Danville Town Council approves Rib-Fest grant, street repair trailer

Compiled by Peg McRoy Glover

The Danville Town Council met Feb. 2. These meetings can be viewed on the town’s YouTube channel after the meeting. The council typically meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Danville Town Hall, 49 N. Wayne St. The next scheduled meeting is Feb. 15.  

What happened: Council president David Winters presented a service award to former council member Tom Pado.

What this means: Pado served on the council for five years. Winters gave an overview of Pado’s life taken from his book, “Damn the Pressure, Full Speed Ahead,” including Navy service and developing undersea robots for oil and gas industries  

What happened: The council approved executing paperwork to submit for an opioid settlement for the town. This is a local settlement with more anticipated. There will be a national settlement at a later date. 

What this means: Danville is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by a group of Indiana municipalities regarding the opioid crisis and costs related to prescribing activities. This settlement is with Meijer and will be distributed among the defendants. Funds received will be unrestricted. 

What happened: Council approved street closures for Tri-Kappa’s Fair on the Square and the Destination Danville Festival.

What this means:  Jefferson, Marion and Washington street will be closed around the Square for both events, June 3 and Sept. 8-20.  

What happened: Tom Downard, Avon Chamber of Commerce executive director requested $5,000 to help pay for Hendricks County Rib-Fest. Council approved. 

What this means: The Chamber manages Rib-Fest. The 18th event is June 24, and 11,000 are expected to attend at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds. 

What happened: Council gave Andrew Pitcher, public works superintendent, approval to purchase a new asphalt patch trailer for $121,171. 

What this means: This purchase replaces a 2006 piece of equipment with rust and a faulty burner. The new trailer can carry and distribute asphalt tack oil, a hydraulic jackhammer and lifting plate.