The Zionsville Town Council met Nov. 6 to welcome two new police officers, discuss the 2018 salaries and more.
WHAT HAPPENED: Mayor Tim Haak swore in two new police officers.
WHAT IT MEANS: Daniel Brown and Thomas Lucas are both Ball State University graduates who are three weeks into a 15-week Zionsville Police Dept. training program. They were hired as a result of the implementation of the public safety local income tax, which went into effect Jan. 1.
WHAT HAPPENED: The council introduced the 2018 salary ordinance for town officials and employees.
WHAT IT MEANS: The ordinance increases employee pay 2.5 to 3 percent based on performance. The town will continue to pay 90 percent of insurance premium costs for employees and 85 percent for spouses and dependents. The mayor, who makes $120,000 per year, indicated that for the second year in a row he would not accept a proposed pay increase, although Town Council President Josh Garrett said he believes the mayor deserves one.
WHAT’S NEXT: The council is expected to vote on the ordinance at a future meeting. The next one is set for 7:30 a.m. Nov. 20.
WHAT HAPPENED: The council approved using $100,000 from the general fund to cover unexpected costs for the new Town Hall parking lot and future drive to adjacent to Brendan Way.
WHAT IT MEANS: The town originally planned to add a topcoat and pave the existing parking lot, which also serves the new Town Hall building. However poor soil conditions under the existing parking lot complicated the project, and the town expects to find the same soil conditions where the new drive is planned. The appropriation also includes the addition of sidewalks between the parking lot and Oak Street and some storm inlet changes.
WHAT HAPPENED: The council approved a resolution authorizing refunding bonds.
WHAT IT MEANS: The refunding bonds work like a refinance to take advantage of lower interest rates. They also remove the provision to use property taxes as a backup plan to repay the original 2008 bond. The provision was included to get a lower interest rate but was never used.
WHAT’S NEXT: By approving the resolution, the town is expected to save approximately $45,000 a year and $448,189 over the life of the bond.