The Rushville City Council met on Tuesday evening and discussed a number of topics.

The meeting began with a public hearing regarding the Bird Annexation. Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey gave his report after the hearing.

Mayor Pavey said he received an email from County Commissioner Mark Bacon in which Bacon asked to set up a meeting to discuss the possibility of establishing a joint city and county emergency dispatch center. The meeting is scheduled for Aug. 15.

Mayor Pavey then gave an update on Stellar projects in Rushville. The city is currently working on the design of the trail system and gateway near Riverside Park.

The mayor said he recently met with Joe Peacock of KDC Investments, Inc. and representatives from Joyner Homes regarding the Villas apartments and housing, which are set to be built at West 16th St. in Rushville. The mayor said Peacocks’ goal is to start moving dirt, put in the entrance and building pads for the apartments and lay gravel for the parking lot before the year is over.

Councilman Gary Cameron said the Live by the Levee free concert series will continue at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 10 at Riverside Park. The featured band will be the Breakfast Club 80s Tribute Band.

Chief of Police Craig Tucker said the police department’s annual K9 Golf outing will be held on Aug. 31. The outing pays for the majority of the operating expenses for the department’s K9 program.

Chief Tucker also asked the council to consider a parking ordinance to hinder the ability to abandon or leave cars in downtown parking lots for extended periods of time. The council will discuss the ordinance further at a future meeting.

Rushville Fire Chief Chuck Jenkins asked the council to allow the fire department to purchase a cot power load system for its second ambulance and two refurbished mechanical CPR machines. The council voted to allow the fire department to purchase the equipment.

Director of the Rushville Animal Shelter Tabitha Cottrell said the shelter took in 111 dogs and cats (mostly cats) during July. The shelter euthanized a total of 67 animals last month.

In total, the shelter took in 1,132 cats and dogs throughout the past year. Cottrell said the shelter is better off now when compared to this time last year and is able to accomplish a lot more.

Director of the Rushville Parks Department Dan Burklow said Waggener Community Pool is now closed for the year. A total of 3,500 people visited the pool this summer.

Burklow also said the new Futsal court will be completed this week at South Veterans Memorial Park (north of the basketball courts).

The council then approved the third and final reading of Ordinance 2019-12, which relates to the Cormo USA Project. Director of the Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation John McCane spoke to the council in regards to the ordinance.

McCane informed the council U.S. Senator Mike Braun will tour INTAT Precision Inc.’s facilities on August 28.

The next city council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 on the second floor of the city center.

Contact: kraig.younts@rushvillerepublican.com