A crosswalk, new sections of sidewalk and the repaving of 14 roads in Hanover are in the works thanks to another Community Crossings Matching Grant (CCMG) and additional funding, members of Hanover Town Council said at a regular meeting Tuesday night.

The town has undergone several important projects in recent years, such as the sidewalk in front of Southwestern Schools, thanks to Community Crossings grants from the Indiana Department of Transportation. Members wearing masks and face shields Tuesday signed an application for the funds through Midwest Engineers Inc. after senior marketing executive and former county commissioner Julie Berry laid out the details.

Hanover’s population qualifies the town to provide only a 25% match of funds toward the project, Berry said, most importantly a sidewalk running through neighborhoods from Thornton Road to North Sycamore Street so that children living in the area can safely walk to school. The town hopes to also pave and mill Thornton Road and several others with grant funds.

Hanover is also allocating part of its $20,000 fund for roadwork toward building a crosswalk across State Road 56 from CVS to Circle K for similar reasons, Clerk Treasurer Keith Mefford said. Mefford said he and a couple other council members had met with INDOT representatives Tuesday to begin developing the logistics of the plan, seen as a necessity for Hanover’s busiest intersection.

Superintendent of Streets and Utilities Scott Williams said if funding lines up with past projections, the town will only have to pay about $90,000 of the nearly $500,000 project.

Other streets slated for milling and repaving include Hickory Drive, a portion of Lowry Lane, Jackson Lane, North Clifty Drive to the Hanover Park Community Building, Gray Street, Joe’s Lane, Grange Hall Road from Kuntz Road to the town limits, Kuntz Road, Shady Nook, Pine Ridge Road, a portion of Hanover Drive, River Road and Ohio Avenue, Williams said.

He said road and drainage work is especially needed in the area of Thornton Road, where water tends to build up during rainfall and a culvert will need to be placed to eliminate flooding.

Berry said the contract signed Tuesday is just for project development. If the grant isnot funded, Hanover won’t be charged for any biddings, specs or other parts of the process, she said. Applications for CCMG are submitted in July.

Continuing the theme of town upkeep, Council President Kenny Garrett addressed the need for better enforcement of land use ordinances in the mobile home parks around town. Citing huge potholes, frequent complaints and the poor upkeep of those properties for decades, Garrett and council member Treva Shelton said there is a greater need for accountability and follow-through with keeping owners and residents in check. They set aside a work session for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26 to talk about how to better enforce regulations.

“There hasn’t been one ordinance we’ve followed through on and I’m tired of putting it off,” Garrett said emphatically. “… 30 years ago that trailer park looked the same as it does now.”

In other business Tuesday:

• Town Marshal Shane Caldwell requested $4,000 to purchase a drone with thermal imaging for Hanover Police Department. He said the drone would come in especially handy in missing persons investigations, and one resident has already donated $1,000 toward the purchase, Caldwell said. The Hanover Police Department is currently accepting donations.

• The council approved purchasing a $13,000 sludge press for the Streets and Utilities Department. The press filters liquids from sludge for better disposal.

• Council members retroactively approved a $53,870 bid through Rees Restoration for roofing work on the Hanover Park Community Building.

• Mefford said the Clerk Treasurer’s office, which had been closed to the public during the COVID shutdown with customers using a drive through window, is preparing for a soft reopening and may open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with two employees and Tuesdays and Thursdays with one employee staffing the office.

Another work session is set for Wednesday, June 3 on the town’s cumulative capital development fund, which sets aside money for public emergency situations.