Meeting: Ferdinand Town Council

The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday and:

  • Approved Sabrina Becher to join the fire department staff beginning Jan. 1, 2021.
  • Approved the electric department to advertise and conduct interviews for a new full-time journeyman/lineman.
  • Heard that the parks department will continue to sanitize the shelter houses every day until the end of the year and then will continue to sanitize them a few times a week in 2021.
  • Heard the Old Town Lake trail project is going well. The parks department still needs to install the fishing pier and kayak launch in early 2021, which will require the lake to be lowered.
  • Heard the town received a $4,800 grant through the Indiana Public Employers’ Plan Safety Grant Program, which means the town now has $6,000 total to purchase four automatic external defibrillators. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center also plans to donate three AED units to the police department.
  • Heard the town did not receive the Community Crossings 2020 grant. Council President Ken Sicard said the plan is to apply for the first round again in Jan. 2021.
  • Pre-approved a health insurance plan for town employees. Employees will receive health insurance packets with three options this Friday and will have until the end of the year to choose which plan will be approved.
  • Heard town hall exterior renovations are going well. The building will continue to be closed to the public due to COVID-19.
  • Approved the appointments of Andy Rohleder and Natalie Howard for another four-year term with the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Park Board, respectively.
  • Approved Beverly Schultheis to continue to represent Ferdinand on the Indiana 15 Regional Plan Commission.
  • Approved electric, water and sewer budgets for 2021.
  • Extended the emergency order until the council’s next meeting on Jan. 19, 2021.
  • Approved a new start time for future council meetings. Beginning in 2021, the council will meet at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. The council will continue to meet at the Ferdinand Community Center at least through April.
  • Approved the 2021 employee handbook. The handbook is updated annually.
  • Approved annual township contracts for the fire and park departments. The fire department will pay the town $39,000 for the fire protection contract and the parks department will pay the town $29,000.
  • Approved a forensic engineering contract for 2021, which will entail paying Stormwater Engineer Steve Grundhoefer $649.50 per quarter.
  • Approved the town’s 2021-2022 Economic development income tax capital improvement plan. The plan involves using $229,000 in 2021 and the same for 2022 for things such as ADA compliance projects and the purchasing of vehicles and trash trucks.
  • Approved an ordinance authorizing investment of town funds.
  • Approved the 2021 salary ordinance.
  • Approved postponing a tax abatement hearing until the council’s January meeting.
  • Approved the payment of regular claims.

More on