Terry Smith

Trails will have rules posted

The Churubusco Town Council voted last Wednesday to let Town Manager Jeremy Hart order signs with the rules and post them on the trail. 

The Council didn’t settle on a complete list of rules, but discussed them with Town Marshall Chad Fulkerson. Fulkerson said that the list shouldn’t be too complicated and that users of the trail should use common sense. The signs should be up in a few weeks.

The Council also voted to appropriate additional funds for the trail from the Rainy Day Fund. Currently the Town has given over $4,000 and the Council has OK’d up to $7,000.

In other Council news:

  • Attorney Terry Smith, representing C&A Tool’s purchase of the Mahle property, informed the Council of an agreement made by Bluffton Rubber Company and C&A. Bluffton Rubber Company owns the driveway into the Mahle buildings and for years has given Mahle, and prior to that, Dana, an easement. Smith wanted to make the Council aware that the same agreement would be made with C&A. Town Manager Jeremy Hart told the Council that the agreement didn’t really pertain to the Town. The drives are on private property. The Council thanked Smith for keeping them up to date on the project.
  • The Council also tabled the signing of the yearly fire protection agreement with Smith Township. The Town of Churubusco contracts Smith Township for fire protection. A portion of the contract states that the Town will house the fire department. The Council had some questions in the contract concerning building maintenance. The Town has been paying all of the maintenance on the building in recent years. Council member Viv Sade told the Council that she thought the original contract called for the Fire Department to pay for some expenses, but for as long as she has been on the Council, the Town has paid them. “In the ten years that I’ve been on the Council, we’ve always paid them,” she said. The Council agreed to look into the contract and decide if they should re-do the original agreement or amend the yearly signing.
  • Town Marshall Chad Fulkerson showed the Council new mini cameras that every officer will wear while on duty. Fulkerson said the camera will work in addition to the car camera that they currently use. Fulkerson also wanted the community to know that there  has recently been suspicious activities reported that weren’t  called in promptly. He wants to remind people to call in as soon as they have a problem.

The next Town Council meeting is on Wednesday, September 16, in the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

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