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July 23, 2018

6/28/2018 11:00:00 AM
Despite weather, progress made on Pepsi facility
Also: Rail crossing improvements on the way; tennis court needs re-striped.
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Updates on construction at the Ridgway Industrial Park and work on the Washington Park tennis courts was brought to the Robinson City Council's attention during last night's meeting.

City Engineer Jeff Hillard announced that the recent bout of wet weather has slowed construction on the Pepsi Mid-America facility, but progress is being made. Hillard said the underground work for the main building is done, and flooring should be finished soon.

The council also granted Hillard permission to approve an agreement for railway-highway grade crossing improvements, which will be made at no cost for Robinson from the federal government and Indiana Rail Road.

"These are safety improvements and will install new LED lights and gates at several crossings," Hillard said.

Those crossings will be Heath Toffee Avenue, Robb, Howard, Webster, King and Jackson. Local crews will only need to be called in for minor things if it comes to it, such as help with curbing.

Alderman Gene Sinclair questioned why the Cross Street crossing was not listed, saying it is the worst in town. Hillard said he did not understand that either.

The entire project will cost $1,1299,520.

In other business, Sinclair said the police committee has still not received a bid for the Robinson Police Department's new transfer switch. During the last meeting, the department requested a new switch for the diesel generator to turn the power on automatically, without manual force. Sinclair said that they will continue to seek bids and hopefully it will be from someone local.

Eight of the department's squad cars will have new camera systems. Thanks to state grants and a Mary Heath grant the department will be able to buy the cameras at a cost not to exceed $15,000.

The Washington Park tennis courts will be undergoing some minor work next month. Parks Superintendent Mike Shimer said Huff Sealing, Albion, has been ordered by Ambraw Asphalt President J.B. Cavanaugh to recolor and stripe the tennis court at Huff's cost.

Huff is a subcontractor of Ambraw and Cavanaugh did not approve the work the company did recently on the court. Cavanaugh noted that some of the lines are not the regulation two inches wide.

"It's the only way both Ambraw Asphalt and Huff Sealing can work this out," Shimer said. The work is expected to be done in July.

Fourth of July is nearing and the carnival is in town beginning Friday night. Shimer said the carnival will be open from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 and last about 30 minutes. Robinson City Park will also host Country Roads Fish Fry from 4-7 p.m. Friday. First National Bank will provide Dairy Dee ice cream for the first 300 customers. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time from the bank, Shimer, and will also be available at the event.

Christmas will be here sooner than you think. Brent Battershell representing the Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee announced that this year's Christmas Festival will be the third weekend in November. Last year's skating rink, which was a success, has been reserved. About 900 people skated last year. Battershell is also looking for new ideas.

"We don't want to become stale, and want to hear any concepts and ideas others have," Battershell said.

A new state law was announced to the aldermen, who approved a new ordinance based on the law. City Attorney Frank Weber said this law allows the state to install small wireless apparatuses on utility poles on public property. This ordinance will allow workers to go onto public property to fix these poles.

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