Bridge Dedication To Honor Late Commissioner Brian Hind

In the first Greenwood County Commission meeting since the passing of commissioner Brian Hind, commissioners voted on Monday to honor the legacy of their colleague by dedicating a bridge east of Madison in his name. Hind was instrumental in the replacement of the bridge, traditionally known as “Esslinger Bridge.” A KDOT grant was awarded for the project in 2014 and construction concluded in 2016. Former commissioner Cole Conard stopped by this week’s commission meeting to suggest the dedication and noted that he would do the work and cover any expenses. Conard said he had been given the blessing and support of George Esslinger, nearby landowner, to proceed with the dedication. Conard recalled their time as commissioners together, “We always used to kid that it was the Brian Hind Bridge because his bridge got accepted over yours (pointing to Commissioner Ben Fox) and mine.” Commissioner Fox made the motion to approve moving forward with the dedication process, which was seconded by Commissioner Paul Hodge and approved. Conard will begin the process and envisions a plaque eventually being displayed near the bridge in Hind’s honor.


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