Roanoke council considers aiding tractor pullers for park drainage project

The Roanoke Town Council considered rendering financial assistance to the Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association at its meeting on Tuesday, March 7, for a drainage project at Roanoke Park.

The town’s supervisor of operations, Phil Hibbert, filled in the board on the proposed project, which would seek to improve drainage at the park’s track and also see a parking area constructed by the track.

Hibbert presented a quote for the project totaling almost $14,000 that RTPA received from Wisel Enterprises. The quote, Hibbert noted, exceeded RTPA’s budget for the project, which is approximately $8,000 to $9,000.

As the quote lists multiple options for the installation of drainage tile at the track – all of which would affect the total of the quote – council requested that Hibbert look into the project further to determine the best course of action before making a determination on whether or not to contribute funds.

Also during his town projects report, Hibbert made a recommendation to the board that the yield signs on Commercial Street be changed to stop signs, in the interests of safety. Council was receptive to the recommendation and voted to modify the town’s ordinance in order to make the change happen.

The board also agreed by consensus to allow Hibbert to purchase a vehicle that he can use for town business. Currently, Hibbert uses his own vehicle while on the clock and the town reimburses his gas mileage every month, which totals between $70 and $100, said Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner. Hibbert will purchase a 2008 Ford F-150 from Crain Ford, in Warren, for $13,000, along with a package of improvements for $1,700.

In other business:

Kirchner noted that she and Hibbert had drafted a plan for a wastewater operating reserve fund that would be utilized for unexpected wastewater expenses. She said they had determined that collecting $7,000 in the fund each month would be a good starting point for it.

Greg Morris, president of the Hillside Subdivision Homeowners Association, inquired about the possibility of sidewalks being installed in the subdivision. Council President Dave Tucker stated that he could speak to the Huntington County Commissioners about their possibly offering financial assistance for such a project. Kirchner mentioned that the town used to offer a 50/50 sidewalk program in which the town partnered with homeowners to help pay for the cost of sidewalks. However, lack of interest in the program resulted in its discontinuance, she said.