Versailles Council hears possible water solution

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

Good quality water for the town of Versailles is one step closer to a reality, according to town board President John Holzer. At the regular meeting on Thursday, August 12, Holzer explained that Hoosier Hills Regional Water District has prepared a proposal that would provide water from Brookville at a very reasonable cost to the towns of Versailles, Napoleon, Holton and Osgood.

A viable source of good quality water for the town has been a concern for the board due to the rising costs of treatment. According to Holzer, Hoosier Hills Regional Water District is ranked third in the country.
Holzer noted Hoosier Hills will pay for all costs of hookup with the exception of one pump. He is unsure if the town of Osgood is interested in connecting with Hoosier Hills. He expressed an interest in meeting with the Osgood Town Council to further discuss the proposal.

Becky Ostholhoff and Todd Williams expressed concerns regarding the proposed closure of an alley for the construction of the Gold Star Chili. According to Ostholhoff, the proposed closure would interfere with her driveway. The board tabled the issue pending further information.

Chief Ben Sieverding, Versailles Fire Department, reported 73 calls for service in July including one house and one kitchen fire. The department received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchases hoses.

Town attorney Larry Eaton reported that letters have been sent to three homeowners regarding the unsafe building ordinance. Holzer noted that the council will continue to address unsafe buildings throughout the town.

Town Marshal Joe Mann reported a total of 190 calls for July including nine theft investigations, 39 citizens assisted and one accident investigation. The department served two warrants, made two arrests, and issued 11 citations and 42 warnings.

Water and Street Department Superintendent Kevin Hensley requested the board consider the purchase of a small trailer for the mowers. The board unanimously approved the purchase of a stainless steel spreader box. Hensley reported the employment of one part-time employee.

Meetings for September and October will be held on the first Thursday at 7 p.m. Those members in attendance were John Holzer and Sue Meisberger, with Denessa Benkie absent. The next meeting will be on Thursday, September 2 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Versailles Town Hall.