FEMA Approves NFIP - You may now purchase Flood Insurance.
On January 21st the council publicly read an open letter regarding the acceptance of the Town's NFIP application. At this point residents are now eligible to actively purchase flood insurance for their homes. Many residents were mandated by their mortgage companies to purchase flood insurance; however, it was not readily available until the town was accepted into the NFIP program.
Town Considers Constructing Solar Panels to Create Extra Revenue.
At our January 21st meeting the Town Council heard a proposal by Mr. Bruce Breeden of Telecom. Bruce explained to the council a new program designed for residents to either construct solar panels and sell their energy back to NIPSCO for $.15/kw for extraneous revenue OR to lease 1 acre of land to Telecom for 15 years and receive rent payments for the use of facilities. If the town decided to construct a Solar Panel on its own it would cost approximately $450,000 and bring in about $40,000 in yearly revenue.
The council heard the proposal and has not had any discussion over the project; however, did show interest in leasing an acre to Telecom. They are currently waiting on the specifics of the lease before making any decisions.
Town Purchases Baseball Diamond from American Legion Post 96.
On December 22, 2014 the Derrick Stalbaum, President of the Medaryville Town Council met with Commander Frank Coffer of the American Legion in Winamac at the Pulaski County Abstract Office to close on the Medaryville Baseball Diamond. The town purchased the diamond to ensure the continuation of the Medaryville Little League, which is ran by Medaryville Native, Rob Conner. The town purchased the property for a total of $21,000.
In the spring the town will be entering into a lease with the Medaryville Little League; however, the terms of that lease have not been decided.
Garbage Cart Enforcement!
Please remember to remove your garbage carts from the street or curb within 24 hours of garbage pickup. Failure to comply will result in a $100 citation, as stated in Ordinance #2012-11-01. This is a continuous enforcement and could result in fines of $100 per day, until the nuisance is abated. If you would like more information please review the ordinance at www.medaryville.net or contact the Town Hall at 219-843-2101.
Trick or Treating!
Town Wide Trick or Treating will be held on Friday October 31st from 5pm to 7pm. If you would like to pass out treats to the youngsters of our town please leave your front porch light on. The Lion's Club will be holding a costume contest at 7:15pm. They will also be providing hotdogs & refreshments. The town of Medaryville would like to request that you drive extra careful on Friday the 31st to ensure the safety of our town's "little monsters."
Calling Animal Control:
The town of Medaryville would like to remind its' residents that if you see a dog off of its' leash you need to immediately call the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department so animal control can be dispatched. The town realizes that many resident's do not follow the county's leash law; however, an animal must be caught by animal control for a fine to be imposed and or for the animal to be expunged. The town of Medaryville does its' best to report these animals; however, it is necessary for individual citizens to do their part. The Animal Control Officer, Sarah Thompson has caught and removed 17 dogs from Medaryville so far this year. To report an animal please call:
Pulaski County Sheriff's Department
Garage Sale Ordinance Passes:
On Wednesday August 21, the Medaryville Town Council approved the third and final reading of an Ordinance that was developed to halt 24 hour garage/rummage sales. This specific ordinance was not designed to limit the ability of citizens to hold garage/rummage sales; however, it does limit the length a sale can carry on.
Things you need to be aware of:
Flood Plain Ordinance Passes:
Many town residents have been receiving phone calls and letters from their home insurance agencies informing them that they may be at risk for a lapse in coverage due to their ability to receive flood insurance coverage. At this point the Town of Medaryville has passed the Indiana DNR's Flood Plain Ordinance which declares specific places in town to be a potential flood plain. If you have been receiving notifications from your insurance please contact them with this new information. You will be able to find the Flood Plain Ordinance under the Ordinance tab above.
Please Excuse our Mess While We Enhance Our Town.
As you drive through town over the next few weeks you will be discovering that many of our sidewalks are being replaced. We are excited to slowly refurbish some of our sidewalks, making them ADA compliant and revitalizing the visual feel of our community. Three Sections of sidewalks have recently been contracted out for replacement. In addition to the sidewalks the town has just finished placing a new roof on our open shelter at the Medaryville Town Park.
