* First meeting conducted in community building
STAUNTON ---- Although its community building is nearly complete, the Staunton Town Council still has not set a date for an open house.
In addition, the council informed members of the public some things are not finished inside.
On Monday, the council met for its monthly meeting in the new community building for the first time.
During the meeting, members of the community came forward expressing interest in helping add to the décor.
"We want to see people utilize this," Staunton resident Anita Ave said. "We're proud to have this."
Ave, along with others, said they wanted to scope out the building in an effort to decide what additional furnishings might be needed.
The council said it was open to suggestions from the community and invited the residents to take a look around.
Council member Brad Webster motioned to accept the offer and the vote was unanimous.
The council said they were interested in having some sort of cookout when it does schedule an open house, but no date has been set yet. However, Council President Andy Kirchner said it could take place in July.
For the most part, the building is complete, but council members indicated Monday evening some things are not quite finished.
Some items have been donated, such as an American flag and Indiana flag to fly on a flag pole, which the council agreed to purchase sometime soon.
Other items have been donated as well.
Currently, Staunton Clerk/Treasurer Cathy Mienhartt has moved her office to the new facility and residents are able to pay water bills there.
In addition, several exercise sessions are taking place.
On Monday, the council discussed the possibility of having afternoon Bingo games for senior citizens.
Despite the discussion, council members expressed displeasure with some things.
On Monday, the council voted 3-0 to withhold final payment to MSI, Construction, Inc., Clinton, due to an issue with a spot for a refrigerator in the kitchen area.
According to the council, the space for the refrigerator is too small. They agreed to withhold the payment until the issue is resolved.
The council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at Town Hall. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., July 12.