Town to unveil Muterspaugh sign on Oct. 2

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MARKLEVILLE — The unveiling of a street sign to honor one of its most cherished residents will take place Saturday, Oct. 2.

At Monday’s Markleville Town Council meeting, the council approved the date and 1 p.m. dedication ceremony to honor long-time resident and volunteer fireman Charles (Chod) Muterspaugh.

At a previous town meeting, the board approved changing the name of Tariff Street to Muterspaugh Drive. The only home located on the street is owned by Muterspaugh’s daughter.

Muterspaugh passed away in November at the age of 82. He was a volunteer fireman with Adams Markleville Fire Department for 54 years and a long-time fixture in town known for his giving persona.

He worked at Elston Richards Warehouse for 17 years and was a custodian at Pendleton Heights High School for 21 years. He was also a custodian for town hall and a member of the parks department.

Tree trimming

The South Madison Community School Corp. has asked the town to trim some of its trees.

A member of the district’s board of school trustees reached out to the council about some larger trees in town that have grown to where they are obstructing school buses.

Town council president Daniel Roseberry said he has talked with a Markleville company, Dependable Tree Service Inc., and got a quote of $4,000 to take care of three different spots on routes where over hanging trees are brushing against school buses.

He said one resident that had a couple of the obstructions on their property has already had their trees trimmed.

Todd Leever, head of the town’s street and environmental department, said he would also check to see about a solution to the tree problem, hoping for less cost to the town.

Environmental issues

In hopes of cleaning up some local eyesores, the town has sent out certified letters to property owners about environment violations.

Roseberry said the violations include abandoned property and overgrown brush.

In his monthly report, Leever told the council the letters are working and owners are making arrangements to clean up their land.

If efforts have not been made within 10-15 days of receiving the violation letters, property owners could be issued fines.

Roseberry said he has had calls concerning the environmental violations.

“I’ve emphasized, it is not our interest to profit off of fines and making fines. Our interest is seeking compliance of ordinances we have placed,” he said. “We do understand there are situations, maybe COVID-19 related, other things that can delay.”