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April 2, 2015 • Headlines

Could winter be behind us? That was definitely the hope and feeling Tuesday when temperatures hit the 60s. Many people were outdoors enjoying the nice weather. Pictured is 8-year-old Faith Marsh of Milan riding her bike.
Pictured from left are Ryne Domingo, Matty Hurm, Kirsten Ricke and Sarah Wilder. They participated in the Maverick Challenge Regional Competition held in Columbus recently. Domingo and Hurm placed third for their company Razian.
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Sunman starts planning and mapping new school route

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Children in the town of Sunman on bikes and on foot will be much safer soon because Sunman has been granted a 100 percent, fully funded project called Safe Routes to Schools that will build pathways that are slated to run from Eastern Avenue all the way to Whitetail Subdivision. Randy Hancock of HWC was on hand at the March 19 Sunman Town Council meeting to overview the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Plan to assist communities in making their routes to school and through town safe for pedestrians. The project is in its infancy but committees will be forming soon to begin promoting, planning, and mapping the route. Included in the plans is a fully functional sidewalk that will run from the end of Meridian all the way to the school. HWC has been chosen to be the contractor who will oversee the venture.

Marshal’s report
Town Marshal Brian Maynard introduced John Mosemeier, a reserve officer, who has completed all required training to complete his eligibility to become a Sunman officer. “I would like to have the council’s blessing on swearing in this new officer,” Maynard said as he spoke of the young reserve, “John is from this area and has earned his degree as a conservation officer, and he’s definitely one of the best candidates we’ve had apply.” Mosemeier was then sworn in by Chelsea Eckstein, Sunman Town Clerk/Treasurer.

The council approved Eckstein to begin reviewing the Rising Sun Regional Foundation Grant Request for Funds. She will investigate the cost for Southeastern Regional Planning Commission to assist Sunman in the grant writing process. Council will also seek grant funds to cover over $25,000 for a pre-engineering plan for a project that will filter the town’s water system. A grant for over $1,100, awarded by the Ripley County Community Foundation, was allocated to the Sunman Parks Fund.

Of importance to the town’s maintenance and police departments, as well as to several Sunman residents, is damage being done by tractor trailers and large trucks transporting materials to local companies Concepts and Deufol. Board members have been aware of the issue and called on Sunman Town Marshal Maynard for an update. Maynard and his deputies reported having received repeated reports of roadway and property damage as well as dangerous traffic situations because of the semis. Council discussed the need for an ordinance but were then counseled by town attorney John Kellerman. “You can put up a sign without making an ordinance,” suggested the attorney. “I’m just saying it might be easier to ask the company to make their entrance more visible to drivers. It sounds like they just need to make drivers aware of where they’re to enter. With a big sign,” Kellerman concluded, “drivers will know where they’re supposed to go.”
Broken culverts and edges of roads and fields have reportedly sustained damage. The marshal will meet with Deufol to try and find a resolution.

Parks meeting
Those interested in Sunman’s Park Expansion Project, or PEP, are being urged to attend a presentation on April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Sunman Legion. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is urged to attend to learn more about plans for Sunman’s park. Blueprints and a visual will be available for citizens to review.

The park board is also continuing to offer a series of instructional workshops. Janice Hosmer announced that the group would hold a line dancing workshop on March 30th. April’s topic is yet to be announced. “We want to welcome everyone in the community,” remarked Hosmer. All workshops are held at the park building and are open to the public.

Citizen Ruth Riehle asked the board if they might consider a noise ordinance as a result of the railroad repair company’s work close to her property. Council and Marshal Maynard assured Riehle that the town will request that the company’s workers observe privacy rights of residents. She once again expressed her ongoing concern about ordinances restricting burning inside the town limits and stated that a local company’s frequent burning may be hazardous to residents’ health and could also have waste running into her property’s water table. Riehle reiterated previous requests that council enforce the town’s outside storage ordinance.

Jack Loos, owner of the Sunman Trailer Park, was present to once again request assistance from the town regarding his property’s large water bills. The council stated that they have been crediting the property owner approximately 40,000 gallons for the past several months. A suspected leak may be attributing to the high usage.

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• Milan park board re-established; pantry use increasing (front page)
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