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Milltown prepares for festival, sidewalk work

Meeting in regular session on Aug. 12, the Milltown Town Council discussed upcoming events that will take place as summer draws to a close.
One of the largest of the year, the Milltown Community Festival, which will be Sept. 20 through 22, will feature a 5K walk/run for the first time.
In construction news, bids were discussed for two sidewalk projects in the area of Maxine’s Market. One is up to the raised sidewalk at the corner of Poplar and Indiana while the other is from the raised sidewalk to Speed Road. Pitman Construction Co. was awarded the project for the amount of $19,930.
Other improvement news was presented by Marquita Newkirk, who was on hand to discuss flowers and improvements for the town. She also presented the council with information from the now defunct beautification committee.
‘I’m not sure what to do with all of this,’ she said. ‘So, we thought it best to bring it to you.’
The committee has since fallen to the wayside due to a lack of participation, but Newkirk was still in possession of all the committees documentation.
Though the committee is not affiliated with the town government, Newkirk thought the council would be the best avenue from which to seek counsel.
Committee updates continued with Bill Byrd and the cemetery committee.
The cemetery committee will work to locate unmarked and empty lots in an effort to better plot out the land available and also to identify any missing areas.
In another matter, Milltown Police Chief Ray Saylor informed the council that drug arrests and burglaries are on the rise. There also have been multiple DUI arrests, he said.
Items reported missing from two recent break-ins were recovered, but Saylor cautions everyone to remain vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior.
He also reported that the police department will not hold its annual National Night Out festivities due to an anticipated shortage of the donations that have previously made the night a possibility.
‘Things are tight everywhere, and we have had to cut back a little bit,’ Saylor said.
In other town business, Jim Pevlor, the town manager, reported that striping and curb painting upgrades were in the works for the town as it draws closer to festival time.
Pevlor also requested a consultation from an engineer in Harrison County or the Indiana Dept. of Transportation for a problematic sinkhole on town property.