Indiana Borough Code Enforcement Officer David Kirk has resigned after seventeen years on the job. Council accepted Kirk's resignation in a special session last night at the conclusion of their regular meeting. Kirk will be taking another job elsewhere.
At ther egular meeting, Mayor George Hood told council that the Army Reserve's 420th Engineering Company will finally return to Indiana from Afghanistan today. Their buses will enter town from the east, turn down Oakland Avenue at 9th Street and proceed to the field house where they will be reunited with their families. Mayor Hood asked that at about 4 o’clock, supporters come out to greet the returning soldiers.
In other news, Councilman John Hartman recommended to the council that if they so wish to reduce the size of the council, that the best course of action would be to have two representatives from each ward instead of three, bringing the total down to eight from 12 members. This recommendation comes from an ad hoc committee.
In order to do this, petitions need to be signed by five percent of the electorate in the borough. However, the council will likely not see a vote on the matter until May. The council did not wish to rush a vote before the next election.
There are six council members up for reelection; one from the first ward, two from the second ward, two from the third ward, and one from the fourth ward. If they want to run again they must have their signatures in by March 12. Council President Nancy Jones said that no one has stated publicly if they will run or not.