By Valerie Werkmeister
Some folks in Poseyville are dog-gone tired of the waste left behind by man’s best friend. Last Wednesday, October 9, members of the Poseyville Town Board decided to do something about it during their monthly meeting. They approved an amendment to an ordinance that adds some ‘teeth’ to the enforcement of the nuisance portion of the animal control ordinance.
Now, those who do not pick up waste while out walking their dogs will face fines. Citizens who witness the violation can file a complaint at the town hall. A letter will be mailed notifying the violator of their offense. The next time the offense occurs, the violator will face a $50 fine. Any subsequent offense will be assessed a $200 fine.
Town Board President Bruce Baker stated the town hall has received a number of complaints from local citizens about the situation and ‘something needed to be done.’ He added he recently walked along Main Street and noted a considerable amount of dog waste left behind between the street and the curb.
“We just had the parade and I don’t know how people were able to avoid stepping in it, it was so bad,” Baker said.
The former town hall building at 20 S. Cale Street is for sale. It is important to note the building sits in the middle of a parking lot owned by J.L.Hirsch & Co. The parking lot is not available for sale. The building has been appraised for $12,000. Sealed bids to purchase the building will be opened at the next board meeting on November 13. Bids must be for a minimum of the appraised value.
Trick-or-treating hours have been set from 4 – 8 p.m. on Halloween. The fire department will also hand out treats at the station during this time.
Leaf season is fast approaching as leaves are just beginning to fall. Typically, town employees begin leaf pick-up near the end of October. Weather and Mother Nature also determine the time period in which leaves are picked up. There are a few rules residents must follow regarding leaf pick-up. Rake leaves to the street curb and not into the street. Sticks or other debris should not be inside the piles which could cause damage to the leaf machine.
There is a specific route in which leaf collection is performed and residents are asked to be patient with the schedule. Those who would like their leaves removed immediately also have the option of bagging their leaves and hauling them to the yard waste site on the south end of town.
Fire Chief Chris Neaveill reported their recent open house was well attended. They passed out several applications for new members and hope to gain new members soon. Local residents should have received the department’s annual donation letter. The department appreciates local support.
Maintenance on the town’s water tower has begun. The tower was constructed in 1995 and this is the first time it has required cleaning and painting. Residents may notice slight decreases in water pressure while maintenance is performed.
A representative from the Town of Cynthiana was chosen to fulfill a spot on the Wabash River Port Authority Board. Board members approved William Rausch to serve on the board. The Port Authority is a joint board in conjunction with the towns of Owensville and Cynthiana. If grant funds become available for the extension of utilities or rail transportation within the port authority region, the establishment of the board makes them eligible to apply for the funds.
Baker, Ron Fallowfield and Steve Ahrens will represent Poseyville on the port authority board.
Representatives from New Wave Communications approached the board to ask permission to bury fiber optic cable underground that will serve North Posey schools and the Carnegie Public Library. The company will repair any damage to grass areas once the work has been completed. The board approved their request.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 13, at 4:30 p.m. in the town hall.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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