The House District 63 representative praised the city and county for their economic development planning.
Indiana State Representative for the 63rd District, Mike Braun, paid a visit to Washington’s City Council meeting Monday evening. Braun complimented Washington and Daviess County for its readiness to use I-69 to move into the future economically. Braun serves on the Ways and Means, Education, and Road and Transportation committees. Braun said Washington has a sense of what it needs to do to attract economic development. Braun represents Most of Daviess County, along with Pike, Dubois, and Martin counties. He told the Council that Daviess County has more going on here than all the other counties combined. Braun was accompanied by Daviess County Economic Development Director Ron Arnold.
In regular business, the Council approved three new ordinances. The first created a special economic development “E-Z zone” for planned economic expansion. It is in the I69 area east of town.
The second approved a Plan Commission recommendation to re-zone property adjoining Custom Agri-Builders The third ordinance establishes a special 257 account to hold approximately $809,000 appropriated by the state to be used for infrastructure mainly roads.
During the public comment part of the meeting, Charles Riker complained about what he called harassment from the code enforcement officer. Riker has received several notices to clean up the property located at 1806 McCormick Avenue. But, he told the council he had given the property to a church and no longer owns the lot, and does not appreciate the repeated clean-up orders from the City’s Code Enforcement Officer. Mayor Wellman told Riker the notices were sent to the owner of record at the courthouse. The McCormick Avenue lot is on the city’s list of blighted property.