Road Warriors at Work in Nappanee

NAPPANEE -- Road work was on the mind of Mayor Larry Thompson and the City Council in the first of two August sessions, this one on Monday night.
The South Main railroad crossing will be shut down Aug. 11-15 for that resurfacing. There will a clearly marked detour route.
The street department has awarded other fall paving bids, which came in lower than anticipated, and all that remains is the return of signed contracts.
“When I look at our streets and compare them to other communities, this city is doing a lot better,” the mayor said.
“We scaled back during the recession and we’ve survived it. We’re gonna get it done.”
The meeting had opened with final approval for 2015 salaries for elected city officials and for appointed ones. Both ordinances passed unanimously on third readings.
Accounts payable, more than $230 thousand, were also approved.
On second readings, more or less fixing an oversight from years ago, two annexations moved forward. The Elmer Yoder property on County Road 54 and the First Church of God property County Road 7 will both join Nappanee at the second meeting of the month after a third reading.
No one has objected so far.
The city also approved a zoning change, second reading, for ATC/Borkholder on 101 N. Cheyenne Street, from Low Density Residential to a Planned Unit Development zone.
The state-required TIF report is done and the mayor congratulated city Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Brown for her work on completing the task.
“This goes back to 2012 and brings us back up to speed,” she said. There is a balance of more than $2 million in the fund and that, says the mayor, will allow for more development.
The mayor also said the city has completed plans for the water and sewer lines to the city airport, which also came in under projected costs.
The city is anticipating condemning an abandoned property on South Madison “in the best interests of the city” and repurposing it.
“We could even offer it to the Habitat for Housing if they want to build there,” the mayor said. “It’s a logical thing to do.”
Departmental reports included the announcement the city pool closes Friday after a nice summer run.
The parks will also replace the sewer main to West Park.
The EMS reported 58 calls for the month just closed and the fire department responded to 18 calls.
There are now 933 rental units registered with the city.
The police department, working the just-ended Amish Acres national crafts festival, reports it was the busiest event so far, but no major incidents as a result. The good weather throughout kept attendance up.
“So we have been really busy,” the mayor summarized. “But it is all goo