Danville Town Council

Danville Town Council appoints board liaisons, approves purchases

Compiled by Peg McRoy Glover

The Danville Town Council met Jan 5. View meetings 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 Jan. 19. The ICON will report on that meeting in its next issue.

What happened: The council elected its officers, appointed council members to serve as department liaisons and made appointments to the town’s commissions and boards. 

What this means: David Winters will serve as the council’s president, Nancy Leavitt the vice president and the following council members were appointed as liaisons: Tom Pado, parks department; Chris Gearld, fire department; Leavitt, police department; Winters, utilities department and Greg VanLaere, public works department. 

Based on open positions, the following people were appointed: Loris Thompson, Sue Rempert, and Barry Lofton, plan commission; Pete Lynch, police merit board; Ben Comer, Gary Eakin, David Glover, Linda Monk and Tracey Shafer, redevelopment commission, Gearld and Winters, Emergency Medical Services joint board; VanLaere, Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership; Leavitt, Hendricks County Recycling District and the communications board, Matt Ellison, Citizens Water advisory board, Mark Morgan, council representative to the Greater Danville Chamber of Commerce and Will Lacey and Winters to the Downtown Danville Partnership. Appointments to the tree advisory committee and the citizens advisory board were tabled until Jan. 19.

What happened: The redevelopment commission requested approval to begin negotiations to purchase property at 195 E. Main St. Council approval was required because the seller’s asking price exceeds the average of two appraisals. 

What this means: The average of the two appraisals is $218,500. The seller will not sell at that price. The redevelopment commission was given approval to make an offer to the seller in excess of $218,500. This property sits on the southwest corner of U.S. 36 (Main Street) and Tennessee Street. According to Realtor.com it is a 4,866 square foot lot with a 2,500 square foot multi-family dwelling that has four bedrooms and four baths. The redevelopment commission owns the adjacent empty lot to the west and is eyeing both of these properties for future commercial development. 

What happened: The parks department was given approval to purchase three items. The council had previously given approval for the purchase of an awning for the Wayne Street entrance of the Danville Athletic Club. Since the previous approval, the final cost of this project was determined to be $14,000 more than estimated. The council approved the expenditure, bringing the total cost to $42,300. Part of the increase is due adding gutters and lighting and the awning structure being made of metal and aluminum. The council also approved purchase of a John Deere Gator RTV for $14,800 and a media filter for $11,500 that will help with water safety at the park pool.