By Pam Robinson
The New Harmony Town Council voted unanimously to allow the 2013 budget for the Town of New Harmony to stand as advertised after an uneventful public hearing. The 2013 budget is now set for adoption on Monday, October 29, 10 a.m. in a special meeting for that purpose at Town Hall.
With everything in order for the 2013 budget, council focused on issues that needed immediate attention. Foremost was Street Supt. Bobby Grider’s reminder to New Harmony residents of the policies in place for disposal of yard waste and tree limbs.
Regarding yard waste, Grider stressed that residents should separate yard waste from limbs and place both at the edge of the road by Friday morning for pickup. He added that leaves and loose material must be bagged or in a container to be dumped.
As far as the disposal of limbs, Grider emphasized that limbs will be picked up on Friday, if possible, when time permits. The limbs should be placed by the edge of the road separate from yard waste. Above all, residents should limit the size of the limbs for disposal: limbs must be no bigger than 4 inches in diameter and no longer than 10 ft. Trees pruned or removed by a contractor must be hauled away by that contractor.
Grider announced that leaf season has officially started, and the street department will stay busy with the responsibilities that come with the season.
In other business:
• Council member Linda Warrum presented the sole mowing bid, from Scotty’s, for Maple Hill Cemetery. Council unanimously approved the two-year contract that specifies Scotty’s will receive $1,150 per mowing. Warrum thanked community volunteers and the street department for picking up and cleaning up old ornamentals and flowers. As a result, she stated, the cemetery was in better shape than it had been in years. She said the last time Scotty’s mowed, the employee shook hands with Bobby Grider because the cemetery was ready to be mowed. Warrum noted that the new rules for monument decoration are posted not only at the cemetery, but also at the town’s official website, www.newharmony-in.gov. Those rules specify the use of saddle wreaths and flowers in monument vases only. Items should not be placed in the ground or on shepherd hooks not bolted to the monument; items placed in these prohibited ways interfere with the mowing of the cemetery. Warrum said the Maple Hill Cemetery Board will be stronger now in enforcing compliance with the rules.
• Council attorney Nathan Maudlin publicly thanked Clerk-Treasurer Karla Atkins for the fine work she does in her office. Maudlin cited specifically her recent work with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that benefited the Town of New Harmony and its residents. In response to Maudlin’s announcement, all council members, audience members, and the media broke into applause to honor Atkins.
• Council noted complaints had been received regarding the state of the alley between St. Stephen’s and the Mashburn property. The alley is in violation of 812.010; therefore, council voted unanimously to send a letter to property owner Joe Mashburn (in Texas) advising him to bring the alley into compliance with the ordinance.
• Council member Karen Walker reported that telephone and Internet service were now working in the school.
• Town Marshall Scott Champlin reported that progress is being made in the clean-up of town properties in violation of the nuisance ordinance.
New Harmony Town Council will meet next Monday, October 29, at 10 a.m., Town Hall, to adopt the 2013 budget. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Thursday, November 15, at 5 p.m., Town Hall.
By Pam Robinson
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