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Daleville Town Council oversees end-of-year projects

B9315314943Z.1_20141211173534_001_G609CS6H7.1-0DALEVILLE – During the town council meeting Monday, Dec. 8, the Daleville town council listened end-of-the- year project summaries.

Brad Bookout with Augusta Consulting gave a report to the council about the projects done by the council for the town.

The biggest coordination effort by far has been coordination between the town and the Delaware County Redevelopment Commission, which has allotted nearly $1.6 million in grants for the towns many projects.

The projects undertaken with the commission included the road refurbishment project, and projects for both Shellabarger Park and Town Hall Park.

Augusta works collaboratively with both Daleville and the Redevelopment Commission, but the Daleville projects that were funded by the Redevelopment Commission were a result of the of a proactive five-member board consisting of Jeff Huff, Rickie Sipe, Vicki Veach, Jason Brooks and Bradley Smith.

The capstone for the town was the master plan unveiled at the end of the year to serve as a roadmap for the future development of Daleville.

Council member Jeff Shore commented that the work the town has been able to do thanks to the consulting group’s efforts has “brought them to the next level.”

The council renewed the services of Augusta Consulting at a cost of $30,000 per year on a two-year contract.

“When it comes to efforts like this, you don’t want to follow, you want to lead,” Bookout told the council after talking about how communities like Yorktown and Muncie were learning from Daleville’s efforts.

The board also heard from Commonwealth Engineering, which reported the Daleville Road project has finished under budget and on time. Due to safety measures in the contract, the town will be refunded roughly $40,000 in contingency money.

The group has a walkthrough scheduled for Dec. 11 to mark down any loose ends.

The street department has also closed the temporary road near the fire station following the reopening of Daleville road. The fate of the road is unknown until he fire department determines if the road can be given to the town.

The decision to make the road a permanent fixture for Daleville is expected to be on the agenda for the next council meeting in January.

In other news the council listened to representatives from the “Heart of the River” group, which is opposing the Mounds Lake project. The project would affect the communities of Muncie, Anderson, Daleville and Yorktown by damming up a portion of the river to create a manmade lake from Mounds State Park to Muncie.

The group asked the council to oppose the project despite the economic gains promised by the group for the effort.

Sheryl Myers, one of the representatives told the council that the project was “premature” and has not been researched enough by the experts to determine if the project is both needed and beneficial.

Another representative, Kevin Tungesvick, spoke about the ecological impact of the project on the native flora and fauna populations.

Nearly 400 homes and 80 businesses would be affected by the project according to the group. More of their stance on the project can be found at heartoftheriver.wordpress.com

Source: The Star Press

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