The Hanover Town Council on Tuesday agreed to prohibit logs and large tree limbs from being dumped at its compost site.

Street Superintendent Scott Williams reported that the compost site, which recently opened for the season, cannot process logs that have been dropped off at the site by commercial tree trimmers.

"We just don't have the size to allow that," he said.

The compost from the site is chopped up and given away to the public at no charge. Commercial users and non-Hanover residents are charged to dump at the location.

Attorney Wil Goering said the ordinance does not need to be changed because it calls for "compostable materials," which does not include logs.

The town plans to put up signs informing users of the regulation.

The compost site is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Also at the meeting, the town reported that it's still negotiating with New Hope Services for rental space at the town community center.

New Hope Services will take over the WIC services in Jefferson County later this year.

The town said it will hold off on renting out rooms at the facility until it hears back from New Hope Services, which has submitted its facility plans to the state. If the space is used for WIC, the building would need renovations.

In addition to the possible agreement with New Hope Services, Brenda Bundy, the town's new administrative assistant, reported that the town will meet with a commercial Real Estate agent to help lease out the other spaces in the building. The council said it is looking for a long-term tenant.

In other business:

• The town voted 4-0 - Brett Mitchell was absent - to hire two seasonal workers to help with summer mowing and other duties. They will be paid $9 an hour and work 40 hours a week from June to August. The job will be advertised as a temporary seasonal position.

• The town approved an annual software maintenance agreement with Keystone Software Solutions for $5,495.

• The town accepted a bid from Phillips Network Sales in Scottsburg to replace its phones. The work, which will cost about $4,000, will involve replacing the phones and installing some wiring. The phone system itself will not be upgraded.

• The town will host its annual Party in the Park on June 15. The music is set to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the event will include food and activities for kids. Council president Debbie Kroger said the town checked with the city of Madison to make sure the date does not conflict with other local festivals or activities.

The rain-out day is set for June 16.  

• The town will host Clean-up Hanover Week from May 17 to 26. Bundy said fliers, which will include a list of items that will be accepted during the effort, will be sent out to residents next month.

• Marshal Ron Kroger reported that a deer recently damaged a squad car. He said he found a used door and mirror to fix the damage. The car will stay in service.