Town council approves K-9, discusses Wendy’s teardown

Thursday, August 16, 2018

CLOVERDALE -- During what ended up being a two-hour process, the Cloverdale Town Council addressed a series of issues during its monthly meeting Tuesday evening.

In addition to giving his regular police report, Cloverdale town marshal Steve Hibler began the meeting by informing the public that three new officers had been sworn into the Cloverdale Police Department. He also related that additional officers were doing well in training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and that the department would have eight reserve officers in its force soon.

Deputy marshal Levi App followed Hibler by proposing the addition of a K-9 unit to the police department. In a presentation outlining the benefits of using K-9 officers to conduct searches and apprehensions, App provided that the town would not have to contribute to the upkeep of the unit. Instead, it would be funded through donations to the department.

Responding to questions by community members about the cost to maintain the unit, App said that retraining would not be a problem, and that the working life of a K-9 officer would be five to six years. While he said that the cost to train and maintain K-9 officers would be about $10,000, insurance would only cost $500.

The town council unanimously approved the proposal with the support of the community, recognizing the need for CPD to have its own K-9s to stem the influx of drugs and address other criminal activity in the town.

The next major issue was presented by town manager Wayne Galloway regarding the potential future of the former Wendy’s fast-food restaurant on North Main Street.

Galloway and the council went back and forth to determine what could be done with the property, in light of the current owner’s promises to convert the building into a Mexican restaurant.

Galloway related that investors had come into Cloverdale to discuss setting up other restaurants in the vicinity, but that no decisions had been made.

As the building’s current disrepair is also a health concern, Galloway expressed that action would need to take place soon.

Town council president Coweta Patton ultimately said that if headway is not made on either the Mexican restaurant or another establishment, the town would eventually have to proceed with tearing the building down.

Additionally, the town council approved the appointment of Barbara Jay to the Cloverdale Board of Zoning Appeals, and Jane Brooks to the Plan Commission.

Finally, Jane Brooks informed the public that a Neighbors Helping Neighbors organization is currently being formed. Those who wish to know more about the group can come to a pitch-in dinner at Cloverdale Park at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

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  • In my opinion this Town loves to tear down buildings instead of re purposing them. Buying a lot with a building on it is much cheaper than buying a lot and building a new building. When starting a business it take a lot of money to buy the building and converting it for use but it usually is much cheaper than having to build the building also. I wish the Town was more interested in NEW businesses than tearing down buildings.

    -- Posted by Old Man on Fri, Aug 17, 2018, at 12:29 AM
  • Exactly instead of using this building to give us more places to choose for dining in lets tear it down, lets waste our money on re-paving roads for out of towners for the horse arena, they do nothing for the people of the town as far as I can tell. Really... bringing back the K9 Unit??? Didn't we just let one go oh politics perhaps??? Thought we didn't need one? Now we do? Isn't that why Charlie left because we didn't need a K9 Unit? I think personally we need to let a few people go like maybe a town manager...a town clerk and perhaps a town marshall? I would love to see a hometown cop back like Charlie but they keep running everyone out it's not about the town for them-its about the money I wonder how much they keep in their pocket..I wonder when the last time an audit was...we need our town back.

    -- Posted by Cloverdaleresident1985 on Fri, Aug 17, 2018, at 9:53 AM
  • I totally agree Cloverdaleresident1985. Oh and what about the wasted money for the horse park? Your right also that there needs to be a very in depth audit.Why is the town clerk trying to be a mayor and run everything? Why does she spend money helping the Arena yet gives business owners that have invested $1000's of dollars in Cloverdale nothing but grief? There is one person in general (no names) that has done nothing but improve things in Cloverdale for years, yet the town Clerk and manager just keeps giving them problems. I think the need to open their eyes and see what this person has done for Cloverdale instead. I guarantee it is a heck of a lot more than the clerk and manager will ever do!

    -- Posted by putnamcountyproud on Fri, Aug 17, 2018, at 10:19 AM
  • Wouldn’t “out of towners” contribute to the economy by visiting local businesses while in town?

    -- Posted by kbmom on Fri, Aug 17, 2018, at 11:20 AM
  • There are far more residents of Cloverdale who support the Town Council, the town Manager, the town Clerk/Treasurer, and the town Marshall than three disgruntled readers. Our leaders work tirelessly to make the best decisions for our residents. The insinuation that "money is being kept" is slanderous and uncalled for. The idea that the equestrian traffic does not positively affect our economy is ludicrous. Yes some people do need to open their eyes - the people who have no vision for the future of our town.

    -- Posted by SupportsTheTownCouncil on Fri, Aug 17, 2018, at 2:57 PM
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