Towards the end of the Brookville Town Council meeting on March 23, BTC president Curtis Ward presented the idea of council forming their own area advisory committee in lieu of the county Area Plan Commission.

Currently, the town falls within the ordinances of the county and Ward wanted to see if there was any interest in removing themselves from the APC and establishing their own committee. The surrounding communities of Batesville and Rushville have both done this.

The current process requires town residents to get approval from town as well as the APC. Additionally, a variance request would also require approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals. Doing this would simplify the process, and there was positive feedback on the idea from council. Ward said the process is simple; it is easy to withdraw from APC but council would have to review current ordinances and make adjustments. Because of the amount of work that has to be put in, the formation of the advisory committee likely would not happen until the latter part of summer or fall. The council made a motion to start the process.

Council members Brooke Leffingwell and Cathy Pelsor have been working together to figure out pool fees for the new aquatic center. Leffingwell created a spreadsheet with roughly 18 different options on how council could proceed. Leffingwell said this was not necessarily a project the town will make money off of, but she would like to see them break even. For example, Leffingwell said if they were to sell daily passes at $5, they would have to sell 7,500 to break even with hourly rates paying employees.

The spreadsheet showed how much it would cost to employ the pool for set hours. Her options were: opening from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and when school returns, the hours would switch from 4-7 p.m.; changing times from 12-7 p.m.; opening Memorial Day to Aug. 4 with either of the two proposed time options and opening Memorial Day until school is back in session and still being open on the weekends with the two-time options.
Leffingwell said the most expensive option is staying open after school.
Opening at noon instead of 11 a.m. would also save about $4,000 and pool committee member Beth Foster offered some feedback saying noon would work better for students in summer school, considering that is when their day ends. There was talk of having differing prices for in-town versus out-of-town residents; however, there was pushback from the pool committee because the fundraising for the project was a community effort. After the discussion, the council made a motion to table the discussion because there was a lot to consider. They will have a decision by the next meeting.

Ward did a readthrough of the police department fee ordinance, as well as the sidewalk dining ordinance. The police department fee ordinance included language on furnishing reports, vehicle identification number verification, towing of vehicles, false alarms, vehicle lock outs and the accounting of fees. The sidewalk dining ordinance includes language on how one can register for sidewalk seating, the requirements for sidewalk sales areas, what information needs to be included in the applications, restrictions, renewal of registrations and penalties. Both ordinances were approved.

Town administrator Tim Ripperger updated the town on an issue they may have to tackle sooner rather than later. According to Ripperger, a sewer main in Hidden Valley became plugged and after it was unplugged, Champion Cleaning Services videotaped the line and found a section where half the pipe was missing. He said it would need to be repaired quickly and would either have to be lined or dug up. Ripperger said he would check the prices for both options, and while digging would be the most cost-efficient, it would also be more intrusive for the property owners.

Other items on the agenda included:
Ripperger gave council an update on the status of the Blight Elimination Project. There was talk of possibly sending out quotes for greenspace in case the quotes for a parking lot came in too high.

Ripperger also gave an update on the fleet tracking quote. He said Miami University is testing out software he would like to look into, so he requested to table the matter until he could do so.

Council voted to approve the purchase of four stand-a-lone timeclocks at $229 per clock. Council discussed possibly doing a trial run with these clocks before they committed to the purchase.

A quote was approved for $955 for a water heater at the sewage plant.
Council voted to approve a door for the Schilling Center not to exceed $1,000.

A quote was approved for $3,429 to repair a flow meter at the sewage plant.
Two building permits for pools were approved.

The next BTC meeting will be held on April13 at 7 p.m.