Veterans honored this weekend with groundbreaking, dinner


Veteran’s Day is Saturday, Nov. 11th.

Rising Sun High School will host its annual Veterans Day program at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10th. Most banks and government offices will be closed on Friday.

The Rising Sun American Legion Post #59 will be having a groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial addition to the Veterans Tribute Tower

at 3 p.m. Saturday. They will host a veterans dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Rising Sun Senior Citizen Building.

Legion member Roger Hilligoss spoke to city council on Thursday, Nov. 2nd and reported the project is in its bidding stage. He presented final drawings which are available for viewing at city hall. Hrezo engineering firm will be in charge of the project. Mayor Brent Bascom asked about using Land Consultants but Hilligoss reported Hrezo had an existing contract with the legion.

Hilligoss invited all city officials as well as county officials to take part in the groundbreaking. Council approved closing of Front Street from Main to Second Street from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

In city council business, Bascom appointed Kathy Ruch to replace Tom McKay on the Revolving Loan Fund Board. McKay had resigned from the Rising Sun Ohio County First board also but no replacement was named.

Clerk treasurer Rae Gipson noted transfers of $10,000 for pool maintenance and $11,434.12 to update the city server plus $1849 per computer in the clerk treasurer office from her budget.

Council met in executive session to discuss riverfront litigation and in public session approved Frank Kramer to get an expert witness and change the rate of pay from hourly to contingency. Councilman Bud Radcliff abstained because he was not in the executive session.

Council approved funding mediation, court reporting and transcript costs of $448.58, $282.71 and $1312.49.

The city entered into a grant for rehabilitation with the city of Aurora and one Ohio County home will receive up to $3000 worth of work.

John Bear from Mobilitie reported the wireless network will relocate its 50 foot pole including antennae will be relocated to Fourth Street and Barnes Alley.

In other business, council approved supplemental code 2017-17. The extreme fitness contract includes city council and utility service board members.

Upcoming events include Light up Ohio County, Holly Days, Annual Train Show will open on Saturday, Nov. 18th and the city Christmas party on Dec. 1st.

Council approved $7000 for fireworks (half of $14,000 total).