Meeting: Birdseye Town Council

The Birdseye Town Council met Thursday and:

• Signed contracts with Universal Design Associates and the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission for the final design and planning for Birdseye’s new fire station. Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission Senior Project Administrator Nathan Held said the grant-funded project’s deadline for bid opening is Aug. 3. The town secured $500,000 in funding from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to build a new fire station on an old school site — a large, town-owned lot south of West Third Street, across from Jake’s Auto Parts & Service.

• Heard Fire Chief David “Smitty” Smith outline the Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department’s two weekend fundraisers that will funnel all proceeds to the fire station project. The first is the sale of chicken noodle soup on Saturday. The cost is $15 per gallon and soup can be picked up between 11 a.m. and noon Saturday at the 9 W. First St. fire station. Pre-orders can be texted to 812-309-9184 or emailed to Then, Sunday, the fire department’s annual shooting match will take place beginning at 11 a.m. at the Birdseye Conservation Club, 9605 E. Conservation Club Road. A closed match will start at 3 p.m. and organizers will serve fried chicken, potato wedges, chili, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fried bologna, hot dogs and desserts.

• Learned that a two-week-long review audit of the town’s books by the state successfully concluded with an exit interview prior to the meeting.

• Heard from Utility Superintendent Bob Morrow that a two-year water system audit by the state went well, with just minor tweaks needed to some testing and reporting procedures and a repair needed at the top of Birdseye’s water tower.

• Talked with senior housing residents Mary Ann Enlow and Kathleen Ingle about the response to recent incidents of mischief at the apartments. Town Marshal Benton Stroud said the new property manager at the apartments has been good to work with as steps are being taken to stop mischief.

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