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11/6/2018 - Greensburg City Council Meeting
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The Greensburg City Council met Monday evening. Kevin Fleetwood reported on a meeting with Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bryan Robbins regarding the Broadband Ready Community Ordinance. The ordinance will include information regarding the tools and processes identified to become a Broadband Ready Community as described in the Indiana Economic Development Corporation website. The Broadband Ready Communities Development Center was created as a tool to encourage broadband development throughout Indiana by serving as an information resource and certifying local communities as being broadband ready. According to the IEDC's website, The Broadband Ready Community certification sends a signal to the telecommunication industry that a community has taken steps to reduce barriers to broadband infrastructure investment. While investment in broadband infrastructure is not guaranteed to follow once a community obtains the certification, reducing the regulatory hurdles that deter investment is a key step towards creating an environment ripe for broadband investment. There are currently 10 certified broadband ready communities in Indiana. The ordinance was not available, so the council will take action during the December meeting. Mr. Fleetwood reported that Mr. Robbins will make a presentation to the Decatur County Area Plan Commission on Wednesday, November 7th.
Greensburg Police Chief Brendan Bridges reported on the Greensburg Police Department Autism Program. He stated that currently 1 out of 58 children is identified with autism spectrum disorder. The cost of care for a child with autism spectrum disorder can be as much as $2-$3 million by the age of 18. Chief Bridges provided information on the AngelSense system which is the only GPS Tracker and Voice-Monitoring solution designed for children with special needs and costs $30-$40 per month. Chief Bridges reported that an open house will take place at the new 9,000 square foot DASI Autism Center at 1314 N Liberty Circle West from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, November 9th. During the open house, the police department will be presented with a check from the DASI Center to match the money raised during the Petal It Forward event sponsored by Expression Florists and Gifts and WTRE. The goal is for the Greensburg Police Department to be able to provide an AngelSense system for each child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Donna Lecher submitted an amendment to Ordinance 2018-8 to amend the pay increase amounts for wastewater systems certification licenses. The amendment was approved. Greensburg Clerk-Treasurer Ashlee Green requested a transfer of unused funds from payroll and the council approved the request.
Mayor Dan Manus reminded those in attendance that the Veterans Day Parade will take place at 5:00 pm on November 12th beginning at Gilliland Howe Funeral Home and traveling along the south side of the square.
The council will hold its next meeting on December 3rd at 7:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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