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5/8/2018 - Greensburg City Council Meeting
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The Greensburg City Council met Monday evening. The Greensburg Elementary School Destination Imagination Team, known as the Gummy Bear Ninjas, was recognized with a proclamation from Mayor Dan Manus. The team finished 2nd in Regional competition and 1st in State competition. They will compete in the Global finals in Knoxville, TN. Destination Imagination Team Challenges are open-ended projects that teams work on over a 2-4 month period. The challenges are designed to enable students to learn and experience the creative process while fostering their creativity, curiosity, and courage. Each team has a team manager who helps keep the team on track but does not assist or interfere with the project. In addition to their success in competition, the group also raised $880 to be split between Big Brothers Big Sisters and Bread of Life.
Council President Jamie Cain presented the council with a recommendation from the tax abatement committee for a 5-year abatement for K-Fab. The company is adding to its building, with an investment of about $500,000. The project is also expected to add 2 jobs. The council approved the abatement.
Deb Lilly presented the council with Resolution 2018-6 to update the areas listed for Community Development Block Grant Funding. The resolution passed in 2009 included Broadway Street from Main Street to Washington Street. A public hearing for the project will be held on May 16th at 10:00 am at Greensburg City Hall.
Mary McCarty from the Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission spoke to the council about their support for a grant to bring a Child Advocacy Center to Decatur County. Mayor Dan Manus expressed his full support for the project. The city would be the legal applicant for the grant. The grant money would be used to purchase and renovate a facility with the organization fundraising and becoming self sustaining after the 18 month period covered by the grant. The group will come forward with a formal resolution at the July council meeting to meet the July 20th deadline.
City Engineer Ron May provided an update on the Lincoln Street Rehabilitation Project from Main Street to Walnut Street. The contractor has been given notice to proceed. Work will begin as early as May 14th, but possibly not until May 15th. The project will close Lincoln Street from Main Street to just north of North Street with the work level increasing after the conclusion of the school semester. When the south portion is almost complete, work will begin from north of North Street to Walnut Street. The road closure completion date is October 5th with all work completed by October 30th. Applicable portions of Lincoln Street will remain closed throughout the project.
Andrea Dennett spoke to the council, expressing her concern about the notification and right of way before construction begins on the Lincoln Street project. She recently purchased the former Barth Engineering building on contract for her real estate business. The building is near the corner of Washington and Lincoln Streets. She asked for a reasonable resolution, expressing her concern about her ability to conduct business. After extended discussion, Mrs. Dennett and the council agreed that the two issues were parking during construction and right of way after construction. Mayor Manus suggested a temporary driveway that would eliminate curb bounce without a curb cut. The city would put the driveway in as well as take it out and seed the area upon completion of construction. The Mayor's office and Mrs. Dennett will continue discussion of the issue.
The council will hold its next meeting on June 4th at 7:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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