Danville Town Council approves crossing signals, grant program pursuit

Compiled by Peg McRoy Glover

The Danville Town Council met Nov. 17.  The Danville Town Council met Nov. 3. Meetings can be viewed on YouTube. The council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Danville Town Hall, 49 N. Wayne St. The next scheduled meeting is Dec. 1. 

What happened: Kelly DiBenedetto, executive director of the Greater Danville Chamber of Commerce, sought the advice and direction of the council on whether to continue the commemorative bricks program on the Square. 

What this means: A commemorative brick program began in 1998 and can be purchased by individuals for $50 in someone’s honor. The chamber takes the orders and has the bricks engraved. The department of public works lays the bricks on the grounds of the courthouse Square. The chamber has sold five in the last couple of years. Three were purchased this year by a person who lost three family members to COVID-19. The council approved the continuation of the program with the modification that bricks will only be installed only once a year in the week prior to Memorial Day.  

What happened: The council approved the installation of two additional handicap parking spaces for the Danville Public Library. 

What this means: Two handicap parking spaces will be added to the north side of the library on Marion Street, and one will be added to the front of the library on Indiana Street.   

What happened: Anne Johansson, executive director of the Danville Downtown Partnership, was given permission to move forward with a letter of intent to the Indiana Main Street Program, which is the first step to qualify Danville to participate in this grant program. 

What this means: The Indiana Main Street Program assists towns in revitalizing the economy, appearance and image of downtown districts through grants. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) oversees this program. Towns that qualify and are accepted will be announced in March. 

What happened: Andrew Pitcher, superintendent of public works, was given approval to move forward with an interlocal agreement between the Town of Danville and the Danville Community School Corporation school board to purchase a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon Crosswalk Safety System.

What this means: This beacon crosswalk system will alert motorists when pedestrians are preparing to cross a street, requiring motorists to yield to the pedestrians. Beacons will be installed at Mackey Road and West Mill Street, West Lincoln Street between Clear Creek Drive and Paddlebrook Drive and at Lincoln Street and Warrior Way. Cost is $23,500, and the town and schools will equally share in the cost, installation and maintenance.  DCSC will be responsible for inspections.