Rushville Republican

March 9, 2013

City addresses several matters

Melissa Conrad
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — The Rushville City Council received a personal invitation during Tuesday’s meeting by one of their own, member Brian Sheehan, to join in the community-wide annual St. Patrick’s celebration this Saturday.

The local celebration begins with a parade at 3 p.m. Saturday. The parade route is from Sixth and Main Streets, south on Main to Third Street and then east to the Knights of Columbus. Parade line-up starts at 2:15 p.m. in the Main Street Christian Church parking lot. There is an open invitation to everyone who wants to watch the parade or participate by walking, riding, carrying flags, pulling wagons, or playing Irish music.

This year’s Grand Marshall is Markus Strobl.

Council was also reminded about the inaugural St. Patrick’s Dash being hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Rush County.

The “Dash” is a one mile walk/run that starts and ends in the Boys & Girls Club parking lot.

There is a $10 entry fee for all ages. There will be a prize for best kilt, and the first 150 to register get a St. Patrick’s Day wristband.

Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club.

Contact Andrea Niedenthal (561-8801) or Dana Fussner (765-570-3172) for more information.

Council members also heard about future plans for the Comprehensive Plan to be undertaken by the city this year.

Mayor Mike Pavey is also working with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on a potential boat launch site near Rushville Riverside Park Amphitheater into the Flatrock River. A boat launch would enable canoes and kayaks and other small craft to launch from Rushville in the future. The mayor is also working with IDEM on local plans to clean up the river area.

Pavey reported that the city is pursuing two grants with the Rush County Community Foundation; one with philanthropy and education and one on proposed upgrades to the shelter house at Laughlin Park.

Councilman Craig Smith announced a presentation during the upcoming April 2 Council meeting on potential improvements to the city’s trash services.

The Rushville Parks Department will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt at noon March 30 at South Veterans Memorial Park.

A motion was made and seconded amending Ordinance 2012-18 for a loan from the Electric Liquidation Fund to the Rushville Redevelopment Commission, designating those funds as the grant match for the North Industrial Park infrastructure project. Although an exact grant match amount was not available at the meeting, the amendment specified an amount that will be equal to the match requirement for the approximate $1,667,000 grant. The previously approved ordinance ear-marked the entire amount in the fund, the remainder of which the city is also now wanting to use for start-up of the possible Rushville Fire Department run ambulance service.

The Board of Works, which met prior to Council Tuesday, delayed action on a request by property owner Lila Meyer represented by attorney Ron Wilson to de-annex property north of the city that had been annexed when plans for a Super Walmart store were being considered.

The economic recession put an end to plans to build the expanded facility and Myers is asking that the property be returned to its pre-annexation status.

A discrepancy raised by Council attorney Julie Newhouse during the public hearing pertaining to the exact total acreage was explained the landowner and her attorney as the difference between property Walmart had intended to purchase, which ended up being just a couple acres shy of the annexed 47.077 acres.

This matter was tabled until more concrete information has been verified.

Contact: Melissa Conrad @ 765-932-2222 x107