Cargill employees volunteered in June at the Mentone park. The volunteers spread mulch and took out landscape timbers around trees. According to Mentone Utilities Superintendent Josh Shepherd, it was a big help and saved the town lots of work. Pictured are the Cargill volunteers. Photo provided
Cargill employees volunteered in June at the Mentone park. The volunteers spread mulch and took out landscape timbers around trees. According to Mentone Utilities Superintendent Josh Shepherd, it was a big help and saved the town lots of work. Pictured are the Cargill volunteers. Photo provided
MENTONE – After the storm July 1 and the demolition of the Davison building Saturday, the Mentone Town Council and Utility Superintendent Josh Shepherd had many people to thank for their help.
During Monday night’s council meeting, Shepherd thanked the fire department for all they did the night of the storm.
The next day, volunteers from the First Baptist Church offered their help with the storm cleanup. “That helped a lot,” Shepherd said.
The storm caused damage to the Davison building at 123 E. Main St. The town had to get a waiver from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to demolish the building as soon as possible because of public safety concerns. The town had plans to tear down the 126-year-old building, but likely not until next year.
Jackson Services, Rochester, was contracted to demolish the building. Shepherd said David Jackson responded quickly to Mentone’s need and he appreciated that. Jackson got the fence up around the building by the next day, and tore it down three days later.
Shepherd also thanked the Mentone Chamber of Commerce for their financial contribution to the demolition.
Council President Tim Croy also thanked the chamber for responding so quickly to the request for financial assistance. Within 15 minutes of contacting President Rita Price Simpson, Croy said she was able to get a $10,000 donation for the demolition.
He also thanked Mike Walton and Ed Rock for helping with traffic Saturday.
Croy then thanked Shepherd for all his time and effort over the weekend to make the demolition happen and for being there.
“We appreciate what you did also,” Croy told him.
He then thanked the Times-Union for its coverage of the demolition, which appeared in Monday’s edition.
Shepherd also thanked Cargill. On June 25 its employees had a work day at the Mentone park. The volunteers spread mulch and took out landscape timbers around trees.
“It was a lot of help,” Shepherd said.
Croy also thanked the Cargill employees for volunteering their day at the park.
In another matter, Town Marshal Jim Eads said interviews were conducted last week for a new reserve office. Of the four applicants, three stood out, he said.
“We’re having a hard time picking one,” he said.
He invited the council to sit in on another round of interviews. He told the council while he was only approved for one reserve officer, he wanted to pick two. He said council could help select the next officer by sitting in on the next round of interviews.
The council decided to conduct the three half-hour interviews beginning at 6 p.m. July 23.
In other business, the council heard:
• The water tower will be painted later this month or in August. Shepherd said it will be sky blue because Rochester’s is sky blue and he thought it was a neat color.
• Farmer’s Market in Mentone is 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday. There is no charge to set up a booth.
• Anyone who attends the Don Smythe auction Saturday on East Main Street should park at Mentone School if parking is available. If they park along the highway, they should not park on the road. If they park on the road, they will be towed.
• Heard the community picnic is scheduled for noon Aug. 2.