City seeks appraisals, hear quarterly reports

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The Rising Sun City Council voted unanimously to get two appraisals for the former Marge Adams property during its regular meeting held on Thursday, July 13th.

The ordinance to approve getting the appraisals took place with no discussion allowed since it was being voted on again after failing 4-1 a month earlier.

Mayor Brent Bascom read a thank you from the Ohio County Community Foundation prior to quarterly reports being presented.

Ohio County 911 coordinator Laura Walston gave her quarterly report which included a total of 1000 calls with more than half of those for 911 response.

Walston noted a siren was fixed and a grant from the OCCF to install a generator.

Police Chief David Hewitt reported 351 service calls during the past three months. That included 48 case reports, 16 accidents, five handgun permit applications, with eight felony arrests, 28 misdemeanors, 16 infractions, three juvenile offenses, one city ordinance violation and 27 warnings.

Also, the new police 2017 Dodge Charger car is in service with the 29016 Dodge Charger ready for service this week.

Applications are coming in for police officer opening while all officers have met or are close to mandated training hours.

In addition, quotes are being gathered for plumbing, painting and drywall maintenance at the police station.

Karrah Miller gave her Rising Sun Main Street report and noted that banners on the fence at Main and Poplar streets (old NAPA building). The banners will include photos from school kids and is being coordinated with Ohio County Tourism.

The park board report from Jamie Bell showed revenue of $12,457.99 for rental of park buildings plus registration for various park programs. The biggest income came from dance class and recitals.

The park board has voted to name the shelter by the tennis courts in honor of longtime board member Dale Shultz.

The parade route was approved for the 2017 Navy Bean Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14at midnight. The parade will start and end at the new boat ramp. It will go along Front Street to Williams Street then to Poplar Street to Main before turning left on S. Walnut and back to Plum Street back to Plum then Poplar and finally Maiden Lane to boat dock.

Street closings for the festival will be from Street from Williams to Fourth street, Poplar to Front Street and First and second street from Front Street to the alley. Festival closings will be from noon on Wednesday, Oct. 11th to Saturday, Oct. 14th

Jim Hurst of Hurst Beans has donated the beans again this year.

Tourism is sponsoring a photo contest August 7th through 26th.

Bryce Kendrick’s grant and marketing report listed various grants that were submitted with some not approved and others partially funded.

Lane Siekman gave an Economic Development Corporation update noting that a new business will be coming to the Eat Dessert First building in the business park.

Alan Ossege was given approval to redo windows and expand the porch on his building on the corner of Main and Front Street. It would entail using part of the city right-of-way and moving a mail storage box.

In other requests, LifeTime Resources asked for $15,000 which will be budgeted for 2018.