Town Board says current ordinances will suffice
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
The pit bull issue in Versailles has been laid to rest. When Karen
Bastin asked the Versailles Town Board at its last regular meeting
of the year on December 13 what the town was going to do about
pit bulls, they decided the current ordinances were sufficient
to handle the situation. They didn't feel it was necessary to
single out pit bulls, because the ordiances on the books already
dealt with how to handle vicious dog complaints.
Clerk-Treasurer Ted Spurlock mentioned there are two grant applications
on the table for the Rising Sun Regional Foundation and they need
to be prioritized. Jim Taul and Sue Meisberger agreed the grant
for the police car cameras was a more immediate concern than the
sports complex. John Holzer thought the sports complex should
be the first priority.
There is still an issue with parking on Chad Drive. Attorney Larry
Eaton stated that it is possible to ban all parking on both sides
of the street. Council will review the situation.
Marshal Joe Mann reported the police activity for the month of
November. An ordinance to regulate the speed and traffic control
devices was approved. This ordinance makes the speed limit on
all public streets and alleys 20 miles per hour unless otherwise
posted. It also lists penalties up to $300.
The Deputy Resolution was passed. This will allow the town to
hire up to 10 deputies who will serve without pay. Marshal Mann
also presented information on security cameras for the water plant.
Council approved the $6,000 purchase. A new computer at a cost
of $1,039 and workstation for $900 was approved for the police
Superintendent Kevin Hensley reported that work at the pump house
was almost complete. The cost to repair the damaged fire hydrant
was $2,500. Also, Hensley said a manhole is needed on Tanglewood
Road for cleaning the sewer lines. Council approved $4,500 for
the purchase of a used sewer tank.
Lee Bishop was in attendance to address an issue with sidewalk
billing. Attorney Larry Eaton explained the statute regarding
landowners, and liabilities associated with their property. Bishop
also mentioned drainage problems on his property because of the
sidewalk and a concrete cistern cap that was damaged by a water
Council approved the current percentage of Riverboat revenue sharing:
police 10%, park department 7%, truck fund 10%, trash fund 0%,
water fund 30%, sewer fund 5%, and other 38%.
The town will take over maintenance of the streets in Harvest
Ridge Subdivision Phase I, II, and III. A final notice is to be
sent to anyone who has not paid for their sidewalks yet.
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. Newly elected Clerk-Treasurer
Kiersten Libby was also present.
The next regular meeting of the Versailles Town Board will be
Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Versailles Town Hall.