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Mitchell City Council Adopts Rules For Roadblocks

Last updated on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

(MITCHELL) - The Mitchell City Council passed regulations for upcoming roadblocks Tuesday night.

Now, City Attorney Byron Steele will draft an ordinance for the council to pass next month regarding those new rules.

The council agreed to allow organizations 2 roadblocks per year and 1 per year per school organizations.

Roadblocks can be scheduled from March to November, except the week of the Persimmon Festival. They will be held on the first and third Saturdays of the month at only the 4 point intersection.

The council will only approve 15 road blocks per year.

Groups must also obey all rules drafted by the council and wear reflective vest provided by the city and have property signage.

Roadblocks can be held from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and those participating must be of high school age or older and only one person can stand at each of the corners at the 4-way-stop.

Those wanting to schedule a roadblock must register at city hall and then have their request approved by the council approval.

In other business:

* The council adopted an ordinance on regulations for demolition of buildings. Attorney Steele told the council that the ordinance lays out a "blue print" for property owners on how the city expects the demolition to be done and the required permits and cleanup.

The ordinance also requires the work to be completed with a certain time frame.

* The council approved road blocks for the Mitchell 500 to be held on June 15 and July 20 and for the Sons of the Legions for May 4th and for the Mitchell High School Cheerleaders on May 18th.

ABATE Toys for Tots requested road blocks for September 7 and October 5, but they requested to hold the roadblocks from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. and Councilwoman Vicky Schlegel says, that did not fall within the city's regulations so the approval for those roadblocks were tabled until next month.

* Rex Knight of the Southern Indiana Development Commission addressed the council with information about possible grant funding for city projects.

The organization will help the city seek funding free of charge and once the grant is awarded will be paid through a percentage of the grant awarded.

Knight, also president of the Lawrence County Space Board, updated the council on the progress of the Indiana Space Complex.

Currently the group is raising funds to secure 80 acres on Ind 37 near Dixie Highway, known as the old Smith Farm. This will be the location where the Space Complex will be built.

The Space Board is available to give talks to local businesses and groups about their progress and detailed strategic plan and their impact study the facility for the region.

* Mitchell is looking to develop a farmers market.

Anyone interested in helping the group, develop rules and regulations and help organize the farmers market is asked to attend a meeting at the Hub restaurant on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

The council approved the farmers market to host the market on city property between 6th and 7th streets next to Mississippi Avenue.

The group is considering holding the market on Saturday afternoons, so it will not conflict with other area farmers markets.

Attorney Bryon Steele volunteered his service to help the organization become a not-for-profit organization free of charge. The group will meet with Steele to get the process stared.

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