Town council members Tuesday approved a parking ordinance aimed at stopping residents from parking on sidewalks.

Council members discussed that Fifth and Mill streets are particularly tight when cars are parking on both sides of the street. Fire trucks or ambulances would have a hard time getting down the streets in an emergency situation.

Town attorney Steve Weliever explained the new ordinance allows the town to restrict parking on sections of a street as the council sees fit. Officials could restrict parking to one side of the street if they deem it necessary. The new ordinance will go into effect in 30 days.

In other business, town council members:

• Learned from town manager Ken Smith that Veedersburg received a grant in the amount of $23,490 from Indiana Department of Transportation to inventory highway signs by 2015. New signs will eventually have to be purchased to meet the federal standards regarding highway sign reflectivity.

• Approved the $161,335 bid from Hesler Paving of Veedersburg for the town’s paving and seal coating work this year. The price also includes work from within the tax increment fund district. No other contractors bid on the project.

Discussed the status of a house on Homestead Street that is in a state of disrepair. Weliever recommends officials send the owner another letter explaining how the nuisance can be abated.  Weliever will send the owner pictures and a list of exterior issues to the house that need to be addressed. They also heard from resident Harry King about another house in a state of disrepair at 1214 N College Street.  King said the weeds and grass are out of control and animals are living on the property. Another notice will be sent to the owner.

• Denied a request from Justin Shaw to set up a place in town to sell barbecue. Council members did not have a problem if he wants to sell barbecue during festivals, but they do not want him in town on a regular schedule. Councilman Tim Shumaker said it would not be fair to the town’s tax-paying businesses.

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