BY ROSE SCHMITT
VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Town council members received vehicle quotes for a police car Tuesday from Marshal Ed Wurtsbaugh.
The quotes included a 2014 Dodge Ram Crew Cab with four-wheel drive for $24,038 from Fletcher Chrysler of Franklin, Ind.; a 2014 Ford Expedition with four-wheel drive for $32,469 from Warrick Ford of Covington, Ind.; a Ford Police Interceptor with four-wheel drive for $28,608 from Warrick Ford of Covington; and a 2014 Chevy Tahoe with four-wheel drive for $28,400 to $29,500 from Kelly Chevrolet of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Wurtsbaugh said the SUVs get around 13 mpg and the Dodge truck would get around 16 mpg. A Line-X truck bed liner would cost $315. Wurtsbaugh added that a few trucks already are used as police vehicles in the area, including at the Fountain County Sheriff’s department and all departments using trucks like them quite well. A truck could be very handy especially if the police have to transport hazardous materials such as those confiscated from meth labs.
Veedersburg’s Crown Victoria police car would be kept by the department as a back-up vehicle. Accessories for the new vehicle will cost a few thousand dollars. Redevelopment Commission President Mike Booe said the redevelopment commission would vote on approving up to $15,000 for the police truck, if the town would pay for the other half. Wurtsbaugh said he would get back to the council with the exact cost of new lights.
In other business, town council members:
+ Heard from structural engineer Jeremy Duff with KG Engineering of West Lafayette, Ind. Duff performed a walk-through and visual inspection of the former Cushman building at 109 Second St. Duff said his inspection has been somewhat limited since the roof is weak and the basement is inaccessible due to the first floor being unstable. The town has three options concerning the building; restore, stabilize or demolish.
Restoring it would cost the most at around $110,000. Stabilizing the building would cost around $45,000. Demolishing would cost between $40,000 and $60,000. Duff said the building’s foundation and external walls are in good shape given their age. The internal walls, floors, and roof are in poor condition and would have to be replaced. The external walls are shared with the adjoining buildings to the east, west and south. Duff said he needs to get safe access to the basement so he can see its condition.
“There are pros and cons to all the choices,” Duff said.
Booe said that he wants the council to really consider stabilizing the building. The town council decided that more information is needed from the engineers on the building before making any decision.
+ Heard from Anita Carpenter, the town’s grant writer, they have received the signed grant agreement with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for the downtown sidewalk and drainage project. The town still needs to approve an archaeologist for the project per the requirements of the state historic preservation office. The archaeologist just has to visit the job site a few times checking for artifacts when the streets and sidewalks are dug up during the project. Carpenter said she submitted the town’s need to four archaeology firms and only Anthony Adderly of Indianapolis responded. Adderly’s contract says his cost would not exceed $10,000. The council asked Carpenter to contact Mr. Adderly to come to the town council meeting on Jan. 14 to explain what he would do and how his rate is broken down.
+ Learned the local match for the potential INDOT grant has increased from $447,400 to $518,140. The work would have a greater impact or disturbance to the water lines than first believed. The project would include sidewalk and waterline replacement on South Mill Street.