By Valerie Werkmeister
In small communities, volunteers help make the world go ‘round. When volunteers are in short demand, the reality of the loss that invaluable manpower brings is felt by all. The last few remaining members of the Poseyville Volunteer Fire Department know all too well how critically important their job is to this community. Their membership has dipped to an all-time low of 12 members.
Assistant fire chief, Sam Martin, informed members of the Poseyville Town Council, that two more members recently resigned. They cited conflicts with full-time jobs as reasons they were unable to continue to fulfill their duties.
The current membership held officer elections and all officers will retain their current positions for a period of two years. Chris Neaveill remains as chief, and Jeff Droege will continue as deputy chief.
Martin issued a request to spend remaining fire department funds to purchase new pagers and fire hose. However, town council president, Bruce Baker, expressed concern about depleting account funds too soon. He worried that if a truck broke down or other crisis arose, they might not have enough funds to handle the expenditure. Instead, he suggested they wait until the last meeting of the year before making a decision to purchase the items.
Members heard a request by Mindy Bourne of the Posey County Area Plan Commission to approve an amendment to the recently passed consolidate zoning ordinance. Bourne explained the amendment was necessary to change wording in B3 and M2 zoning districts from use by right to use by special exception. She stated these types of requests must go before the board before permission is granted for these use types. Ron Fallowfield and Baker approved the request. Council member Steve Ahrens did not attend the meeting.
They also approved ordinance 2012-08-15-01 regarding the Fair Housing. Baker explained that although Poseyville doesn’t have this type of housing, passage was necessary if the town ever wanted to apply for and receive federal grants.
Attorney William H. Bender presented a draft of an ordinance prohibiting parking of semi-tractors and trailers on the streets within the town limits. Members will consider the amount of a fine to assess per offense per day and consider passage at their December meeting.
Council members have previously expressed concern over limited space on Fletchall Street near North Elementary School. Bender stated he spoke with Superintendent Dr. Todd Camp about the traffic congestion near the school during drop-off and pick-up times. No parking signs are currently posted in front of the school to try to deter parents from stopping the flow of traffic. However, a long-term solution has not yet been identified.
The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Poseyville Community Center.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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