The Town of Napoleon is preparing to kick off a Neighborhood Watch Program. Sgt. Noel Houze, with the Indiana State Police, presented an instructional PowerPoint presentation to those in attendance for the April 10 meeting of the Napoleon Town Council.
Amy Meyer, former manager of Youngman's Marathon, was instrumental in getting the ball rolling after the convenience store and gas station had been burglarized several times and robbed at gun point within a short period of time.
Sgt. Houze explained that although budget constraints may restrict the town from having its own officer, a Neighborhood Watch Program is an excellent way to deter crime. The best way to do this is to get everyone involved, including youth and seniors.
The town will hold its first organizational watch meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, and is encouraging all Napoleon residents to attend. At this meeting, leaders will be appointed and ideas discussed on getting the program going. Council urges this is also a great way for Napoleon residents to get to know their neighbors. Sheriff Tom Grills has been invited to attend and address the group, as well. Pizza will be provided by Boehner's Market.
Present at the meeting were Council President Tim Vankirk, Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rohlfing, Board Member John Snyder, and Utility Manager Rod Eaton. Several town residents were also present for the Neighborhood Watch presentation.
Council accepted the resignation letter of Tim Brancamp, effective March 31. Brancamp has moved from the area and is no longer eligible to serve on the board. Ginger Bradford, Republican chairperson, will be contacted to appoint someone to fill Brancamp's empty seat and complete his term. Brancamp also served on the Ripley County Economic Development Committee. Vankirk said that Jerry Vollmer is interested in replacing Brancamp on the committee.
How to deal with a town resident who has been blocking an alley owned by the town, causing problems for delivery trucks, semis and others was discussed. Last month, Brancamp approached a young child riding a four-wheeler unattended on property owned by the town by the vacant VFW building. Concerned for the child's safety, as well as the town's liability in the event an accident would occur, Brancamp told the child that she needed to go on home. This allegedly upset the child's parents, who in turn took it upon themselves to line up several vehicles in the rear of their residence blocking drivers from coming through their lot. The lot adjoins with a town alley, which is also blocked by this particular resident's disabled junk vehicles.
Council decided to talk to the property owner to try and come up with a resolution to the issue. It was decided to inform the property owner if he removes the disabled vehicles, the town will fix up the alley way. Snyder suggested putting up a chain fence across the bridge leading to the VFW parking lot to keep people off the property, as well.
Other business discussed or conducted included:
• The fiscal plan for the annexation, prepared by Attorney Larry Eaton and presented at the March meeting, was adopted.
• The agreement with the Napoleon Fire Department was signed for their annual picnic, to be held Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, at the town park.
• The children's play area at the park was discussed. Members plan to look into possible grants to add more play equipment.
The next regular meeting of the Napoleon Town Council will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Napoleon Town Hall.