Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Approved placing three new police officers in reserve status, pending drug and alcohol testing. Their names are Jay Giesler, Seth Eckstein and Scott Schuchardt.

• Heard that Council President Ken Sicard will speak with the town’s engineer, Steve Grundhoefer, about potential changes to the intersection of East Fifth Street and County Road 285 East on the edge of town. Police Chief Lloyd Froman recommended that the intersection be converted to a four-way stop following an accident at the junction. For that change to be made, an ordinance would need to be approved by the town council.

• Heard from Fire Chief John Hoppenjans that the annual Fireman’s Ball will take place on Saturday, July 25, at the Ferdinand Community Center, in a drive-thru-only format. Meals will be sold from 5 p.m. until they are gone.

• Approved a cleaning contract with Cleaning Concepts of Holland. The company will clean and sanitize the shelter houses, restrooms and park-related facilities at both 5th Street and 18th Street parks on a daily basis.

• Heard that there will be a temporary water shutdown on Alabama and Georgia streets as a water main project is completed. It will happen between Thursday and Friday, and the water will only be turned off for about two hours. About seven homes will be affected.

• Heard that the Old Town Lake trail project is nearing completion. Park Board President Matt Weyer said he is hoping it will be finished this week. Also heard that the Dubois County Community Foundation recently granted the town $50,000 for a second phase of the project.

• Approved Steet Superintendent Tom Lueken to submit an application for the second round of this year’s Community Crossings grants. Areas that would be included in that application include Virginia Street from West 16th Street to West 17th Street; Michigan Street from East 10th to East 14th Street; and East 8th Street from Delaware Street to Main Street. The application is due by the end of July.

• Approved an ordinance amending the salaries of a seasonal park employee and a wastewater apprentice.

• Heard that the town’s emergency order will be extended through the council’s July meeting.

• Heard that town council, board of zoning appeals and plan commission meetings will continue to be held at the community center through the end of the year.

• Approved a demolition permit application from Ranger Realty LLC. The company will demolish an old section of the building at 433 Virginia St.

• Heard that the town’s new website is up and running.

• Heard that hands-free phone devices have been purchased and installed in town vehicles. The 18 devices cost about $30 apiece.

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