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 Town Council Passes Law

August 8, 2007 - The Knightstown Town Council passed one traffic-related ordinance at its July 18 meeting and put another on hold so that changes could be made for next week's meeting.

The ordinance that passed, No. 7-2007, will make the intersection of East Jackson and South Washington streets a four-way stop once signs are installed. Before the ordinance was passed, only east and westbound traffic on Jackson had to stop.

Council member Cort Swincher, who lives on the southwest corner of the intersection, brought this issue to the council's attention in June. Calling the area "an accident waiting to happen," he had said that several of his neighbors with children had voiced concern about the lack of stop signs for traffic on South Washington.

The other ordinance considered by the council at the July 18 meeting would have restricted parking at Sunset Park to designated areas only. With the intent of alleviating parking problems on Lake Street, the council was concerned the ordinance their attorney drafted would not address that area due to the possibility that not all of Lake Street lies within the park's boundaries. Their attorney agreed to reword the ordinance and bring it back for the council's consideration at the August 15 meeting.

In other vehicle-related matters, the council heard more concerns from town resident Joe Mueller about the town's enforcement of its abandoned vehicle ordinance. With respect to vehicles on property owned by council member Valerie Trump and her husband, Bruce, interim Chief of Police Danny Baker replied that the Trump's property, which he said was an auto garage business, is exempt from the town's abandoned vehicle ordinance.

Town resident Jay Stearns asked the council where a person who has an inoperable vehicle they're working on is supposed to store it. "I just need it explained to me," said Stearns. "If you can't put it on your own property, where are you supposed to put it?"

Council President David Glenn told Stearns that he only had to put a tarp over the vehicle to be in compliance. Saying he had found himself in a position before where he couldn't immediately license a vehicle, Glenn said he thought it would be a good idea for the town council to review the abandoned and junk vehicle ordinance to make sure it's clear and understandable.

In new business at the July 18 meeting, the council approved 50-cent per hour pay raises for three town employees who just finished their six-month probationary periods: utility office worker Angela Terry, and part-time police dispatchers Kelly Evans and Lisa Robertson.The council did not act on a recommendation from Town Court Judge Hayden Butler to give his daughter, Deputy Court Clerk Lisa Cox, her second raise in two months, to make her pay commensurate with that of office employees at town hall.

Glenn asked Council Vice President Nate Hamilton and council member Steve Nelson, who serve on the council's court committee, to look into Butler's request for a raise for his daughter. The council had just approved a 50-cent per hour raise in June for Cox upon completion of her six-month probationary period.


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