Rising Sun City Council reviewed the first reading of Ordinance 2016-3 on Thursday, April 7th.
The ordinance would increase trash pick up and recycling paid by customers from $8.50 to $10.50 per month.
The city entered into a three year contract with Rumpke. Costs are set at $11.60, $11.90 and $12.20 for the next three years. Residents have paid just $8.50 with the city subsidizing approximately $60,000. The last increase was in 2009. The increase, which would take effect on July 1st, would be an increase of $18 a year per household.
Lobbyist Matt Brase reported on legislative action including a bill that requires recordings from police cameras be stored for 190 days. Police Chief David Hewitt said he is developing a policy but there will be a need for a server. The cost would be about $5000 per car. Also storage on CDs and the cost is another thing to consider.
Hewitt’s quarterly report included notification that officer Brian Browning has been accepted to go to firearms training school to be an instructor for the department.
The city selected an investment plan with the Ohio County Community Foundation presented by Peg Dickson. They will look to approve the official plan at its next meeting.
Jascia Redwine presented the fee for service agreement with the Rising Sun Regional Foundation. The RSRF received $678,000 from Rising Star Casino in 2015 which was down eight percent.
Redwine told council that $1.8 million in grants had gone to the city and $1.5 million to the school.
Councilman Dennis Williams questioned the attorney fees incurred by the plan commission but had no problem with the attorney contract as long as they don’t exceed the plan commission budget.
In other business, the parade route was approved for Memorial Day which will start on north poplar street to Main to Front to First to Poplar to Main to Mulberry.
Council passed a procedure for requesting street closings.
Bill Parks was on hand to have Front Street closed during a flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, April 23rd at the riverfront.
Council approved a Revolving Loan Fund recommendation for a loan up to $29,000 to Bruce Howard for property at 120 North Walnut.
Thank yous from the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Post #59 for supporting the Hoosier Boys and Girls State delegates.
They included Logan Bovard, Macy Elliott, Jessica Koons, Claire Poling, Caroline Siekman, Nathan Siekman, Jacqueline Stapleton, Kennedy Theetge, Michael Veechiola and Tyler Walton.
Gary Kinnett resigned as president of the Rising Sun Redevelopment Commission because he is compensated for the meetings and also received pay as an elected school board member. Mayor Brent Bascom appointed him as non-voting advisor without pay.
Other quarterly reports showed the return of Music & Movies on Main will begin on May 30th with Chuck Brisbin and Tuna Project and Pitch Perfect. It will be on the riverfront. The Bloomington Orchestra will return this summer, according to Main Street’s Karrah Miller.
The Biggest Loser Contest has been a success.
A student photo show will return May 13 to the Pendleton Center.
A new business will be coming to the building owned by Glen Potts at 231 Main Street.
Lane Siekman gave an Economic Development report and noted that Rising Sun is still in the running for the regional port development. A new business is close to coming.
Mike Northcutt reported that 77 percent of the river walk is complete. Construction crews have been working around water issues.
Veterans Memorial plans are being developed.
The fence at 200 Main Street is expected to be down April 21st.
Dock rental will increase $5.
A written nuisance complaint has been filed for 201 N. High with verbal complaints recorded for 301 S. High and 204 S. High St.
Kendal Miller gave a tourism report after the retirement of Sherry Timms.
Park director Jamie Bell announced a sign for the walking trail in honor of Denny Carrigan at Denver Siekman Park.
Cell phone allowances must be approved by department heads.