City council hears Hall and House amendments, county dispatch agreement

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The Westfield City Council met Feb. 12. The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at city hall, 130 Penn St. For more, visit westfield.in.gov.

The Hall and House PUD amendment was introduced to the council. The PUD is just north of Hampton Inn and south of Ind. 32. (Submitted image)

What happened: The Westfield City Council heard an introduction with amendments to the Hall and House Planned Unit Development.

What it means: The amendments included modifications to the minimum building setbacks and the landscaping standards. Since it was an introduction, no action was taken. The PUD is set to appear before the plan commission at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at city hall, 130 Penn St.

 

What happened: The council approved an interlocal agreement with the county for a service agreement for Emergency Dispatch Services, 7-0.

What it means: Council member Cindy Spoljaric raised concerns about the cost of the project, and Mayor Andy Cook explained the reasoning.  State law mandates that a county cannot have more than one dispatch center. Each city within the county funds the dispatch center based on the number of calls the city makes.

“Today, the four cities pay for this service based on the number of calls for service that each city generates,” Cook said. “Some of our outlying smaller towns do not participate in the fee yet. They are being mandated to do so. This whole process is still really being worked through the present structure. The agreed upon method right now is each city pays according to how many calls for service it initiates the prior year. Some of us don’t feel that’s quite appropriate  because we do a lot of preventative calls for service. We are working through changing that formula right now.”

Cook said the county will fund the agreement in the future.

 

What happened: Chief of Staff Todd Burtron presented an interlocal agreement between the county and city concerning use of health and wellness centers. The council approved the agreement, 7-0.

What it means: City employees will have access to acute and pharmaceutical care through Riverview Health’s Noblesville campus and the Westfield hospital when it opens.

“It is a cost-saving measure as it relates to expense and health care benefits we provide to our valued employees,” Burtron said. “(Westfield) has been invited to participate in the county’s health and wellness center. We are the first municipality to do that across Hamilton County. We’ve done some plan redesign with our current health care plan with Anthem, and it has enabled us to use existing dollars to help fund the cost of this to, over the long term, mitigate sharp increases we may otherwise see with Anthem renewals.”

 

What happened: The council approved an amendment to the policy, procedures and fee schedule, 7-0.

What it means: This is a semi-annual adoption. No discussion occurred.

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