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December 11, 2012

Council redistricting on hold until 2013



* In the EDIT Fund, $8,400 from improvements other than buildings to professional services for the final accountant invoices from the annexation;

* In the Clerk/Treasurer’s Fund, $800 from office supplies to machinery and equipment and $1,100 from other services and charges to machinery and equipment for upgraded computer equipment; and

* $1,100 from utilities to machinery and equipment in the Animal Control Fund for computer upgrades.

In other business, the council had the final reading of an ordinance rezoning land on Troy Road near the intersection with the U.S. 50 bypass, which they passed unanimously; reappointed Ray McAtee and Tom Tucker to the Redevelopment Commission for 2013; heard from Wellman that a meeting about the Wastewater Department finances was very productive and he’ll be suggesting resolutions for some particular issues after the first of the year; also heard from the mayor that there will be a meeting next week with all parties involved in the Neighborhood Stabilization Project to determine exactly what the city’s remaining obligations are for the project; and heard from Parks Superintendent Mike McLemore that Christmas in the Park will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 20, with Santa, carolers, train rides and refreshments.

Prior to the meeting’s start, Jenny Dearwester, of Southern Indiana Development Commission, conducted a public hearing to close out the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation grant project. She said four contractors from Daviess and Martin counties completed work such as roofing, window replacement, plumbing and electrical on 29 homes in a targeted area. Dearwester said more than $594,000 went into the homes, which were inspected on three different occasions to assure quality work.

“All in all, I think it went pretty well,” she said.

Dearwester said the grant will be offered next year, but she expects less money to be available.

The Board of Public Works and Safety met following the council meeting. The board voted to renew contracts with Quest Liner Inc., which cleans tanks at GPC and brings the waste water to the city for treatment; with H.J. Umbaugh & Associates for arbitrage and rebate services on bond issues; and with Liquid Engineering Corp. for inspection and repair of the three water towers.

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