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Lewisville accepts donated police car

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Lewisville is growing its law enforcement fleet, thanks to the Anderson Police Department.

The Lewisville Town Council voted Thursday to accept a donated 2009 Impala with 140,000 miles from the Anderson force.

All the vehicle reportedly needs is a tune up, some interior work and new brakes.

“There’d be a little bit of expense there, but it’s not like buying a new car,” said council president Richard Craig.

The donation was the result of inquiries by Lewisville Marshal Ron Walker.

As a former police cruiser, the vehicle is already fitted with equipment Walker and possible future reserve officers can use while on duty patrolling the town.

Council member Justin Thompson reported this week Walker issued 49 citations, 16 warnings, 32 infractions, four misdemeanors and five felony arrests in the month of April.

The town council also agreed Thursday to use approximately $500 from the rainy day fund to cover the costs of Walker’s police training and ammunition while he is working toward marshal certification at the Indiana Police Academy.

In other business, the council agreed to pick up utility expenses for the Lewisville Park Board through the end of 2019.

The park board did not submit an annual budget in time for the town to appropriate money for the park shelter’s utilities. Rather than reappropriate the necessary funds, the council decided it would be easier this year to just cover the bills.

The town will pay water, electric, gas and sewer charges the park incurs for the rest of the year by renting out the shelter house.

Deputy clerk Tammy Matney asked the council to make sure the town gets a key to the shelter house. That way, town employees can keep an eye on lights or the air conditioner accidentally being left on when the shelter isn’t in use.

Town clerk Larry Smith also suggested it might make financial sense to not rent out the shelter in the winter months of January to March as a way to further keep costs down.

Matney also asked the town council to consider raising the utility reconnect fees for residents who had their water and electricity shut off due to non-payment.

The current ordinance states there is a flat $50 fee to have utilities turned back on. Matney said this is not enough of a deterrent to encourage people to pay their bills.

The council asked the town’s attorney to draw up a new ordinance with a $100 reconnect fee for each utility plus a $20 fee for each utility if it is reconnected after regular business hours.

Under old business, Thompson updated those in attendance on an ongoing project to repair the town’s water plant and filtration system.

“We’re working on it. It’s just a slow process,” he said.

The water facility project was included in a recent Rural Business Development Grant application.

The Lewisville Town Council meets again at 5 p.m. June 13 in town hall, 101 E. Main St.