By Valerie Werkmeister
A new face greets the public from behind the Poseyville Clerk-Treasurer’s desk. Stan Forzley was formally introduced as the new clerk-treasurer during the Poseyville Town Council meeting August 15. Forzley replaced Nancy Grimes whose resignation was effective July 31. A caucus was held by Posey County Republican leaders who chose Forzley for the position. He began working at the town hall August 1.
Forzley is a 20-year Posey County native who has previously worked for AT&T International and the United States Postal Service. He is also a Viet Nam veteran and the author of eight books under the pen name, J.J. Gregory, which he devised by using a combination of his son, John’s, name and his brothers, James and Gregory’s, names.
He also has two daughters, Dana and Melissa, and is married to Georgia.
Forzley admits that work has been a little hectic so far as he learns the job but added, “I appreciate the opportunity to work with such great people.”
Town Marshal Doug Saltzman requested approval to interview and hire an additional deputy. He stated a new session of the police academy is scheduled to begin in October. He would like to have someone in place before that time.
Town Council members Bruce Baker, Ron Fallowfield and Steve Ahrens approved the request with the stipulation they would need to review the budget and await their upcoming budget hearing with the Department of Local Government and Finance on August 20.
Saltzman also requested the council consider an amendment to the golf cart ordinance regarding registration terms. He reiterated it is not his duty to remind golf cart users when it’s time for registration renewal. He suggested the council consider lengthening the term that the registration is effective. The council agreed to consider the matter and return in the next meeting with an amendment.
The council asked Saltzman for his suggestion on how to resolve the problem with cars in front of North Elementary School dropping off students and blocking the flow of traffic on Fletchall Street. Saltzman suggested a joint meeting with school administrators to try to work out a resolution. Cars are not supposed to park in front of the school during the morning drop-off period. Saltzman stated it is difficult for the rule to be enforced unless someone is outside to do so. He also suggested that traffic may need to be diverted to drop off students while on Church Street rather than Fletchall.
Julie Mayo informed the council that a new gas rate went into effect for consumption months of June and July which Poseyville utility patrons received on their July and August billing. The gas rate increased 33 percent over the previous months.
Poseyville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chris Neaveill asked for the council’s approval to reinstate a Ladies’ Auxiliary group for the fire department. The auxiliary will help support the fire department activities and coordinate food or drinks to emergency responders. During times of extreme heat, they will help supply cold water and may even possibly supply food to firefighters who must endure long periods of time responding to an emergency.
Neaveill stated that anyone, male or female, can become a member of the auxiliary. They must be 18 years old to apply and a small amount of training in basic first aid and emergency response will be given. Applications are available at the fire station and interested persons are asked to call 874-2713 and leave their contact information.
A recent lightning strike knocked out the department’s antennae and repeater. Neaveill stated he is waiting on a response from the insurance company for the claim. A new repeater will assist with the department’s upcoming cost to comply with the narrowbanding mandate. He stated the cost will be significantly reduced since all that J & S Communications will need to do is program the mobile repeater and the truck radios for narrowbanding.
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 Mount 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. Steve Ahrens will represent the council as the plan commission is set to review the subdivision ordinances throughout the county starting in October.
Resolution 2012-8-15-01 was approved for the additional appropriation of $36,500 to pay for vehicle, property and building insurance for the town.
Resolution 2012-8-15-02 was approved for various transfers among line items of the budget.
The council tabled approval of ordinance 2012-8-15-01 regarding the Fair Housing Ordinance. Baker questioned Attorney William H. Bender why passage was necessary if it was already covered by federal law. Bender will review the ordinance and offer his interpretation at the next meeting.
Matthew Nix of Nix Welding requested permission to put a communication line underneath Fletchall Street in order to connect a phone and intercom system as well as set up a computer networking system between his businesses on both sides of the street.
Nix stated he had consulted three professionals who had recommended the best approach for the new communication system would be to install it underground underneath the road.
Council members expressed concern that a communication line would interfere with the town’s utilities already in place underground, including the storm sewer, gas and sanitary sewer lines. The council worried that if the lines ever needed to be dug up for maintenance purposes, it would disturb the communication line.
The council diverted their approval until they could consult with Ken Gorbett, the town’s Gas and Water Operator.
The next scheduled meeting will be held on September 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Poseyville Community Center.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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