The spruce-up included new paint, flooring and interior work. The outside improvements included new doors, windows and a stone facade.
Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl said that the town purchased materials from local businesses and used local labor as much as possible.
The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce was on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as the Council members.
When the meeting began,, representatives from Smith-Green Schools attended and gave a report on the Student Resource Officer program at the school. They told the Council that they had grants to help pay for a full-time officer five days a week. The officer that had been at the school during a trial period last year was Chad Fulkerson. They said that Fulkerson was doing a great job and wanted him full-time for this school year.
Then making sure that Fulkerson would be free to leave the school anytime if needed, the Council voted 3-0 to approve Fulkerson’s new assignment.
After assigning Fulkerson (the setting Town Marshal) to the school detail, Fulkerson turned in his resignation as the Marshal. He will stay on as a deputy.
The Council interviewed three candidates to fill the Marshal position and held an executive session to discuss the applicants. The Council then voted Mike Engle in as the new chief.
All three of the Council members said that there were great candidates applying for the job and it was a hard decision to make.
Engle said that he was excited to get going at the job and looked forward to working with the Council.
In other Council news:
• Approved the first town Facade Grant to McDonald’s Restaurant. The $5,000 matching grant will be used for painting the building. Council President Frank Kessler said that he was very excited that the grant process was being utilized by businesses.
• Park Superintendent Rick Krider informed the Council that he has obtained $4,300 of the $6,500 needed to move the soccer fields to another area in the park.
• Approved the hiring of an ICE student from the school to work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
• Kessler also told the Council that BRC in town was awarded $75,000 from the County Commissioners to help with infrastructure for an expansion project.
• Clerk-Treasurer Madlyn Sade-Bartl informed the Council that the sidewalk project will begin September 4 on the South side of town.
The next regular scheduled Council meeting is on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.