A local logging firm will have an easier time getting access to its property thanks to the Robinson City Council's approval of a new truck route on Tuesday.
City Attorney Frank Weber and Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick asked the council for permission to establish a logging truck route on Christopher Boulevard (between KFC and Baymont Inn) as part of an agreement between the city, Randy Stephens and Don Lachenmayr.
"The property owner has property outside the city, but no way to access it except through the city," Weber said.
Weber said the group would be cutting logs in that area and needs a better way to enter and exit the area. The agreement consisted of requirements of approved and unapproved portions of the area, with the approved portion being the area around Tuscany Grill. The unapproved portion relates to bad weather and the road become worn because of the weather.
There aren't too many anticipated problems with the approved portion other than debris or mud falling off trucks.
Quick recommended a cash bond being posted with the city as part of the agreement, which will give the city protection.
"They would post a $5,000 cashier's check payable to the city," Weber said. "That way if there was a default in any way then we wouldn't have to have their permission to negotiate that."
Quick and Weber said they are under the impression the work on the route would begin this fall, weather permitting.
In other business the council approved the hiring of a flex-shift police officer for the Robinson Police Department, giving it 14 officers. Chief Chad Weaver said after a previous meeting, the police committee agreed to hire Colton Williamson as the new officer. Alderman Gene Sinclair also motioned for the council to approve a memorandum of understanding with the fraternal order of the police, pertaining to language that a 14th officer becoming a flex-shift officer. The council approved the motion.
"It's a technical matter that had to be taken care of," Sinclair said.
The council also granted permission to advertise for a temporary full-time custodian at the Robinson Community Center, with the bids to be received by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.
Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer revealed the creation of a "mini park" at a vacant lot on South Cross. He showed the potential layout of the park to the council and asked permission to advertise for bids for its various structures.
"We agreed in our park committee meeting to go out for bids for items we estimated cost more than $10,000," Shimer said. "To see what the cost of this park could potentially be."
The park will be just south of the post office, where part of a building was demolished last year. The property was donated by Frank and Wanda Weber and Mark Weber.
Shimer added that the park committee is expected to use funding from the TIF account to pay for the structures, if bids are approved. Shimer said a timeline for the bids will be revealed after he receives the specifics regarding the structures. The council approved the motion with a vote of 7-1, with Alderman Russell Snider providing the lone no vote.
Work on the Washington Park east side walkway and recoloring of the tennis courts could finish Wednesday if the rainy weather holds off. Shimer said that Ambraw Asphalt led the charge, along with an Indianapolis company to make those changes recently.
The summer season is almost over and so is another summer at the Robinson City Pool. Shimer said that the pool will officially close on Labor Day. The park will host be hosting a college softball tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the city slowpitch softball league will open its season Wednesday and will do so every Wednesday for the next eight weeks.