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May 22, 2014 • Headlines

The Versailles State Park pool and slide are big attractions in the summer. The pool opens Memorial Day weekend.
Fishing at Versailles State Park.
Enjoy fishing around the 230-acre lake at Versailles State Park. A state fishing license is required and available at the park office.
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Sunman awards ROD bid, marshal leaving

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Demolition will soon begin on the ROD building, as announced at the Sunman Town Board meeting on May 15. The winning bid for the project was awarded to Wolfe and Sons. No date has been set to begin the project as of press time.
Satolli Glassmeyer introduced himself and his business, “History in your own Backyard” to the council. Satolli explained that he does videos on historic sites and neighborhoods throughout the Tristate and would like to send a proposal regarding doing a series on the historic buildings in Sunman and surrounding areas. Typically, Satolli charges $1,999 for the video series, which would be available too on the History in your own Backyard’ website as well as on Youtube. Because Satolli is familiar with the area, the video series would be offered to Sunman for only $699. The projects are renewable each year.

Chelsea Eckstein reported that she has received a letter for renewal of the town’s software program. The Town of Sunman uses the Boyce software system for all of their utility programs and payments. Renewal will cost the town $3,130.

Eckstein attended an IACT (Indiana Association of Cities and Towns) conference recently and learned about the medical trust the Association offers. Eckstein was introduced to the IACT option, a health plan which is said to be competitive with low renewal rates. The coverage is affiliated with United Health Care. She would like to get a proposal from the company to see if it might be a comparable option for Sunman employees’ medical coverage. Town employees are presently covered through Anthem.

Marshal’s report
Dramann presented the Town Marshal’s Report, noting that 58½ reserve hours were utilized in April. During the month, the police made 16 traffic stops and issued two citations, investigated one burglary and two welfare checks, assisted other agencies, and addressed several citizen complaints, among the many other duties of law enforcement. All the mobile and hand-held radar units were re-certified by Municipal Electronics during the month.

Utility report

Sunman utility department reported that the tank painting is about 95 percent completed and the second tank is scheduled to be removed in August to be re-painted as well. Major potholes are being repaired and workers are trying to keep up with mowing between rain storms. A walk-through was done at the ROD building, which is slated for demolition, and all items of value have been removed.

A discussion resulting from concerns of patrons, police, and street department employees centered around citizens driving all terrain vehicles on city streets. Although golf carts must meet strict licensing and safety requirements to be legal, Dramann said Indiana law forbids him to impose any kind of restrictions on ATVs.

Patron concerns
Among patron concerns, it was mentioned by Sunman Legion Sergeant at Arms Denny Larkin that the US flags being flown in front of the town hall are close to being unserviceable. He also noted that trees are growing up around them and would like to see the trees trimmed so that the flags would be visible. The utility department recently noticed the overgrowth of the trees surrounding the flags and has scheduled them to be trimmed back.

Sunman Board Member Jared Wolf thanked everyone who came to Sunman Clean Up Day last month. “The ‘beautification ladies’ did a wonderful job!” he noted.

Denny Larkin mentioned that the City of Batesville has provided a golf cart for their beautification committee workers as they travel the city to plant flowers and provide other services. Larkin suggested that the Sunman Beautification Committee would benefit from having the town provide them with a cart to do their flower planting and other business. At present, the workers use their own vehicles to store and move equipment, plants, and tools. The council will take this under advisement.

Special recognition

At the close of the meeting, Wayne Jenner made a presentation to Town Marshal Bill Dramann who is leaving the Sunman Police Department to take a similar position with the City of Oldenburg.

Bill Dramann


Bill Dramann, Sunman Town Marshal, received a plaque for his seven years of service. He has taken a position with Oldenburg.

“It’s with a certain degree of sadness that we say goodbye tonight to Bill Dramann who is going into semi-retirement,” announced Jenner. A wooden plaque was presented to Dramann that read, ‘Bill Dramann, in grateful appreciation of your seven years of dedication and service, the Town of Sunman.”

At the presentation, Dramann addressed the crowd, “I want to thank the people of Sunman. I’m not ready to give it up yet, but my wife and daughter think I’m getting old!” he laughed. “It’s unique to have the opportunity to have served in several places in the county and to have come complete circle.” Dramann received a standing ovation from the audience for his years of dedication to Sunman and the many Ripley County communities he has served. A special cake was served in Dramann’s honor, highlighting his many years of law enforcement.

KDH establishes new providers in Versailles

Beginning in June, several new providers with King’s Daughters’ Health will be available for families in the Versailles area. Lauren Dubberly, physician assistant, joins Dr. Michael Willhite on June 9 at the KDH Medical Building, 206 West Tyson Street. New patients are welcome to call 812- 689-5101. Dubberly has been with KDH for two years and is a graduate of the University of South Alabama. In addition to Dubberly, several specialists with KDH will also be visiting Versailles.

Visiting the Main Street KDH Building, 128 North Main will be:
• Dr. George Alcorn - Pulmonology/Internal Medicine
• Dr. Ibrahim Adamu - General Surgery
• Rene Moore, MSN, WHNP-C - OB/GYN
• Dr. Dawn Meacham - Family Medicine (beginning in August 2014)

Visiting the Tyson Street location will be:
• Dr. Travis Clegg - Orthopedic Surgery

To schedule an appointment in Versailles with any of these physicians, call 812-689-5101. For additional information about these providers, visit King’s Daughters’ Health offers local families access to the latest technology and resources at its new campus, 1373 East State Road 62, Madison. To contact KDH’s main campus, call 812-801-0800.

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