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Attorneys Delay Council’s Vote
October 31, 2007 - The Knightstown Town Council had to delay votes on two ordinances at their October monthly meeting because their attorney didn't bring the necessary paperwork.
The council had been expecting to vote at its October 17 meeting on an ordinance that will make the intersection of Blaine and Silver streets a four-way stop, and one dealing with fines for traffic violations. However, attorney Joel Harvey told the council that David Copenhaver, the town's regular legal counsel who was absent, had not given him the ordinances to bring to the meeting. Both ordinances are expected to be dealt with when the council meets November 21.
In other matters, Knightstown Chief of Police Danny Baker told the council at the October 17 meeting that his department was experiencing problems with the software used to generate its police reports. Because the program is also used to generate the monthly report usually given to the council, Baker said he had been unable to do his written report before the meeting.
"I need that program up and running," Baker told the council.
In some better news, Baker reported that Knightstown Police Department's recent golf outing had been a "huge success." After expenses, he said the KPD collected close to $3,400, which will be used for equipment.
Acting on Baker's recommendation, the council voted to approve Cary Spivey as a reserve officer with the KPD. The council's two police commissioners, Valerie Trump and Cort Swincher, both said they thought Spivey would be a good addition to the department.
The council also voted to rehire former KPD Captain Wally Trevino as a part-time dispatcher for the department. In light of his past employment with the town, the council agreed to waive the probationary employment period for Trevino and to start him out at the regular rate of pay for the position.
Works Manager Mel Matlock advised the council that there are two properties he would like to have declared as hazardous abatements: a residence at 445 N. Washington St. and an old car wash at 7 N. Pearl St. He also mentioned that he was concerned about the condition of the railroad crossing on South Madison Street.
Matlock told the council that town employee Rick Hall recently finished his six-month probationary period. Clerk-Treasurer Judy Haines said Hall, who received a favorable review from Matlock, will automatically become a permanent employee.
At Matlock's urging, the council voted to approve a request that the town take care of the roads in Glen Cove Cemetery and the portion of County Road 775-West that lies within the town's boundaries. Matlock explained that someone from the Indiana Dept. of Transportation told him this will increase the amount of road mileage in town, which will result in additional funding from the state.
Matlock reported that a couple who live just north of Glen Cove Cemetery told him they would not fight efforts of the town to annex their property. However, he said they want the town, in exchange, to agree to waive the tap fee for them to connect to the town water and sewer, and to bring service up to their well. He said the town will likely need to hire an engineer to handle this.
"I think it's a positive thing," said Matlock. "I'm just letting you know there's an expense there." Attorney Harvey asked whether the town had a past practice of waiving tap fees in exchange for people agreeing not to fight annexation efforts. Matlcok said the town had not had this situation come up much and that he knew of no written policy dealing with it.
Council members said their consensus was to agree to what the property owners proposed, so long as the town agrees to follow through with the annexation. Before a final decision is made, Matlock will obtain, and the council will review, estimated costs for the necessary work.
Matlock told the council that the new automatic utility meter reading devices the town purchased require additional software to work with the town's computers. He said the estimated cost for the new program is $4,500. Once the software arrives, he said the new system should be able to be used as early as November.
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