BY ROSE SCHMITT
VEEDERSBURG, Ind. —
Town council members voted 4-0 April 22 to apply for a trail extension grant through the Department of Natural Resources as part of the Federal Recreational Trail Program.
The grant would be for $187,500, of which $150,000 would be funded by the grant and $37,500 would be funded by the town. The grant would be used to extend the existing Big Four trail east to U.S. Route 41. Grant money would be spent on land acquisition for a parking lot, two bridges, benches and construction materials. New lights are not included in the grant.
Mike Booe, redevelopment commission president, said the turnaround time on the grant could be three years so the project would not begin any time soon. The application is due by May 1. Council members approved the application.
In other business, town council members:
• Heard from town manager Ken Smith that roughly 115 people have donated to the town’s swimming pool repair fund. Smith thanked Sterling Christian Church, Southeast Fountain Schools and the Haas family for their donations. Of the $85,500 goal, $36,606 has been donated. The Veedersburg Revitalization Association donated $1,036.49 from the Brickyard Run. Smith said repairs are already under way by Spear Corp. of Roachdale, Ind.
• Approved the quote of $4,900 from National Wash Authority of Morrison, Ill., to clean the exterior of the water tower. Smith said the company said painting the tower a darker color would not fix the mildew and dirt problem. The town should expect to have to clean it every three to four years.
• Heard from Booe that the next Veedersburg Redevelopment Commission meeting is 5:30 p.m. EDT April 28.
• Heard from Councilman Mark Rusk he has received several calls regarding open burning in town. Burning of leaves, grass and plant materials is allowed in town from dawn until 6 p.m. EDT. Burning trash is not allowed.
• Decided to discontinue renting the community room in the municipal building. Council members discussed their concern about the potential problem of theft and damages whenever the building is rented. The town will honor any rentals that have already been booked, but will not accept any more requests.