Miller was seeking the variance based on agriculture use and said he’d be glad to let city officials know when he planned to burn.
Mayor Thompson made a motion to approve the variance based on its agriculture use, with the condition Miller contacts the fire department on burn days so they can stand by.
Miller was also granted a permit for construction of a private drive on South Williams Street. Miller explained it was a 20-by-40-foot crushed stone temporary parking.
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medical Services Chief Jim Sumpter Jr. brought two requests to the board.
His first request was to raise the allowable ambulance mileage rates from $12 a mile to $16 a mile (with patient on board).
“This is one of those charges that is 100 percent reimbursable by insurance companies and Medicare and Medicaid,” he said.
Thompson challenged him to look at other fees. Sumpter said he was in the process of doing just that.
Sumpter also requested and received approval to refurbish the 2004 Medtech ambulance.
The work is expected to take 45 to 60 days.
Code enforcement position
The board approved changes and additions to the job description of the code enforcement officer. Thompson explained the changes are due to state Legislature in regards to cities doing rental inspections. Thompson said city officials will need to make some decisions as a result of the Legislature.
The job description was amended to include electrical inspection, maintenance and custodian duties, citywide American with Disabilities Act compliance, park maintenance, etc.
Board members awarded the 2014 sidewalk replacement project to the lone bidder, Huff Construction, Nappanee.
The cost is $22 per linear foot and $275 per American with Disabilities Act ramp.
Street Superintendent Brent Warren gave the board an update on drainage and bridge issues. He said a county engineer looked at the drainage issues on C.R. 3 near Newmar Industries where the road is deteriorating and discussed possible solutions.