Both items passed unanimously, without comment, on second and final reading.
The skate park will be built at George Craig Park and the advisory board will be appointed by the city park board and Mayor Tom Arthur.
In another recreation matter, the city council voted, on first reading, to lower license fees for billiard and pool tables, electronic video games, pinball machines and other devices to $25 per table or machine. The proposal will have to pass second reading to be approved.
The action was taken at the request of Clark Merkel, owner of the Murphy Building at 16 E. National Ave.
Merkel told the council on July 26 he wants to open a "family-style recreation center" in the building, but found the city's $100 per game license fee prohibitive.
After researching the matter, the mayor found Terre Haute has a $25 license fee and Cloverdale has a $50 fee.
Merkel had no comment after watching the council vote on the matter with no discussion.
The council also approved on final reading to spend an additional $54,499.15 on sidewalk repair.
The council also approved on first reading only:
- an ordinance to allow a modular home to be placed at 21 S. Depot St. by the owner, Norma Morlan.
Plan Director Michele Griffin told the council the building was mistakenly identified as a mobile home in the newspaper legal advertisement.
- an ordinance disignating a stop street on Harry Shearer Drive at the intersection with C.R. 900N.
- repealing an ordinance making South Wheeler Street a one-way street due to paving, which should be completed within days.
- an ordinance amending the city code concerning participating in the national flood insurance program was tabled until the Aug. 23 meeting.
The flood insurance ordinance was first passed in 1993, but the Indiana Department of Natural Resources requires cities to update some of the language.
The DNR sent a model ordinance to City Hall and the proposed ordinance will make the necessary changes, Arthur reported.