|Posted on February 16, 2017 at 7:35 PM|
It's hard to believe that we are already well into the second month of the year already! A few updates for everyone: The City has taken on a new bond (not to exceed $310,000) for the property that was the old lumbar yard. Several reasons were presented for taking up the bond, one being due to the potential for re-zoning. More updates on this are to follow as information comes in. I am happy to have received a majority vote to serve as the City Council President as well. Coming up this month, a resolution will be presented to allow spending without the approval of the City Council. Smaller limits were formerly in place for the city's police department maxing out at $1500 that could be spent at the discretion of the Chief and $3000 with the approval of the Board of Public Works and Safety (per item or service). This resolution is suggesting an increase of over 50% from what was granted to the department about 6-8 months ago. It is also requesting that the Board of Public Works and Safety by allowed to spend $30,000 with no council approval and $500,000 per contract bid. Southport is a small city. We must be conservative and responsible with what we are overseeing. If we cannot oversee the money that is spent, how can we (as the legislative body) provide any checks and balances or oversight? This will be a topic at the Council Meeting on Monday, Feb. 20th at 7pm. Please attend if you can, as these issues are all of our concern. As always, I welcome your input on everything and I look forward to continued service to our wonderful city!
|Posted on December 21, 2016 at 7:25 PM|
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we are due for some rain with freezing temperatures overnight. I did make this known to the Mayor at the last council meeting as well so we can keep an eye on these conditions and be as prepared as possible. Please be cautious while driving. If you notice any issues that need immediate attention, please call city hall and we will work to get them resolved as soon as possible. (If you are unable to reach someone, you may call me at my number listed on the contacts page) January weather is also going to be similar with rain and dropping tempuratures.
December 15th the plows were out in the Crossgate area. The speed hump on Shakespere was plowed into and is now able to be bypassed by drivers. Speeding on this and several other streets continues to be an issue. I will be asking during the January meeting to replace or repair the speed hump for the safety of our community. If you notice more speeding than usual please get in contact with the Southport Police Department to address this until we can get the issue resolved.
We are missing our Christmas lights on Southport Road this year! I have been told that the lights are badly broken. Efforts are underway for a plan to address this for next year. I would like to personally recognize Mr. Rob Bettcher, who served our city as the Maintenance Supervisor for many years and always did a fantastic job making sure our city reflected the Christmas spirit. Rob's service to the city was tremendous; when you see him out and about in the city please thank him for all he has done.
As always, I encourage each and every one of you to attend the council meetings when possible. They are held on the third Monday of the month at 7:00pm. Please also feel free to call me if you have any issues you wish to have addressed, even if you cannot attend. I am happy to be your voice!
HAve a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
|Posted on December 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM|
The December Council Meeting document uploads will be available to view on the Southport Documents page soon. A clerical error has prevented the upload and contact has been made to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Several issues that were addressed include two ordinances, one for parking on West and Worman streets and another for trash and rank vegetation.
A compromise was reached between residents to update the ordinance to reflect "no parking Monday through Friday during business hours" rather than "no parking any time", however the updates were not yet made. Two decisions were available to the council; either to pass the ordinance as it was (no parking any time) and move to ammend it in January, or to approve just the reading and pass the correct ordinance in January. A movement was not made to suspend the rules, but a movement was made to approve (the third reading). The council expects to have the ammendments to the ordinance for the January meeting to pass. Third reading was passed 4-0 (I abstained from the vote). The no parking map can be seen under the November section on the Southport documents page for your reference.
The second ordinance was lengthy, and covered procedures on trash removal and storage and vegetation passed through the Board of Public Works and recommended for approval to the council. The ordinance was passed 4-1. I chose to vote no on this particular ordinance, as it allowed for a $75.00 fee each day after day 6 with no limitations for violations. Residents who were in violation would also receive a separate violation every day past day 6, also without limitations. The number of violations or amount charged to a citizen could continue forever without the issue being addressed and attorney fees, fees for work or services and fees for removal could also be charged to citizens and a lien could then be placed on the property for failure to pay. I feel strongly that this ordinance can do nothing more than alienate our small government from the citizens. I also feel that this ordinance penalizes citizens too harshly. I urge citizens to come out and speak their mind on this issue. We understad that there are some landlords who may not respect the codes we have in the city, however voting on an ordinance that solely focuses on them but could have negative and undesired effects on the citizen is not wise.
