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Cloverdale residents urged by official to fill out income survey

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Cloverdale Town Council is pleading with residents to complete and return the income surveys that have been sent out randomly to 300 people.

At this time, only 100 surveys have been returned. The purpose of the survey is to attain a basic idea of the town's financial situation. This is needed before the town can do any grant acquisition to fix such issues as the stormwater drains.

Terry Jones from the West Central Economic Development Plan spoke at the meeting and pleaded, "Please fill out the surveys. We need them in order to help the community."

It was also reported that the bill for the police cars since they have been parked has gone up $200.

Don Sublett, Cloverdale Town Council President said, "We need to get a handle on fuel usage with skyrocketing diesel prices."

A utility vehicle ordinance was discussed. In this, lawyer Alan Yackey proposed the possibility of using real-time global positioning system (GPS) devices in the vehicles (including police cars). The topic was discussed at length and eventually tabled.

In other business:

* A committee calling themselves "Greensleeves" proposed to the council to have dumpsters placed in town for Tox Away Day. The dumpsters would be for Cloverdale residents who can't make the trip to Greencastle. A similar program already exists at Stardust Hills for their residents. The board approved a motion for the rental of one dumpster. Councilman Dennis Padgett commented, "This is a good idea, we need to take action on it."

* A correction on the tile floor bid was made. Last month it was said the cost would be $1,600, it was revised to a total of $1,775.

* The council approved a new motion for town workers to be given an additional seven days of vacation after 30 years of service.

The Cloverdale Town Council meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month. Their next scheduled meeting will be held May 13 at 7 p.m.


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Great idea having a Tox Away day for Cloverdale residents. Kudos to this group!

-- Posted by true grit on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 12:33 PM

Just the logic of parking police cars does not make sense. No one in the community deserves to be told we have no officers on duty when needed. But hey those cars are sure lined up nice and straight at the town hall. Thank goodness for the county and state officers for being there.

Doesn't the Town Board President know the police cars don't run on diesel?

Two people calling themselves by a common name does not make a group. These indiviuals, one being a board members wife, did walk away with the board giving them $400 even though the Clerk let the board know there was no money. Just think they have a little more than $9600 to go before they catch up with what the Settys have been paid since this board has been in office. No wonder the town is running out of money.

I'm going to have to start going to these meetings to see for myself what is going on. Some of what I hear is to hard to believe.

-- Posted by gingb2 on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 9:20 PM

No one walked away with ANY money! The council agreed to pay for the dumpsters for tox away day. The bill for the dumpsters will be paid by that same clerk who said she wasn't sure if there was money or not. The assistant clerk appeared more certain that the funds would be available. You seem to offer much opinion for not being in attendance at the meeting. Are you sure you were not there?

By the way, that $400.00 is just a fraction of the cost the town has had to spend defending the numerous Davis and Whitaker lawsuits.

-- Posted by captain crunch on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 9:40 PM

This meeting was quite interesting and quite disgusting at the same time. A church had a water leak and ran up an enormous water bill, which in turn ran up their sewage bill at the same time. The church made a request to get an adjustment on the sewage bill and got turned down. I guess the board knew in advance that GreenSneeze was going to be whining for dumpster rental money and needed to fund this brainstorm. One board member seemed to think this tox away day was a good idea- probably heard that Avon and Danville does the same thing. No one seemed to know how it all is to happen but they are sure the town can provide the location, funds, manpower and equipment. So basically, this church is going to make it easier for us to dispose our used batteries. Let us give thanks.

According to the board, the construction needs legal action taken every time issues pop up. If the designs and construction company are that bad, why did the town approve the design and specs before they awarded the contract? Maybe we can blame this on WhitaDavaduo. At least one member was awake long enough to express he didn't want to approve any credit from the construction company until it was complete. Shouldn't we take any credit while it is offered?

How about the fuel bill discussion? Park the utility manager truck and pay him $.40 per mile for on call trips in his personal vehicle, and pay the lawyer $$ to create an ordinance for utilities, while spending more $$ for gps devices? My calculator says diesel fuel is still cheaper. This discussion was long and painful.

When is the town going to get its draw? Any sign of that yet? Granting seven days vacation for 30 years service is easy, the town will be broke before anyone gets 30 years in. Interesting meeting indeed. But hey, we are getting ourselves a dumpster. We probably would have gotten 2, but only one GreenSneeze member had a spouse on the plywood.

Reminder, this comment does not reflect the opinion of the paper blog it was posted in. It is only an opinion, a God given, tax paying, slightly educated, morbidly abused, extremely twisted opinion expressed on this internet, in this town, in this county, in this state, in a country that allows the freedom of speech.

I'm rubber, you are glue. Anything you post, bounces off of me and sticks to you.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 10:24 PM

"Terry Jones from the West Central Economic Development Plan spoke at the meeting and pleaded, "Please fill out the surveys. We need them in order to help the community."

These 200 who haven't completed their surveys are more than likely the same 200 that needed guidance in voting at the phone company election. They should listen for that voice in the wilderness and get this survey completed right away.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 10:36 PM

oh linnie linnie linnie....just have to keep whinning about the duo dont ya, maybe if the pres and his buddies would follow the laws...which are printed in black and white, those lawsuits wouldnt have been brought about.....now wasting money on gps? whats the matter all the spies getting tired of following everyone around? total waste of money that could be put to good use somewhere else...like maybe finishing the projects at the sewer plant...

-- Posted by justmoveonwillya on Thu, Apr 10, 2008, at 12:54 PM

I believe the laws were followed, according to the judge in Terre Haute. He dismissed the latest W&D lawsuit with prejudice.

"What's the beef?" he ask.

-- Posted by captain crunch on Thu, Apr 10, 2008, at 3:44 PM

now linnie, i do believe the judge did acknowledge that laws were broken and things were done incorrectly. the person on the stand admitted to it...then was slapped on the hand and told tisk tisk....apparently to this judge its ok to break some rules an do as one pleases.

-- Posted by justmoveonwillya on Thu, Apr 10, 2008, at 10:26 PM


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