According to an Umbaugh and Associates water rate study, to pay the bond the rates for town residents, based on 5,000 gallons of water usage, would increase from $13.25 to $27. An ordinance adopting a new rate for the town has yet to be approved.
“I think we could [make an offer] if we really shorten up that time frame. It benefits everybody in town to do it,” said Councilman Terry Langford said.
Meyer added he would not have agreed to reconsider if the company had not reached out to the town.
The council agreed to meet in an executive session Monday, April 1, to discuss drafting a new offer to Riverside Water Co.
ANNEXATION ORDINANCE REVIEW
A clearer picture of what services will be provided to Covered Bridge, and when, was presented at the council meeting.
Sellersburg learned that it won its case against Covered Bridge when the Indiana Supreme Court issued a notice March 12 that it would not hear an appeal. Residents in the golf community and adjacent to the subdivision had been fighting the town’s attempts to annex their neighborhoods for five years. Along with the Willows of Covered Bridge, Sterling Oaks and property along Allentown Road, the town was seeking to add a total of 1,852 acres.
Elder said he would review the annexation ordinance and fiscal plan adopted in August.
“We will need to provide non-capital services within one year from the adoption date ... and three years to provide the capital services,” he said.
Elder added that in April the council will also need to discuss a redistricting plan to incorporate the newly annexed area into the town.
The annexed area touches districts one and two, whose representatives are Rhodes and Councilman James LaMaster, respectively.
Rhodes added that at one point, when the effort began, the council talked about the district falling to the at-large council representative, who is Meyer.