to Work program benefits Versailles
The Town of Versailles will be
getting some extra help, but they it wont be reflected on
At the regular meeting of the town council June 11 Marshal Joe
Mann introduced Michelle Sanchez with Arbor Education and Training/Impact.
She explained about the Welfare to Work program saying the town
can benefit from people who need to work a certain number of hours
to keep getting government assistance.
People are required to work if they are receiving welfare
dollars, she explained to the council. Her job is to find
work for these people. One person has already been assisting the
marshal through various work projects and others are ready to
The council agreed it was a great program and said they could
use several people to help with cleaning up the town and more.
Sanchez will match clients with the needs of the town.
Sanchez noted that the program is a benefit to the employer (must
be non-profit) as they gain the services of an additional person
at no cost. The client gains work experience and benefits from
positive role models in the workplace, increasing self-esteem.
They (clients) are learning job skills, she noted.
One of the goals of the town council is to keep the town clean,
paying special attention to run down properties. Resident Wayne
Miller attended the meeting to thank the council for their efforts
near the Pangburn Park area. He commended the police and town
utility departments for their work there. He reported some properties
that had questionable living conditions, and also volunteered
to help clean up a brush area near the park.
Council member Dee Dee Benkie thanked Miller for his community
activism saying he was exactly the kind of resident they
need in the town. She also complimented the police and town utility
departments for their work saying they are doing a wonderful
In other business:
Requests from LifeTime Resources and Safe Passage were
put on hold until the budget hearing meeting.
Assistant fire chief Jamie Vest gave a report for the fire
department saying they responded to 38 calls last month including
a house fire, and a vehicle accident that required extrication.
He said the new building project is progressing on schedule.
The issue of the clock in the courthouse tower not working
was again brought before the council. County employee Johnnie
Lohrum said he had tried to fix the problem, but couldnt.
The council thanked him for his efforts and will look into the
Approval was given for Street Superintendent Kevin Hensley
to purchase a laser for laying pipe for $1400.
The council unanimously approved the purchase of a high
pressure sprayer for the sewer department for $160.
Versailles Town Marshal Joe Mann gave his report, saying things
in his department were running smoothly. He reported: 5 accidents
investigated; 13 citations issued; 48 warnings issued; 25 citizens
assisted; 8 fight and battery calls; 2 theft investigations; 6
drug/alcohol investigations; and 29 other complaints for the past
month. There were 3 warrants served; 4 arrests made; and they
assisted other departments 12 times. There were 5 special details
for the month.
The subject of trimming the cherry trees around town was brought
to the council. Louise Mitchell asked if she could trim the ones
by her property herself. John Holzer said anyone who wants to
trim them can do so. Also, it was noted that perhaps they could
use some of the Welfare to Work clients for that job.
A special meeting was set for June 16 at 10 a.m.
All council members were present: DeeDee Benkie, John Holzer,
and Sue Meisberger, along with Kiersten Libby, clerk treasurer,
Joe Mann, marshal, and Kevin Hensley, street superintendent.
The next regular meeting of the town council will be held July
9 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.