The last time the Rising Sun town board met, on September 13, they left some big, controversial issues on the table.
Town officials were scheduled to vote on Ordinance 2016-04 Property Maintenance Code Property Transfers Inspections Program, and Ordinance 2016-05 Property Maintenance Code Rental Inspections Program on September 27.
Then they canceled two consecutive meetings, September 27 and October 11, due to lack of quorum. Commissioner Joe Shephard resigned. Mayor Travis Marion only votes if there is a tie, and other commissioners had other obligations during those meeting nights. Commissioner Dave Warnick announced September 13 that he would miss the September 27 meeting.
Of the 19 regular scheduled town meetings in 2016 so far, eight have been cancelled. Town officials have also missed meetings individually. On January 12, the first meeting of the year, Mayor Travis Marion opted to attend a presentation at Rising Sun High School that night for the state champion volleyball team.
The January 26 meeting was cancelled due to snow. The meeting after that, on February 9, was also cancelled. The February 23 meeting was held. The two meetings after that, March 8 and 22 were cancelled. The April 12 meeting was held. April 26 meeting was cancelled.
On May 10, both Commissioner Brian Leishear and town administrator Calvin Bonenberger were absent. The June 24 meeting was held and the June 28 meeting was cancelled. Former Commissioner Joe Shephard attended the July 12 meeting an hour late. The July 29 and August 9 meetings were held as scheduled.
Mayor Marion missed the August 23 meeting. The September 13 meeting was held. During that meeting, residents spoke out against the two Property Maintenance Code proposals. During that meeting one resident said she had been in contact with an attorney regarding the town having access to homes. Another resident called the property maintenance proposals "an overstep of government."
During that meeting the board also formally passed the legislation which will allow for a new water source, Chester Water.
Board members have come under fire since early June when they passed a debt service tax $384 tax. Some residents have offered to have their property de-annexed from the town.