Truck route discussed at mtg.

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

An alternative truck route will be proposed to Pike Lumber by the Milan Town Council announced board member Robert Branigan at the regular meeting held on Monday, August 10. “We (the town council) didn’t want to make people angry,” he said. “We are not giving up on Pike Lumber. The board is committed to bring this project to fruition.”

The original proposal announced at a public special meeting in July was to improve Country Club Drive as an access to State Road 101. But due to opposition, Country Club Drive has been taken off the table and the town will propose the use of County Road 200N to Pike Lumber.

The town has already received some support from those living on CR 200N as well as the county, according to Gary Norman, Ripley County Economic Development Director. According to Branigan, the town will make a proposal to the county commissioners to install a three inch overlay on the road as well as a gravel berm up to a cost of $50,000.

The motion to approve the proposal to improve CR 200N from SR 101 to the property of Pike Lumber, upon the contingency of approval of the alternate route by Pike Lumber, was unanimously approved. Also the motion to amend the petition to rezone was unanimously approved.

In his monthly report to the board, town marshal Gary Skaggs investigated five thefts; three crashes and made 53 traffic stops. Also, the department made 24 assists to other agencies; served one warrant; and had 76 calls for service. The reserve officers donated 127.5 hours.

In other business:
• The Milan Beautification Committee expressed their gratitude to the town for the use of the towns UTV when watering the flowers around town.

• The motion to accept the inter-local agreement with Ripley County Economic Development was unanimously approved.

• Ordinance 8-10-09-1, to designate the Rainy Day Fund as COIT, was unanimously approved.

Board members attending were Matt Huffman and Robert Branigan along with town clerk/treasurer Gladys Moody and town attorney Larry Eaton to advise. The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Milan Town Hall.