Council addresses zoning, discuss side by sides along with an increase in casino revenue

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Rising Sun City Council approved one rezoning request and had the first reading on a Planned Unit Development at its Thursday, Nov. 3rd meeting.

Council heard the first reading of the Indian Hill Planned Unit Development which the Rising Sun Plan Commission had made a favorable recommendation for the PUD’s preliminary plans.

Attorney Lane Siekman made the presentation for developer Britt Minks of Minkspro, LLC. The development is for 20 lots of high quality residential homes estimated in the $250,000 range.

Siekman said the development is in response to the city’s new comprehensive plan. It will meet and exceed zoning standards in a R-1 district.

City planner Mike Northcutt asked why a PUD is planned instead of a subdivision. Siekman said the PUD allows flexibility.

A second reading of the 12.787 acre plan will held at the Thursday, Dec. 1st meeting.

Once city council gives its approval, any concerns will be addressed during the detailed plan submitted to the plan commission. This would include any bonding needed.

Council approved a rezoning request by Dennis Williams and Virgil Peters. Council had voted 2-1 in favor of the request in October but there weren’t enough votes cast. Councilman John Rumsey was absent and councilman Dennis Williams had to abstain.

Attorney Andy Baudendistel reviewed the Roberts Rule of Order which allowed for a motion to reconsider with no new discussion. The motion passed then a vote was taken. Councilmen Bill Marksberry and Bud Radcilff were joined by Rumsey in favor of the rezoning from R1 to B1. Colen voted against.

In other business, Northcutt presented two change orders for approval on the riverfront development project. Change order #5 is an increase of $87,641.06 while change order #6 is a deduction of $58,100. The changes bring the total of the project to $2,653,673.03 which is under the original budget of $2,747,074.75.

Northcutt reported that Paul Rohe Inc. will begin paving this month. Projects approved from a Community Crossing Grant include Elm Street from Main to Fourth Street, Plum Street from South Walnut to South Poplar and Plum from South High to South Walnut. Also, Williams Street from South High Street to South Walnut. Specifications are being prepared for work on Industrial Drive.

City council officially approved withdrawing a court matter against Jeff Kinnett who has cleaned up his property. Emanuel Manologlou has worked to clean up his property but his case remains open.

Discussed the property at 616 N. High Street but no written complaint has been received.

In old business, council discussed the city’s Golf Cart Ordinance after a request last month by resident Clayton asked for an amendment to allow ‘side by sides.’

Swede Colen noted that the ordinance is working well for golf carts but had concerns that some side by sides go 60 MPH.

Bud Radcliff noted several people have them including farmers.

Dillsboro allows the side by sides. It is the only town allowing them in Dearborn County .

Some side by sides for utility work while other side by sides (like Polaris Razor) are for racing, explained Hewitt.

The chief addressed the speed and noted that the speed limit is 20 MPH on city streets and the golf cart ordinance requires a drivers license.

The side by sides are allowed in the county.

UTV would need to be registered with the BMV.

Hewitt suggested a different fee schedule.

Marksberry said there is not enough information and would like to hear about other communities than Dillsboro.

Clerk-treasurer Rae Gipson reported that wagering tax from riverboat casino revenue is only two percent below last year with two months remaining. The total for 2015 was $1,144,391.11. The amount through October 2016 is $1,120,604.40

The admissions tax is up 12 percent for supplemental and the total admission of plus 10 percent. The total Wagering and Admission Tax is six percent above last year at $3,560,990.87

During public comment time, Mayor Brent Bascom told Yolanda White (wife of suspended city worker Bobby White) that a written warning has been put in street superintendent Paul Bovard’s personnel file in connection with the incident. Bascom said, “it didn’t warrant any further action.”

He reiterated, “we’re all accountable for our actions.”

In other action, council approved John Jones of Salem, IN for the purchase of a new police cruiser including lights and accessories. The city received a grant of $22,093 from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation to help in the purchase.

The contract with Lincoln financial was renewed for life and dental insurance with a seven percent increase.

Jeff Peters of Peters Municipal Consultants had his contract renewed with an increase from $150 to $165 an hour. It was the first change in seven years. The contract for lobbyist Matt Brase was renewed also.

Cards of thanks were received from Kim Jaehnen and Anna Mae Beckett for the city sponsored memorial book for their loved ones- George Jaehnen and Don Beckett.

The city will have a joint riverboat revenue meeting with county officials at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 14th. The annual city employee Christmas Party will be Dec. 9th. The final closeout meeting will Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.