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Center City Council to hold public, regular meetings tonight

The Center City Council meets at 5 p.m. this afternoon, and their meeting will begin with a Public Hearing in reference to Reinvestment Zone 15.


City Manger Chad Nehring said the hearing is required to designate a certain area of parcel of land as a reinvestment zone within the City. The area is historically designated as the “Main Street Area”, and is the property is the former Parker Brothers Motor Company building, which has been purchased from the county by Tony and Traci Willoughby.


In addition, the council will consider creating and approving Reinvestment Zone No. 15 and authorizing a three year tax abatement within the zone.


Also on the city council’s agenda will be adoption of the Comprehensive Plan Update. Nehring says the plan provides good guidance for the City’s future. He said since the document is the Council’s general directions and goals for development, land use and growth for the next 10 years, it’s required to be adopted by ordinance.


Center City Council will also consider creation of an Animal Welfare Trust Fund. It does not establish annual funding. Nehring said members of PAWS may be present at today’s meeting to elaborate further on their submitted proposal, which would be an account for donations for designated uses.


In addition, the council will possibly approve a resolution to move account balance information on utility accounts with a status of “bad’ to the temporary bad debt write-off file. The amount is some $26,000. Nehring says staff is looking at the use of a collection agency for utility bad debt.


Approval of an annual agreement for the use of Axley & Rode for auditing services will likely be acted upon.