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Town nearly out of hot water with IHCDA

September 18, 2013
In perhaps the biggest news of the meeting, Milltown clerk-treasurer Susan Mills notified the council that Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority would be removing the town from the grant blacklist at the end of the month.

The town came under fire last year when Evanelle Goss, who served as Milltown clerk-treasurer from 2008 through 2011, was arrested in July 2012, on theft and official misconduct charges.

Goss, 56, of Milltown, became the subject of an investigation after a State Board of Accounts audit of the town's finances for the two-year period between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010, discovered some alleged irregularities.

Goss is accused of having overpaid herself $8,895.38 between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010, as well as having used $160.72 of town money to purchase a cell phone and service agreement plan.

The audit also stated there is no record of proper deposit of collections in the amount of $818 and ordered her to repay the town the $9,874.10 total.

Due to a lack of reporting for a housing grant the town received years ago from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the town has been unable to apply for grant funding. Mills has been working with state agencies to correct those failures and restore the town's eligibility.

In another matter, Police Chief Ray Saylor spoke about the increase in the number of traffic citations due to the increased number of speeders after school is dismissed.

Due to the high volume of parents picking up their children and the number of students driving to and from school, the traffic has increased exponentially.

Saylor also presented the council with a proposal for several stages of repairs needed for the medical building.

The council took Saylor's proposal under advisement and will be conducting a walk-through of the property before making any decisions about repairs or upgrades.

Jim Pevlor, the town manager, updated the council on the sidewalk project that has been underway for the last two months.

Pevlor said the project is going well, though he didn't give an expected time of completion. Pitman Construction requested a change order in the project. It was requested that there be no sidewalk placed from the area right before 207 Poplar St. to the end of the driveway at 209 Poplar St.

The construction company will provide the town with the proper deductions from the contract price for the difference in work. The request was approved through a motion by Jean Melton and that was seconded by Curt Hudson. Monty Garrett recused himself from the vote.

A discussion about moving forward with property violations included the possibility of working with a collection agency to help the town collect delinquent fines.

Mills will be working with Pevlor to research agencies and provide the information to the next council meeting.

Pevlor also heard from the council and made recommendations about what areas of the town will need mowing and weeding attention before this weekend's festival. (See story, front page.)

The festival will feature demonstrations from local groups such as western reenactors Six Guns Entertainment and wood carver Paul Moon. It will also feature a fireworks show sponsored by Lucas Oil, a 5K race, corn hole tournament and gospel sing.

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