Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Heard from Fire Chief John Hoppenjans that the annual Fireman’s Ball will take place on Saturday, July 27. It will be held at the Ferdinand Community Center, and meals will begin being served at 5 p.m. Call-in orders will also be delivered.

• Approved the purchasing of about $11,000 worth of stone to be used on a joint Community Crossings grant project with Dubois County. That stone will be placed on the shoulder of the Industrial Bypass on the west side of State Road 162. The road has been paved, and pavement striping will begin on the road later this week or next week.

• Heard from Park Board President Matt Weyer that the park and recreation summer program has been going well so far, with approximately 20 to 30 children attending the daily events. Weyer also thanked town employees for their maintenance work on the baseball and softball fields, which have been used for tournaments throughout the month.

• Heard from Town Manager Chris James that both Dubois County Leadership Academy teams are making significant headway on the fundraising efforts for their capstone projects. The DCLA graduation ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in the auditorium at the CTIM building at Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

• Heard from James that vendor applications for the Ferdinand Folk Festival are officially due on July 26, but he said he’ll accept them through Aug. 30. The festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21.

• The town’s fifth annual singer-songwriter showcase will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, in the theater located at St. Benedict’s Brew Works. Entries have been submitted and are being reviewed by the event’s committee. Showcase participants will also have the opportunity to be an opening act on the main stage at the Ferdinand Folk Festival.

• Approved an additional appropriation for Community Crossings grant dollars. The town was approved for more projects than budgeted for in 2019. The appropriation amount is $232,065. Because the grant funds 75% of work completed, about $174,000 will come from the grant.

• Heard from Weyer that Old Town Lake will be closed to the public for safety reasons until further notice. This is due to construction at the site.

• Approved an additional appropriation for work related to the Old Town Lake trail project. The appropriation is $100,000, and it is needed because the project is ahead of what the schedule was believed to be at budget time in 2019. The appropriated dollars were originally planned for use in 2020.

• Heard from Keith Fritz, a Ferdinand man and luxury furniture craftsman who recently purchased the building located at 1245 Main St. He plans to restore the structure and redevelop it, and would like to eventually use it as his home and as a place his clients can stay in when they come to town. He doesn’t yet know what all he’d like to house in the commercially-zoned building, but plans to meet with town officials before requesting a zoning variance.

• Approved the entering of an electrical rate study with Alpha Engineering at a maximum cost of $7,500. The last time the town performed an electrical rate study was around 2007.

• Approved updates to the town’s vacation and holiday policy.

• Approved Steve Becher to solicit quotes for an electric department truck. Quotes will be opened at the council’s next meeting, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Town Hall, 2065 Main St.

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