2011-10-05 / Front Page

Clean-up needed at old Flora School

Susan Scholl

Martha and Mark Gillam expressed concern over the old Flora School, particularly the east side that has become a dumping area and place for kids to hang out, at Monday night’s Flora Town Council meeting. They brought photos backing up their claims that they shared with the council.

Even though the town does not own the property, Martha Gillam said, she believes the town has a responsibility to keep the area safe.

“You mow the front, but are turning a blind eye to what is going on,” she said.

She asked the town to address the dumping and the trees growing that block the view of people who are back there and should not be. That place is dangerous and needs to be boarded up, she said.

“We know kids are entering the building and are going to get hurt,” Mark Gillam added.

He suggested the town mow, cut the trees and shrubbery on the east side, and board the windows and doors up. A fence around the area would be helpful, too.

Town attorney Dick T. Bishop said if the town boards up the windows and knocks down the trees, it can be a patrol priority for police officers.

Ayres said the Utilities workers will be contacted to see what they can do to make the situation better. County EDC

Town officials signed a new four-year contract for professional community and economic development services between the town and the Carroll County Economic Development Corp. (CCEDC).

CCEDC Executive Director Laura Walls said the contract ex- pired on July 15, but she assured the council that the EDC has continued services to the Flora community.

The only change from the previous contract, explained Walls, is a simplification of the formula to figure compensation. The town’s commitment will remain at $10.50 per person per year based on the population figure for the town.

Walls reported that she just returned last Thursday from an eight-day trip to Japan that she described as productive. She said she met with officials from Mitsubishi, the parent company of Indiana Packers Corp., met with officials from Subaru and Fugi, among others, and toured several factories. Leaf pick up

The leaf pick up schedule will be the west side of the railroad tracks in the morning and the east side of the tracks in the afternoon, or before if the west side does not take long.

“Please try to keep sticks out the leaf piles,” Ayres said. “The sticks plug up the leaf machine and cause problems.” Other business

The council agreed to wait to fix the downtown brick walkways until after the State General Assembly meets early next year. It is believed the assembly will change the prevailing wage law to include a floor for smaller projects due to a lot of criticism from communities throughout the state of the way the law is currently written.

The council passed Resolution 2011-03, reducing certain unobligated balances appropriated in the 2011 budget that are not needed for their original purposes.

The police department report for September included 4 arrests/ misdemeanors, 9 citations, 40 warnings, 58 calls for service, and 2 accidents with totals approximate due to computer issues.

The planning commission issued three permits in September: Nick Root, sidewalks at duplex on Division St.; Dean and Terri Sink, garage addition; and Dan and Ruthann Bishop, ramp off of small deck.

The airport board’s recommendation to name Jason Calhoun to fill the unexpired term of George Capitanio on that board was approved. Approximately three years of the four-year term remain.

Lions Club’s annual Halloween Fest with chili supper will be Oct. 27 in the 4-H Community Building.

Trick-or-Treat night was set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The town office will be closed Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day.

The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Fireside Building.

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