On a related note, please feel free to contact me if you are in need of assistance with trash or vegetation issues, including snow removal. If you are unable to shovel or mow, arrangements can be made for you through myself or the city.
|Posted on November 9, 2016 at 7:50 PM|
In response to a few animal concerns that were brought to my attention, I have compiled 2 sections of information for the citizens who spoke to me. Please feel free to call me, respond here or email me if you need more clarification. As promised, here is the information...
Issue No,. 1:
From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Website:
If you want to trap or shoot the rabbits, you will need a permit from the DNR, or you will need to use those methods legal only during the open hunting season (firearms can only be used where legal). Live cage-traps (wire or wood) that are baited with dried apples or dry ear corn can be effective in capturing cottontail rabbits.
With a few exceptions (see License Exemptions below), a valid hunting license issued by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and applicable state or federal stamp privileges are required to hunt any wild animal on public or private land in Indiana.
9.08.340 ATTEMPTS TO POISON ANIMAL.
It shall be unlawful for a person to throw or deposit poisoned meat or any poison or harmful substance in any street, alley, marketplace or public place, or on any private premises, in the City for the purpose of destroying or injuring any animal. (Ord. 9.08 § 403, passed 11-16-2009)
9.08.380 ANIMAL TRAPS; REQUIREMENTS AND PROHIBITIONS.
(A) It shall be unlawful for a person to use, place, set or cause to be used, placed, or set any leg-hold trap or similar device upon any land or waters in the City.
(B) It shall be unlawful for a person to use, place, set or cause to be used, placed or set any snare, net or other device which causes the trapping or capturing of any animal in any manner by which the animal is not either captured painlessly or killed instantly upon any land or waters in the City.
(C) It shall be unlawful for a person, having placed a lawful trap, snare or similar device in the City, to fail to inspect and empty it at least once during every 24-hour period.
(D) It shall be unlawful for a person to remove an animal in the City from any trap not on the person’s property, unless such person has the express permission of the property’s owner to do so.
Exception: Trapping done in conjunction with an approved trap, neuter and release program. (Ord. 9.08 § 407, passed 11-16-2009)
(A) It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health and peace or safety of others within the city.
(B) Accordingly, the following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises and in violation of this section, but such enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive.
(5) Animals or birds. The keeping of any animal or bird which, by causing frequent or long continued noise, shall disturb the comfort or repose of
any person in the vicinity.
9.08.130 ANIMALS CAUSING NUISANCE PROHIBITED.
(A) It shall be unlawful for a person to own or keep any animal which by frequent or habitual howling, yelping, barking, screeching, other vocalization or otherwise shall cause serious annoyance or disturbance to persons in the vicinity.
(B) A person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to a fine imposed for the first such violation that shall not be less than $25; subsequent or continued violations may also subject the owner to impoundment of the animal by a person having authority to impound such an animal. (Ord. 9.08 § 204, passed 11-16-2009)
9.08.050 KEEPING HORSES, PONIES, MULES, DONKEYS, JACKASSES, LLAMAS, AND POULTRY.
It shall be unlawful for a person to own, keep, or breed a horse, pony, mule, donkey, jackass, llama or poultry in the City of Southport on premises which measure less than 8,000 square feet in a lot area per animal, unless such premises are registered as a stable under Marion County ordinances. (Ord. 9.08 § 105, passed 11-16-2009)
|Posted on November 9, 2016 at 7:25 PM|
For those of you who spoke to me yesterday, the City Council Meeting is November 21 at 7:00pm. Please join me! It is my job to represent you and I am very excited to be doing just that. Updates will be coming soon prior to the meeting. As a reminder, the card given out yesterday contains my personal number. I take calls and return calls on weekends and evenings and I am always happy to dedicate my time to hear you. I can also be reached by email or text. Please don't hesitate to contact me!
|Posted on November 9, 2016 at 7:05 PM|
Greeting Southport voters at the polls and seeing everyone again was wonderful! So many of you took the time to talk to me and I deeply appreciate that. Of course, like most of you I am very happy that we have a Trump Pence administration to look forward to! What an amazing year and journey it has been! It is time for change, but it is also time for us to unite and work together to end the madness happening in our country that we love so deeply.
