Compiled by Peg McRoy Glover
The Avon Town Council met Oct. 7 at Avon Town Hall. View the meeting on the town’s Facebook page and YouTube. The next scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. Oct. 21, 6570 E. U.S. 36. The ICON will report on that meeting in the next issue.
What happened: The town hired Lehman and Lehman to help update the town’s recreational fees. A five-member committee acts as a steering committee and makes recommendations to the parks advisory council, plan commission and council. The first committee was formed in 2017.
What this means: By law, 40% of this committee must be members from the development community such as developers, real estate agents or builders. The council reappointed builder and developer John Lazaro, real estate agent Rebecca Harp and from the plan commission Grant Niemeyer. Real estate agent Dan Laser, town council liaison Robert Pope and town manager Ryan Cannon were newly appointed. Staff consultants include town attorney Dan Taylor, town planning director Bill Peeples and Chuck Lehman representing Lehman and Lehman.
What happened: The 2022 $6.12 million town budget was given final approval and adopted. The proposed budget for 2022 was introduced in August, and a public hearing and discussion was held on Sept. 23.
What this means: The budget reflects a cost of living adjustment of up to 3% for employees, the addition of an executive assistant in the town manager’s office, an increase in police officer base pay to $60,000, two additional police officers and an increase of funds for police technology. Road maintenance funding has been increased to $100,000 for additional paving and pavement markings.
What happened: The council approved a declaratory resolution from the redevelopment commission extending, expanding and consolidating the Avon economic development area (TIF District).
What this means: The redevelopment commission adopted a declaratory resolution in 1999 that established a TIF area in Avon. This amended resolution adds property to the TIF district that is bordered on the north by the CSX Rail Yard, to the east by Raceway Road and north of Sunchase Woods, down the western boundary of Sunchase to County Road 100 South to Burnett Woods and then to Dan Jones. (See map.) This declaratory resolution is back in the hands of the redevelopment commission to create a resolution that will officially establish this TIF area.