First Street sewer replacement could continue to November

The Zionsville Wastewater Department is replacing a sanitary sewer along First Street, and the project could continue into November.

Dennis Mackey, superintendent of the wastewater department, said replacing the sewer was a planned project that was part of the department’s five-year plan, but the sewer was ready to be replaced.

“We are replacing an old, aging sewer that is in the process of breaking down,” he said.

He said the work will progress north along First Street to Ash Street as weather permits.

The company doing the work has a contract with the wastewater department until November, and Mackey said he fully expects the work to be completed by then.

Parks board approves naturalist job description

At its meeting Wednesday, Sept. 13, The Zionsville Parks and Recreation Board approved the job description of a naturalist, a new position for the Zionsville Parks Department that will be added in 2007.

The naturalist will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Zionsville Nature Center and provide nature and environmental interpretive services for the nature center and the parks department.

Parks Department Superintendent Al Smith said the job description was written by Zionsville Town Council President Dick Crane with the help of Jill Troha, executive director of the nature center.

Jeff Glass, president of the parks board, said the parks board would like to be involved with the interviewing and hiring of the naturalist position.

Because of the anticipated number of applicants, the board of the Zion Nature center will be doing the initial screening of applicants and presenting a narrowed field of candidates to the parks board, said Therese Burkhard, a member of both the Zionsville Parks Board and the Board of the Zion Nature Center.

Bus driver call leads to intoxicated driver arrest

A call from a Zionsville Community Schools bus driver led to the arrest of an intoxicated driver Monday morning, Sept. 18.

Mary A. Sefranka, 50, of Camby was arrested for operating while intoxicated Monday after failing a field sobriety test, Zionsville Police Department Sergeant Doug Gauthier said.

He said a driver of a ZCS bus witnessed a vehicle driving erratically north on Ford Road. The bus driver radioed into the transportation office to report that a driver was swerving across the road and onto the shoulder and the transportation office then called Boone County dispatch to report the driver, he said.

While Zionsville Police Department were responding, a second ZCS bus driver reported seeing the vehicle turn onto Bloor Lane from Ford Road, Gauthier said.

The driver, Sefranka, was stopped and failed a field sobriety test and was taken to Witham Memorial Hospital to be tested for narcotics, he said.

If narcotics are found in her system, Sefranka could also be charge with driving under the influence of narcotics, a separate charge from operating while intoxicated, Gauthier said.

He said this is the fourth time the Zionsville Police Department has received a complaint of an intoxicated driver driving a vehicle matching the description of Sefranka’s vehicle, but the first time the ZPD was able to locate the vehicle.

Library board approves budget

The Hussey-Mayfiled Memorial Public Library board approved the library’s 2007 budget Monday, Sept. 18.

The total budget estimate for 2007 is nearly $2.4 million. The estimated budget for the Library Operating Fund is $1,645,355, the Library Improvement Reserve Fund is $200,000 and the Lease Rental is $537,000.

The budget includes a $16,000 excessive levy appeal for the operating fund because of an increase in assessed value.

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