Hanover passes no-smoking ordinance for town park
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:00 AM
Smoking will soon be prohibited at the Hanover town park.
The town council on Tuesday unanimously passed a no-smoking ordinance for the park in response to recent complaints about park visitors smoking.
The ordinance now must be published once within 30 days before becoming law. The town plans to create signage reminding visitors of the smoking ban.
Violators could be fined $50 or $100 if the offense occurs in a town structure or building.
Also at the meeting, administrator Brenda Bundy said contractor Repp & Mundt is two weeks away from finishing renovations in the town park building.
The facility is being upgraded to house New Hope Services, which took over the county's Women, Infants and Children services this year. The construction includes establishing free-standing walls and examination rooms.
New Hope Services, which is temporarily renting space in the Jefferson County Health Department, is expected to move into the facility in late July.
Council president Debbie Kroger said she was impressed with the way the project has moved along.
"It looks totally different in there," she said.
Kroger also reported that several of the town's buildings - including the town's municipal building that houses the police department - and park areas are not in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The town has received a binder with a list of needed upgrades.
Some of code violations include installing handrails and developing ramps for easier access.
Kroger said she hopes the town can create a five-year plan and phase in some of the improvements.
"It's going to be a long process," Kroger said. "But it is something that we need to work on and be diligent about."
In other business:
The town agreed to promote and provide $1 and hour raises to deputies Andrew Sims and Shane Caldwell. Sims will bump up to a sergeant and be given duties to handle all department evidence and Caldwell will move up to a captain and handle more day-to-day operations.
The raises will go into effect when the town discusses and approves a salary ordinance.
The council approved a funding increase for the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department as part of its annual fire coverage contract. The department will receive $14,300 for next year.
The town adopted Indiana's unsafe building ordinance, which town attorney Josh Stigdon said gives cities and towns more authority in moving forward with removing buildings or houses that have been determined to be unsafe.
Jefferson County Animal Shelter Director Jenny Slover asked the board to contribute $6,500 toward the shelter in 2014. Slover said about 9 percent of the animals came from Hanover in 2012, which she said was consistent with other years.
Lifetime Resources requested $4,100 from the town for the next fiscal year. Lifetime oversees the Catch-A-Ride and Meals on Wheels program as well as various other services in the county.
Police Chief Ron Kroger reported calls have been down about 15 percent. As a result, he said the deputies used about $200 less in gas the past month despite the higher prices.
The town signed a $1,800 contract with Sedam Contracting for drainage work at the town park.