Town board hears concern about grass ordinance
Versailles okays zoning request
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
About an hour of the Versailles Town Board meeting was taken up
with a re-zone discussion. Von McGuire was asking to re-zone about
six acres he owns at approximately 528 W. US 50 in Versailles
from Residential-1 to Local Business.
McGuire already owns about three acres in front of the property,
which is already zoned Local Business and wants to add the Local
Business designation to the additional six acres.
McGuire explained he plans to lease the property to the Department
of Child Services. This government agency is restructuring and
dividing the private partnership from the state run services.
The private partnership will continue to stay at their present
location on Highway 421 in Versailles next to Gilpin Monument.
The state run part of the Department will lease McGuires
property and plans to add onto the present building creating 5,100
square feet. McGuire said this will create from eight to 13 new
jobs. He has met with Bob Williams of the Indiana Department of
Transportation and received verbal approval for his sub-minor
driveway permit to put in an auxiliary lane.
Adjoining property owner Janice Avedissian was not opposed to
the re-zone, but she was concerned that the road and construction
would create a water problem. Neighbor Connie Morris also shared
her concerns about the added traffic. McGuire responded, My
entry will be the saftest entry. In the end, the Versailles
Town Board voted to grant the re-zone.
Tom Day was concerned about the grass ordinance. Day
said he appreciated what the town was trying to do to clean up
the town, but was concerned that the $500 fine per day was too
steep. Day brought up several scenarios where someone might be
on vacation or in the hospital and not be able to mow their grass
and be fined thousands of dollars.
Board member John Holzer explained that what they had been doing
for years was not working. He said the town regularly mows grass
for about ten properties in town and the property owner gets a
bill for about $275 a year. We are not in the business to
mow grass, said Holzer. This is intended for the people
who abuse the system.
The board was adamant that they were not going to change the ordinance.
Because of some incorrect reference numbers, the first reading
of the grass ordinance had to be read again. That
would make the final reading at next months meeting.
Jerry Gilpin came into the meeting after attending the South Ripley
School Board meeting. He said he was told he was not in any official
capacity and the school board wanted to meet with the town board
to discuss the sports complex issue. Gilpin said he felt this
was a stall tactic by the school board. Board member Sue Meisberger
said she would contact Superintendent Ted Ahaus.
Town Superintendent Kevin Hensley said the chipper is beyond repair.
A new one will cost between $35,000 and $42,000. The town will
apply for a grant for the cost of the chipper. An open house was
set for the new water treatment plant for Saturday, August 11
from 9 a.m. to noon.
Ted Spurlock announced there was 50,000 yards of topsoil available
from the Honda plant for free. The town would just have to haul
it. He will get costs.
The cost for Crowe-Crizek to do the water rate increase study
is $8,000 to $9,000. The 2007 budget has been approved by the
The bill for the repair of the new lift station was $7,300. It
was reported that the lift station had been installed incorrectly.
The bill for the repairs will be sent to Roy Holman who originally
installed the lift station.
Marshal Joe Mann reported he investigated five accidents in June,
assisted 67 citizens, and made 20 arrests.
All three town board members were in attendance: Sue Meisberger,
Jim Taul and John Holzer. Clerk-Treasurer Ted Spurlock was present
to advise the board. The next regular meeting of the Versailles
Town Board will be August 9 at the Versailles Town Hall.
CATHY MAY PHOTO
Von McGuire, stands before the Versailles Town Board with
his plans explaining his needs for a re-zone for property
he owns on US 50 in Versailles. The board granted his
request for the property to be zoned Local Business instead