Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met in a special meeting Monday and:

• Discussed reopening town facilities. The opening date is May 24, barring changes to Indiana’s Back On Track plan. Government meetings will be held again beginning this month. Attendees at town meetings will be required to wear masks and obey social distancing guidelines. Town Manager Chris James is looking into holding larger meetings, such as Town Council and Plan Commission at the Ferdinand Community Center. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

• Discussed COVID-19-associated costs the town has incurred during the pandemic. Some of the costs will be reimbursed through the state.

• Heard that the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is in charge of enforcing the social distancing guidelines for businesses as the economy reopens, not local law enforcement.

• Approved canceling the town’s contract with eGov for website hosting and switching to a Wix site, which will be managed in house. Wix will cost $49 per month — $588 annually — versus the $2,220 annually the town currently pays.

• Approved the water and wastewater departments to purchase a used boat, motor and trailer for $900.

• Heard that the Heimatfest is canceled. More details will be released in the coming days.

• Reminded everyone to complete the 2020 census. Accurate census data is important because some state and federal funding is based on the data.

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