Zionsville Town Council establishes deputy mayor position, paves way for gas station

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Compiled by Ann Marie Shambaugh

The Zionsville Town Council held its monthly meeting May 2. Topics covered included the creation of new titles and positions, a “conservation-style” subdivision and more.

What happened: The council approved an amendment that would allow for a fuel station at CR 700 E and Whitestown Parkway, a use previously excluded at the site. Councilors voted unanimously in support of the change, which came with a unanimous unfavorable recommendation from the Zionsville Plan Commission.

What it means: GetGo wants to build a facility on 2.3 acres that would include a convenience store, dining area and a fuel station. At their April meeting, plan commissioners expressed concerns about the number of fuel stations in the area. A GetGo representative told the council the facility is more modern and offers amenities not found at other nearby fuel stations.

 

What happened: The council established the position of deputy mayor.

What it means: Mayor Tim Haak said that the town’s executive structure has caused some confusion, so he recommended changing town manager Ed Mitro’s title to deputy mayor to provide clarity. He also said that if something were to happen that would prohibit the mayor from performing his or her duties, the deputy mayor would step into the role until a new mayor could be chosen.

What’s next: Mitro will serve as the town’s first deputy mayor. The change in title does not include a change in pay or duties. The ordinance states that the deputy mayor “serves at the pleasure of the mayor,” and Haak said he has no desire to make a change.

 

What happened: The council approved a waiver of the drainage ordinance for a new 12-home subdivision to be built on 77 acres at Whitestown Road and CR 875.

What it means: The developer of the subdivision has been working with town officials and the county surveyor to create a drainage plan that will meet the unique needs of the area. The council voiced support for the plan and approved the waiver contingent on Boone County officials supporting it as well, which is expected to happen.

What’s next: The project is expected to move forward. A spokesman for the developer said the project will be a “low-impact conservation-style subdivision” and that 11 of the 12 future homeowners will be relocating from elsewhere in town.

 

What happened: The council tabled a resolution for that would have created a new position in the planning department and a position for the director of communications and community relations.

What it means: Town Manager Ed Mitro said he wants to be “absolutely sure” the new jobs can be financially sustained in the long term, so he asked the council to delay a vote to allow more time for officials to review the funding of these positions.

What’s next: The council is expected to vote on the matter in June.


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