Bourbon Town Council Receives Vacant and Unsafe Building Update

At last week’s Bourbon Town Council meeting, the council members heard from Zoning and Building Superintendent Bill Keyser about a few structures in town that fall under the vacant and unsafe building ordinance.

Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger explained that there were some limitations before anything could be done, such as notifying the owners and giving them a certain amount of time to respond. Continue reading

Bourbon Town Council Reorganizes

Bourbon town council members reorganized when they met Tuesday evening. Les McFarland was voted to the president’s position and Larry Wattenbarger was elected to serve as vice president of the council.

There was unanimous council approval to retain existing department heads. With that decision, Steve Stacy will still be water/wastewater superintendent, Roger Terry will serve as street superintendent and Bill Keyser will remain the zoning and building superintendent. Continue reading

Bourbon Town Council Working to Clean up Properties

The Bourbon Town Council is working to clean up blighted properties.

According to Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger, she received load hauling tickets showing debris removal on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 and the old Shell station.

The town has been working with Karen Holm in cleaning up her properties. The council has an agreement in place with Holm in that she has until Nov. 15 to show progress.

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Bourbon Town Council Discusses Infrastructure Extension for New Development

The Bourbon Town Council received a request to extend utilities to a new Dollar General store on State Road 331 south of U.S. 30.

In order to install the infrastructure required to satisfy the needs of the facility, the town would need to get underneath State Road 331. The council agreed to investigate costs and discuss the issue further at a future meeting.

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Bourbon Street Department Ready to Submit Community Crossings Grant Application

The Bourbon Street Department finalized their projects to be submitted for the state’s Community Crossing’s grant application.

Communities the size of Bourbon were encouraged to send in applications as the local match was dropped to 25 percent this year. Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger told MAX 98.3 FM News that they will submit a list that benefits from a full $1 million grant match.

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Bourbon Town Council Working with Property Owners on Issues

The Bourbon Town Council is working with a property owner of a dilapidated building to get it cleaned up.

According to Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger, the property at 513 Center Street is in need of work and they are attempting to get something worked out with the owner. If a compromise cannot be reached, the town will go in and do the work and file a tax lien for payment.

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Bourbon Town Council to Attend Community Crossings Meeting

Members of the Bourbon Town Council will make an effort to attend informational meetings concerning the Community Crossings Grant on Wednesday, May 31.

The meeting conducted by staff members from INDOT’s LaPorte District office will release information about what projects are eligible for grant funding, how to submit projects for matching funds, deadlines for project submissions, timelines for distributing funds and development of an asset manager plan.

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Bourbon Town Council Discusses Zoning Change for New Business

The Bourbon Town Council reviewed a proposal of a zoning change recommended by the planning commission to make way for a new Dollar General store on U.S. 331 south of U.S. 30.

Several people were in attendance to hear the discussion, according to Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger. She said that many people were in favor of the zoning change from residential to general business on a parcel in the 1400 block of N. Main Street in order to move the process forward.

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