Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg announced that during the 8 a.m. April 30 adjourned meeting of Thursday's council meeting steps will be taken to close out the old Tax Increment Finance District 1 and to create a new TIF.
Gregg said Keith Moran of the Economic and Development Council will be addressing council on how to close out the old TIF and begin the new one.
"As this one closes out it is my intention to put a new one in," Gregg said.
The boundaries of the TIF will be decided later, but following the Thursday meeting Gregg said hopes the boundaries can be large enough to not only be of benefit to the state Route 13 bypass the city intends to develop, but also of benefit to the downtown and possibly even the area of the Harrisburg High School.
During the meeting council recognized a few citizens for their work to benefit the community and charity organizations.
Rebecca Nevitts, activity director for Harrisburg Park District, announced during the meeting the park has been in a steady state of improvement and invited people to get out and walk on the walking path.
She also announced receiving a $16,000 grant for installing outdoor physical exercise equipment at the park.
Council awarded Nevitts a certificate of recognition during the time allotted for Citizen and Business of the Month for her efforts in organizing the park's Spring Follow 5K/10K/1 mile walk and run to benefit the Save the Pool Committee.
She said 111 runners and 27 walkers participated.
Council also recognized the Chilly Dog team who raised $11,810 for Special Olympics as a part of the Polar Plunge at Rend Lake earlier this spring. Mandy Davidson, team captain, said the day was 38 degrees and it was snowing, but that did not stop the 50-some team members from taking the plunge.
There was little official business taken during the hour-long meeting.
Shortly prior to the 6 p.m. meeting time attendees arrived to find the council chambers open and former treasurer Charlie Will vigorously addressing commissioners Ron Fearheiley, Jon McPeek and Gregg on water department issues stating there is a $3 million disparity.
Gregg asked Will to end his presentation and called for a 5 minute recess before turning on the equipment that broadcasts the meeting on WEBQ and conducting the prayer and pledge led by Cub Scouts.
Jon McPeek led a special prayer for the family of Finance Commissioner Ron Crank who on Tuesday underwent surgery for a brain tumor. Commissioner Bart Schiff also was absent from the meeting.
Fire Chief Bill Summers, also in charge of mobile home applications, said Harrisburg Medical Center has installed a mobile home as a portable office at 115 Woolcott Street that does not conform with the ordinance regarding mobile homes. It is 16 years old while the ordinance calls for no mobile homes older than 10 years and it is sitting on an easement the city has. But the main problem is the structure is sitting on top of an 8 inch water main.
Page 2 of 2 - "If the line breaks that structure will fall," Ron Fearheiley said.
Summers said the trailer would be clear of the line and the easement if it was turned from its current east to west position to a north to south position.
Council gave instruction to Summers to ask the hospital to turn the trailer to clear the line and a special use permit would be issued for the building.
Water Superintendent Kelly Hefner asked council to select the color for the repainting of the 1 million gallon water tank at the south end of town near Barnett Street.
Fearheiley, former water superintendent, said there was a reason the tank was originally painted blue and it has to do with birds. It is not good to have birds about a water tank and the light greenish blue color is supposed to be a deterrent.
"The color it is now, birds can't distinguish it from water and don't land on it," Fearheiley said.
Fearheiley said that theory seems born out as there has not been a problem with birds at the tank. Council agreed to keep the color the same.