Greenville updating traffic ordinances
By Mike Arnold, Contributing Writer
The Greenville Town Council discussed updates to its traffic and parking ordinances and fees during its regular meeting Nov. 8 at the town hall.
Several of the town’s departments have been codifying ordinances and updating standard operating procedures. In alignment with those efforts, town attorney Heather Peters talked with the council about the structure of the town’s code of traffic infractions and fees. Peters noted the state of Indiana receives $135 in court costs for moving violations and any monies beyond that base fine are retained by the municipality.
“We have all these statutory fees we’ve got to pay,” Peters added.
The council also walked through some of its parking ordinances and associated fees, providing Peters direction for updates.
Peters said the changes would be beneficial to Marshal Justin Craig.
“We have to give him the authority to enforce the ordinance, in the ordinance,” Peters added.
Along with traffic and parking ordinances, council president Greg Redden said administering the town’s trailer parking regulations lies at the marshal’s discretion.
Peters said she would take the current ordinances and put together with additional language gleaned from New Albany’s code and revisit the finished product with the council. That process could take a couple months, she added. Peters also mentioned it was a priority to implement computer system enhancements that will automate the citation issuance process.
“It’s going to greatly benefit the marshal’s department,” Redden said.
In another matter, council discussion turned to the town’s share of American Rescue Plan funds, expected to be about $73,000.
Clerk-Treasurer Jack Travillian noted there was a three-year window to spend the funds and a written plan is required.
Funds can be used for different types of community and infrastructure improvements, such as a sewer expansion study, costing $30,000, which was noted as a possible use for a portion of the money.
Council vice president Andy Lemon said the town calculated it lost about $16,500 from various funds, which it reported as part of consideration for the ARP award. Redden noted nearly all town funds saw losses in 2020.
Peters said she would confer with officials in other towns as to how they plan to use ARP funds and report back to the council.
Greenville also benefited through ARP funds awarded to Floyd County for water utility projects. Superintendent Audi Findley said the town received three contracts for projects, which Peters reviewed, as they contain certain stipulations for contractors performing work funded through the ARP. The main concern cited was the town being responsible for contractor behavior.
Work being evaluated for completion with ARP funds includes upgrades to the Pekin Road lift station and meter installation with purchase of a service contract. On the Pekin Road project, Findley said bids had already been solicited. With regard to the meter installation, application would need to be made for the funds. To be eligible, Findley said the town needed to show it met drug-free workplace policy requirements and also utilized the E-verify system for new job applicants. Findley said he made changes to the utility’s operating procedures to document it fulfills the requirements.
The council signed the agreements and voted to accept the procedure updates as recommended by Findley.
As part of his report, Findley also mentioned a full interior and outside inspection of the town’s water tank was completed, along with a cleaning. Findley said he was present for the vast majority of the process, which he called a success, but noted a report and video will also be provided by the tank contractor.
“It went really well,” Findley said. “We have good, clean water.”
One concern noted during the inspection was light corrosion at the tank’s weld seams, which Findley said was not a significant risk at this time. He suggested the town might wish to research entering into a tank management plan, as the Indiana Department of Environmental Management recommends inspection every two to three years.
“It’s something we should look at with our financials,” he added.
A building permit request from Harrison Street resident Daniel O’Neil also was subject to council review.
Redden said O’Neil sought approval to construct a 40-by-40-foot pole building on his property. While Redden noted the Floyd County Health Department blessed the request, the council expressed concerns about the proposed building’s location being so close to the existing road. Lemon said the application lacked no height for the building. In addition, questions were raised about the location of existing septic lines, as well as observed setbacks and offsets at the site.
“I think we need to revisit the (building) ordinance too,” Lemon added.
The council concluded that, as proposed, the building would be too close to existing right-of-way. Redden said he would draft a response and send to the other council members for review ahead of a formal communication on the permit request.
In other business, the council:
• Passed 2022 salary ordinances that included merit increases for the water utility’s superintendent, office manager, office clerk and technicians. It also set the scale for longevity bonuses to be paid as a separate check to employees based on years of service. It also agreed to pay a special $500 bonus to employee Stephen Webb outside the schedule.
“We appreciate our employees of the utility,” Redden said. “We want to keep these good people.”
• Voted to allow Findley to proceed with finalizing an agreement whereby the Edwardsville Water Co. would place an antenna on Greenville’s water tower. The cost to Edwardsville will be $20 per month for electric, subject to adjustment as necessary.
• Provided an update on drafting of a future sewer plan. Monthly meetings continue, and projects have been listed separately and funding sources noted, including the possibility of obtaining grants. Additional planning sessions will also take place.
• Set a rate of 2.5% for recoupment of labor costs for work at the Heritage Springs sewer plant.