Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

April 22, 2014

Ten submit bids for demolition of structure

SUNMAN – Sunman Town Council members covered a lot of ground at their April 17 meeting.

Bids for the demolition of the former Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Special Education Cooperative building were opened. Ten contractors submitted bids, ranging from $86,950-$301,875. President Wayne Jenner said, “We will take them under advisement so our engineer at Strand Associates Inc. (Columbus) can look at them. We will make a decision at the next meeting.”

Carla Hacker, a Sunman Area Chamber of Commerce member, said, “We’re sending in a letter of intent” to the Ripley County Community Foundation for its $25,000 Community Impact Grant “to do some improvements at the park .... a walking trail, concession stand, security, enhancing the restrooms and making them ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.

“Right now we’re collecting letters of support from individuals and businesses and hope to, most importantly, get them from the town of Sunman, beautification committee and park board. We want this to be a community thing, a place everyone can enjoy.

“We will go forward with the project even if we don’t get the grant. We would have to have fundraisers or other means of raising funds,” she added.

Clerk-treasurer Chelsea Eckstein had a letter prepared, and members agreed to lend their support.

Town Marshal Bill Dramann submitted his resignation because he took a similar job with the town of Oldenburg. “I want to thank the town of Sunman for letting me work down here,” he announced.

Jenner emphasized, “We appreciate the service you’ve given us.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

Other news • Eckstein said Michelle McBride, Sunman Trailer Park owner, had asked that her utility bill be adjusted. For the past few months, the trailer park has used over 200,000 gallons of water, and the owner feels this can't be correct. She has also been behind in paying her bill. Jenner said, "We could put in a new meter, but I don't think there's any problem with the old one." Eckstein said, "Consumption was down to about 100,000 gallons this month." Jenner responded, "That tells us there's nothing wrong with her meter." Members unanimously voted to deny the request to adjust the bill. • Sunman Cleanup Day is Saturday, May 3. Persons interested in helping should meet at 9 a.m. at the community park.

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