“It’s a business plat,” Clements explained. “It’s zoned C4.”
She said the street she’ll have built to serve the lots will be dedicated to the city. Work will begin in the spring, weather permitting, she said.
In other business:
* Wellman reappointed Ralph Brummett and Bassler to the Board of Public Works and Safety, and Anita Ash to the county’s Economic Development Commission.
* The clerk/treasurer read 2012 encumbrances. Items remaining to be paid out of the 2012 budget include $131,954.38 from the General Fund; $136,054.50 from the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund; $38,000 from the Local Roads and Streets Fund; $8,368.05 from the Parks Fund; $5,519.32 from the Transit Fund; and $45,000 from the CCD Fund, for a total of $364,896.25.
* Uniform Conflict of Interest Disclosure statements were presented for Wellman, who’s retired from German American Bank, with which the city does business; and Bassler, because the city often deals with bond issues, and he is a financial advisor.
Board of Public Works and Safety
At the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting following the council meeting, the board approved a handicap parking space in front of 409 N.E. First St. for Marilyn Queen, whose daughter goes to Red Door. She explained the van that picks her up often has to stop in the middle of the street because neighbors park in front of Queen’s house. She was concerned for her daughter’s safety. Police Chief Mike Healy and Street Commissioner Ernie Evans had looked into the issue and approved of putting in the space, with the stipulation that the handicap spot would be removed if Queen moves.
Utility write-offs were discussed, with Washington Municipal Utilities office manager Anita Ash asking the board for feedback on how far back to go. She said currently there are uncollectable accounts going back to 2006.
“I don’t see any reason to keep them on the books,” Dant said. “I really don’t. It doesn’t keep us from collecting.”