Brookville Town Council met on Tuesday, September 8 with a wide variety of agenda items, including making an amendment to the ordinance for undetected water leaks and changing the way property maintenance codes are enforced.

At a previous town council meeting, Justin Moore attended to address an issue he had regarding an undetected water leak and a hefty water bill as a result. Since then, the town has reached out to surrounding towns to research how they handle certain issues.

At the Sept. 8 meeting, board member Curtis Ward announced they had some set criteria for those seeking a financial adjustment. The proposed list included a quick and early response to the leak (seven working days to remedy the leak) and the leak must occur in the ground between the water main and the dwelling. This list also includes responsibilities of the consumers seeking out the financial adjustment. The consumer would do this through clerk/treasurer Gina Gillman, town administrator Tim Ripperger or the water superintendent.

It would then be determined whether or not the leak qualifies. The fees for sewage would also be waived, which is consistent with what the town currently does. Instead of paying the large fee accrued from the leak, consumers would pay a bill that is the average of their water bills from the past six months. This would also be a one time per customer per year solution. Town attorney Tammy Davis would draft this into an ordinance before it becomes enforceable. 

There may be a change in the way property maintenance codes around town are being enforced. After a property maintenance issue complaint on 12th Street at the last town council meeting, Ward and Ripperger had a discussion about a police officer potentially taking on the role instead of Ripperger. 

Ward said they had been in talks with Brookville Police Chief Terry Mitchum about the idea and he had an officer in mind for the role. The officer would take on these additional responsibilities as part of their role as a police officer. 

A member of the public, Gary “Gig” Marmouze Jr., spoke up and said it should still be considered Ripperger's job instead of adding onto the responsibilities of the town's law enforcement. Ward added that Mitchum had no reservations in an officer taking on the additional duties. He also added that it was consistent with what other towns currently do. 

BTC president Mike Biltz added that per capita, Brookville has more officers than most towns Brookville's size. 

Ripperger gave an update on the status of the Blight Elimination Project lots on Sixth Street. The plan is still to move forward with parking, but the town is currently waiting on a drawing from an engineer. The entrance to the parking lot would be coming off of Sixth Street and would be stepped down so that the area would not have to be fenced off. Ripperger said they may lose two street parking areas, but would gain at least five in the proposed lot. 

Ripperger also came to the board with an updated quote for parking meters. The quote is for $12,095 and does not include Rosenberger's lot or Fourth, Fifth and Progress streets for now. It would finish out all side streets on the east side of Main Street. 

Other items on the agenda included: 

The board approved the mitigation plan for Franklin County, which is a plan that coordinates all efforts in the event of a disaster. 

The board discussed a possible ATV and UTV ordinance which would be an alternative to just having a golf cart. The town would make possible revisions and send back to Mitchum.

The board approved a building permit on River Street for a 12x12 porch.

Ripperger updated the board on a Taking Care of Main Street grant the Brookville Main Street group received for $5,000. The grant was offered through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. 

Mark Shires has an updated quote for the water softner for the Schilling Center and fire department buildings. It would cost $5,500-$6,000 to install for both buildings. The fire department is also interested in purchasing a bucket truck, which would be inclusive to all town departments. The truck would allow for them to help with the lights in the town park as well as hanging the banners on Main Street. 

Biltz also asked that the board have an idea in regard to how they would like to handle Halloween this year so that they can make a decision by the next meeting. 

The next BTC meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.