By Wade Coggeshall
AVON — The town council here authorized the town's public works department to proceed with right-of-way acquisition for a roundabout being constructed at County Roads 150 South and 625 East.
The vote at Thursday's meeting was 4-0. Council President Michael Rogers was absent.
"There are four properties we need to acquire," Public Works Director Ryan Cannon told the council.
The combined appraised values of the properties are $116,135. The town's offer to the property owners does not exceed that.
One property in particular - owned by the Whispering Pines Homeowners Association - is much higher than the others at $66,865. Cannon says it includes the cost of any setback damages that may occur, as well as if the relocation of any objects like trees or signs is required.
Because this is a project of the Highway Safety Improvement Program, Avon's share of the cost is only 10 percent. It will be paid out of the town's EDIT fund. Construction of the roundabout is expected to be done next summer.
In other business, the council tabled adopting an interlocal cooperation agreement with the Indianapolis Airport Authority on its Aerotropolis plan.
An Aerotropolis is an "airport city" in which its designers seek to collaborate with neighboring communities to foster regional economic growth and infrastructure development.
Councilman Dave Cox is against signing on because he's afraid the IAA will lobby the state for funding and other concession on behalf of everyone in the interlocal agreement, and communities like Avon will get shorted.
"They're going to be looking for funds that we'd normally get," Cox said. "With times as tight as they are, I just don't agree with that."
Council Vice President Beverley Austin pushed to table the resolution until Rogers, the council's liaison with the IAA, could be present. But she's in favor of the interlocal agreement.
"I understand regionalism and how it can benefit us when we have growth nearby, even when it's not in our jurisdiction," Austin said.
Councilman Dave Jackson agreed.
"My gut is this was brought to us as a cooperative thing in terms of developing areas around the airport, much like the Ronald Reagan Parkway," he said. "Maybe I'm seeing the glass half full."
The council's next meeting is 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Avon Town Hall, 6570 E. U.S. 36.