Indiana Borough Council last night formally accepted the resignation of Borough Manager Jeff Raykes for "personal reasons." Raykes did not speak publicly during the meeting, but read a prepared statement afterward in which he said he leaves with a heavy heart. He did not elaborate on his reasons for resigning. His last day will be November 15th.
Council President Nancy Jones said that some members of the council have known of Raykes' intentions for at least a week. She also said the board would take action in December to fill the borough manger position. Until then, Police Chief William Sutton will act as interim manager.
In other news Council member John Hartman warned the board of the aging underground infrastructure. He stressed the importance of looking thoroughly at problems such as outdated sewer lines. He said that people don’t see this on a day-to-day basis, but when it fails, the calls will come in.
Chief Chuck Kelley of the Indiana Fire Association said that the damages from the Creps United Publications fire are about $75 million.
Nancy Jones said that IUP students carelessly walking across Oakland Avenue, specifically at the 13th Street intersection, is a serious problem and will be addressed. An officer may be posted and will cite not only walkers, but motorists who do not yield in crosswalks.