Call to Order

   1) Roll Call—Tom Vujovich, Rich Stenner, Matt Souza, Jim Lienhoop
        Absent—George VanHorn, Steve Champion
        Staff—Ed Curtin
        Guests—Tim Coriden, Jim Clouse, Sharon Renfro, Steve Risting, Jim Turner, Darrell Tackett, Lex Whittington, Dave Hayward
Action Items
   2) Approval of Bid – Walesboro—Recommend we accept the bid from REMC for the Walesboro property and begin the necessary steps to the closing on that property. It is contingent on phase one being completed. We can move to set up a closing and it would take about a week to a week and a half to complete phase one. The two contingencies are the completion of the sampling and the completion of an agreement satisfactory by the two parties with respect of remediation if necessary prior to closing. The motion to accept the bid with those conditions was made by Matt Souza and seconded by Rich Stenner. Motion was approved.
   3) Tax abatement request for Indoor Sports Complex—Jim Clouse presented. The abatement is for the property located on the corner of Lafayette St. and Second St. It does fall within the TIF district. They are eligible for this abatement since they are a non-manufacturing because that area is designated as an economic development target area. It is for six year abatement. Motion to approve the abatement request for six years was made by Rich Stenner and seconded by Matt Souza. Motion was approved.
   4) Tax abatement request for Tech Top—Jim Clouse presented. It is in a TIF district. This is personal property tax abatement only. It is for mostly warehousing, distribution, equipment and some manufacturing equipment that is planning on being installed at the Tech Top facility in the new addition of Woodside Park. It is also in the TIF district. This is 10 year abatement. Motion to approve the tax abatement request is made by Matt Souza and seconded by Rich Stenner. Motion was approved.
   5) Contract for updating Phase 1 for Sports complex—Ed Curtin presented. Need to update phase one that was done a year ago to keep it current so we can provide that information to IDM. We have been working with Haley & Aldridge on environmental issues on the site and what is recommended is that we would accept Haley & Aldridge’s proposal to update phase one. The cost is about $35,000. Motion to approve the contract was made by Rich Stenner and seconded by Matt Souza. Motion was approved.
   6) Contract for Phase 1 of REMC property—We need to complete a phase one so that we understand what, if any, issues there may be at the site and what steps we may need to take. The cost is about $3,950 which would be completed by Haley & Aldridge. Motion to approve contract was made by Jim Lienhoop and seconded by Matt Souza. Motion was approved.
   7) Contract for building evaluation—Ed Curtin presented. It is contemplated that the Sears block and related property would be gifted to the Redevelopment Commission. We need to do an independent evaluation of the building and the leases associated with that property. We have a proposal from Cornerstone Development for doing that work. The cost is about $7,900. Recommend that we accept their proposal. Jim Lienhoop abstained from voting on this item. Move to approve the contract was made by Rich Stenner and seconded by Matt Souza. Motion was approved.
   8) Change orders on the garage – earthwork—Ed Curtin presented. We have a two proposed change orders from Hagerman Construction. There are two column footings that they needed to do work on that exceeded the 13.5 feet of excavation that we had anticipated. One of those is a 12 and the other one a C4. It is recommended that except the cost that is related to those two specific column excavations. The C4 excavation is $3,248.15 and the second one is $4,450.19. The second piece of the recommendation is to have Terry Coriden and the council review the information to determine how it lines up with our contract. We will come back in May with a specific recommendation. Motion to except the change order with the recommendation and to accept by May was made by Matt Souza and seconded by Rich Stenner. Motion was approved.
   9) Approved change orders—Gave out a spreadsheet showing which ones have been approved and are being processed. No motion is needed.
   10) Claims—CDI for $8,000 to complete the tenant build-out in the parking garage. This is for the final amount of the $400,000 that we are obligated to pay the tenant for the tenant build-out. Motion to approve the claims was made by Jim Lienhoop and seconded by Rich Stenner. Motion was approved.
Discussion Items
   11) Riverfront District—Ed Curtin presented. We have had a number of meetings with the public on what we are proposing. We have significantly tightened down what the guidelines are. We will be limiting the number of 3-way liquor licenses to 5. They are non-transferable anywhere else. The businesses will be required to have $150,000 in total food sales annually. The expectations would be a sub-committee of redevelopment that would review each of the applications and pass them off to redevelopment for a full review with the commission at this public meeting and then the redevelopment commission makes a recommendation to the Mayor for approval or non-approval. The Mayor will then write a letter to the ATC. We will take this information to the City Council meeting on April 21st. We can always go back to City Council, if needed, to increase the limit of 3-way liquor licenses. We would notify any businesses of a business who has applied for a license.
   12) Website—This is a webpage that is up and running on the City’s website. We have started placing information of the commission onto the website. The second piece is a website dedicated to promoting Columbus. The intent is to click on a button and you will find information specific to that location. It will show projects, developer opportunities, and a map of different businesses within the specific area. Kristi has the authorization to update the website.
   13) Buxton Study—We have identified 3 different locations within Columbus that we want to look at. One of the locations is at 3rd and Jackson St. One area that they are looking into is food services and drinking locations. It does allow linkage. The gain/loss is determined on our community profile. Buxton has a scope that will show you a 15 minute drive time within the area while showing information such as daytime population. We have a 90 page document showing the different findings. This shows developers the opportunity to locate in Columbus.
Information Items
   14) Meeting schedule for 2009
   15) Staff Report
Board Comments

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