2010-02-03 / Front Page

Spencer Council Hears Various Updates During Monday Meeting

Town Marshal Foutch Notes Spike In Crime With January Arrests
by Michael Stanley Staff Writer

Currently, the chassis of the recently order new pumper tanker fire engine for the Owen Valley Volunteer Fire Department is awaiting the addition of the tank in the assembly process at Engine & Accessory Manufacturing, Inc of Miami, Florida. (Courtesy Photo) Currently, the chassis of the recently order new pumper tanker fire engine for the Owen Valley Volunteer Fire Department is awaiting the addition of the tank in the assembly process at Engine & Accessory Manufacturing, Inc of Miami, Florida. (Courtesy Photo) In a short session for the Spencer Town Council Monday evening in the Spencer Municipal Building, the board heard updates from department heads with few new business items to discuss.

In street department news, Superintendent Larry Parrish informed the board of various repairs to salt and sand spreading trucks, a street sweeper and other vehicles at the street garage. Parrish also told the council of a recent purchase of 22 ton of salt, the replacement of stop and noparking signs throughout Spencer, and 288 ton of stone spread in alleyways, totaling $2,433.60.

In police department business, Spencer Town Marshal Richard Foutch informed the council of lights and sirens installed in the newest addition to the department’s fleet of vehicles. Foutch also noted an increase in crime, stemming from 18 arrests in the month of January.

Members of the Owen Valley Volunteer Fire Department will be riding in style once the department receives its new fire pumper tanker truck from Engine & Accessory Manufacturing, Inc of Miami, Florida. (Courtesy Photo) Members of the Owen Valley Volunteer Fire Department will be riding in style once the department receives its new fire pumper tanker truck from Engine & Accessory Manufacturing, Inc of Miami, Florida. (Courtesy Photo) Foutch stated that his department served five search warrants, and of the 18 arrests, nine were drug-related, five were related to alcohol, two for theft, and a pair of disorderly conduct arrests.

With photos to document the progress, Owen Valley Volunteer Fire Department Lieutenant John Wallace provided the council with an update on the recently ordered pumper tanker truck, totaling $232,060, from EAM (Engine Accessory Manufacturing) of Miami, Florida.

In related news, town attorney Richard Lorenz informed interested parties that in December an Owen County Circuit Court decision determined that the Owen Valley Fire Territory is a political sub-division, is a governmental entity, does exist and operates under the rules of law in holding its own meetings and holding titles to various items.

“The time for appeal has run. That is now the law of this case and is probably the precedent for the entire State of Indiana,” Lorenz said. “It’s a pretty important decision. I will be at the fire territory meeting on February 8 to talk about how to implement some of these things. It will not change the financial structure, it just changes the ability to hold title and run affairs of the organization.”

The board later approved a recommendation from the Planning Commission to separate parcels on the west end of Spencer, including the lots of the Dollar General Store and Burger King, with a vote of 3-0.

In new business, the council signed an agreement with engineering firm RQAW regarding a $40,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) planning grant.

The council also approved a donation of sick time from one employee to another with a vote of 3-0 and set the next board meeting date for Tuesday, February 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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