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6/4/2019 - Greensburg City Council Meeting
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The Greensburg City Council met Monday evening. Building Commissioner Kathy Reynolds provided the council with the 2nd and final reading of Ordinance 2019-12 which amends Ordinances 1982-9 and 2005-4 regarding abandoned vehicles. City Clerk-Treasurer Ashlee Green provided the 2nd and final reading of Ordinance 2019-13 for an additional appropriation for purchase of a pickup truck for the Fire Department and a new weather siren from the Public Safety Fund. The council approved both ordinances. Greensburg Fire Chief Steve Garrett stated that, depending on weather conditions, the siren is scheduled to be installed on Thursday.
The council reappointed Shannon McLeod to the Greensburg Community Schools Board. Based on the recommendation of council member Vietta McKenzie, the council agreed to take the approval of tax abatement renewals under advisement until the July meeting. City Engineer Ron May presented the first reading of Ordinance 2019-14, an additional appropriation of about $720,000 for RDC Fund 803 for payment of the bank bond due in July. He also presented Ordinance 2019-15, an additional appropriation of about $500,000 for the TIF due to an upcoming tax settlement with the county. The council approved the first reading of both ordinances and will consider the second and final reading during the July meeting.
Mayor Dan Manus discussed the issues during heavy trash week. He stated that there needs to be some consideration of restrictions due to abuse and the significantly higher cost to the city. He also noted that the Splash Pad Dedication will take place at 11:00 Tuesday morning.
Each group from the LEAD 2.019 program presented their projects to the council. The LEAD 2.019 program took place from October-May and helped in the development of leadership skills. The first group focused on the ARTisTREE district. They discussed the 4 quadrants of the district starting at the Tree County Players facility heading west through Downtown Greensburg then the Main Street Corridor and finishing at the Library, Greensburg Community High School, Rebekah Park and Pirate Park. Volunteers to help the Arts and Cultural Council can sign up at artscouncildc.com.
The second group presentation focused on Studebaker Studio, which will be located on Lincoln Street. The building is designed for co-working offering office space, high-speed internet, mailbox, printer, scanner, a conference room, on-site staff, and can also be used for professional and social events. There are different costs based on client needs. There will also be 3 charging stations for electric vehicles. They will be free, can be used by anyone, and provides a full charge in 2-3 hours. Greensburg will be identified online as a charging station which will lead more people down Lincoln Street.
The third group discussed Friends of the Park. It was noted that there are 20 parks in Decatur County. Friends of the Parks of Decatur County is intended to improve the quality of life and promote health and recreation for residents. The Parks Department and Decatur County Community Foundation have joined forces to sustain the parks. The group is looking for 5 members to serve on the board. The group asked that Decatur County residents consider donations to assist park projects through the Decatur County Community Foundation.
The council will hold its next meeting on July 1st at 7:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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