Wanda English Burnett, Editor
A report from Parks and Streets Manager Dan
Eckstein at the Sunman Town Council meeting September 17 brought
much discussion about how the town should go about recouping
money for time spent on a clean-up project.
Eckstein reported that several town employees spent several
hours at an abandoned property at 110 Jackson Street recently.
He said they hauled four dump truck loads of brush away and
a dump truck load of trash following the clean up detail.
Council member John Campbell was adamant about finding the property
owner and charging them for the clean up. After all,
he said, we take our fellows away from their regular work
to do this.
While he wanted to charge a high fee to hopefully deter homeowners
from letting the property get in such a condition, he was cautioned
by town attorney Amy Streator the fee should be reasonable.
In the end it was decided the town employees and clerk-treasurer
Kris Schneider would get together and make a recommendation
as to what would be charged to the property owners.
They have also mowed a property at 119 Western Avenue twice
this summer with Eckstein saying it will have to be mowed again.
In other business:
Council members unanimously approved the 2010 budget.
The total budget was reported at $437,160.
Approval was given for the 2010 fire contract for $15,360.
The 2010 Economic Development agreement was approved
at 12% of the 2010 income tax disbursement, which Schneider
reported to be about $2100.
A request for financial support for the Ripley County
Community Foundation in the amount of $1500 was approved. This
will be taken from Riverboat money.
Trick or Treat hours have been set for October 31 from
The shot clinic set for September 24 was postponed by
MMCH due to not getting enough doses of the vaccine. It will
be announced when it is rescheduled.
Schneider reported usage of the community building has
Discussion was held with ordinances proposed to prohibit first
floor apartments in commercial buildings on Main Street; a no
burn ordinance; and a golf cart ordinance, which would allow
the usage of golf carts in the town - even on the state highway.
Marshal Bill Dramann was asked for input on the golf cart ordinance
proposed. I have mixed emotions, he admitted to
the council citing some reasons for his feelings. While he realizes
people enjoy the use of golf carts in town for convenience and
a cost savings of buying gas, he also realizes that SR 101 is
a busy highway with a lot of truck traffic. He noted that some
towns require golf cart operators to take a special course.
He agreed there needed to be a considerable amount of
time and research put into the idea of permitting golf carts
The matter was tabled with the marshal being asked to work with
the council on the proposal.
In the marshals report he praised reserve officers Dave
Bruns and Brian Maynard for working so many hours. He reported
9 VIN checks; 47 traffic stops; 10 citations; 8 investigations;
9 citizen complaints; 4 criminal arrests; 4 parking warnings,
among many other duties for the month.
The marshal reported a new mandate that will take place in 2011
requiring police to have audio and video recordings of interrogations
and investigations. He was given the go ahead to get some estimates
on the needed equipment.
A portion of Eastern Avenue is in bad need of repair, according
to council member Campbell. While the town originally thought
they would be getting some stimulus money to take care of this
problem, they recently learned they will not get the funds needed.
Campbell suggested getting some local bids to do as much as
possible. The council agreed for Campbell to pursue getting
the bids so the work could possibly be done yet this fall.
All council members were in attendance along with clerk treasurer
Kris Schneider and attorney Amy Streator to advise the council.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held October 15
at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall.