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Mayor's JC-INVEST tabled again
Council questions guidelines for serving
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:00 AM
The Madison City Council on Tuesday discussed a proposed oversight board for economic development in Jefferson County before tabling the discussion over confusion of what exactly they were trying to accomplish.
Mayor Damon Welch's proposed Jefferson County Indiana Vision and Economic Strategy Team (JC-INVEST) board has been tabled to allow more discussion and to bring the county in on discussions on how the board will operate.
Councilman Jim Lee introduced an amendment that would prohibit one person from representing two of the six sectors in the JC-INVEST plan at the same time. For example, one person could not represent Tourism and Small Business at the same time.
Councilman Rick Berry did not want to vote on the amendment without having more communication with the county. While he said he feels there is a general agreement in place, Berry said he feels the two groups aren't exactly sure of what they are agreeing to.
"I think the worst thing we could do is rush into a vote when there's still questions in my mind," Berry said.
A vote on Lee's amendment ended in a 3-3 tie. Councilwoman Laura Hodges was not at the meeting. Welch voted in favor of the amendment, breaking the tie.
Councilmen spent the next few minutes discussing other amendments that would eliminate potential conflicts of interest with elected officials serving on other boards. They spent several minutes trying to develop precise language for the proposal. After several frustrated attempts, council members tabled the discussion.
The proposal came back off the table near the end of the meeting to allow more public discussion, but no amendments were added and the JC-INVEST ordinance was retabled, where it remains on second reading.
Also during the meeting, Mark Johnson, city building inspector, gave an update on the work on the Elks building. Johnson said he has been keeping a daily log of work being done on the Elks building. During the month of March, Johnson said there were only three days when work was performed at the site.
Based on the current rate of construction, Johnson said he would estimate the rest of the work would take another year to complete.
Johnson walked through the Elks building recently and took pictures of the work. One of the more startling revelations, Johnson said, was that the trusses used to support the roof were not bolted to the bricks on the side of the building. The trusses were simply sitting in pockets.
"My point of view, if we ever get an uplifting - a tornado - it could pull those (the trusses) out of the pockets," Johnson said.
"The roof right now is doing its job. But it's not a permanent roof," he added.
In other business:
The Council voted 5-1 to increase the monthly cost for trash collection to $9.85. Trash collection rates had been at $8 per month since 2008. Councilman Kevin Kellems was the lone vote against the increase.
The proposed rezoning of Meadow Lane was tabled so city attorney Joe Jenner would have an opportunity to write legal definitions of the boundaries of the areas being rezoned.
Street Superintendent Doug Vest said the city is patching potholes now that the weather is warmer. Vest said the public could call the street department at (812) 265-8304 to report any streets that need patchwork done.
Police Chief Dan Thurston said the department is following leads related to last week's armed robbery at the Red Pepperoni and break-ins at the Red Pepper and Horst's Little Bakery Haus. Thurston said all the break-ins were "crimes of opportunity" that involved a broken door or window.
Dave Stucker, director of the city's parks department, said the deadline for registration for spring baseball and softball leagues has been extended through Friday. Any person who registers past the point will have to pay a late registration fee.
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