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Danville Town Council approves additional officer, annexation plan

Compiled by Peg McRoy Glover

The Danville Town Council met April 19. Meetings can be viewed on the town’s YouTube channel. The council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Danville Town Hall, 49 N. Wayne St. The next scheduled meeting is May 3. The ICON will report on that meeting in an upcoming issue.

What happened: The council gave the police department approval to hire an additional officer to meet the needs of current and future population growth. 

What this means: Police Chief Jim Helton said the department receives monthly funding through the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) public safety program, one of the degree and certification programs offered at LIT. This officer will be in addition to the approval council gave last year to add another officer in 2023.

What happened: The council voted to table action to start the process of submitting a grant application with a government community development program to acquire property at 576 N. Ind. 39. 

What this means: The council held a feasibility work-study prior to its April 6 meeting regarding acquiring this land. They voted 3-2 at that meeting to proceed with the application process to access grant money. Chris Gearld and Greg Irby casted the dissenting votes. 

Town planner Lesa Ternet said a developer is interested in purchasing the property to build a commercial strip and possibly build a residential structure. The party is aware that the town is interested in purchasing a portion of that land to reserve as an eventual access from the new extension of Mackey Road to Indiana 39. 

What happened: The Danville Community School Corporation (DCSC) was given a waiver for application and filing fees associated with renovations and building additions.

What this means: DCSC is adding on to South Elementary School this summer. The council waived the $2,497 filing fee. The building permit fee cost is not determined yet. 

What happened: Prior to annexation, council approved the fiscal plan for property owned by Randy Ridenour, Randman Enterprises, 1881 10th St.

What this means: This .48 acre property is contiguous to the town and a super-voluntary annexation. The residential property is temporarily vacant. The request is to gain access to town utilities. A public notice was expected to be published April 27, with annexation within 90 days after May 30.

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