Residents We Need Your Help!
Medaryville is currently applying for a grant to upgrade our lagoon/sewage system. This update is REQUIRED by the State of Indiana. The project is going to cost the town approximately $800,000 to complete. We have applied for a grant to help fund this project; however, we need your help! We need our residents to write letters of support for the grant to help ensure that we receive the additional funding. If we do not receive this grant, your sewage bills will drastically increase.
Please take the time to write a letter in support of the town's grant application. I, Derrick, have written a letter that you may adapt/sign your name to and submit it to the town hall of Medaryville no later than May 15. (Listed as "Blank Letter")
Weed, Grass & Rank Vegetation Ordinance:
As the weather warms up and spring begins the Town of Medaryville would like to remind all of its' residents to familiarize themselves with the town's Weed, Grass, and Rank Vegetation ordinance. This ordinance is designed to enhance the health of our community and will be strictly enforced once again this year. This ordinance was enhanced early last fall and has gone through a few changes. The most common change to the ordinance is that: "No property owner shall allow the growth of weeds, grass, or rank vegetation to exceed (6) six inches. To see the rest of the town's ordinances you can click on the ordinance tab at the top of the page.
Unsafe Building Ordinance affects Medaryville:
On Monday April 21, 2014 at a regularly scheduled meeting the Pulaski County Commissioners held a hearing to discuss a property known as the “Shown Hotel” or the “Everett Hotel’s Drummer House.” The property owner had recently received an order of demolition by the Pulaski County Building Inspector, David Dare. The Pulaski County Unsafe Building Ordinance allows the property owners to request a public hearing in front of the Pulaski County Commissioners to defend their property against an order, if one is extended. The commissioners then have the authority to rescind, negate, or sustain the order.
The property owner agreed that the structure was in a state of disrepair, which was caused by a fire in the 1980’s; however, he thought the building’s historical significance warranted the building to be saved. Mr. Dare explained that he had investigated the property and that in its’ current state it is a danger to the community and in need of major repair or demolishment.
Commissioner Brady requested input from the Town’s President, Derrick Stalbaum. Stalbaum said that his biggest concern was the safety of the town’s residents. “In its’ current state the structure is a danger to the community, my goal is to have that safety concern removed; whether it be by demolition or by repair. I would just ask that if the building is considered for repair that definitive deadlines are set to ensure progress.”
The commissioners took the town’s advice and removed the 60 day demolition order. The order was replaced with a new order to have the building repaired and that the building inspector give a report at the August 4, 2014 meeting or the building’s order of demolition would be set with a deadline of August 30, 2014. Mr. Dare has also state that he has been spending a lot of time in Medaryville and he has other projects in the works.
Corrie Hauptli Appointed to Town Council:
On Wednesday April 9, 2014 Corrie Hauptli was official appointed to the Medaryville Town Council by the Pulaski County Democratic Chairman, Bill Redaboo. Corrie was one of three candidates interested in the position. Corrie was strongly recommended by the Precinct Commiteeman, David Shepard, of Medaryville. Corrie is a longtime resident of Pulaski County. She has previously worked as one of the town's deputy clerks. The council is thrilled to welcome Corrie to the board and are very excited to see what new perspectives she will bring.
Watch Out For Potholes!
The Medaryville Town Council has asked Maintenance Supervisor Hauptli to contact the Pulaski County Highway Department to gain quotes to repair/patch the town roadways. The Council realizes that the town's roads are in need of some immediate attention. The council has the aspirations of completely renovating its' roadways; however, would need to apply for a grant to do so. The town can not currently apply for a grant for a project of this nature because we are in the middle of a grant application for our Lagoon project. Federal and State grant requirements do not permit an individual, town, or organization to apply for more than one grant at a time.
Dollar General Is Coming!
Demolition of the residence currently located on the future Dollar General property has finally begun. The Construction Company developing the Dollar General Store is hoping to begin construction on the facility once the structure currently located on the property is removed. The Dollar General has a store completion date of May 7, 2014.
Medaryville Income Survey!
Medaryville will be conducting an Independent Income Survey to receive a grant to fund the current Sewer Dome Project. This income survey is mandatory to receive grant funding. The project itself is necessary to remain IDEM compliant.
