City joins county in seeking advice on stimulus

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Crawfordsville is joining a program being offered by Indianapolis lawyers to decipher the federal economic stimulus bill for local governments.

The $2.2 trillion CARES Act allows communities to recoup expenses related to the coronavirus response. But the details have left officials struggling to understand exactly how much money is on the table.

“We found that it becomes very confusing,” Mayor Todd Barton said during Wednesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

The board approved a $2,500 agreement with law firm Barnes & Thornburg, which has begun offering advice to Indiana communities about the bill. The city has previously hired the firm for economic services.

“They did the hard work,” city attorney Kent Minnette said about studying the bill.

Montgomery County is also participating in the program. The Board of Commissioners approved its agreement with Barnes & Thornburg earlier this week.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a request from resident Derek Mong to abate the city’s archery ordinance. Mong wants to have archery practice with his son at their East Wabash Avenue home. Arrows are included in a section of the city code prohibiting the throwing of stones, balls and other missiles in Crawfordsville.

• Approved a request for the city to mow the property at 602 W. Market St. owned by Moises Mora and Cecilia Bautista, and to mow and remove trash from the property at 803 E. Market St. owned by Clara Grady Revocable Trust.

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