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Middlebury Town Council approves controlled burn of building on Wayne Avenue

The fire will close Wayne Avenue for a short time.

(Miriam Nowak)

Posted on Aug. 5, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.

The Middlebury Town Council approved a controlled burn of a building at 526 Wayne Ave. at its Aug. 4 meeting.

The building will be burnt down around 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, by the Middlebury Fire Department as a training exercise. Essenhaus owns the vacant building and requested the controlled burn.

Residents in the Rolling Meadows subdivision were sent letters in July notifying them of the burn and asking them to express any concerns they might have, as the only entrance for the subdivision will be blocked for a few hours. An ambulance will be placed in the subdivision and another one just outside should an emergency arise. Wayne Avenue will also be closed for a short time.

The council also approved taking out a budget replacement loan of $57,660 to correct a problem that developed last fall with the town’s 2014 budget.

Last fall, the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance denied approval of the town’s budget because of a legal advertising issue with the Middlebury Independent newspaper. They gave the town the same amount it had received the prior year, reducing this year’s budget. Early this year, the state ruled Middlebury shouldn’t be held responsible for the error and authorized the town to take out a loan for the amount of revenues lost, which will be paid back next year out of the town’s property tax revenue.

In other business, the town council granted approval for the Middlebury Music Parents Association Glow Run on Sept. 19 during the Middlebury Fall Festival and for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels to set up a food cart during the Middlebury Fall Festival.

The council approved updating the ordinance naming streets within the Middlebury town limits to include streets that have become part of the town since 2002. The ordinance named the access road to the Villas of River Park subdivision.

The council approved an amendment to the town’s traffic control ordinance, setting the speed limit in the Villas of River Park subdivision at 25 mph and placing stop signs in the subdivision. The council accepted the dedication of right of way and utilities for Crystal Heights Boulevard to the town.

 




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