Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

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

• Opened bids for road work that will be completed through the Community Crossings matching grant program from the Indiana Department of Transportation. Projects include Scenic Industrial Drive, 21st Street, 20th Street and Krampe Drive. The council took the bids under advisement.

• Approved a bid from E&B Paving of Evansville for the town’s portion of a joint project on Industrial Park Road with the county. The town’s portion of the project has a base bid of $184,370.95.

• Approved advertising an opening for a journeyman/lineman for the electric department.

• Rescinded a previous ordinance regarding the wholesale water rate for St. Henry and approved a new ordinance that sets the rate at $5.67 per 1,000 gallons of water with a minimum of 35,000 gallons per month for $198.40.

• Approved increasing the number of reserve police officers the police department can employ from six to eight. The department has plans to hire seven reserve officers.

• Approved several quotes for electrical equipment for the town’s electric upgrade. The town will purchase three regulators from Howard Industries of Laurel, Mississippi, for $61,620, five three-phase reclosers from Eaton Power Systems of Waukesha, Wisconsin, for $112,785 and various switches from Smith Sales Company of Plainfield for $36,665.

• Approved the Kona Ice truck to park at 18th Street Park from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in conjunction with a Forest Park Junior-Senior High School student council event.

• Reviewed a tax abatement for Begle Properties that began in 2016 and covers two duplexes and phase one of an apartment complex. The council found Begle Properties in compliance with the terms of the abatement.

• Approved hiring summer recreation employees in the parks department.

• Heard that the grand opening for the veterans memorial along State Road 162 on the town’s north side will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 27.

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