Town employees recognized

BOURBON — Kudos were presented and gratefully received at the regular meeting of the Bourbon Town Council last Tuesday. With the completion of the Bourbon Storm Water Improvements Project, the contractor, Selge Construction Company, Inc., had only praise for town employees.
“It has been a great experience working with Mr. Mike Shoda of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Department…,” said President Marv Selge in a letter.
Also complimented were Roger Terry of the Municipal Street Department and Kimberly Berger, clerk treasurer, and their staff.
Pastor Mark Cottrill and the congregation of the United Pentecostal Church were also cited for their cooperation as well as residents living around the project area. The million-dollar project required tearing up of streets and re-routing traffic for several weeks.
The Council meeting was opened in regular fashion by President Les McFarland. All three council members were present as well as the clerk/treasurer, town attorney, and department heads. In old business,
• A new police department vehicle has been ordered;
• The new vehicle lift will be installed on a Street Department vehicle Wednesday;
• The Town Handbook Manual is in the process of being reviewed; and
• Harmony Press, Inc., an international printing firm located in Bourbon, is awaiting a contractor to paint the old dry cleaning store building which is a part of its Main Street operation. The spruce-up will be done under the auspices of the town’s incentive program to improve the appearance of Main Street.
Town Attorney Mark Wagner introduced an issue which has begun to plague other municipalities in the state: the procedure for discontinuing water service for residents’ non-payment of their water bill. To comply with legal requirements for due process in a dispute hearing, appropriate guidelines are being developed across the state. When these are available, the town of Bourbon will need to pass necessary ordinances to be in compliance.
Clerk/Treasurer Kim Berger presented three requests for special usage of the Matchett Senior Center which were then approved by the Council. She also said that the LaPaz Lions Club is sponsoring a project in which signage is being placed in every cemetery in the county. The club requests that the town pay for the sign to be placed in the Early Bourbon Cemetery within the town limits. The request was approved by the council.
She also reported that the new school superintendent, Donna Burrough, had applied for a grant from the Marshall County Tourism Board in the amount of $500 to produce a brochure encouraging parents to enroll their children in the Triton schools. If approved, the cost of matching the grant would be shared equally by the school corporation and the town. The town budget is in preparation and will be ready for review in July.
A detailed report of police activity for the month of May was offered by Bill Martin, town marshal. With every criminal and administrative activity detailed by category, the town’s police force was very active. Miles traveled while on duty totaled 4,158 for the five officers.
Roger Terry, Street Department superintendent, brought several items related to parking. The outcome of a grant for purchasing new street signs for the town is still pending. The council approved purchase of six reflective handicap parking sets to be installed. Discussion ensued about the lack of adequate parking near the Matchett Senior Center. It was decided to experiment with angle parking on the street across from the Center bordering the old school gym property.
The Water Department has received notification of an IDEM violation regarding no alarm on Lift Stations #2 and #4. Mike Shoda, superintendent, reported that those stations are of a different design and that he will respond to the notification within 30 days. He also reported a problem with sand clogging storm drains near the Shells manufacturing facility. One drain has collapsed, while another is full of sand. Discussion revealed that the manufacturing process at Shells is causing the sand clogging.
Bill Keyser, code enforcement officer, reported that the house at 103 N. Harris St. is an unfit and unsafe building and that the violation procedure is in progress. He also said that notice has been given to clean up the Marcy Phillips property on Main Street. He introduced the need for a fee for fiber optic permits which, at present, are provided at no charge to communications companies.
Following comments by patrons present, the meeting was adjourned in good form.