City department celebrates employee return

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By Janet Robb

TELL CITY - Tell City's department heads updated the Board of Public Works and Safety on numerous items during its May 19 meeting, including receipt of a new trash truck.

Street Commissioner Jeff Everly told members the new trash truck arrived and was taken out on the Monday route and just needs a few more adjustments before it's 100 percent ready. "I feel like we need a moment of applause because of how long we've been waiting," Mayor Barb Ewing said.

Another point of celebration for the street department was the return of employee Wayne Howe who was injured in a fall from a city trash truck in September.

Ewing said she was "very happy" to see him back and noted he was released the same day that the new truck arrived.

Everly also told members that if the river is down Friday, employees will try to get the boat ramp in the best shape possible as far as removing drift.

The building and zoning department issued permits for three electrical upgrades totaling $2,000 and eight other permits for $73,000. To date the department has also investigated 27 tall grass and weed complaints, said Building Inspector Bob Young.

That many by this time of the year is "tremendous since we're early in the season," said Ewing, adding that the city is making progress though because many citizens have been calling in to report violators.

Young told members when they get a complaint he takes all necessary paperwork with him when he goes to investigate to cut down on fuel costs and posts it on the property. Once posted, property owners have 10 days to fix the problem. If not, the city cleans up the area and bills the owner, which most of the time are banks.

Police Chief Greg Hendershot said he hadn't heard back yet on a 2008 Chevrolet Impala to replace a car totaled in an accident this year. The person he ordered it from said he was having problems finding a 2008 and they may have to get a 2009, which would include at least a 3-percent increase in price. The board authorized Hendershot to get a 2009 Impala only if a 2008 can't be found.

Firefighter Tony Ferrano now holds an Indiana Department of Homeland Security instructor level 2 and 3 equipment certification, Chief Greg Linne told the board. The department will join with the Perry County Emergency Management Agency Fire Rescue for electrical-safety training. Linne said joint training with among agencies helps prepare for times when they have to work together.

The Tell City Electric Department completed 661 high-speed Internet service connections and is working on voltage-conversion projects. Marlow Smethurst told members installation of new lighting for the downtown streetscape is complete except for two lights. He also said phase two of a planned fiber-optic-cable installation will be under construction in May. The department and Perry-Spencer Communications were awarded a bid to provide a fiberoptic connection from William Tell Elementary School to the Indiana Fiber Network.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Bruce Badger updated members on repairs made to the corner of Seventh and Mozart streets and the corner of a driveway at 834 10th St.