Indiana Newsdesk’s Joe Hren sat down with Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray and talks about the completion of Indiana Street downtown and how the city plans to push workers to leave downtown parking spots for visitors.
Listen to their full conversation above. Here are some highlights:
Hren: Indiana Street is complete and open in downtown Greencastle, what’s next?
Murray: Well, right now the parking lots. We hope to get them both finished by the middle of November. They are each a block off the downtown square. There’s a lot of drainage work that needs to be done.
Hren: Were there any studies done or what became evident for the need of more parking?
Murray: We’ve been a bit frustrated that we found property owners, business owners and some of our courthouse employees who instead of being willing to move a block or so off of campus, have continued to park right in those main parking areas again and actually move their vehicles every two hours. What we need to do is offer free parking and enforce it strictly to make sure those folks who are in for an eight hour day, push out a little bit.
Hren: Any update on the budget since we last talked?
Murray: We’ll be passing our first ordinance on the acceptance of the budget for this year, making any changes before that’s done and it will go to second reading in October. We’ll also be looking for the Board of Works to make recommendations for rate increases for our water and waste water system. So two separate issues, one dealing with the general fund, one dealing with utility.
Hren: Has there been any talk of what the rate increase will be?
Murray: No, we haven’t had a rate increase since 2006, so we have to be able to pay a debt service on that and generate. We need to continue to upgrade our system and add on to it. The challenges are very real, but again through hard work of the department heads, we’ll hopefully be able to glide through this period. We have some tentative ideas, but our board of works will make that decision tomorrow as we work through it.