City council holds first meeting in City Center

Kraig Younts | Rushville RepublicanThe Rushville City Council, Redevelopment Commission and Area Planning Commission held a joint meeting in the new council chambers on Tuesday evening.

The Rushville City Council held its first meeting in the new council chambers at the City Center on Tuesday evening.

Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey said the council chambers will be utilized for various events and meetings in the future.

Members of the Rushville Redevelopment Commission and Area Planning Commission held a joint meeting with the council to approve a declaratory resolution to allow Cormo USA to inhabit the Commerce Park at Rushville.

The Rushville City Council, Redevelopment Commission and Area Planning Commission approved the resolution. Cormo USA will process maize straw from up to 150,000 acres of corn fields annually into a 100 percent sustainable peat moss substitute for agricultural uses and foam products for material science uses.

The company will host a meeting for farmers at 6 p.m. on July 17 in the Root Building at the Rush County Fairgrounds. Farmers are encouraged to attend to learn about Cormo USA and how they can get involved with the company.

Cormo USA’s Board President Stefan Muehlbauer said the company will invest $30 million in Rushville over the next five years. The company will create 250 job opportunities.

Muehlbauer thanked the council members and commissioners for the opportunity to represent his company at the meeting.

The council also approved adding LED street lighting south of town across the Joseph Cotton Bridge. Duke Energy will install the street lights.

Mayor Pavey reported a production team from Ball State University’s WIPB TV station will be in Rushville on July 20 to film stories from local individuals for its “Now Entering… Rushville” production. The show will make its broadcast premiere in September.

Mayor Pavey recited Chief of Police Craig Tucker’s report in his absence. Every Rushville Police Department officer will now carry NARCAN to treat cases of opioid overdose.

Chief Tucker would like to remind citizens traffic restrictions will be in effect on the 4th of July. Citizens shouldn’t drive around barricades as they are in place for the safety of city employees.

Rushville’s Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Munson said the fire department has hired a new firefighter.

Rushville Parks Director Dan Burklow announced Adult Night at the pool will be held on July 27. The Mayor’s Summer Splash will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 4.

Burklow said his department is beginning to work on the trail system near Carol Jenkins-Davis Community Park.

The next city council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on July 16 on the second floor of the City Center.

Contact: kraig.younts@rushvillerepublican.com

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