By Valerie Werkmeister
Smith Township Trustee, Steve Jarboe, knows firsthand the needs of his community. He helps people, through the capacity of his office, on a daily basis with monetary assistance to pay some of their bills. With the holiday season just around the corner, Jarboe is thinking of other ways to help Smith Twp. residents.
He appeared at the September 11, Cynthiana Town Board meeting to ask for help. Jarboe stated that with the help of the Presbyterian Church, his office provided 25 Thanksgiving dinners to residents in need two years ago. Unfortunately, last year he did not have the funds to continue the goodwill offering. He wants to make sure he’s able to do it this year.
He requested that the a notice be included on the town’s water bill asking for donations be dropped off at the town hall. He would like to have can goods and other non-perishable items as well as monetary donations so that he can purchase turkeys. If there is enough support, and enough money, he will purchase hams to distribute for Christmas, as well. Town board members enthusiastically agreed to allow the town hall be a drop-off point for the donations.
Anyone who would like to offer monetary assistance should make the checks payable to the Smith Township Trustee’s Office.
Board members discussed the status of a nuisance complaint on a violation of animals prohibited ordinance at 10759 Main Street. The property is owned by Rick and Tara Davis, who were not in attendance at the meeting. Neighbors had complained in the past about the Davis’ having a horse and a pony as well as goats on their property in town. However, in previous meetings, Tara had argued that the animals were there for therapy for her physically and mentally challenged son.
During the July 10, meeting, board members agreed to give the Davis’ a 60-day trial period. Tara compromised by agreeing to remove the horse and the goat from the premises and keep the pony. She also agreed to ensure the manure smell would be minimal by removing it daily.
According to board members, they have continued to receive complaints regarding the condition of the Davis’ property. They also stated that a new zoning ordinance went into effect September 1, that would place the Davis’ in violation. The Posey County ordinance is listed under 153.020 General Provisions, 153.021 General Land Use Limitations. In section (B), the Limitation on Domestic Animals in Non-Agricultural Zones states, “in all zoning districts except the Agricultural District, animals permitted on lots or in structures are limited to domestic animals (such as dogs and cats) and the number of animals is limited to less than four.
Board members will send the Davis’ a letter that they are not in compliance with this ordinance and will begin facing fines in 10 days if the situation is not corrected.
Nathan Bickers was sworn in as a new reserve officer who will assist Cynthiana Town Marshal, Andy Porath, with his duties. Bickers also works a full-time job and will work various hours as needed.
The first public meeting was also held for the town’s annual budget. The total budget estimate is $326,425. The budget will be adopted during their October 9, meeting.
Scott Cox reported that he had received a quote from Whitledge Tree Stump and Debris Removal to remove three dead trees and three tree stumps from the park at a cost of $1,275. Board members approved the quote.
Jim Sheets noted that there has been a lot of heavy semi-tractor traffic on the newly paved North Street. He would like to discourage semis from using that road in order to preserve its integrity as long as possible. The board agreed to look into an ordinance or post signs notifying drivers that semis are not permitted on that street.
The board also noted that any campers or pontoon boats parked along the streets for an extended period of time are in violation of ordinance # 65-4. The ordinance states that any vehicle left standing upon the public streets or alleys within the town for more than 48-hours is unlawful, unless it bears a current, valid motor vehicle registration plate. A letter will be sent notifying any offenders that they are in violation of this ordinance.
An audience member questioned the merits of the newly passed grass clippings ordinance. Board members explained the validity of the ordinance stating that grass clippings blown into the street will collect and clog storm sewer drains. A first-time offense will carry a $10 fine and each subsequent offense will be $25.
The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on October 9, at the town hall.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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