Freezing Water Lines!
Due to the harsh winter weather we have had this year, the town council is asking that all residents let at least one faucet in their home drip.
The town will be visiting the issue of editing water usage to ensure that our residents are not unfairly billed for their usage.
At this point we have some residents whom have no water and due to the location of the freezing, the town can not do anything to continue their service until the weather warms up. We are working to adjust their bills to make up for this inconvenience.
Our town's billing system is set by our rate ordinance and Indiana State Code. This could take up to 3 months to change, please be patient as the town works to resolve the issues.
Santa Claus Came To Town:
On Friday December 20, 2013 Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their jolly little elf Denise all came to Medaryville. Many of Medaryville's youngest residents were in attendance and a great time was had by all. A huge thank you to the Medaryville Decorations committee for bringing this jolly trio to town.
Council Makes Employment Changes for Medaryville.
The Town Council voted to eliminate the 2nd Deputy Clerk Position, currently held by Mrs. Corrie Hauptli (after her resignation.) At the same meeting the town decided it was necessary to create an Assistant Maintenance position. Currently the town only has one employee who undertakes the entire maintenance department. The town thought it was necessary to create a position to act as an apprentice to the current maintenance supervisor. This position was set to start out at $13 an hour with room to grow based on furthered education and experience. This position will be a guaranteed 30/hours a week, totaling $20,280/year. It is the hopes of the council that by moving the funds from a deputy clerk position to a maintenance position it will not only save the town approximately $10,000 from the part time maintenance fund but will also drastically decrease the overtime hours for our current Maintenance Supervisor.
Council "Curbs" Alley Parking:
The Town Council has had a number of complaints recently about residents parking in alley ways, specifically along Main Street. The Council would like to remind the town that obstructing a town alley is not permitted. The council has asked the town marshal and maintenance department to have any vehicle in violation be towed at the owners expense.
Council Talks Donations:
As the end of the year approaches the Town Council wanted to recognize all of the hard work that our Fire Department does for the town. It is the aspirations of the Fire Department to build a new fire house/community building that will better serve our community's needs. The town has decided to donate money towards that cause. The town has discussed donating $10,000 into a fund for this purpose; however, final approval will be made at a special meeting on December 30, 2013 at 9am. The Town also wanted to express its' appreciation to the Medaryville Decorating Committee and their efforts to beautify our town. The Council has allotted a $1,500 donation to purchase lights for the town, with the stipulation that the lights are Christmas themed. This donation is also pending final approval at the December 30, 2013 meeting.
December Meeting to be held at 5:30 on Wednesday December 18.
The town of Medaryville has changed the time for its' December meeting to 5:30 on Wednesday December 18. The Council is expecting this meeting to be longer than normal. We will be discussing many changes including: staffing, physical changes to the town hall, and many funding transfers. The town would really like to hear your feed back and would encourage all community residents to attend.
Congratulations to Corrie Hauptli
The Town of Medaryville would like to wish Mrs. Corrie Hauptli luck on her new life adventure. Corrie has taken a new job with a new booming business, "Celebrations!" a catering and decorating business started by Mrs. Sandy Saltsman.
Corrie has been a wonderful asset to our town for the past 7 years and will greatly be missed. Her commitment to the town has been unwavering, Celebrations has gained one incredible employee.
The town of Medaryville welcomes its' residents to report violations of the town's Removal of Weeds, Grass, and Rank Vegetation Ordinance. If you feel that a residence is not correctly following please fill out the form here.
The town council of Medaryville is working hard to make the town a wonderful and safe place to live. We welcome your input and encourage you to report unsafe buildings and properties. The town itself does not have an ordinance to deal with unsafe activity but will forward all complaints directly to the county building inspector.
Report an unsafe building or property here!
Town Council Approves 3rd Reading and Adopts the Rank Vegetation, Weed, and Grass Ordinance.
On September 18, 2013 at the regularly scheduled council meeting the council had the third and final reading for the Removal of Weeds, Grass, and Rank Vegetation Ordinance. This ordinance is now adopted by the town and takes immediate affect. Please look through the ordinance and direct any questions, comments, or concerns to the town council directly. Click this link to view the ordinance.
