Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met in a special meeting Friday and:

• Approved an ordinance allowing the town treasurer to invest town funds in approved financial institutions outside Ferdinand. The ordinance allows the treasurer to invest town funds with the most competitive banks.

• Approved the economic development income tax two-year plan. The plan explains how the town plans to use economic development income tax funds for the next two years.

• Approved the budgets for the water, electric and sewer departments for 2019.

• Approved hiring Sharon Bohnenkemper of Shaneyfelt and Bohnenkemper as the council attorney beginning in January. She already serves as the attorney for the town’s board of zoning appeals and plan commission. The council’s previous attorney, Bill Shaneyfelt, is retiring at the end of the year.

• Approved the 2019 salary ordinance for town employees, which included an average 3 percent pay increase and the town absorbing the increases to health care premiums.

• Discussed the water rate increase for town water customers. The increase will be further discussed at the January meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at town hall, 2065 Main St. Part of the increase is due to a rate increase from Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District, which sells the town its water. The other reason is that the town needs to update its infrastructure.

• Heard that the town offers autopay for utilities. To sign up, customers can stop by town hall.

• Heard that the town has a blue Chevrolet Malibu for sale. It is in the town hall parking lot.

• Heard that Frank Meyer, a longtime town employee, died recently. The council recognized him for his years of service.

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