Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Heard that all full-time police officers are certified to carry Tasers.

• Heard that the fire department just held its annual ball and thanks everyone who attended.

• Heard that the underground primary wire has been installed for the Old Town Lake project, as well as electric for the project.

• Approved two electric department employees to attend the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, for about $40 per person, plus meals and transportation.

• Heard that some ditch work along Ninth and 13th streets has been completed.

• Heard that the 2019 Fall Clean Up will be held during the first week in October. More information will be posted in Town Hall in September.

• Heard that in 2016, the town contracted Brosmer Land Surveying and Engineering of Jasper to create a topographic map and a design for a detention basin on Vienna Drive. Street Superintendent and Property Manager Tom Lueken will check the 2016 design with the town’s stormwater system, will ask Brosmer Land Surveying to come out to stake the area and will seek three quotes for the detention basin.

• Heard that the water department is working on infrastructure around the Old Town Lake project.

• Heard that stormwater work is underway at the Country Ridge Estates, a Kerstiens Homes & Design development on the town’s north side.

• Heard that the latest draft of the town’s personnel policy handbook will be available for review in the next couple weeks. After the coming round of revisions, the final draft will be completed and approved by the council.

• Approved closing Maryland Street between Eighth and 10th street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday for Christ the King Parish’s car show.

• Opened bids for a boom truck for the electric department. The bids were taken under advisement.

• Heard that the Old Town Lake trail project is a little bit off schedule due to the rain, but clearing the trail is complete, as is much of the grading. Construction of the wood bridge and asphalt work will start soon.

• Approved Seufert Construction of Ferdinand to remove moist soil around the Old Town Lake trail and replace the soil with rock in 13 areas around the Old Town Lake trail that are not drying as expected. The additional cost is not to exceed $9,200, contingent on the town providing the rock to use. The work fits within the project’s contingency budget.

• Approved dredging an area of Old Town Lake for $10,000 in an effort to keep vegetation from growing up and to minimize maintenance once the project is complete. The work fits within the project’s contingency budget.

• Heard that the water department is working with engineers at Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District on low pressure issues at one of the standpipes near the Sisters of St. Benedict.

• Heard that the town received its $542,903.21 matching grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Community Crossings grant program for street improvements.

• Approved prohibiting overnight camping in town park properties and approved amending town ordinances to reflect the change. The parks close at 11 p.m. However, exceptions can be made for multi-day events through the park board. The issue came up this year after softball tournaments when attendees hooked their campers into park electricity.

• Approved an amendment to the town’s salary ordinance to pay the firefighters an annual automobile allowance of $100 per person as required by state law.

• Approved a request for a signage warning of semi trucks entering and leaving Scenic Industrial Drive near the Best Home Furnishings warehouses around Ninth and 23rd streets.

• Reminded town residents that the town has procedures for collection of yard waste and tree limb removal. Details of the program are available by calling the property and street department at 812-367-2282.

• Approved an ordinance for the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department’s schedule of fees and charges. The schedule includes fees for responses to incidents caused by people outside of the Town of Ferdinand and Ferdinand Township tax base. The changes were prompted by the number of times the fire department responds to incidents on Interstate 64. The schedule also includes a charge for calls caused by people intentionally violating guidelines set by property owners, such as vaping in hotel rooms or business bathrooms.

• Approved burn permits for the American Legion barbecues throughout the year.

• Formed a committee to look at health insurance for the town. The committee will include Councilwoman Debbie Johnson and representatives from each department.

• Heard that the 2020 budget hearing will be held at the Tuesday, Sept. 17, town council meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. at town hall, 2065 Main St.

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