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April 20, 2013

Appropriation requests part of light agenda for Tuesday

GOSHEN — Goshen City Council members appear to have a pretty light agenda for their upcoming council meeting Tuesday evening with discussion items consisting mainly of additional appropriation requests and a possible amendment to the Plymouth Avenue Economic Development Area.

Additional Appropriations

Listed among the few items to be discussed Tuesday are several additional appropriation requests totalling $583,500.

According to Goshen Fire Chief Dan Sink, the City Council approved an additional appropriation in the amount of $80,000 last year for the purchase of property at 1201 College Ave., an area contiguous with the city’s College Avenue station that he hopes to use for future expansion.

However, Sink noted that the owner of the home and the fire department did not reach an agreement for the purchase of the property prior to the end of 2012, at which time the additional appropriation reverted back to the department’s cash reserve fund.

Since that time, Sink said the department has continued to be in contact with the property owner and recently reached an agreement for a purchase price of $79,500.

As such, Sink is requesting an additional appropriation of $80,000 from the department’s Cumulative Fire Special Fund to allow for purchase of the 1201 College Ave. property.

Also up for consideration Tuesday is a request by Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman for an additional appropriation of $3,500 from the General Fund to go toward a technology stipend for council members.

According to Kauffman, several council members have indicated interest in a technology stipend for council business use of laptops, iPads, cellphones or smartphones.

To that end, Kauffman is requesting an additional appropriation to the council budget of $3,500 from the General Fund to help pay for that stipend.

Rounding out the additional appropriation requests on Tuesday’s agenda is a request by Kauffman for $500,000 to be transferred out of the Rainy Day Fund and into the General Fund to help fund trash pickup.

Plymouth Avenue EDA

Also up for discussion Tuesday is a possible amendment of the Plymouth Avenue Economic Development Area.

According to Mark Brinson, community development director for the city, the Plymouth Avenue EDA consists of eight acres generally located south of Plymouth Avenue, east of Greene Road, west of Indiana Avenue and north of C.R. 36.

Brinson noted that the Plymouth Avenue EDA has long been recognized as an area suffering some significant water and drainage issues that are in serious need of correcting.

Through the amended plan, additional infrastructure will reportedly be added to the area including water drainage, water detention, water retention and other facilities and infrastructure that improves drainage and water retention within the Plymouth EDA.

Those improvements, Brinson said, will help to both retain and expand existing businesses in the area as well as attract new businesses.

The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers of the Goshen Police and Courts building, 111 E. Jefferson St., Goshen.

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