Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Elected officers for 2019. They are: Ken Sicard president; and Debra Johnson, vice president.

• Recognized Bill Shaneyfelt for his years 40 of service as the town’s attorney. Shaneyfelt retired at the end of 2018.

• Heard a report on police activity for December and for 2018. In December, officers completed 70 traffic stops and an active shooter training for staff at Scenic Hills. In 2018, officers drove 62,987 miles, made 914 stops, issued 167 citations and responded to 146 accidents.

• Heard that the street department has been working to stabilize the Fourth Street ditch near the town lake. The department is also removing debris from storm inlets and replacing faded stop and parking signs.

• Approved the water and wastewater department staff to attend the Indiana Conservation Center WWETT Expo in Indianapolis for training.

• Approved hiring Eric Stallman for the water and wastewater department for $17 per hour contingent on passing a drug test.

• Approved seeking quotes for a mini excavator for use by several town departments.

• Approved the parks department to encumber funds from 2018 for the Old Town Lake trail project for use in 2019. The final permits for the project are expected to arrive from the state in the next few days.

• Heard that the fire department had 160 runs in 2018.

• Heard a report from Town Manager Chris James about a housing discussion meeting held at Tri-Cap in Jasper. The discussion centered on the type of housing and the affordability of the housing needed throughout the county. The report should be completed in April.

• Heard that a groundbreaking for the veterans memorial planned for the town’s north side will be scheduled for later in January. The project is funded by donations and spearheaded by Leon Weyer, a local Marine Corps veteran.

• Heard that the town is addressing the muddy road situation on Fifth Street connected to the Scenic Hills project.

• Opened bids for the sale of the town’s 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Kyle Klem had the high bid at $3,850.

• Approved a demolition permit for the Sisters of St. Benedict for a house at 451 E. 12th St. The Sisters bought the property with the intent to clean it up.

• Approved the Dubois County multi-hazard federal mitigation five-year plan. The Dubois County Emergency Management Agency overseas the plan, but it requires approval from the jurisdictions covered in the plan. Having the plan makes it easier to receive government help if a disaster occurs.

• Approved contracts with the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission for services developing a code book and zone maps. The cost for the zoning maps is $1,370, and the cost for the updated code book is $1,200.

• Received a bid for the old fire truck. Jim Weyer had the only bid for the truck at $1,050.

• Opened bids for the electrical system construction project that will construct a substation behind Fifth Street Park. The council took the bids under advisement, pending advisement from Alpha Engineering of Indianapolis. The council 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 annual Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan from the street department.

• Approved contracts with Ferdinand Township regarding the parks and fire protection for use by the township for 2019. The township will pay $27,000 for use of the parks and $37,000 for fire protection.

• Heard a report on the town’s Community Crossings grant application with the state. The application is for work on Scenic Hills Industrial Drive, Scenic Hills Drive, 21st Street, 20th Street and Krampe Drive.

• Approved opening the bid process for surplus electronic equipment in the substation that will be vacated. The bids will be opened at a special council meeting at 1 p.m. Friday, February 1.

• Approved the nepotism document for Councilman Ron Weyer with regard to his relationship with Weyer Electric, which often performs work for the town.

• Introduced an ordinance for a water rate increase for Ferdinand utility customers. A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, during the regularly scheduled council meeting.

• Approved designating an economic revitalization area in the town to allow a tax abatement on a housing project by Randy and Dakota Begle.

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