Brookville Town Council's 21 by 21 campaign is up and running.

BTC president Curtis Ward gave an update on the campaign at the April 27 meeting.

Because the Brookville Redevelopment paid for the paving of the parking lot on Eighth Street, some funds were freed up for BTC to pursue the sidewalk improvement fund. This would be a $25,000 fund with a 50/50 match for those interested in improving and fixing up their sidewalks.

Discussion continued on the farmer's market. There was some concern from the current farmer's market participants that if the vendors were to grow back to 30, there may not be enough room. There was a little hesitancy to change locations, but discussion continues on that front.

Board member Brooke Leffingwell brought up some improvements that have been made on the basketball courts. She brought up some additional net and backboard improvements that could possibly be made. Ward also brought up a grant they are pursuing for the frisbee golf course. He said he would know more on that in the next month or so.

Ward also mentioned some park after dark events he is hoping to get started for summer. One of his ideas is to have a Shakespeare play in the park. He said they do need additional sponsors to make these events happen. The park after dark events would ideally be free family friendly events for the public. He is hoping to have one a month.

Ward clarified that the opening and dedication for the Town Aquatic Center would be on Saturday, May 29. The dedication will be at 10 a.m. with the pool opening to the public at noon. The pool will be open free to the public on the first day as they have done in the past.

Town administrator Tim Ripperger said they are still looking for lifeguards and would like to see some more applications. The pool committee is also raffling off tickets for the first kid to go down the slide. People can currently pay in advance for pool passes, and the town will notify everyone when the physical passes are in.

Board member Cathy Pelsor said her family has established a fund to help families who may not be able to afford a pool pass. The fund was established through the Franklin County Community Foundation in the name of her mother, Margaret. FCCF will be accepting outside donations.

The town is looking at a few eventful summer months. Canoefest requested the use of the parking lot by the police department on June 25 for a chicken fry. Events for Canoefest will be in the town park this year with some events taking place on Main Street, including the chicken fry, wing eating contest and different bands performing. That Saturday will have fireworks in the park along with other festivities.

A new event coming to town this summer is Brookville on Tap, which is an offshoot of Indy on Tap. This will be a craft beer festival happening on Progress Street between Eighth and Seventh streets. The event will be a ticketed event held on Aug. 7.

Brookville Police Department chief Terry Mitchum returned to the board to ask they make amendments to some ordinances involving abandoned vehicles, parking meters and payments. Under the old policy, it would allow for 30 days before the police department could tow a vehicle. Mitchum asked that this be changed to 72 hours, which is in compliance with state statute. Mitchum added he's noticed some vehicles sitting for a year or more and it is becoming an issue.

He said he would rather everyone just comply and hopes this, as well as the ordinance blitz, would allow for people to get ahead of the issues and fix them.

He also asked for amendments to simplify some wording in the parking meter section of the ordinance and a change in payments. Town attorney Tammy Davis was not present at the meeting, so they will need to reviewed and approved.

The town decided to not move forward with the fleet tracking purchase. The board believed Mitchum made some good points on not having the equipment. Without including the police department cars, the price would be lowered but there were concerns on the reliability of the equipment. The plan is to start having all departments report their mileage manually instead.

The board tossed around the idea of moving towards paperless billing. Town clerk/treasurer Gina Gillman said it may save the town a few hundred dollars if everyone were to sign up for e-statements. The savings are not huge, but it would be convenient. The issue was tabled until they could answer additional questions.

Ward mentioned that the town had recently received $250,000 from the COVID-19 Response Grant Phase 3 from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The funds will be split into two projects; $200,000 will be used for small business grants and the rest for Wi-Fi improvements throughout the park and parking lots on Main Street. The Franklin County Community Foundation has agreed to be the town's co-sponsor handling the application process for the small business grants.

Other items on the agenda:
There was not much of an update on the parks board or area advisory committee. However, Ward said if anyone was interested in serving on the parks board, to reach out to BTC.

The Knights of Columbus requested a street collection date for the afternoon of July 23 and the morning of July 24. The Franklin County Humane Society also requested a street collection date for Sept. 18 with a rain date of Sept. 25. All were approved.

The purchase of a motor for the overhead garage door at the water plant was approved for up to $1,750.

Window tinting was approved for the fire department window to protect their vehicles and equipment for $2,400.

Ripperger said crews will begin laying out the sewer line below Progress Street this week, so there may be some clearing of concrete.

Mitchum followed up with parking on Progress Street. He said the area south of the overlook was stable and flat and did not see any issues so far.

Mitchum also added that the police department will need a pair of keys for the pool to respond to calls. He wanted to reiterate that there are cameras all around the pool to deter entering after hours.

The next BTC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m.

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