City council shows support for Broadband Task Force

Kraig Younts | Rushville RepublicanMembers of the city council are pictured with Broadband Task Force leaders Mark McCorkle and Carole Yeend.

The Rushville City Council backed the Rush County Connect Broadband Task Force at its final meeting of the month on Tuesday.

The task force’s goal is to expand fiber optic internet connection throughout Rush County. Members of the task force are asking community residents to take a survey regarding their internet access and speeds.

This survey can be accessed online at https://pcrd.purdue.edu/rushcounty or in hard copy at several locations across the county, including the Rush County Extension Office in the courthouse, Rushville Public Library and Rush County Chamber of Commerce.

The survey will help the task force in its efforts to provide Rush County with better internet service.

Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey said work on the Ivy Tech Community College and city council chambers at the City Center will be completed by the end of today. He also mentioned a new design for the fire department is nearly completed and ready to submit to the state.

Mayor Pavey informed the council ECDC Director John McCane met again with Cormo USA’s president, whose company will be established at the Commerce Park, and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. The mayor said Cormo USA hopes to have a presence in town by the first of June to begin answering questions about its future facility in Rushville.

Councilman Gary Cameron announced the amphitheater is gearing up for Clare Dunn’s Live by the Levee concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

Chief of Police Craig Tucker said the police department received “Stop the Bleeding” kits to put in its vehicles. The kits will allow officers to better help severe trauma victims by preventing blood loss.

The police chief has been hearing concerns about the 800 block of West 4th Street being too narrow for two lanes of traffic. Residents in the area have suggested the roadway be made a one-way street.

The city council voted to approve making West 4th Street a one-way street going east bound.

Chief Tucker also said he and other officers served M.O.R.E for Kids annual dinner and attended Rushville Elementary School East’s Breakfast with Badges event on Tuesday. He also informed the council the police department participated in the RCS Unified Games last Friday.

Fire Chief Chuck Jenkins said the fire department will receive a $10,000 grant from the Operation Round Up RushShelby Energy Community Fund. The grant will be used to purchase a drone with thermal imaging capabilities.

Chief Jenkins informed the council there would be a fundraiser for the fire department today at Dairy Queen.

Director of the Rushville Animal Shelter Tabitha Cottrell said the animal shelter hosted a microchipping day at Tractor Supply last week. A total of 30 dogs received microchips at the event.

The city is currently accepting bids from construction companies to begin work on the new animal shelter. Applications can be found online and at the City Center.

Bids to build the shelter are due on or before June7.

Director of the Parks Department Dan Burklow said Waggener Pool will open next Friday, May 31.

The next city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 4.

Contact: kraig.younts@rushvillerepublican.com

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