Council member Darrick Cox said, “I’d like to commend you for taking action.” He was concerned the entrance estimate was “pretty steep.” Cox thought fundraising would gather dollars for some of the infrastructure.
According to Kappes, fundraising dollars will be used for a 5-foot-tall more attractive fence, water line and some type of fountain for thirsty canines and benches “to make it nicer for the animals and their owners.”
Council President Gene Lambert asked if the committee had formulated a total budget and Kappes answered, “Not right now.” He suggested members get competitive quotes for the various aspects and also a formal budget. “I want it to be a reality, but I don’t want (the council) to pay for the whole thing.”
The council voted to earmark $2,500 for drainage upgrades and advertising efforts. The next day, Kappes said, “I was pleased with the vote last night. It was a long shot to go in and ask for so much money before we had our first fundraiser. Their feedback will help us to be more prepared next time. Plus, we now have enough money to fix the drainage issues. That will allow us to move forward and set up the temporary fencing early this spring so that the community can start using the dog park.”
Chief Todd Schutte asked that $2,250 be allotted so that six Batesville Fire and Rescue Department officers can attend the annual Fire Department Instructors Conference April 7-12 at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. “It’s the largest in the nation.” Assistant Chief and council member Bob “Tuba” Narwold added, “We don’t get that training around here.” The council agreed to spend the full amount. Attendees will bring information back to provide training to others.
The Belterra fund balance is $62,672, according to clerk-treasurer Ron Weigel.