Meeting: Huntingburg Public Works and Safety

The Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety met Thursday and:

• Held a moment of silence in honor of Jim Leibering, who was a 38-year member of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department. Leibering died Saturday at age 62.

• Thanked the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department for covering for the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department, so that firefighters could attend Leibering’s funeral this morning.

• Approved time off with pay for a Huntingburg Police Department officer who was injured in an assault during an arrest on Monday. Police Chief Art Parks expects the officer to be back on duty today.

• Approved making the intersection of 14th and Chestnut streets a temporary four-way stop to get traffic used to stopping at the intersection. Ultimately, the road will be a two-way stop, with 14th Street being through traffic and Chestnut Street having stop signs.

• Heard from Street Superintendent Jason Stamm that leaf collection in the city will start Monday. For at least the first week, residents must call City Hall, 812-683-2211, to have leaves picked up. As more leaves start falling regularly, the street department will run regular routes to pick them up, Stamm said.

• Approved special event applications for the Huntingburg Christmas Stroll, which will be held along Fourth Street and in Market Street Park Nov. 9-11, and the Dec. 1 “A Christmas Journey” parade that will run from St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Washington and Fourth streets to Salem United Church of Christ at Fourth and Walnut streets; the parade will start at St. Mary’s at 6:30 p.m.

• Gave Serendipity Fibers owner Melissa Ilgen permission to wrap flower pots along Fourth Street and some poles in Market Street Park with festive cloth blocks that have been knitted and crocheted together. The practice is called yarn bombing and Ilgen is doing it as a project with Destination Huntingburg’s Entertainment Art Recreation Team to make the street look more festive, she told the board. She and volunteers will decorate on Saturday; the decorations will stay up through the holiday season. Ilgen also plans to yarn bomb three benches outside her business, she said.

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