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Shelburn council conducts two meetings worth of business this month


The Shelburn Town Council has conducted a wide variety of business
during a pair of meetings this month — in its regular monthly meeting
on July 14, then in a special session this past Tuesday.

During the July 14 meeting, the council awarded this year's Indiana
Department of Transportation Community Crossings matching grant paving
project to Wabash Valley Asphalt Co. LLC in the amount of
$424,813.60. HWC Engineering made the recommendation.

Also, HWC Project Manager Brian Fleck presented a preliminary
engineering report for the town's ADA Compliance Report.  Fleck said
there would be a two-week public comment period with final changes to
the report made after that time limit.

The council also accepted a quote from Midwestern Engineers Inc., not
to exceed $7,500, for a preliminary engineering report for Economic
Development Authority water system improvements.

This past Tuesday, the council passed resolutions committing the town
to $700,000 in matching funds for the $3.5 million grant request from
EDA to improve fire flow at the Sullivan County Medical Complex. The
council committed to put up half the match funds and has requested the
other half from the Sullivan County Redevelopment Commission's CR 300N
Tax Increment Finance district.

The council also accepted an annual insurance quote from Springer
Insurance and Financial Services of $32,791.

Lastly, the council accepted a bid from Akers Tree Service, DBA Lisa
Akers Tree Service, to cut 10 trees on East Mill Street and clean up
brush and debris for $3,200.

Council members Brad Cagle, Dereck McClure and Shad Akers all voted in
favor on these motions, while Akers abstained on the tree cuts. Jesse
Kasinger, council president, did not attend the July 14 meeting.

While the water improvement resolutions was the main piece of business
on Tuesday, the council then addressed several other items.

Kasinger received council approval to appoint Melissa Copeland to lead
a resurrection of the town's park board, which had ceased functioning
over the past few years.

"The town needs a park board formed in order to start receiving grants
for improvements," Kasinger said, mentioning one proposed project goal
is a water recreation feature just south of the town hall on Mill

Kasinger also received permission to allow Copeland to appoint other
members to the park board.

"She can bring names of people she can work with," Kasinger said. "You
can get more done that way."

The council also approved a bid from Wabash Valley Asphalt for
$18,475.25 for paving Broadway Street from Maryland Street to U.S. 41.

"This will be paid out of town funds," Shelburn Clerk-Treasurer Jay
Southwood explained. "This (project) is not in the Community Crossings
grant program."

The council approved Bryan Thrasher to do the town's mowing for the
balance of 2020. Town manager Dustin Geatches said he currently has
two to three employees mowing a couple days a week, with this freeing
them up to perform more vital tasks.

Also, the council approved Bill Schofield Jr. to add an additional
five-ton air conditioning unit for the communty building and to hire
Akers Tree Service perform tree work as needed. Their rates would be
$500 for a service call and $185 per hour thereafter.

All four council members were present for Tuesday's meeting, with all
voting in favor — accept Akers abstaining on the Akers Tree Service

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