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Cambridge City will rewrite comprehensive plan

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

CAMBRIDGE CITY — A process has begun that will lead to a new town comprehensive plan.

Tina Henderson of Mendenhall & Associates, Arcadia, explained the process of writing a new plan to the Town Council on Monday.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs offers a planning grant of $40,000 to write comprehensive plans, she said. The town must take an income survey to qualify.

Mendenhall & Associates will perform the study for $5,000 or supervise local volunteers for $500.

Henderson will review the study before submitting it to a professor at Indiana State University, who will certify methodology and calculations. The professor will separately bill the town for $250.

The council approved having Mendenhall & Associates write the grant application at a cost of $1,500.

The town will establish a Planning Grant Steering Committee, submit a letter to OCRA, and identify three local residents (including one council member) for a scoring committee.

OCRA will visit, likely in early May. Then, five firms who help communities write comprehensive plans will be sent requests for qualifications (RFQs).

A public hearing will be scheduled for July 9. The planning grant application will be submitted by July 31.

In other business, the council approved joining with the Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce to provide Wi-Fi in the downtown area.

Chamber President Beth Leisure said New Lisbon Broadband Co. provides Wi-Fi for vendors during Canal Days in September. For $3,600, NLBC will provide Wi-Fi all year for five years.

Also, the town lowered the acreage figure in a ground rental contract with a local farmer. A three-year contract called for leasing 18.5 acres but the tillable land is about 16 acres. Since the tenant paid last year based on the higher figure, this year’s payment will be reduced.

On Monday, April 30, large trash will be collected. No freon or tires will be taken; mattresses must be wrapped in plastic.