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Spiceland establishes its own election board

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

A town election board, improved drainage for an apartment complex, tax abatement review and bidding on a former eyesore property provided a potpourri of topics for the Spiceland Town Council recently.

Related actions on all of the above promise to save the town money, improve infrastructure and continue building a positive relationship with a good corporate neighbor, said town leaders.

Here’s a review from the council’s most recent meeting, held June 5.

Town election board

Council members passed a resolution needed to establish its own election board.

“If we don’t do this, the county will do it for us and they’ll charge us thousands of dollars,” Clerk-Treasurer Dawn Mogg explained. “This is just saying we’ll do it our own.”

Small town elections normally don’t draw lots of interest and competitive races are rare. The filing deadline for open board seats is no later than noon, Aug. 1. 

Veteran clerk-treasurer Dawn Mogg and Ward 1 Incumbent Pam Stigall, Ward 2 Incumbent Jody French and Ward 3 incumbent Marita Roberson are all up for reelection.

There hasn’t been a competitive race for a council seat in Spiceland in eight years. 

In the event of a challenge to any of the incumbents, the Spiceland Election Board would be created, consisting of two Democrats and two Republicans appointed by the respective parties.

Improved drainage

Council members approved a contract with Irwin Excavating for a project at Woods Edge Drive designed to provide improved drainage for that area.

Utilities Supt. Jeff Lane said the contract – $13,145 for Irwin Excavating – comes with hopes that the work will be completed by the end of the summer.

Tax abatement review 

The Spiceland Town Council said the Indiana Municipal Power Agency has been a good neighbor.

Council members agreed the company has done everything asked of it when it applied for and received tax abatement on its facility just off Ind. 3.

The annual compliance statement was approved and signed by council members.

Eyesore property

Town Council members rejected all bids on an eyesore property at 114 N. 6th Street and agreed to proceed on the next step in getting it back on the tax rolls – negotiations with neighbors who might be interested in purchasing it.

Officials said there would be potentially three parties interested, including IMPA.

“We will reach out to those property owners and see if they are interested,” Town Council President Darren Jacobs said.