Meeting: Birdseye Town Council

The Birdseye Town Council met Thursday and:

• Approved a quote from Greg Dooley to mow the Town Hall property at 103 W. State Road 64 for $50 a mowing. Dooley submitted the only quote.

• Signed paperwork for Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission Senior Project Administrator Nathan Held related to Birdseye’s intention to apply to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for a $500,000 construction grant for a new fire station. The town just wrapped up a grant-funded planning study for relocating the current station next to railroad tracks at 9 W. First St. Building a new station on a town-owned open lot south of West Third Street, across from Jake’s Auto Parts & Service, is estimated to cost $719,000.

• Noted an individual doing community service under the supervision of Town Marshal Benton Stroud is doing general cleaning and painting at Town Hall, the park and at wastewater sites.

• Heard from Utility Superintendent Bob Morrow that a water sample test that returned a positive for the presence of fluoride means a leak has been located west of town, on the north side of State Road 64 east of Schnellville Road.

• Approved the park board’s appointment of Seth Sickbert as a new member. The board also includes Janet Partenheimer as president, Archie McCutcheon as vice president and Jason “Pork” Zehr as the fourth voting member. Council President Bret Eckert is an auxiliary, non-voting member of the board.

• Noted a proposed update to the town’s park ordinance remains under review.

• Discussed a proposal from Councilman Roy Partenheimer to install a 22-by-60 inch, rolling LED informational sign atop the existing Town Hall sign. Nothing was decided after Councilwoman Mary Ann Cummings said she believed an all-encompassing resolution for such a sign’s allowed use would be needed and Eckert said he would need to research the issue with Town Attorney Art Nordhoff.

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