The Winamac Town Council had the first reading on several ordinances during their meeting Monday night.
Town Manager Jim Conner said one ordinance regulates snow removal at one’s residence.
“That will require everybody to remove the snow off the sidewalk in front of their houses,” said Conner. “If there is a fire hydrant there in the area, they will need to shovel that out also. There is a hardship exception that people can apply for.”
The old town dump operated by the town of Winamac decades ago is finally a thing of the past, according to Town Manager Jim Conner. He said the council this week received a “no further action” letter from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management regarding the dump, stating that the town no longer has to perform testing, monitoring or cleanup at the site.
The Winamac Town Board held a preliminary hearing on the 2014 budget. Town Manager Jim Conner said no public comment was made during the hearing.
“The final adoption will be at our October meeting on the 14th,” stated Conner. “We tried to cut it back some for next year so that we’re not using so much cash-on-hand and tryin got get around to having a balanced budget.”
The Winamac Town Board at their meeting this week passed an ordinance formally adopting the new employee handbook. According to Town Manager Jim Conner, the new handbook covers all of the town’s employees, updating the policies for the first time since 2005. Conner said these updates go a long way in bringing the handbook up to Indiana Code as well as state and federal wage laws.
The Winamac Town Board this week discussed the 50/50 sidewalk program which has recently kicked off with a budget of $10,000. However, some people have already put in new sidewalks and have asked the town that they be reimbursed, and board member Richard Denney suggested to look into the possibility of reimbursing those residents after all applications have been received. If there is money left over, he would like to see the people reimbursed.
The Winamac Town Board will hold a public meeting tonight at 7 p.m. ET to address the ADA compliance needs at several facilities in the town of Winamac.
Town Manager Jim Conner recently submitted a list of places to the Town Board that need to be ADA compliant. All of the areas listed need to be ADA compliant by June 2013.
One board member had asked about the Y being compliant and ADA needs at Arens Field; Conner is expected to have an update on that during tonight’s meeting. You may also express concerns during tonight’s meeting.
The Winamac Town Board has approved an ordinance concerning the removal of fallen trees, tree limbs, weeds, and rank vegetation.
The ordinance addresses safety and health of the residents of Winamac, and an order will be issued by Town Manager Jim Conner to clean up any uncontrolled, uncultivated growth of annuals, plants, and trees. Winamac residents are responsible for the removal, cutting, or disposal and elimination of weeds, grass and other uncontrolled growth on their property. If someone files a written complaint at the Winamac Town Hall about the overgrown grass or trees on your property, your property will be inspected. If a violation is found, a written notification will be sent to you and you will have seven days to rectify the issue. You will be able to file an appeal.
If you violate any provision of this ordinance, you shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $250.
The Town of Winamac will not pick up bagged grass again this year. According to Town Manager, Jim Conner, the Town Board decided that residents will need to dispose of their own grass clippings. The issue was brought up last year when the Town Board and Wastewater Superintendent, Brad Zellers, expressed concern about the grass clippings in the streets and the problems they cause with the sewer system, especially during rains.