2018-02-07 / Front Page

Flora reviews quotes for cameras at park, downtown

By Susan Scholl

Flora Town Council met Monday evening for its regular February meeting. There was much discussion on various topics but little action taken.

The council reviewed quotes from Digital Video Solutions and Brenneco for cameras outside park restrooms and at the town office building.

Marshal Paul Redmon said the quote from Brenneco includes “some pretty awesome cameras with good quality pictures.”

He believes this system can evolve into what the town wants it to be and needs. Lifespan for these cameras would be eight to ten years.

The other system quoted is not of the same quality. Camera range would be 20 feet with not as clear of images. Life span of the cameras would be less.

The council will continue to review the quotes and discuss again at the next meeting.

Beer garden

The request by Flora Community Club for town officials to allow an enclosed beer garden at the June tractor pull was tabled for another month. Park rules prohibit alcoholic beverages in the park.

With council member Darrell Yoder not in attendance, Josh Ayres and Vince Seward want his input before making a final decision.

Town attorney Abigail Diener told the council that the requested beer garden would require town officials to amend the no alcohol ordinance.

Concerns were raised that allowing this event would open the town up for more requests.

Ayres asked Marshal Paul Redmon his opinion. Redmon’s response was, “we haven’t had any problems (with alcohol at the park) so why rock the boat. I’m on the fence about it.”

Broadway Broadband

Ayres and Seward agreed that the proposal for high speed fiber optic internet presented by Broadway Broadband, Peru, needs to be reviewed by town attorney Abigail Diener before a final decision is made.

“We like the idea of this,” Ayres said, “but want to proceed cautiously.”

Volunteer fire dept.

Flora fire chief Todd Trent reported 13 firefighters participated in a recent leadership and team building exercise at YMCA Camp Tecumseh Outdoor Center.

For January, the volunteer fire department had 11 medical and 9 fire-related runs. Firefighters were all recertified in CPR and four are taking in First Responders class

Trent said he has submitted a grant for a 75-ft. quint (serves the dual purpose of an engine and a ladder truck). He believes a quint would be the most cost effective way to go.

The fire department is making plans to host a breakfast in April and celebrate its 110th anniversary with a community party on July 1.

Other business

Town officials continue to seek a cell phone notification system that can be utilized at limited cost to notify residents in the event of emergencies, recyclable pickup cancellations, etc.

The Carroll County Emergency Management Agency director has resigned. The Carroll County Commissioners have set a meeting for 9 a.m. Feb. 14 to discuss the situation. Marshal Redmon is one of two town representatives on the EMA board.

The marshal’s report for January includes 4 misdemeanor arrests, 5 felonies, 8 citations, 13 warnings, 54 calls for service, and 2 accidents.

The council approved trade-in of the park department’s 2015 zero-turn mower at Tri Green Tractor. Trade-in value is $3,700 for a cost of $3,490.

The plan commission approved two permits in January: Teresa Zinn, Mohawk Dr., fence, and Paul Wisler, 703 S. Division St., wrecking and new garage.

Town offices will be closed Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

The next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 5.

Utilities reports

The recycling truck is back up and running. Recyclables pick up continues on Wednesday for residential and Friday for businesses. Totes are available at the town office or utilities shop.

Electric Utilities foreman Ron Fritz wants residents to know that tires will no longer be picked up at the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste District yearly recycling event. Tires can be taken to the County Transfer Station or a tire dealer.

The quote to refurbish the north tennis courts came in at $59,000. The council agreed the cost to refurbish exceeds usage of the courts.

Wastewater foreman Bill Mc- Carty reported one sewer lateral upgrade was inspected in January. Six upgrades remain to be completed; three are either in an estate or foreclosure and three are yet to be completed. Two of the upgrades need to be sealed at the sewer main. One of the properties is on North Center Street. In order to complete the North Center Street project, the town will tap the sewer main and run lateral past the back side of the sidewalk so the street can be paved. The council approved a quote by Haas Excavating in the amount of $2,000 to pave the street. Clerk-treasurer Joretta Tinsman was instructed to do the court filings necessary so the town can recoup its expenses after the house sells.

The council accepted Xcel Welding’s quote for $1,440 to repair the frame on the Vactor truck.

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