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 Town Council Annexes Four Properties

December 10, 2009 - The Knightstown Town Council has finalized the annexations of four parcels of property, increasing the town’s size by approximately 4.4 acres.

A brief public hearing on the annexations was held at the council’s Nov. 20 monthly meeting. After the hearing, the council voted to approve Ordinance 3-2008, the legislation giving effect to the annexations, on second and third readings.

Three of the annexed properties, those owned by Rodney Lingenfelter, Lisa Cook, and Wayne and Cody Terry, are located on the south end of town, while the fourth, owned by Wesley and Ashley Smoot, is on the north end. All four annexations were voluntary in nature, agreed to by the property owners.

The town council also held a public hearing at its Nov. 20 meeting on the appropriation of additional funds for the remainder of 2008, something Clerk-Treasurer Judy Haines said would have no impact on taxpayers. After the hearing, the council approved a resolution authorizing the transfer of funds needed for the additional appropriations.

According to Resolution 10-2008, $36,000 will be transferred from the town’s Cumulative Capital Improvement Fund to the General Fund -- $25,000 for police officer pay and $11,000 for town court clerk pay. The resolution also calls for the appropriation of an additional $10,000 in the town’s Cumulative Capital Development Fund for capital outlays.

In other business, Haines recommended that the town’s 2009 salary ordinance, which will likely be presented at the December meeting, increase the amount employees pay for their health, vision and life insurance by $10 per pay period. Currently, employees pay $3.25 or $6.25 every two weeks toward premiums that range from $368.85 to $1,048.64 a month, depending on the type of coverage they have, while the town pays the rest.

The council also voted at the Nov. 20 meeting to pass a resolution needed for the town and its residents to be able to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. The town’s attorney, Gregg Morelock, told council members the town will also need to fill out an application for this program, and that there will be no cost to the town.

The council enacted two other pieces of legislation at the meeting, passing Ordinances 5-2008 and 6-2008 on second and third readings. The first ordinance deals with purchasing procedures for the town, while the second implements increases in certain fees at Glen Cove Cemetery.

Acting on a recommendation from Chief of Police Danny Baker, the council voted to enter into a six-month fuel purchasing agreement for the Knightstown Police Department with Jeff VanHoy. Under the agreement, fuel prices for the KPD will be $1.49 a gallon for December and $1.86 a gallon from January through June.

Baker also advised the council that work was continuing on the new dispatch communication system that will be used by the KPD, the local fire department and emergency medical personnel. He said all the radio equipment, except for the console, had been delivered, and that he hoped the new antenna tower would be up within the next two weeks.

The council also gave its consensus to the purchase of a new 50-foot flag pole to replace the bent one on the town’s public square. Town employee Larry Rumple told the council that a local business owner had offered to help pay for a new pole, which he said would cost close to $4,000. Council member Terry Guerin also said he knew someone else who might be willing to make a donation


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