Greenville council to review building ordinances, structures requiring permits
By Mike Arnold, Contributing Writer
The Greenville Town Council discussed its building ordinances and types of structures requiring permits during its regular monthly meeting last Monday evening conducted through the Zoom platform.
Council president Greg Redden said a permit request was received for an enclosed patio and mentioned he spoke with the applicants and planned to approve. Additionally, Redden said he forwarded the request to the other council members and also included red line copies of the town’s building ordinances (updated in 2010 and 2013).
Presently, building inspections are conducted by Houser Canter on a contract basis with permit fees going to the town and inspection fees to Canter.
Redden suggested the council may wish to re-evaluate items in the ordinance calling for a permit.
“Everything falls on the town board,” he added.
Town attorney Heather Archibald-Peters mentioned the council might also want to review time frames, definitions and enforcement of stop work orders. While walking through some of the types of projects requiring permits, questions arose, related to size and dimensions for storage buildings requiring a permit. Since storage buildings could be many different sizes, ranging from a small shed to a larger pole-type structure, the council took no action but elected to check into what other towns’ ordinances specify and revisit.
Gazebos, porches and decks all also require permits, according to the town’s building ordinance, Redden said.
The council debated whether permits should be required for above and in-ground pools or just for in-ground ones.
Council vice president Andy Lemon also agreed to look further into the permit requirements and ordinance language being used for pools by other towns in the area.
“I think looking at what other communities are doing is going to make it more clear,” Archibald-Peters added.
Redden said the ordinances echo Indiana building codes and offered that the town may want to consider what it is looking to accomplish by requiring the permits. The council agreed to review the building ordinances and send suggested edits within the next two weeks for additional viewing by Archibald-Peters and Canter.
In another matter, the council revived an ongoing discussion regarding cleanliness of the outside of the town’s Dollar General store.
Police Chief Justin Craig said the store was cited in January for failure to comply with the town’s ordinance related to outside trash and debris around its dumpster. Craig said the store’s situation is complicated by the fact that it could schedule a second dumpster pick-up during the week but the time when it would be completed would be in violation of the town’s noise ordinance.
“We’re either going to keep citing them or work with them,” Craig said.
Redden said Craig should continue to cite and document and recommended the town make an effort to work with the building’s new owners. He added that with each citation, the time line begins again for the town to pursue filing suit and, ultimately, placing a lien against the property, if violations remain uncorrected. He said he would reach out to the building’s new owners, and the council also authorized Archibald-Peters to make contact.
“I think we’ve done the correct due diligence here,” Lemon said.
During his report, Craig addressed the council regarding repairs required by two of the town’s police cars. He presented a $993 quote from John Jones Auto Group’s Greenville location to repair the suspension on the department’s Dodge Charger. In addition, Craig said the alternator on the town’s Crown Victoria is malfunctioning.
The council discussed options to bring the vehicles back into service and also the merits of selling the Crown Victoria, as opposed to retaining it as a back-up.
In addition, Redden mentioned the need to generate a future plan for the department’s vehicles.
The council approved funds up to $1,000 to fix the Charger and up to $175 for a remanufactured alternator for the Crown Victoria.
Lemon and Redden agreed the town’s contracted snow removal/treatment had been performed well during the several storm events experienced up to this point in the season. Lemon said they took stock of the amount of salt on hand at the beginning of winter and agreed the contractors had stayed on top of the weather forecasts.
Lemon said the town had recently fielded two street complaints, one in the car rider line at Greenville Elementary School and the other on Arthur Coffman Road. Lemon said the issue on Arthur Coffman would likely be corrected with cold patch and hopes were it would be completed later in the week, weather permitting.
Cold patch is not preferred, Lemon said, as it is not a permanent solution, but would be satisfactory in the short term.
In other business, the council:
Authorized Chief Craig to use remaining insurance funds received following water damage to the department’s building to replace additional outstanding items. Clerk-Treasurer Jack Travillian said funds totaling about $14,000 were available.
Passed ordinances to cancel old and outstanding checks from the town’s water utility meter and operating funds. The canceled checks from the funds totaled $225.50 and $785.20, respectively.
Heard from Lemon that the town’s application for grant funding from the Community Crossings program through the Indiana Department of Transportation was moving forward.
Acknowledged, during Lemon’s special projects report, that the town’s historic preservation commission was looking into setting a historical marker for Thunder Valley at Greenville Park and also that additional research was being compiled on former resident Roscoe Miller, who was a leading pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in 1901.
Learned Archibald-Peters has continued working with American Legal Publishing on 2019 and 2020 town ordinance codification.
Listened to an update from water superintendent Audi Findley, where he explained the plan was in motion to send invitations to bid on the upcoming Pekin Road project to five contractors on Feb. 15. Bids would be opened on March 8, with an eye toward awarding contracts on April 12. Peters suggested Findley review the contracts for insurance provisions in place.
Discussed options for replacement of the furnace at the wastewater office. Findley said it was installed in 1992 and, when recent annual maintenance was performed, it was noted that the system was no longer functioning properly.