residents in the annexation area including trash and recycle collection, snow removal and street maintenance, public transit, and police and fire protection.  

A fiscal impact report is being finalized and will be presented to the city council in the future for approval. Council also must approve an ordinance to annex on two separate readings.  

In an effort to provide information to impacted residents and property owners, the city is conducting community outreach meetings next month at the Seymour Community Center, 107 S. Chestnut St.  

Letters have been sent to all affected property owners. 

There will be six public meetings: 

  • Tuesday, July 6 – 6 p.m. 
  • Thursday, July 8 – 8:30 a.m. 
  • Monday, July 12 – 1 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, July 14 – 6 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, July 20 – 6 p.m. 
  • Thursday, July 22 – 6 p.m. 

These meetings are open to the general public but will most benefit those residents and property owners who received letters from the city.  

All meetings will be in-person, but the city may choose to impose crowd restrictions due to COVID-19. Meetings also will be available virtually through GoToMeeting. If you would like to attend virtually, call 812-522-4020 for login information.  

Public comments or questions about the annexation also can be submitted by email to Seymour Clerk-Treasurer Darrin Boas at dboas@seymourin.org or by mail to 301 N. Chestnut St., Seymour, IN 47274. Please note which meeting you would like your comment or question to be addressed. Also please indicate if you would like the question to be answered publicly during the outreach meetings or by email. Comments and questions should be submitted 24 hours prior to the intended meeting to ensure it is received, reviewed and answered.

 


 

 

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