Lagoon Test Pilot in Progress.
The town of Medaryville has been in intense discussion for about a year on what to do with our current waste management system; which has not been meeting the requirements of the Department of Environmental Management. The town has looked at several experimental possibilities to help meet the IDEM requirements and have finaly chosen to participate in an Environmental Dome Study. This system will hopefully more efficiently reduce the amount of bacteria within our Lagoon. The test plot is currently in full swing and data is being collected from this test and shared with several local communities whom are facing the same problem. This inital test is being powered by a generator; however, once the concept is approved and selected by the Town of Medaryville, the Dome system will be completly solar powered. We will make further decisions about this project once the test run is completed.
(The figue above is a tub by the lagoon which contains our test dome)
The town of Medaryville would like to thank all of it's residents for their patience as the town goes through necessary change to make itself better. The following people and businesses have contributed a sufficient amount of time and resources and for that we are very grateful!
North Central Co-Op: Thank you for lending us a place to store our park equipment after its' delivery until its' installation. We would also like to thank you for loaning us a gas tank to help power the generator which is running the Test Plot. (Shown above)
Boy Scouts: Thank you for helping our town clean up the park and level out the gravel around our new equipment! Your community support is greatly appreciated!
The town's roads were repaired in April of this year. It's very obvious and has been noted by the council that many of the roads in town need to be completely ripped out and re-paved, this is a priority; however, at this time funding is not readily available. This is a project that the town would like to pursue a grant for funding; however, KIRPC regulates that a town only have 1 outstanding grant at a time and we are currently working on a grant to redevelop our lagoon system, as mandated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Revamping our Town Park
The Medaryville town park has seen a huge transformation this Spring. The Town Council began talk of remodeling the park in the Fall of 2012. At that point the town decided to add 2 new pieces of playground equipment to the park and repair the equipment. This was partially funded by a grant; which was sponsored by the North West Indiana Solid Waste District. The council was pleased to open the park to the public in April of this year. Since it's opening the park has seen a lot of attention and use from the town's young residents.
2nd Annual Poker Run to take place on August 3, 2013.
The Medaryville Decoration Commitee; which was spear headed by town resident, Brandi Stone, is at it again. Their efforts to raise money and purchase decorations for the town of Medaryville are in full swing as they once again try to bring in donations to purchase Christmas lights for the town. The Commitee has previously purchased 2 sets of Holiday Banners. One of the sets made their debut this past winter. The town is currently proudly supporting our country with our Red, White, and Blue banners. The Decoration Committee is hopeful to raise enough money this year to purchase Christmas Lights for the Holiday Season!
Dollar General, coming soon?
The Pulaski County Advisory Plan Commission has approved the rezoning application of Dollar General; bringing the construction of a new store in Medaryville 1 step closer! The proposed development involves the construction of a 9,100 square foot, single story mercantile structure, as stated on the Notice for Public Hearing. Their prospected location is located along Highway 421, just south of the Ball Diamond/ American Legion.
As the company faces their hurdles surrounding the construction of the store. The Medaryville Town Council is doing their part to ensure that store's completion. We are holding a Public Hearing to Vacate the alley located between the prospected properties. This hearing will be held on September, 18 at 6:00pm.
Town Council Approves the first reading of the Ordinance to Vacate Alley.
At the regular council meeting held on September 18, the council members discussed and approved the first reading of the Ordinance to vacate an alley as petitioned by Dollar General LLC. Vacating the alley is one of the remaining obstacles that Dollar General has to overcome before closing on the property in town. The council members all agree that a Dollar General in our community will be a huge benefit to the community; not only for the economic standpoint, but also for convenience. The Ordinance was strongly supported by the council; however, it was also met with some opposition. The council briefly discussed the ordinance and does not believe that there are any legitimate applicable concerns which are defined by Indiana Code 36-7-3-13. In an attempt to eliminate this hurdle in a timely fashion so that the sale can become final the council has scheduled the 2nd reading for Monday September 23 at 5:30pm. The 3rd reading and final vote is scheduled for Wednesday September 25 at 5:30pm. The council would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this matter, please feel free to post on our forum -->
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE THE DOLLAR GENERAL BLUE PRINTS
Council Holds Public Hearing in Regards to Vacating Alley.
