City approves housing development and continuing spay and neuter program


The Rising Sun City Council voted 4-0 in favor of a proposed Indian Hill Planned Unit Development at its final meeting of the year on Tuesday, December 20th.

The plan commission had recommended approval of the 20 unit housing development south of Rising Sun with a first reading held at the November council meeting.

Councilman Bill Marksberry, Dennis Williams, Bud Radcliff and Swede Colen voted in favor of the development by Britt Minks. Councilman John Rumsey had voted in favor of the PUD at the first reading but was not in attendance as he continues to battle cancer.

Council voted to continue to take part in the spay and neuter program. The city will pay $35 (an increase from $25) for Ohio County residents to have two animals fixed per family per year.

The city and county have alloted $2500 each. The program lasts as long as the alloted funds are available.

In other business, council approved the fireworks contract for 2017. By paying half of the cost upfront, the city will save $1000 off the original cost of $15,000. The $7000 will be paid upfront and $7000 the day of the fireworks. The fireworks are set for July 3rd with July 4th as the rain date on the riverfront..

Council signed nepotism and conflict of interest forms.

Approval was given for Tammy Johns to carry over 30 hours of vacation time to 2017.

Attorney contracts were approved.

Payment was approved for a phone upgrade which will take effect in February. Most of the expense is covered by a grant from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation.

Year end money transfers were approved.

The next council meeting will be Thursday, January 5th at 6 p.m.