By Valerie Werkmeister
In light of recent weather-related emergency events, members of the Poseyville Town Council are finding ways to be more prepared. Residents in the Town of Poseyville were without power twice during the month of December. The Poseyville Fire Department opens its doors to residents seeking a warm place to stay until power is restored. Fortunately, the fire station building is equipped with a generator to run in times of emergency.
Town Council members would like the option to open the doors to the Poseyville Community Center in times of emergency too. However, the building isn’t equipped with a generator. During the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, January 9, Clerk-Treasurer, Stan ¬Forzley, announced he had applied for a $25,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). They anticipate a response sometime in April.
Town Council members would like to encourage more citizens to sign up for the county’s free emergency alert system, Code Red. The communication system delivers a phone call to the resident’s cell phone or home phone in the event of an emergency.
It was most recently used during the blizzard to notify citizens of the State of Emergency that was declared December 26-27. When the power is out, Code Red offers citizens who don’t have a weather radio an opportunity to stay informed. Citizens must go online to register by visiting the county website at www.poseycountygov.org. The Code Red registration is listed under Useful Links on the right side of the page.
Council members Ron Fallowfield and Steve Ahrens nominated Bruce Baker to continue as council president. Baker has served on the council since Janaury 1987 and has acted as council president for 24 years.
Julie Mayo informed the council that utility customer bills were estimated this month due to the inclement weather. The amount of snow the town received prohibited utility employees from reading the meters.
Ranks at the fire department have dwindled to just 14 members. The department is desperate for new members. T hose interested in becoming a volunteer can visit the fire station or contact Chris Neaveill and Jeff Droege. Council members thanked the department for their hard work during the snow and recent blackout from the power outage.
Baker stated the new town hall is nearing completion. He anticipates the building will be complete within the next 45 days. Employees and the council are excited for the updates the new building will provide. It will also be equipped with a generator.
Council members continued their discussion on the proposed semi-tractor parking ordinance. They explained they felt the ordinance was necessary in order to alleviate some of the parking congestion on Poseyville’s narrow streets.
They decided to set fines in the amount of $25 for the first incident, $50 for the second and $100 for each incident after. They are also working to determine the length of time delivery trucks may be parked on location. The council asked Attorney William H. Bender to draft an ordinance for discussion during their meeting in February.
Baker noted that new railroad signs are now in place at former railroad crossings informing drivers that the railroad is no longer in use. School buses and other vehicles required to stop at railroad crossings will no longer have to do so.
Ron Fallowfield advised the council that they may need to start thinking about the purchase of a new dump truck. The current one was made in 1994 and some of the repairs are beginning to add up. They will need to obtain quotes in order to determine if they can afford the purchase of a new one.
Newly-elected Posey County Commissioner, Jerry Walden, was also in attendance at the meeting. He expressed his interest in Poseyville and plans to continue to be aware of things happening or needed in the town.
The council also approved proposed amendments to the comprehensive zoning ordinance regarding the limitation on domestic animals in non-agricultural zones, the application for improvement location permit and site development plan approval in the business/commercial and manufacturing zoning districts.
The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13, at 4:30 p.m. in the community center.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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