Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Heard that the Ferdinand Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department recently participated in an active shooter exercise at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. The police department also attended training that covered human trafficking, cybercrimes and defensive tactics.

• Heard from Fire Chief John Hoppenjans that the department’s annual Firemen’s Ball will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Ferdinand Community Center. Andy and Henry Hagedorn will provide music from 7 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m. For those who can’t make it to the ball, the department will deliver chicken dinners to homes in the department’s coverage area. The dinners must be pre-ordered July 25-27 by leaving a message at the fire department, 367-1313.

• Heard that the resurfacing of the Fifth Street Park playground is lagging behind schedule due to rain. Park Board President Matt Weyer estimated it will be completed next week.

• Also heard an update from Weyer on the Old Town Lake project, which will revamp the lake located on East 14th Street near Monastery Immaculate Conception. The Park Board will review the final design plans from Universal Design Associates at its meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at Town Hall, 2065 Main St. The finalized plans will be brought before the Town Council for approval at its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14, after which construction bids will be sought. The bid project bid awarding is tentatively scheduled for October.

• Held the bid opening for the town’s new transformer. Prices for both new and refurbished units were submitted. Pennsylvania Transformer Technology of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, submitted the low bid at $288,584. Bill Shaneyfelt, town attorney, said as best he could tell that unit would be new. The bids were taken under advisement and the council approved scheduling a special meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at town hall for the purpose of expediting the project.

• Held a hearing on the annexation of the plot of land that True Vine Baptist Church will move to in the future, which is located on Industrial Park Road near North Leaf Drive on the town’s north side. No comments were made. An ordinance finalizing the annexation will be presented at the town’s special meeting on July 25.

• Set the town’s budget meeting to begin at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

• Held a hearing on the KNU tax abatement. KNU obtained a statement of benefits but failed to file it before the due date in May. The council waived the late submission, so KNU will retain its abatement status for the year.

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