Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 4, 2013

Council approves bond amendment to neighborhood preservation code

By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL sherry.vanarsdall@goshennews.com
Goshen News

---- — GOSHEN — Goshen City Council members Tuesday voted on second reading to approve an amendment to the Goshen City code neighborhood preservation article.

“This is a fairly limited amendment and applies to buildings that are unoccupied or (do) not make the property safe,” said Larry Barkes, Goshen City attorney. “This is for those have taken occupancy and have fixed up the interior but not able to do the exterior because it is winter. This gives them the opportunity — an option — to allow them to fix up the exterior in 180 days. This would be (like) painting, siding repair, eave repair.”

People would have the opportunity to pay a $500 cash bond with the Building Department to make repairs within 180 days. If the repairs are not paid, the bond is forfeited, Barkes said.

“The necessity of issuing the bond makes sure the work will be done otherwise they won’t do it,” he said. “If they posted the bond they will have to take care of it or otherwise they forfeit the bond.”

Additional appropriation

The council approved an additional appropriation ordinance totaling $41,837. Of the total amount approved, $30,000 will go toward payment of overtime for the Goshen Fire Department since more than 10 percent of the staff has been off for surgery leaves of one kind or another, said Goshen Fire Chief Danny Sink.

“We have attempted to accommodate the leaves of absence by moving staff from one shift to another and/or reducing extra training assignments to a minimum to reduce our overtime liabilities,” Sink said.

The additional $7,705 involves unused funds connected to fencing at Fidler Pond Park being appropriated back into the Economic Development Income Tax Contract Service fund to go toward other projects, and $4,132 involves unused funds connected to the Monroe Street Bike Path being appropriated back into the Cumulative Capital Contract Services line for use in future projects.

Other business

In other business, the council:

• Approved an emergency resolution providing for the transfer of funds for certain extraordinary conditions that developed since the adoption of the existing annual budget for the year 2013. The appropriated money to be transferred in the Redevelopment non-reverting fund are $500 for health insurance and $400 for PERF/Retirement.