ETNA GREEN — Discussion at the Etna Green Town Board meeting held Tuesday, July 10, became passionate and heated about a sign’s placement at the front of the fire department.
“It’s a temporary sign put in a permanent situation,” said Board President Todd Slabaugh. He suggested the idea of having a readerboard or an LED sign.
The current sign hangs over the sidewalk at the front of the station. Fire Chief Randall Byrer presented the idea for the sign to the Kosciusko County Area Plan Commission, which approved it on May 17.
“But the county is supposed to have this [the sign] approved by the board as well,” said Slabaugh. “And that never happened for some reason.”
Board Member Keith Claassen stated that in its current position, the sign is a liability problem.
“We can’t have it overhanging on the sidewalk,” said Claassen.
The board also discussed the issue of having no covers over the sign to prevent minors from changing the letters on it.
Byrer asked the two present board members during the meeting to go outside with him and look at the sign in order to figure out a better placement for it. All three agreed that the sign will be moved to the east side of the sidewalk and six inches away from the east-west sidewalk.
In other business, Clerk-Treasurer Laura Baker announced that the Interra Credit Union branch in Etna Green will be closing on Sept. 1. The board also made $237.98 in utility adjustments for pool fillings and questioned Byrer about five pool fillings. One has occurred in town, while the other four are in the township. With those not in town limits, the fire department used water from the Atwood Fire Department.
The board also decided to sign up for Reach Alert, a town-wide system that would allow citizens to receive alerts via text, e-mail, or call regarding boil advisories, power outages, weather updates and more. The cost for the system will not fall on citizens to pay for, as it will be charged as an annual fee to the town.
The board also voted to amend its contract with Republic Services. Recycling will now be collected biweekly instead of weekly.
In other business:
- The board stated that those who wish to play a game of horseshoes at Heritage Park can do so by putting in stakes that citizens can remove once they’re done with a game. The park used to have a horseshoe pit but no longer does due to difficulties with upkeep.
- The board approved meeting minutes for its June 12 meeting. A small correction was made regarding a financial amount.
- Accounts payable vouchers were approved.
- The board’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.