By CHRIS MORRIS
NEW ALBANY —
For the second time in as many meetings, the Floyd County Commissioners tabled an agenda item regarding a proposed zoning change on 19 acres of property in Floyds Knobs.
The reason is due to a procedural technicality. The plan commission has not taken an official vote on the proposal so it was not able to send a recommendation to the commissioners. When a vote was taken in November only seven of nine members were in attendance and a five-vote majority was not reached. The plan commission is expected to vote on the matter at its Jan. 22 meeting, and the commissioners will likely do the same at their Feb. 4 meeting.
Thieneman Group LLC has asked for the zoning change along the 500 block of Old Vincennes Road to construct 152 apartments on the property which is west of Highlander Point.
The Concerned Citizens of Floyd County group had nearly 100 members along with their attorney Keith Mull at the Dec. 3 commissioners meeting, and several came back Tuesday night.
While no vote was taken on the zoning change, Commissioners’ President Steve Bush did allow two members of the group to speak Tuesday.
William Prifogle, who lives on North Luther Road, said apartments would add more traffic and change the character of Floyds Knobs. He said the group will continue to fight the proposed zoning change.
“People are telling you they do not want apartments in this community,” he told the commissioners Tuesday. He urged the commissioners to keep the property zoned for commercial development.
Charles Koopman lives next to the proposed land and also asked the commissioners that when the time comes, for them to say no to the zoning change.
“We don’t need more people out there we need more commercial,” he said.
Spousal Insurance Ineligibility ordinance signed
The commissioners officially approved and signed an ordinance which eliminates employee spouses from county health insurance if they are offered insurance at their place of employment.
Council approves to transfer funds
Prior to the commissioners meeting, the Floyd County Council approved a resolution which allows Auditor Scott Clark to transfer up to $200,000 from the general fund to the CAGIT fund — County Adjusted Gross Income Tax — in order to end the year in the black.
With one more payroll this year, Clark said the CAGIT fund will likely have a $125,000 deficit at the end of the year. He said the resolution will allow him to balance all accounts heading into 2014.
The money will have to be repaid to the general fund by June 30, 2014.
Clark also informed the council that $297,000 in bills from David Camm’s defense team have been submitted, but the county has disputed some of the charges. He said a settlement will not be made before the end of the year.