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Warren TC discusses the Holiday Walk

Becky and Jeff Souder, of Historic Warren, gave a report on the 10th annual Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees during the Warren Town Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 8.

The festival for this year is slated for Friday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m.
“This event was started 10 years ago to showcase our historic downtown and to bring awareness and help our businesses downtown… I think we are successful every year,” Becky said.

“Plus, it gets the town decorated for the holidays,” Jeff added. “We hear a lot of comments from out-of-towners who drive through… about how nice the town of Warren looks during the holiday season.”

Becky also went into detail about several new additions to the festival.

The first is the Snowflake Shop Hop Passport that attendees can get stamped at local businesses during the festival and for about a month afterward. All participants who complete the instructions on the passport will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate redeemable at any participating business.

There will also be two ice carvers doing ice sculptures during the festival. Becky says the goal is for the carvers to have one of the sculptures done early enough so that interested parties can take a photo with it.  

A Holiday Marketplace will also take place in the Warren United Church of Christ during the same time. Six local merchants will be in the church that night selling their wares for attendees of the festival.

In unrelated business, members of both Ness Tree Service and Tucker Tree Service attended the meeting to summarize quotes they submitted for tree trimming that needs done under and around electric equipment in Warren.
It has been seven years since a business has done this service for Warren.

Both entities agreed that the Town of Warren would benefit from having a regular schedule for a business to come in every two to five years to take care of this issue and keep trees better maintained.

After discussion, the council decided to have the information redrawn to be able to better compare the two quotes. Because of this, the decision on which company to use has yet to be determined.

In unrelated business, in order to fill the town council vacancy, letters of interest and short resumes must be received in the office of Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison by Monday, Dec. 13, at 4:30 p.m.

Following the regular meeting on that night, the council will have an Executive Session to narrow the candidates to three. If there are less than three candidates, the council will move directly into reviewing the letters in the regular meeting. The council plans to announce a decision that evening so the person may begin preparing to take the role at the beginning of the year.
The appointment is to serve the remaining two years of Council President Ethan Stivers’ term.

During department reports, Fire Chief Lee Poulson requested the council’s approval of adding Ben Eppart as a new member to the Warren Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD). The council approved.

Poulson also asked if the council would approve adding another member. With the addition of Eppart, WVFD has 25 members.

“According to our bylaws, it says we can have 27,” Poulson said.

Poulson went on to say that they are considering looking into a cadet program. After the council agreed with Poulson’s request, Council President Ethan Stivers said that Poulson would still need to ask for the council’s approval of any new members in the future.

Operations Manager Brian Sills submitted a quote for two capacitor banks and installation in the amount of $29,540.06. This quote was identical to the previous replacement project of two others. The council approved the quote.

Two quotes to replace a ’96 bucket for the Bobcat for removal of sludge and snow were also submitted to the council. Only one quote fit the criteria, so the council approved that quote in the amount of $1,450.

In other business:
• The ordered cleanup of 826 N. Nancy St., Warren, is not progressing. The council requested the owner be notified to attend the council meeting on Monday, Nov. 22.
• Resolution 2021-8 to adopt a Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Plan was approved by the council.
• According to updates from Project Manager Ben Adams, of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., the erection of the new water tower is expected to be completed by the end of November, but the project won’t be complete until May of 2022. The Eleventh Street Tower rehabilitation has been delayed until spring of 2022. The new well construction has also been delayed due to needing to relocate, which required filing for new Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) grants. No timeline for the well construction was given.