Council accepts bid on fire station roof
Upon the recommendation of clerk-treasurer Bill Warren, the Geneva Town Council accepted the only bid submitted for replacing the fire station roof. Of the 12 bid packets sent out by Warren, the only company to return the packet was Limberlost Construction. Warren recommended they accept the bid of $29,350, which includes new gutters.
“I think a bid under $30,000 is very competitive for what we are asking them to do,” stated Warren.
Funding for the project will come from the Rainy Day Fund, River Boat, and Cum Capital Development.
In other fire news, John Flueckiger, Matt Bullock, and Cody Beer passed the state mandated fire training and are now members of the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department.
The fire department will be hosting a breakfast on at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7. During this time, they will be having an open house for any one who wants to see the renovations on the upstairs of the Hanni Building.
In police news, several ordinances were brought to the council for discussion by town marshal Rob Johnson.
The issues of parking on Winchester St. were discussed in length at last month’s council meeting and were again discussed with the reading of Ordinance 2012-1. The ordinance states that Winchester Road would be no parking on either side from SR 116 to Butcher St. and no parking on the east side of Winchester Road from Butcher St. to Spring St. No parking signs would be placed along Winchester St., and violators of the ordinance would be charged $50 for the first offense, $75 for the second offense, and $100 for subsequent offenses.
The first reading of the ordinance was unanimously passed.
The current Snow Ordinance was also brought up for discussion. The current ordinance is vague and outdated, and Johnson brought up the possibility of updating a snow ordinance for the downtown area to help with snow removal. Warren stated that he would pull the old Snow Ordinance and city attorney Dave Baumgartner said he would look into the possibility of updating it.
A seatbelt ordinance was also discussed. Currently when the Geneva Police Department issues a seatbelt violation, the fine is $25 with only $4 going to the town of Geneva. Johnson requested that Baumgartner look into writing a local seatbelt ordinance similar to the parking and speeding ordinances that would allow the town to keep the funding within the community.
Johnson also updated the council on the transfer of the town’s phone and Internet service to the county. The county IT director Landon Patterson met with Johnson and Warren and they came up with a contract that was satisfactory to both parties for the county to supply the town’s phone and Internet service. The county will be installing a second server in the upstairs of the police department, which will provide more space for the police and will also serve as a back up for the county server. The town will still be required to purchase all hardware and software, but the county will be providing software support. The town will also have on-call IT support.
In business news, the abatements for Red Gold came through. At the recommendation of Warren, the council unanimously approved the motion finding Red Gold in substantial compliance. According to Warren, Red Gold has always met or exceeded what they say they will produce to remain in compliance with the abatements.
The council gave their full support for several upcoming events.
A car show will take place from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 in downtown Geneva. Last year’s car show drew 64 cars from all over the area, including Kendallville, Muncie, Fort Wayne, Winchester, and St. Mary’s, Ohio.
Also downtown, Geneva will be having a flea market the weekend of Memorial Day. The event will be on Saturday, May 26. There will also be a memorial by the VFW on High St.
In honor of the veterans, the city of Geneva has placed each of the Armed Forces flags along Line St. in Geneva along with the U.S. flags that normally fly during the summer.
In other matters:
- The roof on the wastewater lab has been replaced with a metal roof. The project cost $1,700.
- Mowing has begun for the town of Geneva. The town is looking into purchasing a chemical to put on the grass that would slow the growth by a third. The grass is supposed to keep its color, but the growth is supposed to be stunted. The chemical costs $100/gallon, so the town will purchase enough to cover the seven acres north of Geneva to see how well it works.
- Heavy trash day is scheduled for Saturday, May 19.
- The city will be flushing the hydrants the week of May 14.
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