complain about pit bulls at Versailles Town Board meeting
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
Several women from Harvest Ridge Subdivision again attended
the Versailles Town Board meeting regarding a pit bull in their
neighborhood. Spokesperson Hope Asche presented a list of names
on a petition to ban pit bulls from Versailles. We want
something done, period, said Asche. Officer Joe Mann had
researched ordinances written about pit bulls and prepared one
for the board. After the board has a chance to review the ordinance,
it will be brought up again at next months meeting.
Ripley County Commissioner Chuck Folz attended the meeting to
discuss the sports complex. A letter was read from Jerry Gilpin,
president of the sports complex committee stating the sports complex
will be put on hold until after the fall election stating, A
decision was made by the sports complex board to wait until after
the town election to proceed. This is due to the fact that we
dont want to have to do this twice, once with the current
board members, and then again if the board changes. Also aerial
photos of the property cant be done until the crops are
in. All parties have been notified.
Commissioner Folz stated, All three commissioners support
this project. Meisberger replied, We all support the
project too. We just feel there is 50 acres of land the town already
owns that could be used without costing the town another $200,000.
When asked if the sports complex is in his district, Folz replied,
It doesnt matter what district its in. Im
a commissioner of all of Ripley County.
Marshal Joe Mann asked that the reserve deputy policy be reinstated.
He would like to have three or four reserve officers that would
work a minimum of 16 hours a month. They would pay for their own
uniforms and purchase their own firearms. Manns monthly
report for September showed 210 activities.
A letter from Mary Ann Gay, the Osgood town attorney, requested
that the Versailles Town Court serve as Osgoods administrative
hearing officer for enforcement of Osgoods ordinances.
The letter states The ordinances that the Town [Osgood]
needs help in enforcing are its junk, unsafe buildings, grass
and weeds, and various utility ordinances. Neither Town
Judge Cheryl Richmond nor the Versailles board had any objections
and will sign an Inter Local Agreement on the matter.
Superintendent Kevin Hensley reported the intake valves have been
repaired. The new chipper purchased with funds from the Tyson
Fund was on display in front of the town hall. The lake is down
about 3 feet but the water quality is still good. They just have
to add more chemicals.
Roy Holman said he would be willing to pay half on a bill for
$6,700 that had been in dispute. He asked to meet privately with
the town board. However, Attorney Larry Eaton said Holman would
have to come to a public meeting. Executive sessions can only
be held for litigation, strategy and personnel.
Another complaint had come into the town from someone who had
a note put on his car, telling him he could not park in front
of the Yellow Dog Restaurant. Attorney Eaton said it is a public
street and anyone can park there.
All three town board members were in attendance: Sue Meisberger,
Jim Taul and John Holzer. Attorney Larry Eaton and Clerk-Treasurer
Ted Spurlock were present to advise the board. The next regular
meeting of the Versailles Town Board will be November 8 at 7:00
p.m. at the Versailles Town Hall.