By Lois Mittino Gray
Black Township Trustee Lindsay Suits is ready to roll in making the new police and fire station a reality within approximately seven months. She presented a timeline in her report at the April 18 Mount Vernon Board of Public Works meeting which tentatively sets January 14 of next year as the completion date for the shared public safety project.
Black Township donated $400,000 for the station and they now have $129,788 left. The site at 311 College Avenue, the former Dausmann Motors Building, was purchased for $223,830 and outstanding taxes were paid on it. The property will be quick deeded to the city for $1 and Suits said it will be “all Mount Vernon’s very soon.” Monies were also paid to Pyramid Engineering for design and planning work to total an expenditure of $270,211.22 to date.
Final approval of the project is scheduled for April 25, with project bidding to begin May 1. Board member Bill Curtis stated Attorney Beth McFaddin Higgins is reviewing the paperwork and will be getting back with him, probably within two weeks so these dates are tentative. He added that by next week a finance package prepared by accountants Umbaugh and Associates of Indianapolis should be ready. He believes the city will be looking at a 5-, 10-, or 15-year bond issue to raise approximately $650,000-$700,000.
Curtis said things appeared to be going smoothly and that as soon as “we get the bid packages, we hope to get the benefit of the good weather and start the remodeling.” He speculated that it should be a seven-month project.
Suits stated she is very excited about the project and glad they’re all working together. She commended Curtis for his time and effort and said he is amazing to work with and thanked him and the Board.
In other board action:
–Fire Chief Wes Dixon requested approval for himself and firemen Matt Johnson and Ryan Harms to attend a three-day course ‘Critical Incident Stress Response’ The course, taught by Lt. Baker of the Indiana State Police, is eight hours each day on May 3-5 at the Four Seasons Motel. The Board approved $125 apiece for the cost of the course. Dixon said it was a good deal because they will get two certifications out of it and there are no travel expenses since it will be held in town.
–Sewer Supt. Rodney Givens stated liens have been filed on delinquent sewer bills and to date $8,539.27 has been collected. Seventy certified notices were sent out and 57 are now collected. Board member Bill Curtis replied that any collection agency would be thrilled with that kind of response. Givens also said that Kieffer has turned over paperwork for review concerning the land next to the sewage plant that should be considered in case an expansion of the plant site is required.
–Mayor Tucker stated that street department claims are piling up since Street Commissioner Roy Maynard resigned. Assistant Street Commissioner James Miller was given authorization to sign claims.
–Board member Steve Fuelling presented a request from Dennis Noon to close the riverfront Sunday, May 12, for a 4 p.m. Mother’s Day Wolfgang concert at the amphitheater. He requested Water Street be closed between College and Mulberry the night before to keep parking spaces available for the concert the next day. The Board moved to put up barricades Saturday night until 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, provided that the Mount Vernon Boat Club will let boaters use their facility that day to launch.
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