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Work proceeds on Fayette County comprehensive plan

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

 City Council received an update Monday on work to update the Fayette County comprehensive plan.

Fayette Community Foundation Executive Director Anna Dungan said the Purdue University Center for Regional Development has continued to work with the community towards having a new plan.

Representatives from that group will meet with the Economic Development Group and then present a complete report in December. 

After that is presented, the community will hire a firm to write the new plan, she said. The foundation will consider desires of the community as expressed in the plan when making future funding grants.

The past comprehensive plan identified recreation and access to the Whitewater River as important for the community. That’s why the foundation has been deeply involved in the planning and funding for Rivers Edge Park, Dungan said.

Many granting bodies require an updated comprehensive plan in order for a community to be eligible for grants. 

Because of work already completed, Dungan estimated the cost for writing a new plan at $25,000 to $30,000, rather than the normal $50,000. 

The council also delayed voting on approval for spending $36,142 to install three overhead doors at the new Emergency Medical Services building on Park Road.

Council member Chad Frank said he wanted to wait to vote until after Tuesday’s election because the council does not get involved with operations, only with funding.

He said there should be a study whether to have more than one EMS facility to cut down on response times.

He said his request was not political.

But Mayor Harold Gordon, Frank’s opponent for mayor in Tuesday’s election, said the council has had the information for a month so the delay was political.

Frank and Council member Gabe Nobbe voted to delay while Council members Connie Durham, Mike Bishop, Debbie Montgomery, Diana Phillips and David Nutty voted to proceed.

Frank voted against the approval on first reading but others voted in favor. He also voted no on a motion to proceed to third reading for immediate approval. His no vote delays the final vote until the next meeting on Nov. 18.