Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Approved Winston Glenn and Shaun Mehling to become members of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, effective Jan. 1, upon completion of a drug test.

• Approved three members of the water/wastewater department to attend the Indiana Rural Water Association conference in French Lick Dec. 3-4. The cost is $375 total, plus transportation and meals.

• Approved a utility service extension and annexation waiver for Joshua and Bobbi Woebkenberg to tap their property in to the town’s water main.

• Approved the advertisement of a position in the town’s water/wastewater department.

• Heard that the Indiana Department of Transportation is updating several ADA ramps around town.

• Heard that the town’s Christmas tree lighting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

• Heard that the Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner is Wednesday. Pat Koch is the guest speaker.

• Heard that the Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce is in the initial stages of a merger with the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce.

• Opened bids for a backup utility transformer. The town received five bids that were all for refurbished/rebuilt transformers. They are from Power Asset Recovery Corporation, $51,520; Solomon Corporation, $36,330; Sunbelt Transformer, $39,720; T&R Electric Supply, $27,836; and Transformer Network Inc., $28,500. The board approved Councilman Ron Weyer, Utilities Superintendent Steve Becher and Alpha Engineering to review the bids, select the one that best fits the town’s needs and proceed with the purchase.

• Approved the purchase of an old medical building at or near 202 E. Third St.

• Approved a utility service extension and annexation waiver for Marilyn S. Welp to tap in to the town’s sanitary sewer line at her property. The property is already connected to the town’s water main.

• Approved a Street Lighting Agreement between the town and Dubois REC.

• Was introduced to Doug Merkel with the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District. Merkel talked about improvements the district has made to its infrastructure in recent years.

• Heard a presentation from Ed Cole with the workforce attraction group Dubois Strong.

• Declared the town’s Malibu as surplus equipment.

• Approved Bev Schulthise as the town’s 2019 appointment to the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors.

• Held a moment of silence for the late James “Jim” Neely who died Friday at age 60. Neely was a former WITZ news director and covered many Ferdinand Town Council meetings.

• Heard that it was Town Attorney Bill Shaneyfelt’s last council meeting before his retirement at the end of the year. Shaneyfelt’s first council meeting as town attorney was in January 1978. He thanked the council for their support over the years and commented how the town has changed for the better. Town Council President Ken Sicard thanked him on behalf of the Ferdinand community.

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