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Davidson replaces Hockersmith on plan commission


Councilman Mark Davidson will replace Terry Hockersmith on the Montgomery County Plan Commission as work continues on the county’s recently-adopted zoning ordinance. 

Hockersmith, who serves as county council president, resigned from the plan commission during Tuesday’s council meeting and appointed Davidson to fill in as the council’s representative.

“Due to other obligations that are keeping me very busy, I would (request) that we take myself off the plan commission,” Hockersmith said. “I’ve asked Mark Davidson if he would take my spot there. They are getting very, very, very busy and I appreciate him being willing to pick up that task.”  

The council voted 5-2 to appoint Davidson to the plan commission. Greg Morrison and Mark Smith voted no.

The plan commission is currently reviewing proposed text amendments to the zoning ordinance that took effect in June. They most recently recommended a new chapter establishing an urban overlay district in the 1/2 mile around the Crawfordsville city limits along with the new zoning fee schedule. County commissioners adopted both proposals Monday.

Still left for consideration is a chapter with requirements for confined feeding operations. The proposal was tabled last month and a study group was formed to bring a recommendation to the plan commission at its October meeting.

The plan commission consists of nine members, including a county council member and a county commissioner. The commission also includes the county surveyor or the surveyor’s designee, the county agriculture extension educator and five citizen members. 

Davidson was also appointed along with councilman Don Mills to serve on the county administrator hiring committee. They will join county commissioners in interviewing prospective candidates. The council also approved an additional appropriation of $50,000 to pay for the position through the end of the year and established the position’s annual salary at $70,000.

In other business, the council is gearing up for the annual budget season. A public hearing for the 2020 budget will be 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Montgomery County Courthouse. Auditor Jennifer Andel told the council members that budget hearing notices are advertised on the Indiana Gateway website at https://budgetnotices.in.gov. A link can also be found on the auditor’s page on the Montgomery County website at www.montgomerycounty.in.gov.


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