JASONVILLE -- Even though it is just November, city officials are looking forward to December activities within the community.
At Monday night's city council meeting, Mayor Roy Terrell, Sr., announced the Indiana Railroad's Santa Train will make a stop in the community at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1. The train will stop in the city park.
This is the first time the train will make a stop in the city park. Previously, the train has stopped at Hiawatha Yard and Main Street.
"With all the construction down there (Hiawatha Yard), they were concerned with that," said Assistant Police Chief Jim Gadberry in regards to the change of location.
Police Chief Rick VanHorn noted the park entrance on Lawton Street (by the tennis courts) will be closed during the event. All other park entrances will be open.
Mayor Terrell said he is trying to spark an interest with community groups to light up the park with Christmas lights during the event.
Council member Brad Duncan noted that the Shakamak Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1. The event will be held in the Shakamak Elementary gym. The event will offer a variety of vendors and entertainment.
The Chamber will host Santa Claus at the Jasonville Public Library, Duncan said, but a date hasn't been set yet.
The council approved a half day of work for city employees on Christmas Eve. Christmas is a holiday for city employees. This year, city employees will work until noon on Christmas Eve. The remainder of the day will be considered a holiday.
Gadberry updated the council on the police department's new Spillman/CAD system.
"The CAD system is going. We just started a week ago," Gadberry said. "I think all in all, it is going well."
Gadberry requested to be on the council's December meeting agenda to demonstrate the system to council members.
Jim Johnson told council members the Jasonville Heritage Museum has hosted some visitors within the past month.
Johnson asked city officials to inspect the sidewalk outside of the museum.
"It's in dire need of maintenance," he said.
Chief Van Horn presented the police department's activity log for the month of October.
The department had 12 arrests in October: 10 were traffic related, one was for theft, while another was for a protective order violation. The department investigated the following cases: two theft, two protective order violations, two battery, one vandalism, one domestic, one possible ID theft and five accidents. Officers issued five traffic warnings, four equipment repair orders and four title checks. They assisted other departments seven times.