The Rushville City Council recently met and opened with a public meeting with Paula Hartwell from ARa, reviewing an application for a recreational trails grant for the city through DNR.
Up to $150,000 may be requested, with a 20 percent match from the city. The trail would be along the levee, would be 8 feet wide and meet ADA requirements.
Council president Bob Bridges recommended moving forward with the application for the grant using concrete and labor as the match. Council member Craig Smith seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Also attending the recent meeting of the Council were Mayor Mike Pavey, and members Brian Conner, Brad Berkemeier, Brian Sheehan and Clerk Treasurer Ann Copley.
George Coons asked during the hearing if the levee has been recertified. Pavey said the city is in the process of recertification.
Mayor Pavey reported that 30 cadets from the Hoosier Youth Challenge were in town Saturday cleaning at Riverside Park and the former VFW site.
Bridges said he spoke to Chuck Kemker regarding Crystal Woods’ request for a tornado siren south of town. Kemker said the sirens are discouraged within city limits because, for the most part, they are not heard. The main areas they are placed within a city, he said, are where there are playgrounds and ball fields.
Kemker suggested a weather radio. He has some available at no cost. He also suggested signing up for Code Red with the county. Another option would be for the city to obtain a software package from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for $2,500 to provide a link to Code Red.
Police Chief Tucker passed out information that he prepared showing comparisons with surrounding departments on officer retention.
Tucker said that the retention of officers has been an issue at the RPD for the past 10 years.
“Our attrition rate is twice that of the national average and has cost the city approximately $8,000 per year to replace officers. Over the past 10 years it is estimated that we have spent approximately $80,000.00 replacing officers,” the chief said.
Tucker offered some possible measures to consider improving the retention in the Rushville Police Department and said on average the RPD is losing half of their officers within their first 5 years.