Fishers Town Council: August 6 Meeting

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Editor’s Note:  Due to a scheduling error, Current in Fishers was not present for the Aug. 6 Fishers Town Council meeting. The proceedings were viewed from a recording of the meeting found at fishers.in.us.

What happened:  A contract for unwanted animal services with the Humane Society for Hamilton County was approved for 2013

  •  What it means:  In the past, the Town of Fishers contracted with Hamilton County “for the administration of unwanted animals in Fishers,” according to a council action form. The county auditor would bill back for each animal, but used the Humane Society for the actual services. Starting this year, the county is no longer a part of the system. Fishers entered into an agreement to with the Humane Society for $78,525.32 – a $7,594 decrease from last year. The money will come out of the Police Department Budget or general fund.

What happened:  Resolution R080612 was approved

  • What it means:  The resolution is a funds transfer. The general fund and the sewer fund saw transfers for a large format scanner ($6,645), “to cover short budgeting in part time salary” ($1,268), “to cover short budgeting for emergency repairs” ($88,600) and “to pay for Hamilton East Library Build Out Project” ($225,000), according to the resolution form.

What happened:  Ordinance Ord07162 had a second reading

  • What it means:  The ordinance means to govern pawnshops, secondhand dealers, metal recycling entities and secondhand metal dealers, including “cash for gold” operations. The ordinance would require various forms of documentation on items bought by the stores and the person selling the items – including a fingerprint. Several local business owners showed up to the meeting to speak their minds. Clothing stores and used sports equipment stores would fall under this ordinance, as well as numismatist businesses. The business owners cited issues involving the value of items that require documentation ($25), whether the business should fall under the ordinance, how frequently those items come through the stores, the invasiveness of fingerprinting and the difficulty in holding items for the seven days required by the ordinance. The council deliberated with the business owners and Detective Dave Baker, who was taking questions on the ordinance. The councilors talked about the intricacies of the plan. It will return for a third reading and then be voted upon.

What happened:  A grant for the Fishers Economic and Community Development Commission and Fishers Launch, LLC consulting agreement were approved

  • What it means:  A “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Hamilton Library was approved. The Town of Fishers is renting out the space for a new project that Town Manager Scott Fadness and Director of Communications Maura Leon-Barber said will be publicly announced within the next two weeks. This item voted on by the council includes a $225,000 build-out and an operation cost of $125,000 annually from the general fund, according to a council action form. The form includes information providing that John Wechsler, a Fishers resident, will “develop the program and maintain the operations of the facility.” In the first year, his contract is set for $75,000 plus 15 percent of memberships and sponsorships. In the second year, it’ll be down to $60,000 and memberships and sponsorships, according to the council action form. For more details on this item and the people involved, visit fishers.in.us and pull up the Aug. 6 Town Council agenda.

What happened:  A bid award was approved for Fire Station 96

  • What it means:  The new station at 104th Street and Florida Road will cost $2,178,274. According to a council action form, pieces of the project came in over budget, were refined and then went out for the bid process again. The project remains $78,274 over-budget, which will be drawn from funding set aside for work on Station 92.
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