Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Agreed to appoint Sharon Bohnenkemper as the new town attorney. She replaces Bill Shaneyfelt, who is retiring from the position. Bohnenkemper is a partner at the Jasper law office Shaneyfelt and Bohnenkemper co-own.

• Scheduled an executive session for 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, with a meeting to follow at 2 p.m., at Town Hall, 2065 Main St. The council will discuss water rate increases and setting Bohnenkemper’s salary.

• Reminded residents that the trash receptacles in the parks are not for residential trash. Street and Property Manager Tom Lueken said that dumping becomes a big problem in the winter time.

• Heard that curbside leaf pickup will end Thursday. Leaves can then be taken to the yard waste site on West 23rd Street.

• Welcomed Shaun Mehling and Winston Glenn to the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department as firefighters.

• Scheduled a public hearing on Begle Properties’ four-year tax abatement request to construct 12 apartments near State Road 162 and 23rd Street. It will be near the Royal Ridge Apartments, which the company also built. The public hearing is set for 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Town Hall.

• Made some board appointments, including Don Foerster to the town’s board of zoning appeals and to the plan commission, Andy Rohleder to the zoning board, Matt Weyer to the park board and Mike Cummings to the economic development commission. Council President Ken Sicard said that another zoning board appointment needs to be made; that will be discussed at the council’s next meeting.

• Approved an internship for University of Southern Indiana student Kendra Schipp to work at Town Hall. Schipp already works part time at Town Hall with Clerk-Treasurer Tammy Miller, but classifying her job as an internship will satisfy a class requirement for graduation; she can work up to 150 hours for the semester. The council also hired Ben Becher to work part time on various projects from Dec. 21 to Jan. 17; his direct supervisor will be Town Manager Chris James.

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