Parker appointed to Fillmore Town Council at meeting

Friday, April 8, 2011
New Fillmore Town Council member Tami Parker takes the oath of office from Town Attorney Mary Russell at Thursday night's council meeting.

FILLMORE -- When it came time for the Fillmore Town Council to choose a new member, the two remaining members went with experience.

At Thursday's monthly meeting, council members Wes Terhune and Alan Jones appointed former Dixie Chopper administrator Tami Parker as the board's Third Ward representative.

Council President Jeff Osborn passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 26, leaving the vacancy.

Terhune announced two people had stepped forward to fill the position. He and Jones chose Parker for her background both with Dixie Chopper and in economic development activities, Main Street Greencastle and the county zoning board.

Parker now works at Spartan Staffing in Greencastle.

"I had a lot of people approach me (about applying) because I worked at Dixie Chopper a long time," Parker said. "Community service has been something near and dear to me."

Parker has lived in Fillmore for three years, but lived just outside the town before that. She has five children, Jonathan, Benjamin, Malachi, Brett and Jenna.

Terhune read a letter from Jeff Osborn's wife Joan, thanking the town's other officers and workers for their work with her husband.

"I know Jeff was proud to serve with you," Joan Osborn wrote. "He was proud of what Fillmore is becoming."

After Parker was sworn in by Town Attorney Mary Russell, the board voted for Terhune as the new president.

Curt Clearwaters of Liberty Trailers and Putnam County Economic Development Director Bill Dory were in attendance to request a tax abatement on new investment at the local plant.

The plan will add 1,872 square feet to the existing structure of around 27,000 square feet. It will be an investment of $160,000 in equipment and $43,000 in expansion to the building.

After an explanation of the process from Dory, the board approved the seven-year abatement.

Parker said this sort of investment in the town is what she wants to see more of as a council member.

"I would just like to help Fillmore move up to the next level -- doing things like Bill and Curt did tonight with the tax abatement," Parker said following the meeting.

Russell presented a pair of ordinances for the council members to review before the next meeting, one on utility collections and a new, more specific, nuisance ordinance.

This should make for a full plate for council members in coming months, as they again tabled reviewing budget cuts for 2011 and a contract with the Humane Society of Putnam County. Terhune and Jones said they would like to get Parker up to speed on the issues so the entire board can make an informed decision.

The subject of the nuisance ordinance made for some heated moments during public comments, as residents Curt Leonard and Cindy Ellis voiced their concerns over the motocross track north of Hendricks Street.

Previous complaints over noise and dust from the track owned by George Terry led to a lawsuit late last year. The outcome of the trial led Russell to rewrite the ordinance.

"If we don't curb something like this right now -- we don't have an ordinance, we don't have zoning -- God knows what's going to happen in this town," Leonard said.

Terhune had to call the meeting to order more than once as Leonard and Terry exchanged words. The council president also added some concerns he had about the track.

Terry advised he and his family are attempting to address the concerns and invited Terhune to come to the property and see the changes.

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  • beautify filthmore a d-11 cat dozer n level the town, u guys kill me with such petty ordinances in this sepic tank you call a town........

    -- Posted by tru story on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 9:19 AM
  • You know tru story - I live on the out skirts of Fillmore and I like our town. I agree their are issues and those who are "out there" but in the end it's not a SEPTIC TANK!!! And EVERY TOWN HAS IT'S OWN ISSUES! What part of the county are you from.....?

    -- Posted by smartmom on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 11:18 AM
  • Every time I drive by Liberty Trailer factory it is a mess. They need to pick up their trash that is blowing into the feild across the street. First step of beautification..clean up the messes that already exsist.

    -- Posted by dcsaiht on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 2:00 PM
  • Really we have money to do this? But yet the town of Fillmore we all pay high water bills!!!! Is that where the money goes? I mean really why do we pay so high water bills when the water comes from Greencastle? But yet Greencastle water doesn't charge Greencastle that much for water!!! I think you need to do something about the water like you have said your trying to do then worry about other stuff later!!!!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by sassyas27 on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 4:42 PM
  • If you don't like Fillmore then stay out. As far as the dirt bikes make them STOP!!! I really don't care what changes you make the noise is still annoying. You can't open your windows because of the noise. While you are at it,have people clean up their yards and keep their dogs on a leash. Im tired of seeing them run loose.

    -- Posted by comment1234 on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 6:16 PM
  • LMAO @ Tru Story .....true story , beautify the town.

    -- Posted by A Mad Bovine on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 10:00 AM
  • sounds to me like the Marshal needs to step in and start busting heads...maybe that will calm your nonsense

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts=idiot on Fri, Apr 15, 2011, at 10:43 AM
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