Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Approved Ferdinand Police Department Sgt. Eric Hopkins to attend a defensive tactics instructor certification at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in mid-August.

• Heard that the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to five fire calls and six emergency calls last month.

• Heard that the street department is repairing rough intersections that have “very poor, failed asphalt,” said Tom Lueken, the town’s property and street superintendent. The street department is roughing those areas out and laying a new asphalt base.

• Approved six water, wastewater and electric department employees to attend an Indiana Rural Water Association meeting in Huntingburg later this month.

• Heard that the Ferdinand Heimatfest will take place on Friday and Saturday. Due to sponsorship contributions, the festival will be a buttonless event this year, meaning a button purchase will not be required to attend or access specific areas. The event’s barbecue does include a $5 tasting fee, though.

• Heard that the Ferdinand Folk Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21. Vendor applications are coming in, and the official application deadline is July 26. The submission deadline for the 2019 Singer-Songwriter Showcase is July 1.

• Heard that this year’s Dubois County Leadership Academy team projects include the placement of automated external defibrillator units in areas in the county that aren’t presently covered, as well as the creation of “foster packs,” or loaded backpacks for children who are delivered on short notice to foster families. Both groups are currently in the fundraising phase of their work.

• Heard that construction of the Old Town Lake Trail project has been delayed due to rain and a holdup with the contractor.

• Approved a taser policy and the purchase of two tasers for the Ferdinand Police Department. The two tasers, three holsters and replacement cartridges will cost a total of $2,044.97. The goal is for all officers to have their own tasers, eventually.

• Approved hourly wage rate increases for a maintenance employee and an office employee.

• Approved the purchase of cyber insurance coverage for town servers at a cost of $1,719 for the year.

• Set the town’s annual, all-day budget meeting for Wednesday, July 31.

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