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Spiceland approves firm for comprehensive planning

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

Spiceland Town Council members have a plan where their comprehensive planning preparation is concerned.

Last week, the council approved HWC as its comprehensive planning company.

“HWC seemed like the best fit for us,” Town Council President Darrin Jacobs said. “It seemed like they were really good with big ideas but they were also good with nuts and bolts and infrastructure.”

Jacobs said the firm was also impressive with its knowledge of OCRA (Office of Community and Rural Affairs) grants, particularly where smaller communities were concerned.

HWC was one of four firms interested in serving Spiceland with the comprehensive plan process. Two were interviewed, the other being Taylor, Seifer and Williams.

“They’re well-known and well-versed in it,” Jacobs said. “I like some of the work they’ve done with other communities our size.”

HWC is a consulting, engineering and design firm based in Indianapolis. Officials said Spiceland’s efforts at putting together a comprehensive plan will help the community in future grant applications.