OAKLAND CITY — Oakland City Mayor James Deffendall updated the common council Tuesday on housing development in works for the city through the Community Action Program of Evansville.
The new housing will be built on Main Street in Oakland City, in the area where Parker’s Rexall Drugs once stood. CAPE already has three single-family homes built in Oakland City.
Deffendall said the nine town homes will include a mix of one, two and three bedroom options.
The water bills will also be included a part of the rent, with all of the units individually metered.
Deffendall also updated the board on a commercial property, the former hospital, which the current owner is ready to move on.
Deffendall said people are under the impression the building is falling in on itself inside, but it’s in good condition. He told the board there may be an auction at some point for some of the items that remain in the building.
The Board of Works approved the new sign for City Hall at a total of $2,800. The wiring and labor is $300 to $350 with city employees completing the labor to dig the line up.
The Board of Works also approved the use of online training through Line of Duty for the Oakland City Police Department. Police Chief Tim Gaines said it will help officers with their training hours because it can be accessed 24/7. The total cost is $395 per year and can be used by two to 10 officers. Mayor Deffendall said from his time with the sheriff’s office he know it’s a good program. He said it helps officers have a handle on where there hours are at.
The BOW approved the hire of John Pace as the newest patrol officer for the Oakland City Police Department. Both Gaines and Deffendall said the group of applicants for the open position was very impressive. “This is one of the best pools we have had in quite some time,” Gaines said.
Deffendall also updated the BOW on a citizen concern from the previous meeting regarding visibility at intersections. He said he had received the list of intersections, and city workers had taken care of them since that time.