The Corydon City Council met on Nov. 6, with the call to order at 7 p.m. On the agenda were several items, including a consideration of a pilot project as well as the renewal of health insurance for city employees. All members were present.
The Council discussed the BIO2 Solutions pilot project, with Councilman Dennis Moorman stating that this was a “good way to go a lot cheaper.” Moorman then moved to have the engineering firm take a look at the BIO2 Solutions project. Kenny Holmes seconded the motion. The council took a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
During the open forum, Jerry Street brought forward an issue with street signs near his home. He requested that they be moved farther apart. He also thanked the city council for fixing his concrete driveway so quickly when there was a water leak. Also during the open forum, Garrett and Heidi Jones brought forth a rodent issue that he and his neighbors have been experiencing on the northeast corner of town. He states that there are nine houses with rodent issues, rats being the rodent in question. The abandoned and rundown houses in the area seem to be the where the rats are coming from, according to Jones. However there is no solid confirmation as of yet on which house the rats are coming from. An exterminator did narrow it down to a couple of houses in the area. These suspected houses have experienced rodent issues in the past. The rat problem was a factor in a family’s decision to sell their home. The council discussed declaring the house or houses a nuisance in order to take the necessary steps to remove the rodent problem. This would take place after the council takes the steps to determine which house or houses the rodents are stemming from.
The health insurance for city employees has gone up by 35 percent. The maximum contribution is currently $485, however that was set in 2009. Mayor Rod Parham brought forth the idea of raising the cities contribution to a $600 limit. The city had three large health insurance claims last year. Moorman moved to increase the maximum contribution to $600. Holmes seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Holmes moved to approve the renewal of the American Legion’s liquor license. Nathan Bennett seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Holmes brought forth the issue of stray cats in town. Trapping was determined not a decent long-term solution. No decision made. Brian VanderSluis mentioned that the light pole by the post office has been replaced, however the southern pole still needs replaced. Eric Jaekel said that the street patching has been done by the city, saving a lot of money due to not hiring outside help. Tyler Jeffery stated that he was happy with the training he received recently and thanked the council for sending him to said training.
Audience was given to the City Clerk Ann Stevens. The 28E agreement was looked over. It is to be discussed more at the next meeting. The next meeting will also see it put to a vote for approval. Stevens also stated that Jerry Alley wants two cattle panels to be used for gates by the south lagoon. Jaeckel moved to give Alley the cattle panels. Bennett seconded the motion. Motion was voted on, passed unanimously, provided Alley only wants two cattle panels. Anything more will require another vote.
Jeffrey stated that Police Chief Allen Fry’s truck will have decals on Wednesday afternoon. Jeffrey’s also represented the fire department. He said that the fire department received water training this past month. He also stated that the fire department received a check for an unexpected fire last month. The fire department is waiting on the new rig to get stretched. Five or six firemen are going to attend fire training this week for house fires.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m. The next regular meeting of the Corydon City Council will take place Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.