Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Adopted the 2020 budget. The total budget for 2020 is $2,087,668. The tax levy will be $827,178, with a tax rate of $0.8025 per $100 of assessed value.

• Held a public hearing on electric rate increases and approved an electric rate increase. The rate increase will vary by customer based on how much electricity is used, but Clerk-Treasurer Tammy Miller figures average residential customers will see a 12.5% — about $9 — increase in their bills. The average commercial customer will see a 19.5% increase, or about $25. The average industrial customer will see a 16.8% increase, or about $153. Large industrial customers will see an 11.9% increase.

• Heard that the police department responded to 288 calls for service in September.

• Heard that two of the police department’s reserve officers were hired by other departments.

• Heard that the police department received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security through the Dubois County Emergency Management Agency to purchase new police radios.

• Heard that the fire department responded to seven calls in September.

• Heard that the street department began leaf pickup this week. Leaves will be picked up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

• Heard that the street department has been working on street patching throughout the town.

• Heard that the water department is working on preparing the town’s water systems for winter.

• Heard that the Rosenvolk German Medieval Festival will take place at 18th Street Park this weekend. There will be people camping in a roped-off area near they volleyball courts.

• Thanked the attendees of the Ferdinand Folk Festival for making the event a success and for keeping 18th Street Park relatively clean, as well as the Boy Scout Troop 186 for their help with trash that day.

• Heard that the foundation work on the first home in the Country Ridge Estates development on the north side of town has begun.

• Heard that the Old Town Lake trail project is going well. Most of the trail in the wooded area is complete. Crews are currently working on the two bridges that will be part of the trail. The project is expected to be complete in January.

• Heard that the electric substation project is nearing completion. Some parts still need to come in, but the hope is that it will be complete by the end of the year.

• Heard that paving projects on Scenic Industrial Drive and sections of 20th and 21st streets and Krampe Drive were paid for, in part, by the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Community Crossings grant.

• Heard that the American Legion is working with the Dubois County Community Foundation to create a plan to ensure the veterans memorial on the town’s north side is maintained even if the American Legion chapter ceases to exist. The legion would like the town to manage the payouts from the endowment since the town is a 501(c)(3) and therefore able to receive funds from the endowment. The Legion is a 501(c)(19) and unable to receive the funds. The council said it is open to the idea, but more legal work needs to be worked out.

• Heard that the American Legion is still receiving donations for the upkeep of the veterans memorial that opened on the town’s north side earlier this year.

• Voted not to pursue a tax certificate from a tax sale of a sliver of property at the corner of West 13th Street. The town already has an easement on the property that meets town needs, and it would cost the town money to pursue the certificate.

• Set a special meeting for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the town office, 2065 Main St., to approve a payment to Seufert Construction for work on the Old Town Lake trail. The payment is reimbursable through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund that is covering part of the project and must be approved before the state’s quarter ends.

• Heard that the ribbon-cutting for Meny’s True Value will be on Friday, Oct. 25. The business was previously Muller True Value.

• Heard that there are still a few tickets left for the Christkindlemarkt dinner on Friday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $32 per person and can be purchased through Sister Anna Corrine with the Sisters of St. Benedict. She can be reached at 812-367-1411 ext. 7345.

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