Rushville Republican

March 1, 2013

Council hears from Relay for Life

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Erica Meyers and Julie Mann recently appeared before the Rushville Common Council to discuss Relay for Life in Rush County.

Meyers reported that the American Cancer Society celebrates its 100 year anniversary this year.

She said there has been a 20 percent decline in cancer deaths in the United States since the 1990s and a 50 percent drop in smoking since the 1960s, which has contributed to a significant drop in the lung cancer rate.

Rush County is expected to experience 103 new cases of cancer in 2013, she continued, adding that this is the 12th year for Relay for Life in Rush County. In that 12 years, Rush County has raised $775,000.

Mayor Pavey congratulated the RCHS girls’ basketball team for making it to the semi-state and wrestler Joe Garland for his win as state runner-up.

In  other news, council members Brad Berkemeier and Brian Sheehan agreed to serve on the committee that will look into the combined sewer overflow mandate Rushville is facing.

Pavey said he had also received word from the regional Toys for Tots organization indicating they would like to get involved with our community again to fill the void created when longtime local organizers, the Frazier brothers, stepped down.

The city has been able to secure a corporate sponsor to underwrite the Grand Prix, Pavey reported. The Veterans Memorial Grand Prix is a race-filled weekend planned for July 19 to 21 in Rushville with midget races and more in the works.

Councilman Craig Smith, who serves on the trash sub committee, said that there seems to be more and more trash around town and this is increasing the problem of skunks and other animals.

He said he has had several residents ask when the city is going to move forward with a new policy and possibly provide containers. Smith asked Council what their feelings were and if they thought it was time to move forward.

Councilman Bob Bridges said council members need to think about the situation with the utilities and the CSO first since this will have a big impact.

Smith suggested that it may be a good time for the Street Department to do another bag count and street commissioner Miller agreed. Smith said he would ask Best Equipment to come to a meeting next month and give Council a chance to look at the various containers they provide.

Sheehan suggested that the city contact Connersville since they just implemented a new system and ask for the pros and cons. Smith said he would contact Connersville.

Fire Chief Chuck Jenkins said the Board of Works agreed to hire Adam Schock and Brian Wagoner contingent on approval by PERF and approval by the council, contingent upon their review of future budget plans. Both are currently volunteer firefighters. Schock and Wagoner will replace Andrew Connolly and Chuck Kemker.

Police Chief Craig Tucker gave a summary of the steps that need to be taken after a meth lab has been detected to put the property back in a livable state.

Tucker also asked to purchase a 2013 Chevy Tahoe for $17,405.27 to replace a 2008 Dodge Durango. The vehicle would be paid for out of federal forfeiture monies on hand.

Bridges made a motion to approve the purchase of the vehicle requested by Tucker. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried.

Mayor Pavey said he has written a letter to the State Board of Accounts asking for parameters as to how Build Indiana Funds can be spent and received guidelines from SBOA. The city will send a letter back asking for the approved definition of “community center.”  

Ron Jarman reported that he has been reviewing the city’s phone bills and looking into how the city can save money and become more efficient.

He is looking into connecting all city department phone systems with fiber. He said he expects the city could save approximately $10,000 per year after the initial cost. The city would need to purchase a new phone system with a cost of approximately $18,000 to $27,000.00, and labor would be approximately $7,000 to $10,000. Additional quotes will be requested.

– Rushville Republican