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Georgetown gets zoning help from county


January 30, 2019
In its first regular meeting of 2019, the Georgetown Town Council approved paying Floyd County's director of operations, Don Lopp, and another of his employees to assist the town in updating its zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan, both of which need to be completed by the spring in order for the county to move forward with its Stellar grant application.

During its December meeting, the board agreed to join forces with the county in applying for the grant program, which is designed to recognize smaller communities and regions that identify comprehensive and collaborative plans for community and economic development.

Since Floyd County is applying for the grant program, both Georgetown and Greenville have to be on board in order for the county to move forward. For Georgetown, that means a new town comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance, which town Attorney Kristi Fox said would cost $6,500 for Lopp to complete.

"Don's estimate was that they'd have to work on it for 15 hours a week for the next six months to complete it," she said. "So, he calculated what that was hourly for himself and one other person to work on that."

Councilman Josh Williams made the motion to allow up to $6,500 to be spent from the general fund to allow the county to work on updating the town's zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan. Councilwoman Kathy Haller seconded, and it was approved 4-0 (Councilman Chris Loop was absent).

Town engineer Bob Woosley explained at the December meeting that if the county and towns within the county are recognized as a Stellar community, then both would become eligible for "different pots of monies that the state sets aside for Stellar communities," which would make it beneficial for the town to partner with the county in its grant application.

Moving on to other grants, Woosley, during his department report, got approval from the board to apply for the next round of the Indiana Department of Transportation's Community Crossings Matching Grant Program, which is due Feb. 1.

The board recently received its third grant from the program in November; however, it didn't receive all that it applied for.

"We had asked for a total of $214,000 in round numbers," Woosley said during the November meeting. "We submitted two applications, because this year they would only allow you to submit 10 streets per application. So, submittal No. 1 was funded, and that was for 10 streets. Submittal No. 2 was for four additional streets that did not get funded. We don't know why."

In total, the town received $185,364.56 of the $214,000 it originally applied for.

"We already have all the data," Woosley explained. "So, with your permission, I was just going to resubmit the last package that we did not get funded (in the last round)."

The four additional streets that the town did not originally receive reimbursement for amounts to $28,635.44 should the town get approved for the grant in the spring.

Councilman Billy Haller, who served his first regular meeting beside his wife since being elected to the board in November, closed the meeting by thanking those in attendance for coming out in the cold weather.

"Hopefully, we can bring you all a lot of good things this year," he said. "About time we got moving on some projects and get some things done here."

The next regular Georgetown Town Council meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. Note: This is a change from the regular scheduled meeting date.

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