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Vet clinic annexation closer to approval

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A veterinary clinic’s proposed annexation into the Crawfordsville city limits took a step forward with the City Council on Monday.

The council passed the second reading of an ordinance to annex the Crawfordsville Veterinary Clinic, which plans to build a new facility and is seeking to hook into the city’s sewer.

Construction on the new facility can begin under an intergovernmental agreement with Montgomery County giving Crawfordsville jurisdiction over zoning permits for properties that have formally submitted an annexation request to the city. The council approved the agreement.

In other business, the council passed a resolution committing to a local funding match of a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for the upcoming stormwater study. The city will provide a $7,500 match from the stormwater utility fund.

Councilman Mike Reidy thanked the city for installing signs warning semi-truck drivers about the fines for not using designated truck routes.

The signs were posted on every corner along West Market Street from Grant to Barr streets, where trucks often become stuck trying to navigate the area.

Drivers face a $2,500 fine for each violation under a measure the council passed last year.

“I know the police officers have a lot more important things to do than look for semis going down streets they’re not supposed to, but if maybe once or twice a week we could put a car there for an hour or two, I think two or three fines of $2,500 each would more than pay for themselves,” said Reidy, who lives in the area where the signs are posted.

Mayor Todd Barton said residents have called his office saying they’ve experienced fewer problems with trucks since the fines took effect.

“They feel like it’s having a positive impact. We’re not there [yet] but it does seem to be helping,” he said.

Barton announced that his annual State of the City address will be posted in a podcast at 7 p.m. Jan. 26. More details will be released later by the city.

Plans are still in the works for a State of the County address, Barton said. Both sets of remarks are normally delivered in a public event, which is not being held this year due to the pandemic.

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