Town pursues renovation at Tyson
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Since purchasing the old Tyson School Gym, the Town of Versailles
Council members have worked toward renovating the spacious gymnasium
and converting it into a community center/town hall.
At the September meeting, discussion continued with engineer
Jerry Firestone presenting an update to the project. This new
plan would eliminate the proposed addition and put the restrooms
in a different area.
The total construction cost including contingency costs is now
under $1 million. I hope were getting this more
in line where the board is comfortable with it, Firestone
told council members. The cost was down a half million dollars
from previous quotes.
President John Holzer said he had several inquires about the
progress on the project. He said he explained it was a money
Council member Dee Dee Benkie noted it would be January before
possible stimulus/grant monies would be available. She noted
it was more of a long term project.
It was also noted that those wanting to contribute to the renovation
project can do so with the contributions being tax deductible.
The town has taken the approach to restore the historical building
preserving its original design as much as possible. People interested
in getting involved in the plans for the renovation project
are encouraged to call the town hall.
The Tyson Gym which has been the place for the Saturday night
Pumpkin Show Dance, will not be used this year due to the construction.
It has been moved to the Versailles Legion Park at 9 p.m. Benkie
said organizers of the event who resurrected the dance last
year, wanted to continue the tradition. This year the dress
code will be more casual, but the dance will be held.
The long discussed dilemma of the leaking courthouse clock was
again discussed at the meeting. Holzer said it was an unusual
situation with the town responsible for the clock, but it is
housed in the tower of the courthouse, which is county property.
Holzer attended a commissioner meeting where he said the commissioners
agreed to have a company come and look at repairing the clock.
He also said the county would pay half the expense to have it
repaired. He said one bid was $14,000.
Holzer said, Im in favor of keeping the clock, but
the expense is so great.
Commissioners thought the damage was caused by a storm and they
might be able to get some FEMA money to repair it.
In other business:
Residents were encouraged to keep their pets confined.
The marshal, Joe Mann, was given permission to put a
holding type kennel on town property to hold loose animals until
the county dog warden could pick them up.
The council accepted the 2010 final adoption of the budget
as presented by Kiersten Libby, clerk-treasurer.
20 signs from the Versailles Historical Preservation
group will be erected throughout the town as soon as brackets
for installation are received.
Superintendent Kevin Hensley reported the water plant
was running smoothly; three lift station problems were fixed
last month; storm drains were replaced; the new Bushhog works
fine and has been used to clear the field by the new fire department
building. He noted the town has worked on water lines at the
new sports complex and has mowed the area several times.
Holzer noted that he was really proud of the town employees.
He said, Weve got a lot to do, but everybodys
doing their job.
Benkie agreed, saying, Weve got a good team.
The council voted unanimously to take sealed bids from those
interested in purchasing the old senior citizen building, which
belongs to the town. They will advertise in the local newspaper
and have the sealed bids be submitted to the town hall no later
than noon on October 8.
Attorney Larry Eaton was given the nod to take action against
properties that need to be cleaned up.
Marshal Mann submitted his report to the council which included
5 accidents investigated; 11 citations issued; 69 warnings given;
38 citizens assisted; 9 fight/battery calls; 2 theft investigations,
among many other duties, bringing the total of police calls
for the month of August to 238.
All board members were in attendance at the meeting along with
clerk treasurer Kiersten Libby and attorney Larry Eaton to advise.
The next regular meeting of the Versailles Town Council will
be October 8 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.