The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 27, 2013

Veedersburg decides not to take over Hub Civic Center


VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Town council member Tim Shumaker explained Tuesday the needed structural repairs and Americam with Disabilities Act upgrade requirement for the town to take on the Hub Civic Center make the project too expensive.

Lou Savka with Triad engineering looked over the civic center for the town and reported at the last meeting the cracking in the walls is a sign of structural fatigue in the building’s new addition.

Shumaker said repairs were significant enough that Savka didn’t even give a cost estimate to fix the problems. Shumaker added that although the town cannot take over the building, he would “like it to stay open as long as possible as a private Hub Civic Center.”

Council members would like to work with the current Hub group to help it find new, younger members to help run it. Shumaker believes the group has the money to keep it operational for a few more years.

Council members discussed the Hub group has a lot less restrictions to run the civic center as a private enterprise than the town would as a public enterprise. Town council president Ken Smith summed it up saying, “It’s too bad, but I just don’t think it would be feasible.”

In other business, town council members:

Heard from waste water Superintendent Connie Sichts that waste water plant will be using ultraviolet lighting again beginning April 1. The UV lights are used to kill germs and micro-organisms in the water during the warmer months.

Approved the quote of $87,800 from RPM Machinery of Lafayette for a new Case backhoe excavator. Booth Machinery of Crawfordsville quoted $90,658 on a New Holland backhoe and MacAllister Machinery of Terre Haute quoted $89,900 on Caterpillar backhoe.

Discussed new Christmas lights with Veedersburg Revitalization Association member Crystal Brewer. The state will allow a downtown centerpiece decoration, but it cannot hang any lower than 18 feet over the road and the town would need to get a permit from the state. Shumaker said the town should forget a centerpiece and should just put four of the bigger snowflake lights at the corners of the intersection and consider new Christmas lights for the municipal building.

Council members agreed with Shumaker and approved paying 50 percent of the cost of the new Christmas lights, not to exceed $15,250.25. The VRA will choose the lights for the municipal building. The Veedersburg Redevelopment Commission will pay for the other half of the light cost.

Approved purchasing the website created for the town by Rahmtech of Veedersburg for an initial price of $1,000 and an additional $410 annually for website maintenance.

Approved having a public hearing for the Main Street Revitalization grant at the April 23 town council meeting.

Town council members will meet at 6 p.m. EDT April 9.