Town Council declares Katie Stam Day
Rumsey, Staff Writer
At the regular meeting of the Versailles Town Council held August
13, members declared Saturday, September 26 as Katie Stam Day.
This action was unanimous and was brought into place after Versailles
Lions Club member Jerry Gilpin informed the council that 2009
Miss America, Katie Stam from Seymour, will be at the Versailles
Pumpkin Show this year.
Also discussed was having the Pumpkin Show Dance again this year
on Saturday night. Council member Dee Dee Benkie said she was
strongly in favor of holding the dance, but it would have to be
held in a different location this year due to renovations taking
place at the Tyson Auditorium.
Fire Chief Ben Sieverding reported his department responded to
39 calls since the last council meeting. He requested a meeting
with the council to discuss the town taking over the insurance
on the newly constructed firehouse when the department moves to
the new facility, which is located south of town on US 421.
The tower clock in the courthouse was again the subject of discussion.
County employee Johnnie Lohrum came before the council saying
the clock is leaking and will begin to rot if it isnt repaired
soon. Council President John Holzer noted the council would speak
with their attorney about possible solutions. Lohrum was to talk
with commissioners to set up a meeting between the two government
agencies to try to remedy the situation. The county is responsible
for the tower, but the town was told they are responsible for
In other business:
Richard Zinz was hired to inspect properties in violation
of town ordinances. The motion passed unanimously.
Superintendent Kevin Hensley reported blockage at the dam.
He hired Reynolds Corporation to pump out debris due to the recent
storms. He noted that the GPS mapping system for the water and
sewer lines was complete.
Hensley and the council expressed thanks to the Rising
Sun Regional Foundation for the grant money the town received
to install the mapping system.
Clerk Treasurer Kiersten Libby presented the 2010 budget
for the first reading. She also submitted the inter-local agreement
with the Ripley County Economic Development for approval. Both
were unanimously passed.
Marshal Mann reported things were running smoothly in the
Anyone interested in the restoration of the Tyson Auditorium
is welcome to contact council member Dee Dee Benkie or call the
town hall. The proposed project cost has been reduced significantly
due to Eaton, who said he had met with council members John Holzer,
Sue Meisberger and engineer Jerry Firestone to look over the plans
All council members were in attendance, along with Kiersten Libby,
clerk-treasurer and Larry Eaton, attorney. The next regularly
scheduled meeting of the Versailles Town Council will be held
September 10 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.