Brookville Police Department chief Terry Mitchum announced an ordinance blitz schedule at the April 13 Brookville Town Council meeting with hopes of tightening up some ordinance and parking issues.

Mitchum announced the first blitz would be slated for May 7-9, with two following in July and October.

Officers will be visiting every property and enforcing ordinances throughout the town. Mitchum said he would prefer everyone goes out in advance and fix any issues, so they do not have to write tickets. This does not mean that ordinances will not be regularly enforced, but the BPD will be stepping up their efforts in hopes of cleaning up the town and addressing some complaints they have received in regard to items such as garbage and unkempt lawns.

The discussion of fleet tracking quotes was continued. The lowest recommendation town administrator Tim Ripperger received was a one-year contract at $3,024 for 14 vehicles including police vehicles; however, Mitchum stated he was not a fan of the idea.

“I'm not in favor of that at all,” said Mitchum.

Mitchum brought up possible issues that could arise such as if the BPD were investigating one of the board's family members, depending on where the tracking equipment is located, the board members could see the police conducting surveillance and alert that family member.

Mitchum said most times when this equipment is used, it is set up in the office of the chief of police for the reasons mentioned above. He said using it for garbage trucks or school buses would be harmless, but this is a tight-knit community and the police also have to be able to do things secretly to get their jobs done.

Mitchum added this is a small town and he has never had an issue knowing where his officers are.

BTC president Curtis Ward said the basis behind wanting this equipment was the data they can collect from it. For example, if the police department were to ask for more care, the board would be able to see how those cars are moving on a regular basis. Mitchum said he already has a system set up that tracks beginning and ending mileage and the board can request this information at any time. He also said nobody asked him about this project and that he is very accessible and could supply that information at any time.

Ward suggested possibly taking police vehicles out of the equation and having Mitchum put a mileage sheet together. The issue was tabled until the board could gather more information.

The parking situation may once again be changing for Valley House Flats. Bruce Rippe and George Gillman presented the board with a new idea for parking to accommodate the 45 residents of Valley House Flats.

Originally, the idea was to create parking along Progress Street; however, there were issues with the hillside slippage. The plan was to make Progress Street a one way heading south with parking facing west on Progress Street towards the river. According to Rippe, when the street department measured the hillside slippage, it had slowed.

Currently, residents are using the FCN Bank parking lot which is becoming an issue, and will only be further complicated when the restaurant opens in the summer. Rippe asked that the board temporarily lift the ban on parking along the river side for residents and George's employees and customers. The town is still waiting on results from the Indiana Department of Transportation in regard to their previous proposal.

Rippe suggested angled parking spaces, but there was some concern as to whether or not there was space to accommodate that as the street is not yet a one way. Ward suggested possibly doing parking past the overlook as it is more stable. There was also some concern expressed at the uneven pavement and whether the town could be liable for potential issues. Mitchum said he would meet with street superintendent Brent Riehle and report back to the board their recommendation.

Council also voted to close a portion of Ninth Street between the pool and playground due to safety concerns. The motion was made after a paving proposal was presented from Riehle that would allot five parking spaces. The road was scheduled to be paved by Rohe Asphalt as part of the Community Crossings Grant Funds. The board discussed potentially making it greenspace. Market Street will still be open for those trying to access the Baudendistel Shelter. Mitchum mentioned the issue it may cause with homecoming, as that is where most of the floats and participants go following the parade. However, the board made a motion to close that portion of the street and not use the Community Crossings funds allotted for that particular project.

Progress on the 21 by 21 campaign is continuing. The locations have been chosen for the new benches on Main Street. They will be located at Wooden Apple, Cutting Edge, the old Rosenberger grocery store, the old Poppers/FCN Bank Building, Valley House Flats, Knights of Columbus and the police department. The old benches will be relocated.

Bob O'Bryan was present to talk about the town farmer's market, also part of the 21 by 21 campaign. O'Bryan said there is currently a town farmer's market that operates in the south part of town. Ward said the idea was to make the market more walkable and central to town. The current operation has about five to six vendors. O'Bryan said he would pass along the information to the other vendors and see what their thoughts were.

Other items on the agenda:
The board decided the best way to proceed with the sale of pool equipment would be the normal route of publication and sealed bids.

A request to display a canoe in the town park was approved. The canoe would promote the town celebrating Canoefest. It would be painted nicely with some signage and be displayed from May 1- July 21.

A building permit was approved for St. Michael Church to build Americans with Disability Act-accessible restrooms.

The Brookville Volunteer Fire Department requested the use of the Schilling Center for its annual raffle on Saturday, Oct. 9. This was approved.

Bridget Hayes asked the board whether there was any progress on the Baker Tilly feasibility study for the golf course, to which Ward said there was no update. She also asked when the board expected a resolution and Ward said he would love for there to be one by the end of the year, but they have to wait on the feasibility study to see what the next steps are.

Carla Hacker asked what the process was for correcting meeting minutes if there is an error. She was told to bring it to the board's attention and they can make a motion to change it.

Board member Cathy Pelsor has a proposal to add some color to the Christmas lights on Main Street. It would replace some of the white lights included on the trees, that hang on the poles, with colored lights.