By Valerie Werkmeister
Poseyville Town Council members met for their monthly meeting last Wednesday and learned about a few positive projects in store for the town.
Heather McNabb, Poseyville Carnegie Public Library Director, informed the council that the state approved their additional $75,000 appropriations request. McNabb appeared before the board last month to inform council member of their expansion plan and receive their approval.
The number of users has almost tripled in the past two years and the library would like to purchase the property directly behind it, 56 S. Locust Street. They believe the property will soon be in a foreclosure sale and would like to use it to build an addition to their current building.
McNabb stated they will wait about a month and then contact the mortgage company regarding the property’s status.
Devin Kiesel, a member of Boy Scout Troop 387, presented his plan for an Eagle Scout project to town board members Bruce Baker and Ron Fallowfield. Kiesel proposed a beautification project for the ‘Welcome to Poseyville’ signs at each town’s entrance. He plans to paint the fence posts, add rocks and paving stones and possibly solar lighting and flowers. He intends for the landscaping around the sign to be as low maintenance and long-lasting as possible.
Baker and Fallowfield commended his idea and gave their nod of approval. Kiesel will gather a project cost estimate and present the information to the board next month. They pledged to contribute some funding toward the project.
The fire department received a $1,500 donation from Larry Marshall Disposal. Marshall was on hand to present the check to fire chief, Chris Neaveill. Marshall learned the department was in need of some new equipment and made the generous offer.
Neaveill also discussed the need for new members. Anyone who would like to become a volunteer fireman should contact the department at 874-2713.
Council members approved an amendment to a new salary ordinance No. 2013-07-10-01 which adjusted salary ranges for street/utility labor and deputy town marshal. The new salary range for deputy will be a minimum of $10 per hour and a maximum of $15 per hour while the new range for the street/utility labor will be a minimum of $10 per hour and a maximum of $16 per hour.
Council members also opened one bid from RNC Lawncare for mowing at the Poseyville Cemetery. Currently, town employees mow the cemetery making a total of 28 acres of various town properties they are required to mow. Council members wanted to get an idea of what it would cost to contract the service. RNC Lawncare proposed a total of $129,300 for a two-year contract.
Baker and Fallowfield decided to take the bid under advisement.
The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, August 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the new town hall.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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