By Valerie Werkmeister
A request to the New Harmony Town Council to annex South Road was turned down during last Thursday’s, April 18, meeting. Nathan Maudlin spoke on behalf of the parks board and asked for the two boards to meet to discuss the trail project.
“There seems to be some discussion about annexation of South Road and how that affects the proposed storm sewer project that the town is hopeful to get. We’ve been in contact with Derek Wiggins, who’s an engineer that we’re all familiar with and he assures us that both of those projects can co-exist peacefully. The trail can go on top of the drain, if the drain is eventually approved,” Maudlin said.
Maudlin added that the parks board had been granted an extension by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on spending trail funds.
“This means we can go ahead and build other parts of the trail while the town board works on getting a grant for the storm sewer,” he said.
If the town is successful in securing a grant, completion of the trail over South Road could wait until the town finishes the storm sewer project.
Questions regarding ownership of South Road are unresolved and New Harmony Town Council President Joe Straw stated, on behalf of all board members, that the town does not intend to annex South Road.
“The trails, I have nothing wrong with those trails. We made a commitment to maintain those trails for 25 years. That’s going to be expensive. Phase 2 that they’re wanting to put in, we’ve made a commitment to do that and that’s going to be expensive. So, I think we’ve kind of stretched the limits on the town. That’s the conclusion that we’ve come to. We are not going to annex South Road,” Straw said.
Approval was given on ordinance 2013-4 to increase water rates. Council member Linda Warrum noted the last increase was in 1998. The proposal introduces rate increases in 10 percent increments over the next three years. A public hearing has been set for May 16 and citizens are encouraged to attend.
Despite the increase, Warrum added that New Harmony’s water rates are the lowest in the area.
Department heads gave their reports to the council. Bobby Grider requested residents not to place trash into yard waste containers. Town employees must take additional time to separate the trash since it cannot be disposed of in the same manner.
Caleb Harvey reported the new well is in operation and they are waiting on a new meter to arrive after May 1. Hydrants were recently flushed and water users should notice cleaner water.
Parks Board President Barb McConnell informed the council that approval was given to the Alumni Association’s proposal to build an amphitheater in Murphy Park. The Alumni Association will need to raise funds for their proposed project.
Tri Kappa and the Parks Board will each spend $750 for safe materials in the playground area. Due to the material’s expense, the two groups agreed to split the total cost.
The Parks Board also received a grant from the Alcoa Foundation and the Indiana Urban Forestry to purchase new trees. The town was required to match the grant funds bringing the total to $3,000.
Randy Peas, Music Director for the Arts in Harmony Music Festival, requested closure of Tavern Street between West and Main Streets for a street dance on May 4. The dance will be held from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Council members approved his request.
The council approved a request from Michael O’Reilly for a sewer and water fee waiver at 518 Granary Street. He advised he does not intend to build on the property.
Spring clean-up day is set for this Friday, April 26. Residents are advised to keep yard waste and wood separate from other items.
The last day to register golf carts is April 30. The fee will double from$15 to $30 after that date. Schedules are located at the town hall or the post office.
A foreign exchange student from the Netherlands, Manon Rinsma, delivered a thesis report on various aspects of the town. Rinsma is a senior in college and has been conducting interviews in New Harmony for the past two months. She explained her findings based on those interviews with 34 people, some current and some past residents of New Harmony. She noted that many like the town due to its history, and peaceful quality. They enjoy the Red Geranium, shops and the unique Roofless Church.
She also inquired about things the town could improve. Among the obvious suggestions of getting the Wabash Bridge fixed, she also found that many would like the various shops to have similar hours of operation. Many tourists and customers are frustrated about the varied shops’ schedules.
She added that the town’s youth would like to have more things to do in the evening, a later curfew time and less expensive goods.
Other needs and desires expressed by those Rinsma interviewed included a grocery store, more businesses, more trails to walk on and a healthier night life scene.
When she asked the past residents why they moved, they concluded that there was not enough job opportunity and it was necessary to move closer to Evansville. The school closure was another reason.
The next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 5 p.m. in the New Harmony Town Hall.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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