Initial TIF boundaries presented in Roachdale

Friday, November 13, 2015

ROACHDALE -- Members of the Roachdale Town Council met Tuesday in a public meeting to discuss issues the town is currently facing.

However, thanks to diligent work and restoration groups like the RRCA (Roachdale Revitalization Cooperative Alliance), there were not many issues of concern reported at the Tuesday meeting.

Planning Commission member Ken Smith was present to deliver reports on the status of the anticipated TIF-boundary developments, saying that a comprehensive plan has now been given to the board.

"We've finished up the initial zoning map ... the only thing we need to do now is to create the zoning ordinance," Smith said. "That takes care of that issue.

"At the end of that comprehensive report are the initial boundaries, and those can be changed," Smith continued. "The impact statement is in there as well, it basically says 'if this was in place now, (this) is what the impact of the other taxing entities would be' -- (meaning) the township, school, library and fire district."

Smith went on to report that an outline concerning what the board needs to do to move forward has been delivered, as well.

More plans and prints concerning the districts will be given at the board's December meeting.

The current comprehensive report is available to view by contacting the town office by calling 522-1532.

In other business:

* Resident Dustin Malicot sought approval to lay gravel to create a driveway for his home. A guy wire comes down at an odd angle near the edge of the property, and the Malicots currently aren't able to use the street for parking. The board approved the action with a unanimous 3-0 vote.

* Troy Elless reported that the wastewater treatment plant discovered an issue with a piece of temperature-sensing equipment called an incubator. Elless was approved to purchase the new equipment, valued at $2,869.95, in the event the equipment in question cannot be fixed, and if the replacement part will not cost more than the price of removal. The board approved the request with a unanimous 3-0 vote.

* Town Utility Superintendent Jason Woodall had nothing pressing to report, but a hole on northern Indiana Street was discussed. Board president Jack Jones voiced concern and requested attention be brought to the matter. Woodall said he would look into the issue.

* Councilman Zach Bowers requested approval for himself, the newly-elected clerk-treasurer (Debbie Sillery) and the two newly-elected board members (Kevin Cook and Holly Cook) to attend a "newly-elected officials" classes in January. The board approved the request with a 2-0 vote after President Jones remained "neutral."

The next public meeting for Roachdale is scheduled for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

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