clarified at Plan Commission mtg.
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
Ripley County Area Plan Commission President Dave Osborne commented
that after last months meeting when only eight members were
present and one had to abstain from a vote, there were 11 members
out of 12 present at the August 7 meeting.
Osborne referred to a vote last month that was 6-1-1 and because
there has to be seven yes votes to pass a motion, the
item in question was sent to a town with no recommendation. He explained
that according to State Statute there has to be a majority of the
full board (12) to agree, even if there are only seven members voting.
Osborne said he had several people approach him after the last meeting
about the vote and wanted to clarify the situation.
All 11 members were in agreement in a complicated application from
Tina Maupin. Shane Haller spoke on Maupins behalf. She asked
for primary approval to re-plat Lot-A in Nordmeyers Subdivision.
This is located at 5160 and 5174 East Morris Mill Street in Morris.
First the platted lot had to be vacated. Then a variance from the
front set-back line for the existing house was approved. After that,
the re-plat making Lot-A into two lots on 1.1965 acres in the Local
Business District was approved.
Everything is in place except for the approval from the Ripley County
Commissioners that the extra lot would not cause a burden on the
road. If they would decide it is a burden that is considered a remonstrance
against the re-plat and it would come back next month. If the Commissioners
decide that it is not a burden, then Secondary Approval would be
The other item heard was regarding the Mabel Brower Estate. The
request was for a two lot agricultural subdivision on 15.71 acres
in the Agricultural-1 district. Sue French spoke for the family
and Jeff French abstained from voting and left the room during the
The property is located at 4198 and 4246 W. County Rd., 100 S in
Holton and was being divided to settle an estate. The vote for the
subdivision was 10-0-1.
Commission Attorney John Ertel said he would request an executive
session at the August meeting to discuss litigation. The next meeting
will be held on September 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Commissioners
Room in the Courthouse Annex.