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Dugger residents speak up about town issues


Several Dugger residents spoke up about concerns in the town at Dugger Town Council’s meeting Monday night.

A Dugger resident spoke about Fourth Street and their concerns that the road should be a one-way street.

“I’m concerned it’s not big enough to be a two-way street and it has become a safety issue,” the resident said.

The resident said that now that the Redbird State Recreation Area opened on Aug. 9 that there is a lot of traffic and “there just isn’t a lot of room for two vehicles, especially with trailers, to pass.”

Council President Bill Pirtle suggested that the road could be made into a one-way heading north.

“We will get ahold of INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation) as quick as we can,” Council member Sandi Stinson said.

After last months alleged altercation between council members Pirtle and Larry Bedwell, resident Joe Smith suggested that cameras should be put up in the town hall and over the parking lot.

Town Attorney Richard Shagley suggested that the town look into options and then approve the cameras that will work best at next month’s meeting.

Another resident was concerned about an old tree on Third Street that he believes is on town property.

“It needs to be removed before someone is hurt,” the resident said.

Shagley offered to investigate the property lines to see who owns the tree and has the burden of removing it.

A few residents also had complaints about un-kept yards and houses in the town.

Stinson agreed at the meeting that there are several properties that need to be looked at.

After some talk, Shagley suggested that town members could email in addresses, possible property owners and ordinances they believe the property is violating to the council at

“We can review the list with the marshal and look at the ordinances,” Shagley said.

In other business:

·        The Dugger Amateur Radio Club gave a plaque of appreciation to the council.

·        The council approved an appropriation for blacktop work being completed in the town for $46,720.40.

·        Clerk-treasurer Mendy Smith brought up that the town needs to switch from Key Budget or Key Fund for the town’s billing and finance system as Key Budget will not be available in the future. The cost would be around $6,600 for the initial switch.

·        The town was able to purchase a used 2015 Chevy Tahoe for the town marshal’s office and it is currently being fitted for use.

At their last meeting, the council approved the cost up to $29,000 and the new to them vehicle is set to cost around $24,000 with equipment upgrades.

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