During the Clay City Town Council meeting Tuesday, the board discussed parking distances at intersections along Main Street after a citizen complaint.
The ordinance in place now calls for no parking within 180 feet from the center of the road at the intersection of First Street and Main Street. The concern is drivers cannot see at the intersection due to parked cars when pulling out.
"It's no different than any other intersection on Main Street," Council President Guy Dickerson said. "If we say it has to be 180-feet, then we need to do that at every intersection and treat each business fairly. I would do away with that ordinance or make it the same for all of them. I think it should be uniform."
The council discussed amending the ordinance by modifying the distance to 20-feet like the other intersections are to be.
Town Attorney Chris Gambill said he would write an ordinance to amend the municipal code to be passed at next month's meeting. However, Roy Chenoweth opposed the idea and felt the ordinance was needed as is.
Meanwhile, Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs told the board LOIT/Public Safety funds could now be used for retirement funding using the Hoosier Start Program. He said, if approved, the State Board of Accounts would take a certain amount of money out for each year of service to put toward his retirement. This was not an option before, but is now a possibility. Skaggs said he would give the board more information and they can discuss the issue next month.
Next, the council discussed options for Gambill, saying they would like to purchase his services on a retainer. Gambill would not attend the monthly meeting, but would be available if needed. The council will pay Gambill $1,500 for the year. If Gambill does extra tasks such as writing up papers, going to court or attending a meeting, the board will be charged his regular hourly fee of $150. Gambill would still be available to advise the board by phone. He planned to write a letter of understanding to be approved at the next meeting.
In other Clay City news:
* The board approved to purchase a gas-powered golf cart for $2,000 subject to having the needed funds,
* The board discussed many parking issues on several streets,
* The board passed the salary ordinance for 2013, and
* The board approved the 2013 holiday schedule.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.