Meeting: Birdseye Town Council

The Birdseye Town Council met Thursday and:

• Planned to notify the Dubois County Democrats that the Birdseye Town Council needs a replacement for Councilman Roy Partenheimer. The councilman elected in 2018 resigned Thursday after President Bret Eckert and Councilwoman Mary Ann Cummings decided to not reappoint Partenheimer’s wife, Janet Partenheimer, to the park board. Janet Partenheimer, who did not attend, had served 34 years on the park board, the last nine as president, but had often had contentious, back-and-forth exchanges with the Town Council over financial matters and the division of responsibilities. Cummings made a motion, seconded by Eckert, to replace Janet Partenheimer with Mackenzie Zehr on the park board.

• Invited anyone interested in applying for the water system and wastewater system operator apprenticeship programs Birdseye is getting through the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water to submit applications by May 1 at Town Hall, 103 W. State Road 64. Birdseye is seeking applicants that are at least 18 years old, who possesses a high school diploma or GED and a driver’s license. An applicant would also need to pass a drug screen and background check. Anyone with questions can contact Utility Superintendent Bob Morrow at 812-639-7797.

• Agreed the town would pay to place an additional street light on town property near Third Street senior apartments where recent incidents of mischief had occurred.

• Heard the state wants a waterline relocation completed by May 1 so the Indiana Department of Transportation can move forward June 1 with a culvert replacement along State Road 64 near Pine Ridge Road. Birdseye will be reimbursed by the state for moving the water main out of the construction right of way.

• Heard that Utility Superintendent Bob Morrow will present results of a recent water audit at the May meeting and heard the town is working to renew its sewer permit.

• Decided to look into deeding the town-owned rental house at the park back into park property. A new, one-year lease for the rental house will be signed, keeping rent at $450 a month.

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