Versailles Town Council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance
regarding the sale of products that when smoked can mimic the
effects of marijuana at the regular meeting on Thursday, November
According to Marshal Joe Mann, the product known as K2, Spice,
Thunder as well as other names it being sold locally at gas
stations. According to Reserve Officer John Hegge, one local
station sold about $20,000 of the product in the past month.
Hegge explained that the product has been banned in 15 states
and several surrounding counties. He also noted that there have
been three deaths in Indiana attributed to these products. Details
of this product were reported in the November 4 edition of The
Ordinance #2010-06 prohibits a business or individual to use,
possess, purchase or attempt to purchase, sell, give or barter
any product containing synthetic cannabinoids or methadone within
the boundaries of Versailles. The ordinance allows for the confiscation
of the product by law enforcement officials. Those attempting
to sell the product will be fined $2,500 and those attempting
to purchase the product will be fined $1,000. Those interested
in reading the complete ordinance can find it posted at the
Versailles Town Hall.
Property owners Scott Neal and Becky Ostholhoff have come to
an agreement regarding the trees that border the properties.
Neal determined that the trees would incur damage from the vehicles
entering and exiting from the businesses and proposed that he
would relinquish his portion of the driveway to Ostholhoff.
The current trees will be moved with additional trees planted.
As the property owners came to a satisfactory agreement, the
board approved the adoption of the ordinance to vacate the alley,
currently used as the driveway.
According to Marshal Mann, in October the Versailles Police
Department investigated three accidents; issued nine citations
and 23 warnings; and assisted 21 citizens. The department investigated
seven thefts; responded to eight fight and battery calls and
served six warrants.
In other business:
Resident and business owner Danny Jackson requested the
board consider other water sources. He provided information
about the Madison water company. Board President John Holzer
explained that the Madison water company was not explored because
it was not a viable option. He thanked Jackson for his input
saying that he would like more input regarding the water issue
from the residents and businesses of Versailles.
The board unanimously approved to adopt the adjustment
of water rates until the town gets a new source. According to
Holzer, the current rates do not provide enough income to pay
for the treatment of the water. The increase will be the minimum
to break even.
Jeff Cumberworth is resigning from the sports complex
board after six years of service.
All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will
be on Thursday, December 2 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Versailles