The Herald Bulletin

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March 4, 2014

Elwood approves funding for I&M building purchase

City considering fines for hosting underage drinking parties

ELWOOD, Ind. — The Elwood Redevelopment Commission has received authorization to purchase the former Indiana & Michigan Electric building for a future economic development program.

The Elwood City Council on Monday voted to allow the Redevelopment Commission to borrow $437,500 to purchase the building. The expected repayment will cost the Redevelopment Commission $88,400 in each of the next seven years.

Bill Savage, director of the Elwood Economic Development Department, said the commission submitted the highest bid for the building at 7474 W. Indiana 28.

The other bid was submitted by the Pipe Creek Township Trustee’s office, which wanted to convert the building into a fire station.

Savage told council members that the Redevelopment Commission has been approached by three companies interested in the building, two currently located outside of Elwood.

He said the Redevelopment Commission wanted to return the building to the tax rolls and to create jobs in Elwood.

The Redevelopment Commission is expected to have revenues of $283,000 this year.


Social host ordinance

The council tabled a request by Elwood Police Chief Phil Caldwell for passage of a “social host” ordinance to discourage adults from providing alcoholic beverages to minors.

“We want to deal with underage parties and loud and unruly parties,” Caldwell said. “We want a financial obligation for hosting this type of party.

“There has been a high increase in underage drinking,” he said. “There have been several underage parties in the past six months and people arrested.”

As proposed, the ordinance would impose a $370 fine and court costs of $130 for each offense.

Councilman David Savage said the council didn’t want to prevent the judge from imposing a higher fine for repeat offenders.

The ordinance was tabled to allow city attorney Jim Wilson to make changes in the ordinance which will be considered for approval at the April 7 meeting.


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