Council chooses to let deputy mayor veto stand
Posted: 09/17/2013 at 8:24 pm
By: Nick Wesman
GOSHEN — Several absences, a small crowd and short agenda made for a quick night for the Goshen city council Tuesday, Sept. 17.
With Mayor Allan Kauffman out of town, Jim McKee, the council president, presided over the meeting.
The council did not make any effort to override Kauffman's veto of the deputy mayor ordinance, though Tuesday was their one opportunity to do so.
After the meeting, McKee said he believed five votes would be required to overturn the decision, but only five council members were present and none of those in attendance were interested in bringing the issue for discussion.
Julia Gautsche and Everett Thomas were absent from the meeting. Though McKee presided over the meeting in Kauffman's absence, he would have been able to vote.
In McKee's view, the inability to override Kauffman's veto was just as well.
“It's a dead issue, you know, it just needs to go away,” he said after the meeting.
The council did approve an annexation agreement with Lippert Components Manufacturing for a property at the south end of the city.
The property is currently vacant, but Lippert sees the possibility of future development of the area.
The city will extend utilities to the property and it will be added to the Southeast tax increment financing district.
Councilman Jeremy Stutsman, who also serves on the redevelopment commission, said the commission approved of the annexation but cautioned against approving any tax phase-ins pertaining to the property.
Stutsman said the commission will be putting money and resources into the area and a tax phase-in would hamper their efforts.