NORTH MANCHESTER – The North Manchester Town Council welcomed a room full of visitors leaving few empty seats at the town council meeting Wednesday evening.
James Smith opened the meeting by discussing updates on the Manchester Main Street mural. He said there have been a few changes to the overall design. There will no longer be any metal on the mural, and the new possibilities will include some back lighting. The goal for the finished project is set for Sept. 13 so it will be ready for display during the Arts Festival.
“I feel like it will be a really nice enhancement to downtown,” Smith said. “There will be no cost to the town.”
Town Marshal Jeffrey Perry then discussed some positive news for the town. He wants to set up a Fun Run for Thanksgiving Day. This will follow the Fun Fest route and begin at 9 a.m. and finish at noon. Perry also mentioned that North Manchester is ranked 23rd out of the top 50 safest cities in Indiana.
Park and Recreations Director Jennifer Hotchkiss also shared some positive news at the town council meeting. She said the air conditioning is now fixed from where it was previously struck by lightning. She said there was a positive turn out for all the summer festivities that ended this week.
She also said there will be a Rotary Chess Club beginning soon. This club will be aimed at third- through sixth-graders and held every Friday at the Aquatics Center for those interested.
Town Manager Tom Hannaford discussed the updates for the Façade Grant. He said there has been some issues arise, but this project is set to finish in the middle November. He said there are many new awnings with noticeable colors set up.
“It’s been so positive for the community,” Christopher Garber said.
The next town council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.