Bob “Tuba” Narwold has been appointed as the city’s building inspector and code enforcer, Mayor Rick Fledderman told the Batesville City Council March 10. “He was very well qualified for the position.”
The annual salary for the full-time job that starts March 17 is $42,000, according to Fledderman.
Narwold, the District 3 council member, announced, “I will be employed by the city of Batesville. Therefore, I will no longer be able to serve on the city council.” He thanked his constituents for allowing him to be their representative for 10 years. “It has been my pleasure to serve the Batesville city.”
Council President Gene Lambert told the councilman, “I appreciate everything you’ve done for the city of Batesville and this administration. Most important,” he said, Narwold was admired for crossing party lines to make decisions in citizens’ best interests.
The mayor has submitted a letter to the Ripley County Republican Party chair about Narwold’s resignation. Batesville area precinct committeepersons will pick Narwold’s replacement for the term that ends Dec. 31, 2015, Fledderman said.
Chief Todd Schutte noted Narwold also is stepping down as Batesville Fire and Rescue Department assistant chief, a paid position. The mayor explained, “IRS provisions require that we pay overtime for all work over 40 hours per week. Therefore, we would be required to pay overtime for his work as the assistant chief. Our budgets do not afford us to do this.” Narwold may still serve as a nonpaid volunteer firefighter.
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Also on the agenda • The parking lot west of the Batesville Memorial Public Library "is actually owned by the city," according to the mayor. He proposed transferring the ownership from the city to the library and the Batesville Board of Works agreed. • The council OK'd an interlocal agreement with the city of Lawrenceburg as part of the process to accept a $500,000 Lawrenceburg Regional Economic Development Grant to improve Merkel Road. • At a special Jan. 27 meeting, BBW seemed poised to accept an informal bid from Ollier Masonry, Batesville, to upgrade the fire station's exterior and solve moisture problems. "We missed a step," admitted the mayor. "We need to do sealed bids." Structural engineer Nathan Walsman, Cincinnati, is writing bid specifications. • At that meeting, the board also discussed changing Batesville EMS 10 billing companies from Ambulance Billing Services Inc., Elkhart, to Medicount Management Inc., Cincinnati. After Schutte and city attorney Lynn Fledderman reviewed the Medicount contract, they had three concerns: its four-year length; there was no termination clause; and the contract is based on Ohio, not Indiana, law. The contract was modified to three years, a termination clause was added and it now conforms with Indiana statutes. The chief believed, "They are going to be able to provide more revenue … and more information." If an issue arises, company officials promised, "'We'll be here in 45 minutes to resolve it.'" • The board approved a Duke Energy tree relocation permit. Before the bridge on State Road 229 adjacent to the Hillcrest golf course can be replaced, a tree must be moved to a different area. The attorney reported, "Country club officials have no problem with the relocation." If there is a problem with the current tree thriving in another spot, a new one will be planted. The mayor said a sewer line will be moved from the road's west to east side in the fall, then bridge reconstruction will begin in early spring 2015.