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Brian Haakinson noted, "The pop-up park is a temporary setup, but we can build on that …. There could be some angled parking along the street. We also talked about having some sort of arts and culture component in this …. It could be kids doing sidewalk chalk or other activities to engage people."

"Coming from a larger community, I personally just feel like there is a lack of movement downtown. There are sidewalks, but you don’t see a lot of people walking around. You don’t see people on bikes …. I would love for my children to choose to come back here someday, so we need to enhance the downtown so they can envision returning to Batesville."

"We are here to talk about a wonderful event coming to our city July 1," emphasized Sarah Heppner, Rural Alliance for the Arts executive director. "The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will bring its famed Star-Spangled Symphony to Batesville to perform a free concert. It is very similar to what they do at Conner Prairie every year.

"This will benefit every segment of our population, with no exclusion based on the ability to pay, which is quite different if you go to Conner Prairie. With a potential audience in the thousands, Batesville retail outlets – restaurants, stores, gas stations, etc. – will also benefit.

"When presented with this possibility to collaborate in March, we had to lock in or lose the opportunity. We have put in motion a number of committees to see this project come to fruition in just a few short months. This is a huge endeavor for a town of this size and a small nonprofit arts organization. Therefore, we need the help of many contributors. We have already contacted many area businesses, organizations and individuals as well as applied for multiple grants," she said.

"We are requesting between $10,000-$15,000 in seed money toward the cost of the symphony for the first year, with the option to come back the next two years …. The normal cost for the ISO for this performance is $80,000, but they have reduced their rate to $60,000 as part of an initiative to reach rural audiences in Indiana."

"This initiative is quite timely as we are all working together to make this community a great place for families, and it epitomizes the new ‘Craft Your Life’ branding. I was able to go last year for the first time to Conner Prairie, and it was extremely moving. I’m so excited to have them come here. They play all the traditional songs, and honor all branches of the military. It was a very lovely evening."

• Last month, three Farmington Estates Abby Lane residents told council members about water issues they have been dealing with and asked what could be done to alleviate the problem. At Monday night’s meeting, Dennis Bourquein said, "I spoke with Mayor (Mike) Bettice, and he said the engineer has not yet figured out what to do, but the surveyors were there this past week." On behalf of the Abby Lane residents, "thank you very much for listening to our concerns and working on them."

• Batesville Board of Works members approved four road closure requests: For a June 26 water show at the Batesville Memorial Public Library, Hillenbrand Avenue north of the library from Elm Street to Walnut Street will be closed from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For the July 1 ISO concert, Pohlman Street from Delaware to Coonhunters Road will be one-way traffic with an entrance at Delaware (the Bill Gillespie Soccer Park) and an exit at John Street onto Central Avenue from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. For the July 28 St. John’s United Church of Christ, Huntersville, Church Picnic, Columbus Avenue between Huntersville Road and the Batesville Intermediate School driveway will be closed from noon-9 p.m. The route for the Sept. 14 What the Hill Running Club’s Oktobeerfest 5K, which will begin at 5 p.m. and benefit the Matthew 19:26 Mission Team, was approved.

• The group also approved two annual contracts: The city will pay Dennis Siebert $1,559 to apply sludge from the wastewater treatment plant to his farmland at 12611 N. County Road 110 W., and Batesville EMS 10 will be paid $26,479 to provide emergency ambulance service to the Southwestern Franklin County Fire Territory.