City sets ferry boat license fees but no fountain solution

     Rising Sun City Council approved provisions for those seeking a ferry boat license during its Wednesday, April 11 council meeting.

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     Rising Sun City Council approved provisions for those seeking a ferry boat license during its Wednesday, April 11 council meeting.

     The license fee would be $10 per year for five years along with a surety bond of $500. The application must be filed with the clerk-treasurer.

     Council voted down a $6000 estimate for work on the Rising Sun Tree Fountain.

     Lobbyist Matt Brase discussed gaming issues and concerns for the held harmless money ($1.4 million received by Rising Sun and Ohio County).

    Laura Walston gave the quarterly report for 911 Communications. She reported 1363 calls with 429 emergency 911 calls. Employees had 416.5 hours benefits times (vacation, sick, comp, and personal). The 29 hours of overtime to cover that time off was $692.52.

   Walston  noted that police and fire department radios have arrived.

   The recent flooding caused $189,000 in damage.   

   Police Chief David Hewitt reported that the department has experienced an increase in calls to th Rising Star Casino  over the past six months.

   Total calls for service for the quarter was 319. There were a total of 123 arrests and charges including 36 felonies, 32 misdemeanors, 16 infractions and 39 warnings. There were 47 case reports, nine accident reports and 12 handgun permits.

   Karrah Miller gave her Main Street Report. There are two new businesses (Tequilas and Red Hot Fusing) while two other businesses will close in May (Smoke on the Water Cafe and Red Rose Boutique).

    Miller is working on getting a Farmers Market.

    Jason Babcock was named president, Peg Dickson vice-president and Larissa Phelps secretary/treasurer.

    The Spring clean up and yard sale is May3-5.

    Spruce up Main Street is planned for May 26 to get ready for Memorial Day.

   She reported 50 hanging baskets from Neaman Floral have been purchased for $3750.

   Marsha Louden was appointed to the Main Street board.

   There were $10,000 grants approved for awning and building work to Jim McDaniel for 410 Main Street and $10,000 to Bruce Howard for awnings and repairs at 120 N. Poplar Street. An additional $5000 grant was approved  to Tim Caudill for awnings at Riverhouse III.

    Street closings were approved for Music on Main, the Memorial Day Parade and Navy Bean Parade.

    Jamie Bell’s quarterly financial report saw income of $8829.40 including $3572.40 for dance classes and $3220 in senior building rentals.

   An air quality report for the senior center was completed but a lingering smell in the building has yet to be resolved.

   A change order in the amount of $28,550 for Dave O’Mara was approved. O’Mara was the low bidder of $633,065.80 for the community crossings paving program.

   Council signed Resolution 2018-2 showing the distribution of the city of Rising Sun Quality of Life Endowment Fund amounting to $1,026,000 in the Ohio County Community Foundation.

    Council received an estimate of $7798 from Spear Corporation  for a new pump and assembly for the community pool.

   Council approved donating $80 to the PTO for the spring carnival.

   The Rising Sun Lions Club was given sole concession rights for the annual July 4th celebration.