By Valerie Werkmeister.
If there’s one thing Jim Sheets is passionate about, it’s building a sense of community pride in Cynthiana. The town board member is steadfast in his mission to clean up the town and would like to see community members do their part as well.
Sheets spoke during Cynthiana’s Town Board meeting last Tuesday about little things homeowners can do in taking pride by weed-eating to the curb or cleaning the curb and ensuring grass clippings aren’t left there. One townsperson asked if Cynthiana could plan a festival as other small neighboring communities do. Sheets responded that his first goal is to clean up the town so that people will want to visit.
He also challenged those who have posted signs saying, “Impeach Sheets”, to come and speak to him directly rather than post things of this nature around town.
Sheets also engaged in a somewhat heated discussion with Rick and Tara Davis who reside at 10759 Main Street. The Davis’ have recently acquired a horse and two ponies to aid in sensory therapy for their son who has cerebral palsy and is deaf.
Sheets contends that the animals are not allowed to be within the town limits. However, Tara Davis argued that the horses are kept clean and the barn is not located within town limits.
Both Sheets and Davis stated that they consulted Mindy Bourne of the Posey County Area Plan Commission. According to Davis, Bourne advised her that there is currently no county or city ordinance that states the animals are not allowed to reside on the property. Sheets worries that the animals will become a nuisance for the adjoining neighbors. Davis provided two letters from neighbors who advised that they did not object to the animals residing there.
Sheets stated he would contact Bourne again to discuss the matter and determine the proper course of action.
Town Marshall Andy Porath informed council members that August 7, has been set for the National Night Out event. The event is centered around bringing law enforcement in contact with the public in a positive way. Porath is planning on a K-9 demonstration and hopes to have Posey County Prosecutor Travis Clowers in attendance. More information will be provided at the July town board meeting. Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth and Coroner Jay Price attended last year’s event.
Porath also discussed a few noise complaints that were brought to his attention. He stated that Cynthiana does not have a noise ordinance at this time. He will look at existing ordinances in other communities to gain insight for the board.
Porath reiterated that the community park closes at 11 p.m. and it is being monitored by local law enforcement to minimize vandalism. He is also monitoring speeding complaints on North and Evansville Streets.
A few community members asked about driving golf carts in town. The town does not currently have an ordinance, but Porath will look at other community ordinances to obtain ideas.
The town-wide yard sale will be held on Saturday, July 14.
In other business, the board approved:
• a $2,184 quote from Crawford Doors to replace three metal doors at the community center.
• The replacement of tires for the town’s police car. One was replaced after a blow-out. The remaining three were determined to be 10 years old and will be replaced at a cost of $355.
• Jason Gee will seek contractor bids to replace roofs damaged in a recent storm.
The next Cynthiana Town Board meeting will be held Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. in the town hall.
By Valerie Werkmeister.
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