2010-08-12 / Front Page

Gosport Council Approves New Town Marshal Van Arsdale, Four Month Township Fire Contract

Browning Continues As Interim Marshal Until Pre-Basic Qualification
by Amanda York
Staff Writer

T he Gosport Town Council announced and welcomed the community’s new town marshal, Randall Van Arsdale, during Tuesday night’s meeting. Shown above, left to right, are: council vice president Becky Welch, Gosport Town Marshal Randall Van Arsdale, council member Ernie Arnold, and council president Wes Correll. (Staff Photo) T he Gosport Town Council announced and welcomed the community’s new town marshal, Randall Van Arsdale, during Tuesday night’s meeting. Shown above, left to right, are: council vice president Becky Welch, Gosport Town Marshal Randall Van Arsdale, council member Ernie Arnold, and council president Wes Correll. (Staff Photo) It was standing room only Tuesday evening as several hot-button items were discussed at the first meeting of August, 2010 of the Gosport Town Council.

Perhaps the biggest news was the approval of Gosport resident Randall Van Arsdale as the new town marshal. Growing up in Coal City, Van Arsdale graduated from White River Valley High School and attended a couple of years at Ivy Tech. He and his wife, Brenda, and their four children moved to Gosport a few years ago and currently lived across the street from town hall. He was previously employed with the Indiana State Police for eight and a half years.

After making the announcement, the board voted to approve Van Arsdale as town marshal. It was noted by town attorney Terry English that Van Arsdale was not qualified to assume the duties until he completed and passed his 40- hour pre-basic training. The board also approved Michael Browning to continue as interim town marshal until Van Arsdale’s requirements were met. The rate of pay and hours were also established and approved as $12 per hour at 40 hours per week.

Following the announcement, reserve Randall Browning tendered his resignation saying, “I just want to congratulate Randall (Van Arsdale), I think he’s a good guy. I do not support the board’s decision and I am going to turn in my resignation tonight. Thank you.” With that Randall Browning turned over his badge to the council.

In other police matters, the opening of bids on the sale of a .44 caliber Colt Anaconda handgun, used in the commission of a crime and confiscated by the Gosport Police Department, was held with the winning bid going to Anthony Marvin of Ellettsville with a bid of $666.66. The sale is contingent upon a certified check or cash within seven days and Marvin passing his federal background check.

The board also held a public hearing on the 2011 budget with the following numbers proposed:

•MBH - $15,400 •Roads/Streets - $5,500 •CCI - $1,545 •General Fund - $185,000

The adoption of the budget will be held at an upcoming council meeting on September 14.

A recommendation on awarding contracts for building new homes under the neighborhood stabilization grant was also made Tuesday evening. Bids were opened on August 2 on five new homes and two firms submitted bids. With the bidding very close, bids for construction on four homes were approved, with a fifth approved upon receipt of additional grant funds.

The awards and dollars amounts are as follows:

•A bid from Emmert Group out of Brazil was accepted for a home at 242 E. North Street (A) for $131,643 with an alternate for $1,100 for a sidewalk.

•A bid from Homes by Karen out of Muncie was accepted for a home at 242 E. North Street (B) for $127,028 with an alternate for $1,506 for a sidewalk.

•A bid from Homes by Karen out of Muncie was accepted for a home at 247 E. North Street (A) for $129,426 with an alternate for $21,496 for a garage.

•A bid from Homes by Karen out of Muncie was accepted for a home at 247 E. North Street (B) for $128,810 with an alternate for $21,496 for a garage.

With not enough funds to build the fifth house, the remaining funds were recommended to be used for the second demolition phase of the project. Up for demolition would be:

•18 North 2nd Street for cleanup of overgrowth.

•355 E. North Street for demoltion of a home and clean-up of overgrowth.

•5 W. Main for a partial demolition, keeping the oldest and main part of the structure, securing it and cleaning-up overgrowth and a fallen tree.

In other council business, the board approved sewer pool adjustments for Chris Powell and Shanna Ingle. It was also announced that the streetscape project will begin following the Lazy Days Festival.

In fire department news, the board approved a contract with the Gosport Volunteer Fire Department to extend township coverage until December 31, 2010. The townships desired a January 1 to January 1 contract in the future, making it necessary for an interim contract. It was also noted that during the month of July there were 14 medical runs, two fire alarms, two fires, one assist, two training sessions and one stand-by call.

The next meeting of the Gosport Town Council will take place Tuesday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Gosport Town Hall.

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