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2/4/2020 - Greensburg City Council Meeting
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The Greensburg City Council met Monday evening. The second and final reading of Ordinance 2019-40 pertaining to UTVs and side by sides on city streets was tabled until the March meeting. Police Chief Brendan Bridges provided the council members with a sample license plate that would be required as registration for the vehicles. He expects the registration plates to cost about $9.00.
Mayor Joshua Marsh presented the second and final reading of an update to the City of Greensburg staffing ordinance. The council approved Ordinance 2020-1, amending Ordinance 2019-26.
Milissa Ashley from the Greensburg Housing Authority made a second request for additional funding by the city to pay debt to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She noted that, since the last council meeting, Ms. Ashley and Susan Beard have been able to raise $14,330.00 in letters of intent, checks, and cash from various sources. Council President Jamie Cain reported that he had several discussions and learned that there are many local housing authorities being closed and no assurance can be given that Greensburg will remain open even if the debt is repaid. If the local housing authority is closed, it can voluntarily reallocate their vouchers to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and then reallocate the vouchers to Human Services in Decatur County. Human Services would then be responsible for the city in addition to its current mission in other areas of the county. Council member Rick Emsweller made a motion to pay, not to exceed $12,949.00, over 3 years. The motion failed due to the lack of a second. Mr. Cain made a motion not to provide funding with Kevin Fleetwood seconding the motion. The motion passed 4-1.
Bryan Robbins, Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation, submitted a request for a waiver of non-compliance by Thrive Alliance for tax abatement purposes. Thrive Alliance had failed to submit CF1 forms and the waiver will allow submission of past CF1's. The council approved the waiver.
Police Chief Brendan Bridges requested an additional appropriation of $19,000 from the Public Safety Fund to payout vacation, sick, and comp time for retiring Greensburg Police Officer Dave Wilson. The council approved the request.
City Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Dwenger discussed her success in gaining over $250,000 in interest income from investments during her time as Decatur County Treasurer without using investment firms. Current city ordinance requires the city clerk-treasurer to request approval from city council prior to making investments. She noted that the city clerk-treasurer is the investing officer for the city and has authority to make decisions on city investments. She requested an amendment to Resolution 2019-7 to allow her to make investments without prior approval and provide updates to the city council each month. She requested being able to invest the $4.7 million currently available as well as any additional funds she identifies for investment. The council approved the $4.7 million investment, but will consider a new ordinance in March to give her the authority to invest other funds as identified without prior council approval. She would still be required to provide the council with monthly updates.
Mayor Marsh requested approval of Resolution 2020-3 to amend the city, police, and fire personnel handbooks. A subcommittee would be established to review and rewrite the handbooks. The Board of Works gave a positive recommendation pending council approval of Exhibit A which was not available for review during the Board of Works meeting. The council approved the resolution.
Mayor Marsh requested a vote of confidence to hire Reedy Financial as the City of Greensburg's financial consultant. The council approved the request barring any financial penalty from Baker Tilly. The council also approved Alex Sefton, Sarah Hamer, and Steve Ramer to the Historic Preservation Commission with Sherri Hogg and Mayor Marsh serving in advisory roles.
The council will hold its next meeting on March 2nd at 7:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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