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.
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. "
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.
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.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.