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1/7/2020 - Greensburg City Council Meeting - Click here to print this information

The Greensburg City Council met Monday evening. Ashley Hennen, Director of the Decatur County Animal Shelter, presented the second and final reading of Ordinance 2019-38, Animal Control. The council revised Section 90.08, subsection G, subsection 2 regarding owner responsibilities. The council changed the wording that animals "must" be brought inside to "should" or have proper shelter. The council approved the ordinance.

Greensburg Police Chief Brendan Bridges presented the second and final reading of Ordinance 2019-39, Limit the Use of Fireworks on non-holidays. The ordinance was amended to allow use of fireworks for special events or professional use upon approval by the Greensburg Police Department. The council approved the ordinance. Chief Bridges then presented the second and final reading of Ordinance 2019-40, UTV's and side by sides on city streets. The council tabled the vote on the second reading to give consideration to striking the prohibition of golf carts, increase the registration fees, and allow for other necessary changes.

Greensburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Wenning presented the second and final reading of Ordinance 2019-36, Approval to purchase new MSA air packs from the Cumulative Fire Fund to replace old equipment. The council approved the ordinance.

Mayor Joshua Marsh presented the second and final reading of Ordinance 2019-37, Mayor's Promotional Fund. The council approved the ordinance.

Milissa Ashley and members of the board of The Greensburg Housing Authority provided a presentation to request additional funding from the city by January 10th to pay debt to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mrs. Ashley requested $27,279 over 3 years to establish a payment plan with HUD to bring the Housing Authority out of default. She stated that if the council would not approve the request, the Indianapolis Field Office would take over control of the Greensburg area. The council voted 3-2 to not provide the funding.

Mayor Marsh requested a change to the current staffing ordinance for salary adjustments due to the addition of communications director duties to those of the administrative assistant. The council approved the request and funds will be transferred from EDIT funds to the 100 series personnel funds. City Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Dwenger asked to transfer from her part-time to full-time funds due to the over 30 years of experience and expertise of a new employee in her department. The employee will now be paid the same as the payroll administrator.

Mayor Marsh requested that the council vote to approve Fire Chief Nathan Stoermer to join the Greensburg Fire Department from an outside fire department. The request required waiving the 5-year period to have served on the Greensburg Fire Department to be selected as Fire Chief. The council approved the hiring action.

The council reelected Jamie Cain as council president for 2020. The council made the following appointments: Plan Commission - Kevin Fleetwood, Steve Hamilton, and Rick Emsweller; Decatur County Plan Commission - Kevin Fleetwood; County 911 Board - Jeff Steele and Rick Emsweller; Solid Waste Board - Vietta McKenzie; Redevelopment Commission - Darrell Poling and Jamie Humpert; Economic Development Corporation - Kevin Fleetwood; Mainstreet Greeensburg - Rick Emsweller: and Personnel Committee - Jamie Cain and Darrell Poling.

Mayor Marsh provided his 100 Day Plan, an overview of plans and goals for City Departments. The Plan will be provided in a future report.

The council will hold its next meeting on February 3rd at 7:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.

Tom Flemming-WTRE News

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