The West Central Indiana Economic Development District Board of Directors approved increasing the hourly rate of pay for nutrition site directors and home delivered meal drivers during the meeting last night at the McMillan Center, located at 486 First Avenue.
The hourly pay for nutrition site directors will increase from $7.25 to $9. Home delivered meal drivers will increase from $7.25 per hour to $8.50 per hour, effective next pay period.
“We have the funding available to support that increase,” said Ron Hinsenkamp, executive director. “They make minimum wage; they work two to four hours a day- they don’t make a lot of money anyway- We calculated the amount of their raises based on their years of service with the agency. The base rates are for new hire employees.”
Services offered through WCIEDD include aging and disabled programs, economic development and transportation planning. The services provided by these departments are generally available to local officials, development groups and residents of Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo Counties.
The board also approved the following resolutions:
Application for transit grant, seeking $287,410 for operating assistance through the Indiana Department of Transportation; they also reviewed, discussed formation of the Indiana Aging Alliance,LLC (IAA) and the board approved the executive director to “execute an IAA Provider Participation Agreement on behalf of the agency after review and approval of the agreement by the agency’s attorney.”
In other business:
- Transportation Planner Jeremy Weir provided explanation of required survey for any Local Public Agency (LPA) receiving federal financial assistance in the form of Federal Highway Administration funds from the Indiana Department of Transportation. Weir also showed a video, "Understanding the Gas Tax," produced by Build Indiana Council. Visit buildindianacouncil.org for more information.
- Hinsenkamp went over the financial report and said the amounts in the red are not unusual pending reimbursements.
“All in all, we’re in a good position cash wise,” Hinsenkamp said.He also explained that State Board of Accounts will begin an audit of 2013 financial records and programs today (July 29.)
- Nine counties in Indiana were awarded blight elimination funds last week, as part of the Hardest Hit Fund to help eliminate blighted and abandoned properties. Terre Haute is receiving $650,000. Vigo County was awarded an additional $425,000.
Judy Anderson,Vigo County Board of Commissioners, and serves as president of WCIEDD board of directors, had some advice for neighboring cities and counties needing help with their abandoned properties, including identifying them and having aggressive building inspections.
“If you have the opportunity to apply, or get in on the next round of funding; the mayor and I can attest it’s a great thing,” Anderson said. “But, boy,you’ve really got to start working now on the actual buildings, the actual places, because it takes forever to get them through the legal system for them to say, ‘OK, you can start knocking down boards.’”
- Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, vice president of the board of directors and representing Vigo County, gave an update on the waste water treatment plant. He noted that the city is in the process of a $ 120 million upgrade.
“It’s moving along really well and it’s under budget,” Bennett said.
He also informed the audience that financing is close to being in place for an overpass at 19th Street and Margaret Avenue. Construction for that project is slated for 2016. Hinsenkamp explained that the entire Margaret Avenue project is costing $24 million.
- Clay County Councilman Larry Moss, vice president of the board of directors informed the audience that the 100th anniversary of the Clay County Courthouse is September 6. Tours will be available to the public from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- City of Clinton Mayor Jack Gilfoy, vice president of the board of directors from Vermillion County, said the new construction of apartment complexes there is moving along nicely. Although there were a couple of minor issues delaying the August 4 occupancy date. He said the delay is based on shipment of cabinets. South complex is already full, and the north apartments are two-thirds full, and should be complete by end of November.
“A lot of the people who’ve applied for these and are now going to live there are from either Northern Vigo County or Parke County; so there are people moving into the area from other counties,” Gilfoy said.
The next WCIEDD board meeting is September 22 at 7 p.m.
Lucy Perry can be reached at Lp1971@aol.com