Ordinance readings highlight Fillmore council’s agenda

Monday, June 8, 2020

FILLMORE -- After not holding a regular meeting last month, the Fillmore Town Council introduced three new ordinances during its regular meeting held Thursday evening.

The council first held its second reading for, and then adopted, Ordinance 2020-1, which sets standards for internal controls. This lays out expectations to ensure accountability and transparency with handling funds, and follows uniform standards set by the State Board of Accounts (SBOA) in 2015.

The council then introduced three new ordinances for their first reading. The first was Ordinance 2020-2, which sets regulations for the use of credit cards. They would hold funds to by used for necessary charges and per diems.

The second first reading was for Ordinance 2020-3, which was for establishing a policy on materiality. The clerk-treasurer would be tasked with reporting any losses, shortages or thefts of $250 or more, as well as “noteworthy” material items, to the SBOA.

The last reading the council held was the first for Ordinance 2020-4, which outlines local expectations for water bill adjustment requests. The ordinance sets out that water customers must provide documentation for leak repairs, as well as a procedure for how water meters may be replaced.

The council was also briefed by Town Marshal Darrel Bunten regarding various ordinance violations. He said he recently discussed the process for liens to some residents who have not tended to their properties.

The violations ranged from abandoned vehicles to high weeds, as well as fireworks that were set off a week ago. Bunten said he could not recall an ordinance on fireworks, but Council President Meredith Trusty suggested this may fall under being a nuisance.

Ultimately, Bunten said some of these violations had been addressed, but that he has had difficulty in being able to get in contact with some of the property owners.

In other business:

• The council set the date for Fillmore’s annual cleanup day for Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Persons may contact Clerk-Treasurer Jayna Haldeman at 246-6711 for more information.

• Utilities Operator Joe Cash requested that the council look into whether he could be entitled to benefits. He said he would be considered a full-time employee, even though he started working for the town part time.

The next regular meeting of the Fillmore Town Council is scheduled for Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m. in the Fillmore Town Hall.

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  • Four Key Points of the Indiana Fireworks Law: You must be 18 or older to purchase fireworks.

    An adult must be present for children to use any kind of fireworks.

    Use of fireworks is limited to your own property, the property of someone who has approved your use of fireworks or a location designated specifically for the use of fireworks.

    Fireworks are allowed from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round and from 9 a.m. to midnight on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and New Year's Eve unless a local ordinance specifies otherwise. Many local ordinances specify otherwise.

    -- Posted by goingon80 on Mon, Jun 8, 2020, at 12:06 PM
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    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Tue, Jun 9, 2020, at 11:27 AM
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    Ben - I am beginning to think they sometimes do this to push other stories off the "front page".

    You can still find older stories, but not many people go digging.

    So when a certain story becomes uncomfortable/bothersome/unwanted... they post just about anything they can to push the offending story off the page.

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    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Thu, Jun 11, 2020, at 2:53 PM
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    There are actually two stories that have been double-posted.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Thu, Jun 11, 2020, at 2:54 PM
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