During the closing minutes of the regularly scheduled City of Corydon council meeting, Mayor Rod Parham announces he will be resigning from the mayor position. His resignation will take effect on Oct. 31.
“I have been mayor for 10 years and worked on the council for another three and within the city and I believe it is a good time for the city to move forward as they are in a good financial standing,” said Parham. “This is the time for someone else to take the helm.”
Councilman Dennis Moorman stated, “I sure hate to see you go as you’ve done a good job.”
Just before Parham announced his resignation, City Clerk Ann Stevens notified the council of another resignation she had received. City employee Tony Gibson submitted his resignation with his last day being set for Wednesday, Oct. 10.
“I tried to talk him into staying, but he stated he didn’t need the headache that he was dealing with within the city so he chose to leave,” said Parham.
“We need to look at that and give them (city employees) an ultimatum or else,” Moorman stated. “This has been going on for far too long. If they want to play hardball we will play hardball with them. I hate to lose a good man over it.”
Malisha Hagan was in attendance to discuss the parking issue in front of their newly renovated Hotel Rea. Currently there is a city ordinance, however no signs posted regarding no parking in front of the hotel between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Hagan voiced concerns regarding having hotel guests park in an alley.
Parham added, “Signage is not mandatory to be posted on every street.”
“Guests staying at our hotel are a little adverse to parking in the alley,” stated Hagan. “It’s dark even though we have added lighting but with the laundromat crowd coming and going all hours of the night its an issue. What can we do to make this good for everyone?”
“Our guests check in with a key code so we don’t see every guest and we aren’t there to tell them, but if this is a snow ordinance we can add that to our guest information,” said Hagan.
“My personal feeling is that should be parking for your business in front of the hotel and it shouldn’t be a problem,” said council member Stan Rupe. “If we have to change some things then so be it. This is a business and we need to accommodate this business somehow.”
Parham assured Hagan some investigating would be done to look into this issue further.
While in attendance, Hagan also brought up some concerns regarding the city’s contract with Midwest Sanitation. Currently the City of Corydon is in contract allowing only Midwest Sanitation for removal of trash and waste within city limits.
“We were not aware that garbage pick up and construction removal are one in the same,” said Hagan. “We didn’t realize we were breaking the law by not using Midwest Sanitation as we were using a dumpster from C & E.”
Hagan pointed out to the council while C & E has higher cost per ton to dump, they will set a dumpster for $250. When checking into Midwest Sanitation prices their dumpster drop off was quoted to be $525 with a cheaper cost of removal.
“In the end we would have to have a lot of tons to make up the difference in price and with you guys negotiating a contract with Midwest Sanitation to get the best price, it’s created a monopoly,” Hagan said. “Is there any wiggle room with us as we have to use dumpsters and it is not sustainable for us when we have to use it.”
Council member Eric Jaeckel thanked Hagan for being pro active, however no decisions were made at this time.
City resident Amber Rodgers spoke to the council regarding questions of city ordinance pertaining to no apartments on ground level on the town square. The building in question located at 212 W. Jackson Street was formerly an apartment building with five units just off the square.
Council members informed Rodgers that building would be grandfathered in and would not be held to the ordinance of no ground level units if someone were to purchase building.
Resolution 2018-39 was approved authorizing the city clerk to set up the “Street Major Repair” account. It was also approved to transfer $200,000 into that account from the Road Use Tax Fund.
A public hearing has been set for Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. where the resolution 2018-40 will be considered. This resolution is in regards to GO Bonding for street repair with bond not to exceed $1,275,000.
Upon the resignation of Police Chief Allen Fry, it was approved to pay his request for unpaid benefits with the option to continue health insurance coverage for one year as stated in the personnel policy manual.
A quote from Norris Asphalt was approved as the deadline for approval date was fast approaching. The quote was approved with the understanding an amendment could be added at later date as needed. Also approved was the quote from Manatt’s for seal coating streets.
“The state is trying to get rid of our four-lanes again, claiming if they move it to a three lane highway the pavement will last longer, “ said Parham. “Go drive to Centerville and see how that’s lasting for them.”
“I’m not interested in that or even investigating that,” said Jaeckel.
The council approved the state’s proposal for patching and grinding repairs in 2020 with the stipulation that the four-lane highways remain the same.
Fire Chief Bryan Wallace reported the truck they have on order for the fire department may arrive the week of Oct. 8. Once truck arrives at Dewey Ford it will head to Deery for decals to placed.
Next regular meeting with the public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.