Pearson told the Council there has been a few customers in his store lately from Churubusco that would use them if legal. He said that surrounding towns have drafted ordinances allowing carts and presented the Council with a number of different ordinances. Columbia City, Ossian, Hamilton, and Grabill all require lights, mirrors, turn signals, and permits. Pearson said the money from the permits go into the general fund as well as the fines.
Pearson admitted his reasons for wanting an ordinance were slightly slanted, but viewed it as a positive direction for the town. “I’m not here pushing you into making a decision,” he said. “I just want to show you some information about what area towns are doing.”
Town Council president Frank Kessler thanked Pearson for his presentation and said that the Council will look into it more and revisit it at a later date.
In other Council news:
• Kevin Heber, a representative of the not-for-profit Greenways Foundation from Indianapolis attended the meeting to talk with Council concerning the town’s trail project. Heber said his group helps towns and cities statewide to develop their trail plans and helps coordinate them with the state. He looked over the town’s plan and made a few recommendations. He told them of a few different available grants and said he would be back in touch with more options.
• The Council introduced the 2010 salary ordinance. The ordinance has to be voted on by the end of the year. During a prior meeting, member Viv Sade informed the Council she would not vote for a pay raise this year. Council member John Hart made the motion to introduce the ordinance to increase the pay of town employees by 1%. Kessler seconded. The vote was 2-1 with Sade against.
The next regular scheduled Council meeting is on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall on Home Avenue.