Danville Council approves D.R. Horton MOU for sanitary sewer system

Compiled by Peg McRoy

The Danville Town Council met Sept. 6. These meetings can be viewed on the town’s YouTube channel. The council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Danville Town Hall, 49 N. Wayne St. The next scheduled meeting is Sept. 20.

What happened: Three items were addressed regarding the north interceptor project. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was approved between the town and D.R. Horton to fulfill their fiscal obligations on the north interceptor project with Bowen Construction. Approval was given to pay Bowen Construction for additional work on the project. The wastewater department was given an expenditure approval on the project as well.

What this means: D.R. Horton is developing Miles Farm, a planned subdivision on the west side of Danville, and this MOU is for the construction and installation of its sanitary sewer system. The town has already begun work on the north interceptor sanitary sewer project, that will be completed in three phases. Horton has agreed to contribute $2,460,977 to the cost of the third phase. Bowen Construction was given an additional $5,400 for added work to their original contract. The approved expenditure for the wastewater department’s installation of a sewer main and tree clearing is at a cost of $400,000.

What happened: The council approved $60,000 for the economic development commission’s 2024 budget. Also on the agenda for commission was a proposal to establish EDA/TIF (Economic Development Administration and Tax Increment Financing) areas to support economic development in Danville’s southeast section.

What this means:  The budgetary monies request for the economic development commission is an annual request. The request to establish EDA/TIF areas was tabled until the next meeting because a representative from the commission was unable to attend.

What happened: The council approved a letter of engagement with Baird & Co. for the management of the town’s general obligation bonds.

What this means: Baird is engaged by the town to serve as a managing underwriter or placement agent of proposed offering and issuance of securities and the required services needed to serve in such capacity.

What happened:  Mark Morgan, town manager, presented 2024 contracts for the Danville Downtown Partnership, Danville Chamber of Commerce, and an interlocal agreement with Marion Township. The interlocal agreement was tabled and will be addressed at a later meeting.

What this means: These are annual budgetary requests from the three organizations. The Downtown Danville Partnership will receive $80,000 and in turn will organize and support local events, as well as provide grants for the beautification of the square.  The Greater Danville Chamber of Commerce will receive $45,000 for the year that will be paid in quarterly installments. The Chamber will utilize these funds in addition to their annual budget in fulfilling their goals of the expansion and retention of its membership, new business development, economic development, and marketing and promotional programs. The interlocal agreement with Marion Township for the town to provide fire protection and rescue services for the township at the rate of $30,000. This action was tabled. The council has until Dec. 31 to approve the interlocal agreement. These requests are for the town’s 2024 budget.