The council on Monday also:
• Approved on first reading an update to the city’s temporary sign ordinance. City Engineer Gary Murray had presented the update as approved by the Greensburg Plan Commission last month. Murray had noticed recently that some enforcement powers and penalties were not transferred from the prior ordinance. For final passage, the updates to the ordinance must be approved by the council a second time.
• Agreed to extend tax abatements to four local businesses: GECOM, Metz-Tewmey, Stradley and K-Fab. Herbert said the abatement committee recommended that the abatements continue — even though some of the companies had not fully met the conditions for the abatements. The council members unanimously approved the extensions. Herbert said after the meeting that the council always has to weigh whether to take away the abatement to punish the companies for failing to meet the targets — but then risk that the companies struggle even more.
• Heard from Greensburg resident Jean Johannigman, who asked that the Council make a decision on the proposal to turn the part-time mayor’s secretary position into a full-time assistant to the mayor and director of public affairs. The council had approved the change at the last meeting, but it needs to be approved a second time. Johannigman said that she understood that if the council takes no further action the proposal would be rejected, but she requested that the council take a position on the issue one way or another. Herbert said that given the importance of the issue, he delayed the second reading of the ordinance for a later meeting when all five council members are present.
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