There was only one topic under discussion at last night’s Indiana Borough Council work session, and that was the search for a new head of code enforcement. The problem with replacing former Code Enforcement Officer Dave Kirk was that his job evolved over the years and he accumulated multiple responsibilities, including not only enforcement but planning as well. That makes it difficult to define the job and to find a suitable replacement.
Discussion centered on whether council wants to focus on the code enforcement side only, or advertise for a person with a planning background. The consensus was that there was not enough money to hire two different people to fill the gaps left behind by Kirk.
The conclusion was, as of last night, to fill the role of code enforcement first and fully. This was partly at the request of Borough Manager William Sutton, who said it was easier to contract out planning services than anything else. Sutton also listed other reasons to focus on code enforcement, as did councilmember John Hartman.
An ad hoc committee was formed to conduct the search, and council was eager to fill those slots. Members of council will serve on the committee alongside Sutton and Assistant Borough Manager Roland Francis.