Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

June 25, 2013

Members approve ordinances

SUNMAN - Sunman Town Council members were busy June 20 signing various reports and approving ordinances.

Most of the paperwork had to do with information for their application for an Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Demolition Grant for the former Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Special Education Cooperative building. It included a status of site control document signed by town attorney Amy Streator stating eminent domain was not involved in the proposed demolition. Clerk-treasurer Kris Schneider said everything must be compiled and sent by the end of the month.

Members also approved other ordinances. The first, 2013-3, re-established a Cumulative Capital Development Fund, which would set aside 5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation beginning in 2014. That money would be used for various projects, such as repairing sidewalks.

The first reading for Ordinance 2013-4 would set the copying fee price. Patrons would be charged 10 cents for black copies and 25 cents for color copies. In addition, Ordinance 2013-5 would compensate reserve police officers, who are volunteers, for any employment dollars they lose at their regular jobs when they have to attend required training seminars.

Town resident Neil Bowers asked if members attended county council meetings. When they said they usually do not, he remarked, “It’s kind of irresponsible not to attend .... How can a city get by without working with the county?”

Schneider pointed out, “We have our own budget and finances.”

President Wayne Jenner noted, “As far as I know, there is open communication (with county officials), and I haven’t heard that there’s a problem.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

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