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Trick or Treat hours for the town were set from 6 p.m. til 8 p.m. for Sunday, October 30.

Last night the Ferdinand Town Council took a look at bids at waste-water improvements for the phosphorus removal system and the bio-solids processing facility as well as an ongoing 2016 street project. The town received six bids for the division-I project of removing phosphorus from the system and it received eight bids for the division II bio-solids processing facility. Those bids were followed by three more bids concerning the street project. A motion was made to take all bids under review and visit the issue at a special council meeting set for Tuesday, October 18.

Steve Wahl of Knu LLC adressed the council on a tax abatement that would aid the company with their proposed project of building a 35,000 square foot building in the Ferdinand area. The abatement would allow for a projected budget to be kept along with Knu LLC to provide future wages through new employment opportunities. A motion was made to approve the abatement following a confirmatory resolution at the November 8th meeting.

Council women Debbie Johnson told the council last night that town employees will now be offered the choice of taking part in a traditional insurance plan or a Health Savings Account. An HSA is a tax-advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers, who are enrolled in a high-deductible health plan. Funds that are contributed to an account are not subject to federal income tax at the time of deposit.

Police Chief Lloyd Froman reported that for the month of September the police department had responded to 341 calls, issued 79 traffic warnings and 8 citations.

Fire Chief Dan Lindauer reported for the month of September that his department had 6 calls, 3 for fires and 3 first responder calls. Lindauer made a proposal to the board regarding painting work that needs to be completed to the overhead and walk through doors on Fire Houses 1 & 2 and on the EMS house, with the exception of 2 doors on Fire house 2. The board approved the improvements.

Water Superintendent Henry Haake stated that Crane had inspected the old water treatment plant, taking a pair of samples. After the results are known Huntingburg contractors can give a more accurate estimate of demolition of the site.

The town’s annual leaf pick up was announced and will begin next Tuesday, Oct 18th.

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