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9/4/2019 - Greensburg City Council Meeting
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The Greensburg City Council met Tuesday evening with a public hearing at 7:00 pm on ordinances for the Greensburg Community Schools Budget, City Budget, Salaries, Utility Salaries, and Elected Officials Salaries. Greensburg Community Schools Superintendent Tom Hunter addressed the board regarding the schools budget. With no further comments from the public, the hearing was adjourned.
At 7:07 pm, the council opened its monthly meeting and primarily discussed ordinances. A representative from Baker Tilly discussed the investment totals for the council to consider. Under the plan, about $4 million dollars would be invested with returns varying from every 3 months to every 6 months. Council member Darrell Poling asked if the investments would be liquid in case of an emergency and was told they would not. Baker Tilly, in conjunction with the city, will give a recommended amount to invest that would be required to be approved by the council. Since many of the council members did not receive the information until a few hours before the meeting, the council agreed to take the issue under advisement.
The council then approved several ordinances on the 2nd and final reading. Ordinance 2019-22 approved an additional appropriation of $6,000 for the HAZMAT fund. Ordinance 2019-18 approved an additional appropriation of $50,000 for the Building Demolition Fund. Money for that account is raised through building permits. Ordinance 2019-19 approved $27,000 from the Public Safety Fund for the city's portion of the IT Engineer position that will be matched by the county. Ordinance 2019-20 approved the purchase of a 4th police car that will come from the Equipment and Public Safety Funds.
Police Chief Brendan Bridges led a discussion of a proposed fireworks ordinance. The ordinance will provide specific dates that fireworks can be used in the city. The ordinance may provide special exceptions. Chief Bridges will provide the council with the ordinance including changes at the next meeting.
The council then approved the first readings on several ordinances. Ordinance 2019-29 covered the Greensburg Community Schools Budget. Ordinance 2019-28 covered the City Budget and was passed after multiple amendments were approved. Ordinance 2019-26 was also passed with amendments. It was noted that all Police and Fire Department personnel will receive a $2,000 raise with all other city employees receiving a $1,500 raise. Ordinance 2019-30 covered the Utility Salaries and Ordinance 2019-17 covered Elected Official Salaries. The council will have the 2nd and final readings of each ordinance with the amendments during the October meeting.
City Engineer Ron May presented the first reading of Ordinance 2019-32, an additional appropriation to purchase the final right of way on Veterans Way. The appropriation will come from the Redevelopment Commission's 803 Fund Draw Bond. Mr. May stated that the appraised value for the right of way will take place prior to the actual offer and draw from the bond. Mr. May also presented Ordinance 2019-25 regarding parking restrictions on Central Avenue. The restriction would prohibit parking 125 feet from the straight and right turn lane at Central Avenue and Lincoln Street.
Street Commissioner Mark Klosterkemper presented the first reading of Ordinance 2019-31 for an additional appropriation for the Wilder Street drainage project. He noted that the Board of Works approved the contract contingent on approval by the council.
Building Commissioner Kathy Reynolds presented the first reading of Ordinance 2019-24 regarding a zoning change for the former JoAnn's Beauty Salon on Monfort Street. The owners of the property requested a change from a B-2 to R-2 zoning classification in order to build a duplex. The council suspended rules and approved the zoning request on the 2nd and final reading.
The council will hold its next meeting on October 7th at 7:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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