• City officials started working on recent Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 compliance efforts in May 2011, said Tim Macyauski, Batesville operations director for street and building departments and ADA coordinator. The most important task has been establishing a grievance process for accessibility issues. After a pedestrian map is completed by engineers, a public meeting will be held to gain input.
Chaffee asked, “How many complaints a year do we get?” Macyauski replied, “A couple annually.” Last year complaints were about sidewalks and a railing. Fledderman said, “We try to be very sensitive ... and as pro-active as possible while trying to remain within the budget.”
• The council voted to allot Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing funds for two projects: $4,176 for a new aluminum pool diving board from Spear Corp., Roachdale. Last summer the “quite old” board was shut down due to an unsafe surface; $1,000 to help fund prize money and provide tech services and equipment for “Batesville’s Got Talent,” a Feb. 24 2 p.m. show presented by the Mayor’s Youth Council. President Nick Wanamaker noted proceeds are spent on “projects … that will benefit the community.” After making past donations for pool furniture, a stone park entrance, ball complex flagpole and the food pantry, this year’s profits are earmarked for downtown planters.
• Next month the council will discuss two issues, according to Fledderman. He will present a redistricting ordinance based on the last U.S. Census. “I don’t think these districts have been looked at this closely” in a long time. Each must be within 10 percent of others in population, but currently they are not: District 1 2,154; District 2, 1,454; District 3, 1,462; and District 4, 1,449. Citizens can view a proposed map in the Memorial Building’s first floor conference room. A U.S. Department of Agriculture stormwater loan will be mulled, too. “We’ve been working on this for three years.”