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The Ferdinand Town Council held their first meeting of the year last night and on the agenda was reorganization. All council and department heads remained the same.

The council heard from the Chief of Police Lloyd Froman for the monthly report. Froman commended the work being done in his department…

The council then heard from Fire Chief and Assistant Property Manager Dan Lindauer. Lindauer reported that the fire department had hired Zerrick Wells to fill the position that was left open in the department after Randy Gehlhausen announced his retirement last year. Wells works at night as a Paramedic for Memorial, graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in Fire Safety and is originally from Warrick County. Lindauer said Wells background and the fact that he works nights and will be available during the day will be a benefit to the fire department.
The fire department is in works to purchase a new pump truck for the department and Lindauer spoke on the protocol for the necessity of purchasing and maintaining up to date trucks for his department…

Tom Lueken of the Property and Street Department was approved to attended the Indiana Parks & Recreation Association (IPRA) Conference and Expo happening in Indianapolis January 19th. The Expo is designed to provide news, information, and development opportunities for the over 900 parks and recreation professionals it represents throughout the state.

Town Manager, Chris James reported that the Ferdinand Community School had faced some issues with their fiber optics leading into the school over the past week, which had rendered their phone lines and internet access completely unavailable for a period of time. It was reported that the under ground access has a ninety degree turn where the water has pooled and by some degree disabled the fibers use. Tech’s were called in and were able to temporarily repair the issue. The school is planning an official and more permanent repair to be made sometime this month.

Town Manager Chris James discussed the loan that the town has secured with US Department of Agricultural to move forward on the Phosphorous Project for the Wastewater Treatment plant….

Ken Sicard, council president gave a brief overview and update on the anticipated trail project at the old water treatment plan…

Bev Schulthise reported that the state of Indiana has only issued budgets for 29 of the 92 counties in Indiana. Dubois County has not yet received their budget for the 2017 year and she is anticipates it soon.

The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Town Council will be held February 14 at 7:30 in the Ferdinand Town Hall.

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