Get ready for the move--City Hall is going downtown!
Corydon city council voted Wednesday to purchase the building at 101 W. Jackson at a cost not to exceed $42,000. The building was most recently occupied by Custom Insurance Services, Inc.
All the council members were in favor of the purchase, but councilman Eric Jaeckel expressed concerns, as he had at a previous meeting, that he wished the current city hall could be sold before another building is purchased. In discussion, it was decided if utilities are turned off at the current building, there would not be added expense to impact the budget. The new city hall will be purchased with local option sales tax funds, which are already in the bank. The council set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Sept. 19 to hear public opinion on the sale of the current city hall.
City supervisor Dave Cusic said his crew has been fixing a lot of water leaks, at least one or two each week. He said the dry, hard ground is pushing up and cracking the water lines. When they dig to repair a leak, Cusic said, the earth is dry all the way to the main.
Cusic said the street sweeper needs repair and got the council's permission to take it to get an estimate. Also, he needs to replace a street light near the American Legion Hall and he plans to order a load of cold patch to repair some potholes before winter.
Clerk Ann Stevens reported she has received notice the city may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 in a class action lawsuit against Syngenta Corporation due to Atrazine found in Corydon Lake in the 1990s. The council told her to go ahead with the paperwork.
Mayor Rod Parham said the fire department's second truck for fighting grass fires is down, but he thought the first one would be repaired shortly.
Jaeckel asked about burn barrels, and if they can be used during the burn ban that is currently in effect. He was told there are many regulations concerning using a burn barrel, including the wire mesh to be used on top and the need to stop from using them if neighbors complain.
The next regular Corydon city council meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6.