Wanda English Burnett - Editor
All members of the Versailles
Town Council were present at their regular meeting on Thursday,
February 8. Joining council members, Sue Meisberger, Jim Taul
and John Holzer, was Clerk-Treasurer Ted Spurlock. Town attorney
Larry Eaton was not present. Minutes of the previous meeting
were read and approved.
Brian Holzhausen, president and director of DINO (Do Indiana
Off-Road) came before the town board, along with Katherine Taul
of the Ripley County Tourism Bureau. They were there to describe
an upcoming event being planned in the Versailles area by DINO.
Holzhausen said that DINO will hold its 5th Annual Mission Adventure
Race on May 12 at the Versailles State Park. The race includes
multiple activities such as biking, running/hiking, canoeing,
fixed ropes and even rock climbing. It will take teams of 2-3
participants approximately 18 hours to finish the course. A
beginners race will also be offered that will take up
to four hours to complete.
Holzhausen came before the town council to ask permission for
the group to repel off the water tower on 421 just south of
Versailles. He told the council, We need an interesting
tourist thing for athletic people to do. Holzhausen assured
the members that DINO handles all insurance requirements. He
went on to explain that the group uses the services of a militarily
trained ropes specialist, Eric Bishop, who has worked with DINO
for four years. A rope would be positioned around the tower
with downward ropes attached. Holzhausen expects 90-100 participants
for the event.
The town council agreed that it sounds like a good project,
but expressed concerns about insurance and liability. They will
discuss it with town attorney, Larry Eaton, and give the organization
an answer as soon as possible.
Versailles resident, Von McGuire, came before the council with
concerns regarding the road, Gaslight Drive, on which he lives.
Citing a recent letter to the editor printed in the Versailles
Republican regarding the conditions of properties in town, McGuire
talked about old trailers lining the street, overflowing dumpsters
in the trailer park and a general disregard for property. He
said that because of his strong feelings regarding the issue,
My wife thought that I wrote the letter to the editor.
McGuire, whose work puts him in touch with Honda representatives,
told the group that he recently told a Honda employee, Dont
look too hard in Shelbyville (for a place to live). Were
gonna get you to move to Versailles. However, he said,
that some places in town are quite simply eyesores that need
to be dealt with before recommending it as a relocation destination.
Town Marshal, Joe Mann, speaking about the trailer park noted,
There is an agreement so that they have police presence.
How far-reaching is that? And, council member John Holzer
asked, How can we solve some of this? It was noted
that the town no longer picks up trash in Gaslight Village because
the owner does not want the service. McGuire told the council,
The dumpsters are full to overflowing twice a week.
Ted Spurlock asked if it would help to enclose the dumpsters.
Mann asked if Versailles should revise its junk ordinance, noting
that other towns are updating all of their ordinances. Holzer
stated emphatically, I want to get something done. I think
we need to jump on it.
In his report, Mann told the council that he had put on a demonstration
for head start kids at Family Connections earlier in the evening.
He said that fingerprint/photo I.D. kits were sent home with
the parents. Due to weather the turn out was relatively small
with 8-10 children and six parents present.
Mann also reported that he has requested a grant for $500 from
the Ripley County Community Foundation for in-home drug tests.
He stated that the advantage to this alternative is that it
would allow parents to drug test their kids in private and without
having to pay for a doctor visit.
Lee Matthews was sworn in as Manns deputy and welcomed
warmly by the marshal and the town council. He will assume his
duties on March 1.
Before adjournment, council members complimented town manager,
Kevin Hensley, on his road crews handling of the recent