County Planning Commission representative for the Town of Versailles,
Bob Gray, announced during the November 10 Versailles Town Board
meeting that he will resign come the end of December. Gray has
spent 10 years in the position and told the board Ive
enjoyed it here.
Gray explained his reason for resigning from the position was
due to time and that he had a lot of grandkids involved in a
lot of sports. He also gave the board some suggestions for the
future such as expanding the town limit to 200 south and cleaning
up the area around McDonald's.
The board complimented Gray on his work and thanked him for
Park board member Gil Landwehr asked the board if the Tyson
Auditorium was part of Parks and Recreation. The board explained
they were not sure. If its included in parks and
recreation I want to get in it and see what I can do,
said Landwehr. Clerk-treasurer Kiersten Libby explained she
met with an insurance representative that asked about Tyson
Auditorium and plans for future use of the building. The insurance
representative gave Libby a name of someone in Madison who has
been involved in restoring historic buildings and explained
this person would be a good person to contact about the gym.
Were going to move forward quickly on that,
said board president John Holzer, adding, sooner rather
Holzer suggested the town shut off the water to houses when
a water leak is found and no one is at home in order to avoid
another situation like the one Standley Taylor brought to the
board at the October meeting.
Town maintenance supervisor Kevin Hensley agreed, but said,
The guys will need to make sure no one is there before
turning off the water. Libby expressed concern about getting
the water turned back on if the leak was found during the day
when no one was home but returns home after the town hall was
closed. Versailles Town Marshal Joe Mann told the board if the
department had the right tools they could turn the water back
on if the homeowner needed it turned on after business hours.
At the close of the meeting, Ginger Bradford congratulated the
board on their election wins and said she appreciated that their
campaigning was very positive. Those in attendance expressed
their disappointment with voter turnout, which brought Bradford
to ask the board if they ever considered going in with the general
Holzer said they have considered it and they wouldnt be
able to do it until 2014. It would cost the town a lot of money,
but it will bring in more voters.
In other news:
Marshal Mann reported the Versailles Police Departments
activity for the month of October, and asked the board about
putting in for a Rising Sun grant for items for reserve officers.
He also asked the board about getting money for a new police
cruiser. The board told him to get some information and numbers
Hensley reported the town had about 160 water meters
left to replace before completion of the project, and that the
last day for leaf pickup will be Tuesday, November 22.
Versailles Fire Chief Ben Sieverding reported his department
had responded to 30 calls in October.
Board member Sue Meisberger reported that she had talked
with the towns attorney Larry Eaton about the Heart House
cleaning out their dumpster once a week.
The next regular meeting of the Versailles Town Board will be
December 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Versailles Town Hall.