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City Council updated on multiple projects in and around Sullivan

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Sullivan Department of Public Works crews were busy getting post holes
ready for new street signs while also keeping the city streets clean.

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By DENNIS CLARK
news.sdt@gmail.com

The Sullivan City Council was updated on several projects, now and in
the future, in and around the city, at their regular monthly meeting
last week.

Mayor Clint Lamb provided an update on the North Sullivan Lift Station
and Lakeside West sewer projects.

"We met with United Consulting last week, several of us sat down and
looked at several options," the mayor said. "We've done smoke testing
up there."

BPW director J.D. Wilson reported Commonwealth Engineering had "placed
flow meters in system and they will be in for a month."

Council member Scott Brown told Wilson during his monthly report about
seeing a town employee out picking up trash one evening recently.

"That's a good deal," Brown said.

"The social media post (of an employee picking up trash) was just kind
of to let the public know that they were out and you obviously saw it
yourself," Lamb said. "This is to encourage citizens it doesn't have
to be just paid employees of the city of Sullivan go out and pick up
trash in your front yard or at your curb."

Council member Tom McClanahan noted seeing more people out than in
past years, which segued into a report on the trail system.

"This warm weather and post-COVID, hopefully, there are a lot of
people that are out," McClanahan said. "The trails are improving.
Hopefully that's a good mesh because it's nice to see people out."

"That's why we appreciate the Indiana Department of Transportation,"
Lamb replied. "That's why they've designated $5.2 million to the city
of Sullivan over the next five years to expand (on the trails)."

Lamb went on to say May 14 is the date set for the third annual
"Flower Flood" in the city of Sullivan.

"For the third straight year, we'll be planting flowers all over the
city," the mayor noted.

Lamb then discussed plans for the second annual month-long city cleanup.

"We'll be having the citywide cleanup for a full month for the second
year in a row — July last year, May designated for this year — to give
residents that are trying to clean up their properties a whole month,"
the mayor said. "It will be Monday through Friday during regular work
hours, in addition to Thursday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m.

"(City Building Inspector) Brian Pound has started his dirty lot
letters, tall grass letters," he continued. "We would like to set a
date where when some of those letters go out, the flyer for the
cleanup would be included with the letter. It's not just a negative
letter you're getting from the city, but here's you opportunity to do
it at no charge. We want those to coincide."

The mayor asked Wilson if May was too soon for the monthly cleanup,
with Wilson replying "he was comfortable with May."

Lamb added that only certain items will be accepted — which will be in
the flyer — and only city residents (with I.D.) can avail this
service.

Turning his attention to tearing down buildings, the mayor mentioned
the former Parnell Tanning Studio building on Section Street had come
down recently.

Lamb reiterated the city has no connection to that property, "nor do
we now with the exception of a lien, because they were in violation of
the nuisance ordinance. That nuisance has been abated and a bill has
been sent to the property owner. If the bill is not paid, a lien will
be placed on the property."

Since then, the mayor said the city has acquired two other buildings
in disrepair on the "550-something" block of South Main Street and 846
North Main Street.

"I believe those are the next two to be scheduled for demolition in
the next 90 days," the mayor said. "And those aren't the only two this
year, we'll continue to move forward with the 'They've Gotta Go'
program."

The mayor also updated the council on a stormwater project — funded
through the Office of Rural and Community Affairs — involving Main,
State, Court and Price streets. He said the Beam, Longest and Neff
engineering firm was here the previous week and were in the process of
selecting a contractor.

Also, the Lover's Loop expansion will begin tentatively in June,
according to Lamb, with a contractor selected.

"Folks in the community will start seeing construction south side of
Jackson Street, to the library, Lover's Lane replacement, to
Washington on the north side and then back up to the intersection of
Main and Washington."

In other business:

• Sullivan City Police Department chief Micheal Garrett said they
responded to 404 calls for service in March. He noted one officer, Rob
Eberhardt, had resigned to take a position with
the Sullivan City Fire Department.

• In the fire department report, chief Rob Robertson said they
responded to 69 calls for service in March.


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