Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

• Heard that the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department’s Fireman’s Ball will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ferdinand Community Center. It will be held in a drive-thru format.

• Heard that the town’s new electric substation is up and running. Steve Becher voiced his thanks to the council for their support throughout the project.

• Approved the purchase of a Cub Cadet lawnmower from Hopf Outdoors at a cost of $14,719.20. The item was budgeted and the cost will be split between the water and wastewater departments.

• Heard that the Ferdinand Branch Library is hosting a story walk program with the parks that will take place on July 27. The program will take place at the town’s 18th Street Park.

• Approved Dubois County Team RWB to host a Freedom Walk that will go through the town on Sunday, Sept. 13, beginning at 8 a.m. The walk will start and end at 18th Street Park and encircle the area. The group’s route changes annually, and if the pandemic situation worsens, the event could be called off. Both the police and fire departments will provide services during the event.

• Approved extending the town’s local emergency order into August.

• Heard that town leadership is asking everyone to wear a mask when in public. Council President Ken Sicard said there is talk of turning the countywide mask recommendation into a mandate.

• Heard that townwide cleanup dates are set for Tuesday, Aug. 11, to Thursday, Aug. 13.

• Approved a salary ordinance amending town employee Ryan Ernst’s pay.

• Approved Sicard to sign an amendment that extends the town’s guarantee with NextEra Energy.

• Heard that the town has received a certificate of insurance for a Safe Haven Baby Box.

• Approved waiving the $50 fee to rent a shelter house at the 18th Street Park later this summer. The Substance Abuse Council is set to host its third annual Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil at the location on Thursday, Aug. 27.

• Heard of restrictions that will continue to be in effect at the senior citizens center.

• Approved a request from a title company to release a cleanup lien that has been paid, but was never released.

• Approved work that will increase safety at the intersection of Fifth Street and 285 East, which is located near Scenic Hills at the Monastery. To address the issue, the stop sign in that area on Sunrise Drive will be moved further to the south and closer to the road. The road will be restriped and the word, “stop,” will also be printed on the road.

• Authorized the final check of an ANR pipeline, and Sicard to sign a release of damages when ANR makes a final lease payment on the line.
Heard that the next town council meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Ferdinand Community Center, 1710 Community Dr.

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