By Valerie Werkmeister
One of the Town of Cynthiana’s biggest assets is its park. Visitors come from throughout the county to have their children or grandchildren play on the massive jungle gym and play area. It is these reasons that brought Cindy Martin, of the Cynthiana Area Recreation and Environment, Inc. (CARE), to express her dismay to town council members over the recent condition of the park.
Martin address the council during a council meeting August 14, and stated she recently observed weeds that were knee-high underneath the playground equipment. She also stated that there are government rules and regulations that stipulate weed-control in the playground area. She advised that the weeds must be pulled out and cannot be killed with pesticides since children play in that area. She requested that garbage be picked up and questioned why two dead trees had not been removed from the park’s premises.
The town’s sole outside employee, Jason Gee, took offense to the accusations by Martin stating that the park is his first priority each day. He stated he picks up garbage in the park on a daily basis and does his best to keep weeds cut down. He maintained that on the week Martin visited, he was sick and had not had the opportunity to eradicate the weeds.
Council member Jim Sheets proposed finding a group of volunteers to help Gee pull weeds or maintain the park. Council president Scott Cox advised Martin that he is currently seeking estimates for the tree removal and also plans to plant two new trees in its place.
Town Marshal Andy Porath addressed the council stating that he felt the recent National Night Out, sponsored by the Posey County Sheriff’s Department, (PCSD) had a good turn-out. PCSD paid for the event while local grower, Frey Farms donated watermelon and sweet corn, CBS provided popsicles for kids and CSB Bank and Pearison, Inc. donated money for the event as well. Members of Fair Haven Christ Church grilled and served hamburgers.
Patti Wilson added that she felt proud that Sheriff Greg Oeth chose Cynthiana to hold the National Night Out event in their community.
Mindy Bourne of the Posey County Area Plan Commission appeared before the council for approval of the consolidated zoning ordinance. The ordinances are now unified under one set of zoning rules that will be consistent in the towns of Mt.Vernon, Poseyville, Cynthiana and other unincorporated areas of the county. New Harmony is the only exception as it has its own zoning board and ordinances. The council approved her request.
Council members informed the public that they recently attended an Indiana Association of Cities and Town (IACT) meeting in New Harmony. They learned that all Indiana residents are eligible to receive a prescription card, regardless of their current insurance coverage or not, through the following website: www.indianadrugcard.com. They felt the meeting was very informative.
A few citizens questioned whether an ordinance existed regarding campers and boats parking over sidewalks and blocking the view of oncoming traffic. Cynthiana Clerk-Treasurer, Greta Mounts, stated she would need to review whether one existed.
Parking problems along Main Street near one of Pearison’s buildings was also cited. Citizens worried with harvest season approaching, semis and tractors would have difficulty navigating around parked cars. Council members discussed creating a parking lot in the grassy area across from the building, however they also worried that it would be more difficult for Gee to maintain in addition to a liability issue for the town. One option may be for the town to lease the lot to Pearison’s for its employees to use as a parking lot. The council agreed to propose the idea to Pearison’s.
The next Cynthiana Town Council meeting will be held Tuesday, September 11, at 6 p.m. in the town hall.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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