complex shaping up for spring
CFF grant could help with Versailles project
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Mary McCarty with Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning
Commission (SIRPC), said the Town of Versailles could be eligible
for a $500,000 Community Focus Fund (CFF), grant.
McCarty spoke at the regular meeting of the Versailles Town Council
last week saying this type of grant would help with renovations
needed at the Tyson gym, now owned by the town.
She explained criteria needed for a CFF grant saying these are fun
applications with endless possibilities.
Council member DeeDee Benkie said the president of the historic
landmarks for the state had recently toured the facility. The historic
preservation of the Tyson facility was discussed. Benkie will work
with McCarty and a committee will be formed to move ahead with the
Danny Crabtree addressed the council expressing concern over an
extremely high water bill. He said it went from about $100 to $400
in one month. The council agreed they would have someone from the
water department check it out. They also agreed if it wasnt
a town problem, they would set up a payment plan to help the resident
Fire Chief Ben Sieverding reported his department worked five structure
fires. He said there hasnt been much work on the new fire
station due to the weather. He complimented the town on cleaning
the street during the ice/snow events. The council in turn complimented
his department for having officers named Officer of the Year
by the Versailles American Legion.
County employee Johnnie Lohrum addressed the council saying the
problems with the clock in the courthouse tower continues. The town
owns the clock. He noted that the clock has cracks in it and when
it rains, it runs through the ceiling into the prosecutors
office. Lohrum offered to try to fix the clock. He said all four
clock faces were rotting at the bottom due to repeated moisture.
The council gave Lohrum the okay to get needed materials from Halcomb
Home Center and work on the situation.
Jeff Cumberworth gave an update on the towns new sports complex.
He said the bids were out on fencing, more dirt was needed, and
they need to immediately send out flyers for the summer program,
which he said is being restructured.
The council agreed with Benkie who requested a plan concerning all
sports programs be in writing.
Cumberworth said there were over 400 kids involved in the program.
The council requested a special meeting with the park board to fine-tune
We still want to play ball (at the new complex) this spring,
Under police news, Marshal Joe Mann was granted permission to purchase
software for the police department at an estimate of around $2100.
He said both the Osgood and Milan police departments use the software
and are pleased with it.
The request by the marshal for the town to sponsor a child abuse
class was tabled.
Town Superintendent Kevin Hensley reported:
A leak was repaired at the legion park.
Roads were salted eight or nine times in January.
The furnace at Tyson gym was worked on.
He was granted permission to trade a Skidsteer.
Hensley said he didnt feel the brine solution would work for
the town of Versailles. Holzer asked about the salt costs and supply.
Hensley said, Were still okay on salt.
He said theyre experiencing problems at the lift station.
He said letters will be sent to all restaurants regarding grease
traps. They all have to have them, he emphasized.
Clerk Treasurer Kiersten Libby and all board members reported they
had received many compliments on the way the town roads were cleaned
after the winter storms.
All members were present, including Clerk-Treasurer Kiersten Libby,
and attorney Larry Eaton. The next regular meeting of the Versailles
Town Council will be held March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Versailles Town