The town council had a hearing on Wednesday, September 18, to hear public opinion in regards to vacating an alley on the potential site for the town's new Dollar General. The hearing drew in many citizens from the community, wanting to share their opinions on the subject. This meeting was specifically for public comment to hear their direct opinions about the vacation of the alley, not for a question and answer session. Many community members simply stated that they were "for closing the alley" while others like: Martha Losh explained how big of an impact the store would have on the local community's economy and specifically mentioned how convenient it would be for the elderly people in town who could remain close to home, yet still purchase the groceries and toiletries they need for daily living. All but one individual, Mr. David Cox (the property owner of the adjacent lots) was in favor of closing the alley. He was against the proposed ordinance because he felt the ordinance would:
1. Hinder the growth or orderly development of the unit or neighborhood in which it is located or to which it is contiguous.
2. make access to the lands of the aggrieved person by means of public way difficult or inconvenient.
3. Hinder the use of a public way by the neighborhood in which it is located or to which it is contiguous.
The town council heard and appreciated all the responses from the community and said that they would use them to make the best and most informed decision for the community.
Santa Claus is Coming To Town!
Santa Clause will be visiting the Medaryville Potato Fest Building on Friday December 20 from 6-8pm. (EST.)
Santa will be available for pictures and Mrs. Claus will be reading stories to anyone interested in listening. Cookies and Punch will be available to those in attendance. Donations will be accepted, all benefiting the Medaryville Decoration Committee.
The Town Council of Medaryville, Indiana is dedicated to making a positive impact on the Medaryville Rural Community. We believe that our Town has endless potential and it is our aspirations to allow that potential to shine.
Medaryville is proud to promote small-town country living and has actively been doing so for over 150 years.
Would you like town updates sent directly to your phone?
The town of Medaryville has recently upgraded to a mobile text messaging system. This system allows residents to enroll themselves into a contact list, which the town will send important messages out. This system will be used for emergency warnings, important messages, and town event reminders. The town will never send out spam, nor abuse this system. It is the hopes of the town that this system will increase community pride, and knowledge of local events. If you are a member of a local organization with the town and would like a message broadcast over this system, click this link, or scroll to the top of the page and click: Text Message Form, under "MISC DOCUMENTS."
If you would like to sign up for these messages, use your mobile phone and text: "@47957" to the number 219-964-0011. This message is completely free, with no hidden costs or spam. *Standard carrier messaging rates do apply.
Medaryville Fire Department Holds Annual Toy Drive:
The Medaryville Fire Department is once again holding its' annual Toy Drive. The toys will benefit children in the community in need. If you would like to donate to the Toy Drive you may drop off a new unwrapped toy to any of the area churches or Anita Cup of Coffee. Any donations will be greatly appreciated.
An Open Letter from our Fire Department:
"We would like to thank the local churches and Anita Cup of Coffee, who allowed us to place a donation box in their facility. This years donation of toys was probably one the largest we received since we started the Toy Drive. We would also like to thank those that gave monetary donation for gift cards. A big thank you to Curt's IGA for their donation as well. Each recipient family was very grateful. It was another great year for the Medaryville Fire Toy Drive.
The Medaryville Fire Department. "
The town of Medaryville would like to thank all of those whom donated to the Medaryville Decoration Committee. The town is looking incredibly festive this year. The decoration committee has worked hard to ensure that our town gets in the holiday spirit. If you haven't noticed the holiday banners down highway 421, the Christmas lights on main street, seen Frosty up on the corner of Main and 421, or heard the delightful sound of Christmas music throughout town; you should be sure to check it out. If you are interested in donating to the decoration committee to support the purchase of more lights, please email email me or call the town hall for more information.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
New Look for Downtown!
The Council approved the purchase of 20 large flowerpots to be placed throughout the town, replacing the barrels currently located on Main Street. We would like to thank the Lions Club for their continuous help in bettering the hometown feel of our community.