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Survey finds incomes low in Cloverdale

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

CLOVERDALE --Cloverdale is now eligible to receive grant money to help aid the town on much needed upgrade projects.

Following the completion of the income survey, it was found that Cloverdale around 57 percent of Cloverdale residents are in the moderate-to-low income bracket.

Don Gedert of the Redevelopment Commission stated that the findings were 60.3 percent. However, Terry Jones of West Central Indiana Economic District, the firm who helped with the income survey, said they would say 57 percent on the grant form.

"Really, anything over 51 percent is considered economically bad. Any percentage over 51 adds to the funds," Jones said.

At this time, the Cloverdale Town Council is going through a list of possible projects they may wish to use grant money for. They plan to have these prioritized to send back to Jones by Wednesday to see where to go from there.

The board also has another grant person they will send the list to in hopes of having a better chance at acquiring the funds.

Meanwhile, a water tower in Cloverdale may be torn down soon. Council President Don Sublett told the council about the company ISLER that tore down the towers in Spencer and McCormick's Creek. In a recent phone conversation with Sublett, they said the tower would have a salvage value of $13,000 and could be torn down in one day. At this time, no motion has been made to go further with this.

Jerry Acrea also pitched the plan to create a museum out of the old depot station. He said the owner would be happy to oblige this so long as the museum stayed a non-profit. If at anytime the place was sold, the money would go to the owners remaining family members.

Resident Cathleen Monaco also spoke to the board at Tuesday's meeting.

She stated that her home on the corner of the road that leads to the sewage department is having its yard town up by trucks going back to the plant due to the road being too small. At around 10-feet, the road can only handle one semi at a time.

"I know modern fire trucks are 12 feet from side mirror to side mirror. Most trucks probably aren't that large but it is still something we need to look into," said Alan Yackey, Town Attorney.

Yackey suggested the council hire an engineer to look into the possibility of widening the street or to at least see what can be done to alleviate the situation. Monaco said she would be happy with just a guardrail to keep the trucks from being unimpeded onto her property.

The Cloverdale Town Council meets regularly at 7 p.m. at Cloverdale Town Hall. Their next meeting will be Aug. 12.

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fire trucks 12 ft. wide? OH he said with mirrors....didnt know the mirrors got into yards. Last i checked motor vehicles could not exceed 102 inches...which equates to 8 1/2 ft., unless its considered oversize, which is a whole nother ballgame.

-- Posted by justmoveonwillya on Wed, Jul 9, 2008, at 12:11 AM

She said she'd be happy w/a guardrail.Ez with the scramble to waste free new money.(maybe raise those mirrors a little(leave it to a Lawyer,lol)Speaking of the Lawyer,why is this guy in the middle of regular debating at the meetings? Directing traffic,discussing topics,making suggestions,ect? I thought he was JUST the towns Attorney? Are we paying him so much that he is now a regular elected council member?He's quick to suggest hiring engineers when the homeowner is saying a $700-1000 would suffice.Maybe since we're giving him plenty of money,he thinks we have it to throw away.Maybe I'm wrong,I just figure he should stick with helping w/legal problems. If we feel like giving our new funds usage,heck hire someone to figure how to spend it wisely,something I'm guessing wont happen if things go as usual w/this council..

-- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Wed, Jul 9, 2008, at 7:52 AM

If this grant is achieved due to Cloverdales income levels being low enough to be singled out as very low,will this grant money be used in some effort to help with that problem? A campaign to bring new employers to town? Heck,how about a shuttle bus to offer low transportation cost travel to those that want to go to OTHER cities where better paying jobs are?Use the funds to better the situation that warranted being given funds for.

-- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Wed, Jul 9, 2008, at 8:07 AM

the reason mr laywer is making suggestions about bringing in engineers is because they are in the same building up in the big city, this way his buddies can come milk the town dry as well...

-- Posted by justmoveonwillya on Wed, Jul 9, 2008, at 10:27 AM

Cloverdale town looks like it is in bankruptcy.

Almost every lot looks like a dump.

Take pride in your town people -

You don't have to have money to be neat and clean.

-- Posted by mal on Wed, Jul 9, 2008, at 3:51 PM

With the grant money could we lower the water/sewage????? This just cost me a good renter and possible the sale of our house....

-- Posted by moo on Wed, Jul 9, 2008, at 7:51 PM

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