By Leah Sander
MENTONE — One of Mentone’s unsafe houses is no more.
At the Mentone Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 4, Council Member Tim Croy informed the council that the house at 406 N. Tucker St. has been torn down.
It was one of three houses in town that were recently deemed unsafe by the Kosciusko County Health Department.
Croy said some people in the area were upset because the company doing the demolition did the work late at night.
“I know … that the house had a lot of mold … a lot of animal feces and stuff like that, so the guys had to wear masks and so … I think it was more of a safety concern for the area because of all the dust going out from the mold,” said Croy.
Related to unsafe houses, Town Attorney Andrew Grossnickle said he’s completed a draft for an unsafe building ordinance for the town. That should come before the council at its next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 1. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
The council has also set a special meeting to take input from the public regarding a grant from the K21 Health Foundation.
It’s planned for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Mentone Town Hall. The K21 Health Foundation announced in 2019 that it will give up to $200,000 in grant money to nearly all incorporated towns in Kosciusko County.
The money will be used for health and wellness purposes. Town residents and those in the surrounding community are welcome to come.
The council also heard from Croy that Chalk the Walk will be Saturday, Sept. 4, starting at 10 a.m.
“They can use (Main Street) sidewalks from Tucker Street to Morgan Street on both sides,” said Croy.
Council Member Shelly Krueger told the rest of the council that another craft fair will be in town, set for Saturday, Oct. 2.
She’s still working on a time, so people should check the Mentone Community Farmer’s Market Facebook page for that information.
Craft and food vendors also should use that page to message to sign up to sell, she said.
In other business, the council:
- Heard a reminder that a public hearing on the 2022 town budget will be held during the next council meeting on Sept. 1.
- Heard from Town Utilities Superintendent Josh Shepherd that he’s ordered a picnic table from Barnwood Masters for the town’s park at Main and Morgan Streets.
- Approved allowing Town Marshal Jim Eads to buy two new laptops for the police department for about $550 each.