Zionsville Town Council amends salary ordinance, updates ordinances

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The Zionsville Town Council met March 4. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. March 18 at Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St. For more, visit Zionsville-in.org.

What happened: The Zionsville Town Council unanimously approved an amendment to the 2019 Salary Ordinance.

What it means: Lance Lantz, superintendent of the street and stormwater departments for the Town of Zionsville, said he has had difficulty recruiting an employee to fill the position of assistant superintendent of stormwater services, a position which has remained vacant for three months. Lantz said at one point, an applicant “turned their nose up” at the offered salary. Lantz requested the council amend the salary ordinance because he knew of a potential employee to fill the position.

“We’ve lost two good people to this, one past employee and one applicant, and I don’t want to strike out thrice,” Lantz said.

Approving the ordinance set a maximum to the salary, but Lantz said it’s likely the employee won’t start at the maximum number. The salary amount was not announced during the meeting.

“I’m just asking for your help to recruit the talent necessary to fill this job,” Lantz said, adding that there are roughly 100 similar positions across the state, so the town doesn’t have a large a pool to pick from.

 

What happened: The council unanimously approved two ordinances to re-establish the Cumulative Capital Development Fund and the Cumulative Firefighting Building Equipment Fund.

What it means: Deputy Mayor Ed Mitro said the council had to re-establish the funds in order to receive the highest taxes possible. Council member Bryan Traylor asked Mitro to specify what the funds were in order to educate the public.

“It is basically for capital improvements of various types, whether it be equipment, whether it be projects,” Mitro said. “It is most often used for projects.”

Mitro said for the CCD, most of the projects were related to street or stormwater. For the CFBE Fund are for firefighting-related projects. For example, the CFBE paid for the renovations under way at Fire Station 92.

 

What happened: The council unanimously approved two ordinances amending certain chapters within the Town of Zionsville Code of Ordinances.

What it means: Attorney Heather Willey said during the next few months, the town will be updating the language in its ordinances.

“We have not done a comprehensive update to the Code of Ordinances since we did our two reorganizations,” she said, noting that the updates will create more transparency for the public. “We thought it would be important to go chapter by chapter through the entire code over the course of the next several months to update terminology, to make sure terms adopted by the town are reflected in code.”

For example, at its March 4 meeting, the council approved amendments to reflect the town no longer has the position of clerk-treasurer. Updates also were made to reflect the council now has seven slots and will update the council district map.

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