Warren council discusses future of Scout Cabin

The Warren Town Council discussed the future of a cabin utilized by local Boy Scouts at its meeting on Monday, March 16.

The Scouts’ leaders and council discussed saving the cabin, which is located at 9721 S. Scout Cabin Rd., as the owner of the land that the cabin sits on contends that he has the authority to sell the structure.

The board noted that the cabin is listed as a municipal building and has been a part of the town’s park system for many years. Council stated that it would be holding an executive session on Monday, March 23, to consider taking legal action.

Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison reported that the closure of Town Hall to the public, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, had gone smoothly. She stated that staff members were working their usual schedules.

Morrison also summarized an infectious disease outbreak policy. The document, she said, outlines plans to protect employees, steps to provide services to citizens during such a crisis and provision for employees in case of contamination.

Morrison stated that the policy follows guidelines from the state and federal governments and as such may need to be reviewed and amended as the COVID-19 situation changes. Following discussion, the policy was unanimously adopted.

Morrison mentioned that an upgrade to town software programs was unable to be completed, due to the consultant halting work. She said that systems were operational, but that certain month-end processes would not be able to be completed within the accounting program. She noted that utility and payroll systems were not affected.

Council reviewed a contract from Jackson Township, in Wells County, for the renewal of a mutual aid agreement with the Warren Volunteer Fire Department. The base of the pact was $5,500, with an additional $500 for every run over five. The board opted to defer action, pending further discussion.

Fire Chief Lee Poulson announced that a 40-year member of the department, Mike Bolinger, had retired. The board voiced its appreciation for his service to the community.

Poulson also shared information about the proposed radio system upgrade in Huntington County, stating that the town’s portion of the grant application would be approximately $110,000.

In other business:
• Poulson and Morrison reported that an application to construct a new pavilion at Tower Park had been submitted to the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development. Construction will be delayed, though, as the construction plan must also be submitted to the Department of Homeland Security, to determine if a development plan is needed, they said. The pavilion will replace the large pavilion that is currently in Tower Park.

• The board voted to participate in the pursuit of a Stellar Communities designation with other municipalities in Huntington County. Huntington Mayor Richard Strick provided details about the application process. Morrison was named the Warren contact for the initiative.

• Council hired Kleinpeter Consulting Group LLC to serve as the grant administrator for the town’s pursuit of a water system grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.