Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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April 25, 2014

Two of three Belterra requests delayed

The Batesville City Council considered three requests for Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing dollars April 14. With $38,668 accumulated from periodic deposits, member Beth Meyers maintained, "There are not enough funds" to help all groups.

At the April 14 Batesville Board of Works meeting, Mayor Rick Fledderman and Aaron Bell, Southeastern Indiana Recycling District executive director, discussed building a recycling center for rural residents in Batesville.

Fledderman said he'd like the facility to be constructed on street department property. The mayor wants to work collectively to raise the funds to build the center, roughly estimated to cost $50,000.

Council President Gene Lambert said he needed more specific cost information. Member Darrick Cox said, "I like the idea." He wanted to know other funding already obtained for the project, perhaps from SEIRD, Rising Sun Regional Foundation, other grants and donations.

Member Kevin Chaffee said because it would be a public building, "I think costs are going to be much more than what you anticipate." The request was tabled for more research.

At the March 10 meeting, the council voted to earmark $2,500 from the Belterra fund for drainage upgrades and advertising efforts for a permanent dog park at Liberty Park. Dog park committee members returned to ask for more money for different improvements.

Three sets of bids from various vendors for better drainage, a concrete pad, safe double-gated entrance, chain-link fence, windscreen on tennis court fence, four benches, signs, water supply and fountain and dog waste stations ranged between $20,408 and $26,177, according to Laura Losacker. She said their $15,892 request was for essentials – concrete pad, fence and windscreen.

Losacker reported, "Since our last meeting with you, we have acquired new members" so now the group totals 18. A Facebook page has attracted over 200 fans.

With recent rain partially submerging Liberty Park's northern edge, including the dog park area, council member Jim Fritsch asked about a drier spot. The group considered a field adjacent to the baseball diamond, but are not able to place the park there.

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