FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lance Gideon, Press Secretary
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2022) — A resolution authored by State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) urging the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to rename the State Road 25 bridge over West 300 North in Carroll County unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation today.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 would ask INDOT to rename the bridge the "George H. Mears Memorial Bridge" in honor of longtime Carroll County resident George Mears.
Mears, a 1971 graduate of Delphi Community High School, spent many years serving as a member of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission and Carroll County Economic Development Corp. Mears passed away in December 2021.
"George greatly deserved this unanimous vote by the committee to honor him for his dedication to Carroll County and its residents," Alting said. "I believe it will easily pass the full Senate and I look forward to INDOT's consideration."
Several local officials who worked with Mears, including Carroll County Commissioners Bill Brown and Loren Hylton, and Carroll County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Jake Adams, offered comments during Tuesday's hearing.
Brown said Mears was a cornerstone of the Carroll County community.
"George dedicated his life to his community and family," Brown said. "George embodied integrity, humility and patience. Carroll County thrives, in part, because of George's willingness to work through tough issues."
SCR 4 will now be considered by the full Senate.
Legislative calendars, agendas, vote tallies, livestreams and proposed legislation can be viewed online by visiting iga.in.gov.
(Pictured from left: Bill Brown, Loren Hylton, State Sen. Ron Alting, Jake Adams and Quincy Cunningham)