2018-11-07 / Front Page

Lack of funds hinders repairs to cabin in Flora park

Susan Scholl
Editor

Flora Town Council met Monday night and heard several reports, including the log cabin at the park and the water system improvement project.

Mark Hufford, who has been working with Flora Main Street on the disrepair of the log cabin at Flora Community Park, told the Council the cabin currently sits in a water hole that is causing significant damage to the cabin.

“That’s why it’s in the condition it is,” Hufford explained.

He said the cabin either needs to be raised up and a new foundation put under it or it needs to be raised up and moved to a new location.

The Kenneth Orem family donated the cabin to the town. The cabin was moved from their Carrollton Township farm to the northwest side of the park in 1981.

Through the years there has not been much maintenance done on the cabin except for a new roof, councilman Josh Ayres said. He added the cabin was once used for various activities but in recent years has not.

Melissa Bishop in a letter to town officials explained Flora Main Street (FMS) has come up with uses for the cabin and believes it would be more functional if it were to be moved closer to the Boy Scout/Flora Rotary Cabin.

Hufford said to do what needs to be done to the cabin, such as replace the six deteriorated logs at the bottom of the cabin, replace the floor and move it to a new location would be roughly a cost of $50,000. It would be considerably less to leave the cabin where it is and raise the foundation and make needed repairs, he said.

Councilman Vince Seward said the town has little money to put into the project. Revenue streams will need to be explored. Water system project

Rachel Runge with Commonwealth

Engineers, Inc., gave a construction update on the water systems improvements project.

“Things are going very smooth,” she said. “The only thing we’re up against is weather.”

Runge explained that the interior of the elevated water tank at the Water Plant is painted. The exterior is being sandblasted for a prime coat of paint. She said they took the curtain down Monday afternoon in anticipation of wind that night and Tuesday.

The council approved an additional inspection amendment for up to 10 extra inspections of the elevated tank work once the current budget is expended. Runge said she believes they may need just a few extra, not 10.

The next construction meeting will be Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.

Planting town tree

Through another letter, FMS requested permission from the town to plant a fir tree on townowned property just west of the Flora Depot, which was granted. The tree will be used as the town’s Christmas tree. FMS is also considering a site for the tree southeast of the depot on railroad right-of-way. The railroad has been contacted concerning permission to plant the tree.

The tree will be planted in one of the locations by Dec. 1. A tree lighting ceremony will be held that day following the annual Christmas Parade that begins at 4 p.m.

Other business

A new Dell computer system from Sound Advice was approved for purchase for the town office at a cost of $15,281.61. The upgrade will include a server, four work stations and other related and necessary equipment. With the new system, customers will have the ability to look up their accounts, monitor their usages, and pay their bills, all online. This system provides extra firewall protection.

Clerk-treasurer Joretta Tinsman said she chose this company because it has a reputation for providing good service and is based in Lafayette. Since the system will be used for all of the town’s departments, the cost will be shared among those departments, Tinsman said.

The annual invoice from the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) was approved to be paid. The agreed upon amount of $21,137 is taken from the town’s share of EDIT monies it receives.

Ayres said he hears criticism of the organization but believes it is important to continue to support EDC because if there was no EDC, nothing would get done.

“The more people we can get to come to the county, it does benefit Flora,” Ayres stated.

Ordinance 2018-06 regarding the installation and use of solar energy was passed on first reading. The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the town’s Electric Utility.

Ayres reminded Tinsman of a previous discussion regarding amending the golf cart ordinance to allow operators to register their vehicle one-time instead of yearly. The amendment will be presented at the December meeting for approval.

Resident complaint

Resident Mike Gurnick brought two matters of concern to the Council’s attention. He said he is having issues with the town’s trash company not picking up all of his trash and with semis using compression brakes. Gurlick wants to see signs posted concerning not allowing compression brake usage like other county towns have.

Gurlick was told that the State of Indiana does not allow the signs on state highways. It is not an enforceable violation.

The matter concerning his trash will be discussed with Clinton County Disposal.

Department reports

Flora Police Sgt. James Bishop reported October was a busy month for the department with Halloween being particularly quiet, however the weekend prior was eventful.

The police report for October included 6 arrests/misdemeanors,

1 felony, 19 citations, 22 warnings, 69 calls for service, 1 accident, and 1 warrant.

Two building permits were issued in October: General Dynamics for a generator slab (Elizabeth Street) and Wayne Riffey for a shed addition.

Ayres, reporting in the absence of fire chief Todd Trent, said the volunteer fire department had 16 medical and 14 fire-related calls in October.

Reporting for the park department, Utilities foreman Ron Fritz said the restrooms are all closed until spring, boats and campers are coming in for storage, and Brumbaugh still plans to build the lean-to on the Community Building. There is lots of stump grinding that needs to be done and four or five ash trees need to be removed from the park.

Wastewater foreman Bill McCarty will secure quotes on fixing the clogged sewer pipe in the men’s restroom in the Fireside Building.

McCarty’s report indicated one sewer lateral upgrade on North Center Street was inspected. There is still one more upgrade to be done and one old lateral that was rerouted needs to be removed from the main and sealed.

McCarty and Fredd McKay attended safety training recently in Noblesville.

Fritz reported he is researching new LED lights to replace the deteriorating lights on the walking trail.

The leaf truck is up and running, however Fritz said the motor is old and he is working on a replacement.

Fritz thanked Seward for helping out with the wind storm damage. He also bragged on his line crew for no power outages due to their diligence in keeping tree limbs trimmed.

Fritz reminded residents to report to the town office streetlights that are out or flashing.

Town offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. Dec 3.

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