VERSAILLES – Versailles Village Council approved new emergency personnel and also began the process to protect the integrity of the village’s streets and sidewalks during Wednesday evening’s regular meeting.
Council approved the recommendation of Fire Chief Brian Pearson to accept Kyle Christian as a volunteer firefighter.
Council also approved the recommendation of EMS Administrator Matt Harvey to allow Ashley Cochran to become a trainee to volunteer as an emergency medical technician for the Versailles EMS, as well as his recommendation to accept Aaron Kimmel as a part-time paramedic.
Village Administrator Rodd Hale explained to council that Vectren had requested drilling holes in a village street to access gas lines for repair, and the request led him to consider to integrity of other streets in the village. When informed the road was only a couple of years old, Vectren decided against it, but Hale advised council that it might be a good idea to enact some legislation to compensate the village when utilities must damage the roads. Hale pointed out that even when the damage is patched, it is never quite up to the same quality as a cleanly paved road and requires repaving sooner.
Council approved the recommendation to create legislation to regulate the opening and repairing of public streets. The proposed legislation would include prorated fees to the utility companies based on the age of the road and the square footage of the damage to the road.
Council also approved Hale’s recommendation to create a permit application for the opening and repairing of public sidewalks. The permit, he explained, would not cost anything, but it would ensure that any work done on sidewalks in the village would be held accountable to village specifications for quality.
A recommendation from the Personnel and Policies Committee for a discount to electric service to support economic development was returned to committee for further refinement after some questions were raised during discussion regarding the precise requirements for a business to earn a discount.
In other business, council heard the second reading of a resolution to amend the Zoning Ordinance in the village. The amendment would change the rear yard setback on R-2 zoned property from the current 35 feet to 25 feet.