The Rushville City Council met this past Tuesday at which Rushville Director of Special Projects and Community Development Brian Sheehan provided an update on various city projects.

Below is information Sheehan presented to council members:

Completed Stellar Projects – Owner Occupied Rehab, Main Street Streetscape, Campaign Quarters and Windsor Housing Projects and Downtown Commercial Revitalization

Taff Building Project Summary – Includes the renovation and repurposing of a large dilapidated downtown building into a vibrant space to compliment the City Center and other downtown transformational projects. This project will be the home of Fish Moon Brewing Co. and the future home of a community co-working space / ECDC office space.

Riverside Park Overlook Summary – Includes the construction of an outdoor community space which will serve as a vibrant and playful public space of the community. The park will include a splash pad, nature play area, large play structure, new restroom facilities, gathering space, outdoor dining space around Gettinger Meat Shop, outdoor games and a large lawn space. Construction is likely to start in April 2020 and finish around October 2020. Proposed funding source: Local and OCRA

Flatrock Run Trail and Bicycle Hub – Includes constructing a new trail segment and trailhead connecting the Overlook at Riverside project to the Morgan Street Corridor through Riverside Park. Funding source: INDOT

Morgan Street Corridor – Includes constructing a new alternative transportation and alley improvements along Morgan Street to connect the Princess Theater, Farmers Market, Library, Campaign Quarters and Riverside Park. Funding source: INDOT

Downtown Activity – The Levi Building has been purchased and renovated and is now Yaryan Eye Care Center. Union Savings and Loan hopes to open in March. The new jail will be operational this summer.

Sheehan thanked Rush County Community Foundation for giving the city a $25,000 check this year and fulfilling its $100,000 pledge to the city. He said the foundation played a key role in helping the city achieve Stellar designation.

Sheehan also thanked the Rush County government for giving the city $180,000 over three years as part of its four year, $240,000 pledge to the city.

Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey said the Rush County Community Foundation will announce the results of its countywide survey at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Elks Lodge. The foundation’s survey collected various community data and insights.

The mayor also said a meeting discussing Second Amendment sanctuary cities will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the Elks Lodge.

Rushville Chief of Police Craig Tucker asked the council to allow the police department to purchase a 2020 Dodge Durango to replace its 2012 Dodge Charger K9 vehicle, as part of the department’s vehicle replacement plan.

Acra Automotive Group in Greensburg will give the department $3,800 for its used vehicle. The new vehicle will cost $30,499.83 including the installation of emergency services equipment.

The council voted to approve the trade-in and purchase of the new vehicle.

Chief Tucker informed the council the police department is partnering with the Rushville Breakfast Optimist Club to host a bicycle race on June 6. Proceeds raised will provide back to school supplies for local school children.

Teams of five (15 team limit) can participate in the half mile circuit bike race. More information about the event is forthcoming.

Rushville Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Munson distributed Rushville Fire Rescue’s 2019 Annual Report to city council members at the council meeting.

The next city council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Rushville City Center.

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