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July 15, 2018

6/14/2018 9:00:00 AM
Palestine shop may be added to enterprise zone
By BLAKE NASH
Daily News

A Palestine automotive shop could soon be the newest addition to the Robinson Enterprise Zone.

Robinson City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance allowing Kennedy Auto Care to enter the zone. Aldermen also authorized purchases for the police and street departments during the meeting.

Zoning Administrator Mike Shimer recommended annexing the Palestine business, which plans to build a $250,000 facility, into the zone.

"This would help them create four additional positions," Shimer said. "It is a 40-by-90-foot building, with equipment included, on a lot that measures 243-by-120 feet."

Inclusion in the zone makes businesses eligible for multi-year tax abatements on improvements made to their facilities.

And while the council approved the measure, the annexation can not be completed without the affected taxing bodies' approval and approval by the Crawford County Board.

The county board is expected to act on the proposal during its meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Also at the meeting, it was announced the walking path at Washington Park will soon be under renovation.

Shimer asked the council for permission to implement phase 1 of an improvement project for the path, with Ambraw Asphalt, Lawrenceville doing the work. Budgeted at $39,800, the project will begin on the east path from North Argus to the log cabin on the southeast end.

Shimer added a portion of old asphalt near the tennis court area will need to be removed before work begins.

New technology is needed to provide better security at the Depot Fitness Center.

"We found out earlier in the year that the system is failing," Shimer said.

The council approved his request to install new cameras and hardware for the center at a budgeted cost of $6,225. Shimer said this new technology would allow the Robinson Community Center to program in the members.

Shimer's requests for a fuel station at the city park and an information center at Washington Park were also approved.

The fuel station has been an item that has always been wanted at the park for safety concerns. It would be housed at the maintenance building at a cost not to exceed $8,300.

The information center, budgeted at $5,900, will be constructed instead of a previously planned digital information sign at the city pool, which was budgeted at $6,100.

Shimer said they have already received a $3,000 donation for the structure.

In other business, the police department's request for a new 2018 Ford squad car was approved.

Alderman Gene Sinclair that the car will be purchased from Morrow Brothers, Greenfield, at a cost of $43,080. The council also approved an office camera system from Flat Rock Telephone Company at a budgeted cost of $6,578.88.

Sinclair's other request to seek bids for an automatic transfer switch for the department's emergency generator was also approved. He said the generator at the department has to be started manually.

"When the power goes out we have only a 30-minute backup, which puts computers and things in jeopardy," Sinclair explained.

Bids for the project must be received by 10 a.m. June 22.

Several items were approved for Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick.

To create a turn-around area for tractor-trailers carrying brine water, the wastewater treatment facility will need some materials. Quick's request for oversized rock and road gravel was approved.

The department will also be advertising for sanitary sewer relining. Quick said they have identified the worst 1,000 feet of sewer in the city and would like it reline. Bids must be submitted by 10 a.m. July 6.

The council also approved Quick's request to create an ordinance prohibiting jacking and boring of sewer laterals. Quick described them as the drilling and pulling of pipes. The ordinance would prohibit this process near residences.

"It's identified as five feet from the outside of the house to the main sanitary sewer," Quick said.

The purchase of a gantry crane at costs not to exceed $3,000 was also approved.

Also Tuesday, the council:

• Approved tourism applications for several organizations at a total cost of $89,563.26;

• Approved several maintenance work processes for a 580 Super N endloader and excavator from Birkey's, Newton.





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