Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Appointed and welcomed six new reserve police officers: Jhazz Bieker, Joshua Clouse, John Darakjian, Tyler Foss, Kyle Murray and Craig Schnieder.

• Heard that the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office is seeking donations from the community to help purchase a K-9 officer. The K-9 will partner with Deputy Clint Gogel, and will cost $15,000 to $20,000. Gogel said he and the K-9 would have to attend 12 weeks of training. A pork chop dinner fundraiser is also being held; $10 dinners will be available for pickup at the sheriff’s office, 255 Brucke Strasse, Jasper, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23. Ferdinand Processing, which is donating the meat, and the sheriff’s office have tickets. Donations are also being accepted by the sheriff’s office, 812-482-3522.

• Learned that work to install a trail at the Old Town Lake will start June 10 and should be done by mid-December. A groundbreaking for the project will be held at 3 p.m. June 3.

• Awarded road contracts for Scenic Industrial Drive, 21st Street, 20th Street and Krampe Drive to Knies Construction; the bid totaled $539,500.

• Agreed to pay the town’s match for Community Crossing grant projects, $180,967.74, from its Local Income Tax-Economic Development fund.

• Contributed $1,000 to the Dubois County Leadership Academy.

• Increased park fees, which will go into effect Jan. 1. The cost to lease the entire Fifth Street Park or 18th Street Park will be $350 per day. The cost to lease one ballfield will be $100 per day. Leasing one shelter house at Fifth Street Park, 18th Street Park or the Old Town Lake will cost $50 per day.

• Found that Promising Properties and Sisters/Benet Hall were in compliance with its tax abatement requirements.

• Approved using roads for the annual Heimatfest 5K on June 22; the route is the same as in previous years.

• Heard that Ferdinand had to pay $3,125 for the primary election.

• Announced that this month’s board of zoning appeals and plan commission meetings were canceled because there was no business to conduct.

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