I would like to take a moment to congratulate everyone who bid for public office accross the nation. You decided to fix that problem with actions, and for that the American people are very grateful. You made a choice to serve the public, and there is no greater honor than that!
I would also like to congratulate my state, county and township Republican friends Todd Young, Eric Holcomb, Curtis Hill, Jack Sandlin, Jennifer McCormick, Cat Ping, Mike Speedy, Terry Trent, Cheryl Rivera, Randall Decker, Howard Howe, Tim Oconnor, and Chuck Mercer! I would also like to congratulate Danielle Coulter on her amazing work and efforts in Marion County and for all of the passion she has to serve others, she is truly an amazing woman!
Congratulations most importantly to you, the citizen and voter. None of them would have made it this far without your support! May we all remember that change is good and embrace prosperity as we begin to grow and move forward towards a bright and successful future together!
|Posted on November 7, 2016 at 3:35 AM|
Recent comments regarding voting by President Barack Obama have been concerning to say the least. We are all aware that illegal immigrants do not have the right to cast a vote in an American election. What is most concerning about this is that Obama said, in a very matter of fact tone, that no one is going to "check" because the voting process is strictly confidential, implying that it is right to do so. There are several major issues with this ideology. The first is obvious; if we all did what we wanted simply because we could get away with doing so, we would not be able to maintain any kind of order and in that case, there is no purpose to law and order. Americans do not take this lightly. Integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is looking! It really speaks to the character of our president to make such a comment and actually devalues the sanctity of American voting. Secondly, how can we possibly justify encouraging this law breaking behavior when many of our own Americans have been disqualified from voting themselves? In some states, anyone with a felony crime is barred from voting forever. Thankfully, we do not have this rule in the great state of Indiana. Low level, non violent felony crimes should not come with a sentence as well as a lifetime of punishment through a stigma for the offender as well as substandard living and working conditions and opportunities for their families. What the president is saying here is that he would rather see non American illegal immigrants commit voter fraud than see more Americans castly perfectly legal ballots. It's absurd. My last point is this: what was the true goal of these comments from our president on live television? He is encouraging law breaking, potential rioting and an uproar at the polls when these individuals are turned away, thereby placing others in danger when the situation gets out of control. Why would the president want to do such a thing?
America is the most diverse country on earth, but we have procedures in place for a reason when people wish to come here, and they should have the opportunity to do so through a reformed application and background screening process that does not take 10-12 years. The confidentiallity of the voting process is 100% for the American people, and not to be distorted for dishonesty or fraud. Americans have been under attack in recent years from many sources, but the most sad and disturbing of these being our own government. It is time for us to reinvest into conservative, small government for the people.
|Posted on November 5, 2016 at 10:25 PM|
After picking up supplies for the polls in anticipation of Tuesday, I made a morning trip to the Trump Pence Indiana Campaign Headquarters. I am certainly happy that I made the trip! The people running this office were immensely positive and welcoming to my family and I and supplied me with plenty of signs, stickers, etc. to pass out to the voters on election day. I am looking forward to Tuesday for the Republican Party, the Trump family and the Republican voters who are ready for excellent leadership through a Trump administration!
|Posted on November 1, 2016 at 10:05 PM|
In light of the recent voter registration issues within Marion and surrounding counties, I would like to remind everyone to check their voter registration prior to November 8th. You can do this by clicking on the link on my "Register to Vote" page. If you notice any descrepancies, please contact the Marion County Clerk's Office right away. It is the shared goal of the Republican party, candidates for public office, and city and county officials that everyone be able to cast their ballot on election day with no issues. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 8th!
|Posted on November 1, 2016 at 9:55 PM|
Just in case anyone wishes to contact me, I can be reached at (317) 506-4661. Evenings are the best time to reach me. You may also contact me via email at [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you!