The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 14, 2013

Veedersburg considers new Christmas lights

BY ROSE SCHMITT
Commercial-News

VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Town council members received a presentation Tuesday from Rick Dillon with GP Designs of Marion, Ind.

Dillon displayed examples of a 3-foot tall-snowflake light and 5-foot-tall snowflake light. The snowflake lights feature new LED bulbs that use less than a watt of power, have 50,000 hours of life, and are durable compared to incandescent lights.

Crystal Brewer with the Veedersburg Revitalization Association said that there are 64 light poles in Veedersburg that could have lights hung upon them. The intersection of Main Street and U.S. 136 would have a custom snowflake light skyline. The 3-foot snowflakes with mounts cost $219.45 each, the 5-foot snowflakes with mounts cost $219.45 each, and the downtown snowflake skyline lights cost $1,975 each.

If the town decides to get 32 3-foot snowflakes, 32 5-foot snowflakes, and two of the snowflake skylines, the total comes to $15,623.60.

Dillon said that his proposal is good through April 2. Council members will discuss the possible purchase at their March 26 meeting.

In other business, town council members:

Conducted a public hearing for the Main Street Revitalization grant. The grant proposal is due March 22 to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Cory Whitesell, with HWC Engineering of Indianapolis, laid out Veedersburg’s grant proposal. Whitesell said that “the basic priority is getting new sidewalks in downtown on Main Street from First Street to Third Street.”

The grant awards up to $250,000 and the town would have to match at least 20 percent of the project’s total amount, which Whitesell estimates between $350,000 and $400,000. The project includes the replacement of sidewalks, curbs, asphalt patching, street lights and the miscellaneous costs.

Mike Booe with the Veedersburg Redevelopment Commission, said the “primary focus of the project is to make the sidewalks accessible and safe with good lighting.”

Anita Carpenter, the town’s grant writer, added the actual grant application is due May 20. The grants are announced in August.

Approved Jyma Payton as the town’s swimming pool manager.

Approved paying the town’s portion of $10,300 toward a new grass fire truck costing $60,800. Fire Chief Terry Shields said that the fire truck is being put together by Vice Ford of Ladoga, Ind.

Learned from Joe Whitaker with the Fountain County Emergency Management that a workshop for elected and appointed officials will be 2-4 p.m. EDT March 26 at the Covington fire station.