At the Sept. 6 Allerton City Council meeting, visitors were members of the Corydon and Allerton Chamber of Commerce who asked that Allerton trick-or-treat be set for Oct. 31 instead of Oct. 30 due to parent-teacher conferences being held Oct. 30. Trick-or-Treat was set for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

The council then discussed the drains in town and the recent weather resulting in rain downpours, as well as preparing for rain during the Allerton World Fair coming up on Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

“Unless everybody is totally prepared for it, there’s nothing to do about it when it rains like that,” said Mayor Doug Downs.

Next was discussion of tax abatement and an urban revitalization plan with Allerton Attorney Verle Norris.

“You have to identify essentially a blighted area in the city for an urban revitalization plan to then go with a tax abatement. And so you have some discussion whether you want your urban revitalization plan cover the whole city, the whole town, or whether you want to designate certain parts of town that would be eligible for tax abatement,” Norris said. “You can have tax abatement for residential, commercial or industrial construction.”

“I would encourage the whole town to do it; it’s hard telling where someone is going to build,” Downs said.

The process of adopting an urban revitalization plan and moving forward with the tax abatement would require a public hearing, published notice and letters mailed to residents in the designated area for urban revitalization.

The council decided to wait for the public hearing for further discussion of the tax abatement and urban revitalization plan.

Resolution 2018-901 regarding the sale of real property was approved, as well as Resolution 90618 regarding the road use tax report.

The first reading of Ordinance 2018-901 on raising minimum water rate $6 per month. The first reading of Ordinance 2018-906 of raising minimum sewer rate $6 was also approved.

The next meeting was scheduled for Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting adjourned.

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