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Cloverdale elects new officers

Saturday, January 14, 2012

CLOVERDALE -- The Cloverdale Town Council's first meeting of the year Tuesday involved such issues as the election of new officers and updates from the utility manager and building inspector.

The council, having several new faces this year, began by electing officers. Both Gary Bennington and Don Sublett were nominated for the position as president. Sublett won by a vote of 4-1 with Larry Fidler voting against.

The role of vice president was given to Dennis Padgett after he won in a 3-2 vote against Coweta Patton with Padgett and Fidler voting in favor of Patton.

A major portion of the meeting was dedicated to concerns of the community. Several community members voiced concerns regarding Cloverdale police response time, stating they had poor response and it was just not good enough.

Board members assured the community they would look into it. However, it was also noted that there is only one Cloverdale officer on patrol during the evening hours.

Interim utility manager Rich Saucerman, preparing to leave his position, gave one final update on town utilities as well as introducing the new utility clerk, Brittney Duncan.

The final wastewater contract between the town and the ethanol plant POET has been signed and permits have been received, Saucerman said. POET will soon begin discharging any overflow of corn mash into the town's sewer systems.

Saucerman also gave an update on a well located at the sewer plant. He suggested the board approve the building of a shed over the structure as well as approving installation of a heater within it.

"It's an open structure," explained Saucerman. "When it gets cold, it automatically turns the water on to keep it warm."

Due to the nature of the structure it has been causing an increase in water bills for a few months.

"We're running way high in the red on the sewer side," said Padgett. "Either we do this or raise rates."

Saucerman provided the board with an estimate from Ralph Lockwood who agreed to build the barn over the well. The city will purchase the materials themselves and will cost around $9,500, depending on the door chosen for the barn.

The council approved Saucerman's proposal under the condition the cost of the structure not exceed $10,000.

Town building inspector Mark Cassida gave an update regarding the addition of a new upscale RV park that will soon be located in Cloverdale.

"This development is currently in the planning process," Cassida said. "It will be done in three phases, the first one including around 50 units."

Cassida brought the park to the council's attention because the construction fees do not address water, sewer and the cement pads on which the RV's will sit upon. Cassida also proposed a random inspection of the units to ensure things are done properly, which the council approved.

Meanwhile, Patton suggested she herself be appointed as the town manager. Patton said she would work free of charge and make herself available to the community each day to answer any questions or concerns they may have.

"It's an excellent idea," Padgett responded. "We're just looking for someone to step up to the plate."

The council agreed that she instead would become "Council Community Representative." As she was not allowed the title of Town Manager, as advised by the town attorney Allan Yackey.

Patton, will not have authority to make decisions that might bind the council to anything.

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Wow!!!!! Town Manager..... are you kidding me?

Why is there only one officer on duty? The council has no answers when it comes to the police dept.

Why does the interim marshal park two cloverdale police vehicles at his house located out of town.

-- Posted by captain crunch on Sun, Jan 15, 2012, at 8:46 PM

I've always wondered why one officer spends his time hanging out at Chicago's, Wetter's, and the Holiday Inn parking lots. I've always speculated that was where the best free Internet was located.

-- Posted by CdaleResident on Mon, Jan 16, 2012, at 12:01 AM

I agree with Grey Wolf, Cloverdale Town Council members should go to a Greencastle Council Meeting and get a few pointers. The meetings that Cloverdale has are a joke. They don't know what they are doing. Please go take some notes. @ captain crunch, I would also like to know why the interim marshal has so many police vehicles at his home. I myself have seen four different police vehicles there at one time, on more than one occasion.

-- Posted by clovertrueviews on Mon, Jan 16, 2012, at 9:38 AM

Not only has up to four police vehicles been seen at Mr. Chadd's home but the only time the SUV has been seen in public was at the casino in Evansville. The board claims all the vehicles are being used for patrols. I wonder if the officer's are required to keep a mileage log?

-- Posted by frustration on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 1:14 PM

Make me the town manager? Egotistical/concieted wouldn't you say cowetta patton?

Since the appointing of the town marshal over a year ago this town marshal hasn't attended or given his monthly report to council at any town council meetings let alone a mileage report.

Yackey get rid of him.....he couldn't remember that Pattons seat is for only 3 years and will run when padgetts seat is up for re-elelction. Hey Yackey council members approved and signed an ordinance in 2009 to rectify this problem and you have to look this up (more $$ to charge the town)!!!!

Cloverdale wake up and pressure your council members to stop the crap and do what is best for the residents and the town of cloverdale

-- Posted by cowgirl46135 on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 3:43 PM

well said cowgirl!

-- Posted by captain crunch on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 4:38 PM

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