By Valerie Werkmeister
A long, cold winter and higher gas rates has Poseyville residents longing for warm weather and sunshine. This year’s weather is a direct contrast to last year’s early spring and warm weather. Julie Mayo of the Poseyville Utilities Office announced a little relief is on the way for Poseyville gas users.
The latest gas tracker decreased by 16-and-a-half percent. The rate will be applied to consumption months in February, March and April. It will be reflected on bills in March, April and May.
Mayo also explained that bills in January and February were higher than normal for some residents due to an estimated billing in December. Heavy snowfall made it difficult for meter readers to reach some areas. Mayo added there was also an extra billing week in January and that, coupled with the higher gas rate, caused bills to be high in February.
Pat Callahan, a CPA, tracks gas prices every three months for Poseyville. The utility isn’t allowed to make a profit, so periodic gas rate adjustments are made.
Poseyville Fire Chief Chris Neaveill reported their recent chili supper made approximately $775 profit. J & S Communications of Evansville donated a 55-inch TV for a raffle fundraiser. Bill Hopf was chosen as the winner. There are still nine gallons of chili remaining that can be purchased for $10 on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 812-457-2049.
Town Council President Bruce Baker noted that the community center is having a new floor installed in the main area. Since the center’s opening 11 years ago, there have been approximately 150,000 people in the building.
Baker read a quote from Pittsburgh Paint and Tower Company that included painting, cleaning and welding the water tower. The total cost will be $44,400. No action was taken.
A discussion on street lights in town was tabled until council member Steve Ahrens is able to attend the meeting.
The new town hall being constructed along Main Street is nearing completion. The furniture, filing system and communication system have yet to be installed. Baker anticipates a special dedication day sometime the end of April.
Poseyville resident Randy Rankin asked council members if anyone had voiced concern about a noise problem with the use of a new sandblaster at Nix Welding on Fletchall Street. Baker stated the business has partially enclosed the sandblaster, but it has not fully alleviated the problem. Baker, along with council member, Ron Fallowfield, agreed that a type of muffler can be installed on the sandblaster. They added they are in the process of reviewing a sample noise ordinance that may be put in place.
In preparation for the town-wide yard sale on May 11, Mayo stated she had received a few phone calls from residents questioning whether a dumpster would be available that day. Baker and Fallowfield agreed she should contact Larry Marshall Disposal Company for estimates on the dumpster cost.
The next regular meeting has been moved from its normal meeting day on Wednesday to Tuesday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the community center.
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