The Town of Ellettsville continues to deal with the fallout from a 2013 flood that forced its offices to move out of the Town Hall and into rental units at Eagle’s Landing Mall. While the Town has worked toward rehabilitating the flood-damaged Town Hall, officials say they don’t intend to use it for government offices again. Instead, a new Town Hall will be built. The Ellettsville Town Council took another step toward this goal on Monday when it approved an agreement with financial consulting and management firm H.J. Umbaugh and Associates. Town Attorney Darla Brown says the agreement is similar to a previous agreement the Town entered into when the fire station was built. As part of the agreement H. J. Umbaugh and Associates will provide financial planning services for every aspect of the project, including attending all public meetings and sales.
The total cost of the contract is $34,000. An ordinance was also introduced that would allow the Town to charge rent to departments occupying the new Town Hall. Brown says the Town intends to charge the Utilities Department rent. It will then ask the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission to approve a rate increase that would pass the cost on to consumers. Brown says the Town needs to pass an ordinance to move forward with the plan. Town Councilor David Drake asked if part of the reason for the ordinance was the cost of construction of the new Town Hall and Brown replied that this was so that utilities would not be included in the cost of rent.
The ordinance was on first reading, so no action was taken by the Council.