During the Markle Town Council meeting that took place on Wednesday, Sept. 15, several ordinance amendments were introduced by Kim Hostetler, of the Department of Community Development. Ordinances were 2021-19 through 2021-27.
The first change that Hostetler introduced was regarding primary and/or secondary septic replacement systems, called OSS sites. In the amendment she brought forward, Hostetler said that, under certain circumstances, the requirement could be waived.
“Let’s say someone’s got 80 acres, and they’re breaking off five,” Hostetler said. “The five-acre piece is probably still going to need to show us primary and secondary, but you may want to get a waiver for the remaining acreage, if it’s all farm ground. It doesn’t make sense for them to have to show primary and/or secondary in certain situations.”
Other ordinance changes included the definition of a buildable area, additional parking requirements for warehousing such as storage units, driveway and parking area building material allowances for certain zones, pond permit requirements, side and rear yard setback requirements for certain zones and other OSS site requirements.
In unrelated business, council received two pieces of town correspondence, including a “Thank you” from the Ride 2 Provide organization, thanking the council for their donation to the 2021 event. This year, the Ride 2 Provide was able to raise $25,000 for Owen DeFord.
The second piece of correspondence was from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) stating that the IDEM Office of Water Quality had received a sanitary sewer construction permit in August from Jeff Shelton of Flat Creek, LLC, Fort Wayne, and that if it were approved by IDEM, the permit would allow the applicant to construct sanitary sewer for Forest Cove, Section 2 in Markle.
During department reports, Town Marshal John Markley requested permission to purchase a new computer, as one that the department had budgeted to last at least another year had crashed. The computer runs the police department’s in-car video system, so the need to replace it was urgent. The request was approved.
Markley also announced plans for the town’s Halloween hours. Trick-or-Treat hours will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.
Later, Assistant Town Supervisor Mike Grant announced that the town had not received State Water Infrastructure Fund (SWIF) grant money for this round of grant applications.
“It was highly competitive, and they actually received more applications than they were anticipating, so they actually pushed the award back a few days so they could continue going through applications,” Grant said. He also said that he was “not surprised” that Markle had not received the SWIF grant funding.
Grant stated that the original application could be “re-packaged” and used in the spring for the next round of grant funding applications.