City discusses foundation finds, paving and future of riverfront

  How much money has the city given to the Rising Sun Regional Foundation?   It sounds like a trick question.   The answer is $0.


  How much money has the city given to the Rising Sun Regional Foundation?

  It sounds like a trick question.

  The answer is $0.

   RSRF Executive director Jascia Redwine posed the question to Rising Sun City Council on Thursday, March 1st.

  The RSRF has awarded grants totaling $1.8 to the city of Rising Sun, $1.7 to Rising Sun Ohio County Schools, and $1.4 to Ohio County.

    The money comes directly from Rising Star Casino.

    Council approved the 2018 service agreement with the RSRF. The foundation alloted $1,284,670 in 2017 but projects decrease in casino revenue that will take it down to $1,298,252 in 2018.

   Also at the meeting was Peg Dickson,executive director of the Ohio County Community Foundation. Council reviewed the City of Rising Sun Quality of Life Endowment Fund which is currently at $16,084,045.50. A total of $1,026,000 is available for the city which has until April 15th to make its final decision on how to allocate those funds.

   Council approved $5000 requested by Roger Hilligoss of the Legion Memorial Committee

   County officials had approved the same. Plans are to celebrate the memorial either at Flag Day or the July 4th celebration.

  Council approved an additional $1000 request for sponsoring a Vietnam Veterans trip on March 29th in Plainfield.

   The Community Crossing Matching Grant work has been awarded to Dave O’Mara Contracting Inc. with a bid of $633,065.80. INDOT will pay 75 percent ($474,799.35).

   An alternate bid to replace microsurface to 1.5 inches was approved also.

   Mike Northcutt reported the composting facility on Downey Street has been approved by IDEM through Feb, 23, 2023.

   Don Thomason gave a Port Authority report on permanent docks which was mentioned at a prior joint city county meeting.

   Council approved engineering costs from GRW Engineering  of $46,900 to start the process. There had been $70,000 set aside.

   The Historic Downtown and Ohio County Tourism is sponsoring a Blues and BBQ on June 9 that will

Include a BBQ contest.

    Main Street will be closed from alley at Heritage Hall to alley at the legion on June 8-9 and Poplar Street from Second to Fourth Street.

   The Rising Sun Science Club will be doing riverfront cleanup on April 14th.

   Donnie Walton was appointed to the Utility Service Board.

   City attorney Andrew Baudendistel reported on small cell tower legislation.

   Mike Murray reported publicity being done for the Sidecar Rally this summer.

  The repair of the tree fountain was discussed but was tabled.

  Margaret Avenue resident Jim Cutter was given 90 days to resolve an ongoing vehicle issue and was told to report at the June meeting

   Applications for summer workers for the street department and community pool must be returned by Thursday, March 15th.