Members of the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission met Tuesday evening in a zoom meeting format. The first order of business was swearing all members into office. Members only serve 1-year terms and include Craig Hopple, Nancy Felde, Billy Ellinger, Mike Miley and Tom Pedavoli. Melissa Christiansen is the non-voting school board member of the commission.
The next order of business was reorganization of officers and selecting a meeting date and time. The commission voted to retain the current officers with Mike Miley President, Tom Pedavoli Vice President and Nancy Felde Secretary. The redevelopment Commission meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
In TIF #1 City Engineer Rick Gaul said right-of-way acquisition for the improvement of Hoham Drive is underway. Some property owners have been given offers. They have 30 days to respond. He also noted that work on the utility plan is happening too. This project is scheduled for completion in 2023.
In TIF #3 the Manufacturing Center being constructed in front of the jail at the corner of Jim Neu and Pioneer Drive is still on schedule and moving forward. City Attorney Sean Surrisi said the extreme weather has pulled Majority Building off the project at times.
In TIF #6 the residential development of Centennial Crossings continues to move forward. They are working on the final drawings for the drainage plan. Multiple buildings are in various phases of construction just north of Centennial Park on Plymouth Goshen Trail.
The City Attorney Sean Surrisi told members of the Redevelopment Commission that Mayor Senter submitted the annual invoice for the US 30 Coalition in the amount of $12,000.
He shared the good news that through the efforts of the coalition they have secured from INDOT and the governor to move forward yet this spring initiating a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study. Surrisi said it’s the first environmental step to make the US 30 freeway project a reality that’s on the radar of INDOT.
The City Attorney said, “It’s the first step that things are starting to come to fruition from all the efforts that our coalition has put in over the last number of years.” Surrisi continued, “The work of the coalition is gong to go on making sure we will have a voice in the planning and guide where the project goes best as possible.”
Mayor Senter discussed the Michigan left turns at King and Queen Roads. He said the coalition has made a stand against those to INDOT.
The City Attorney said INDOT has committed to a moratorium on J-turns everywhere except for one in Whitley County. He’s hopeful that Marshall county’s will be paused as well.
The Redevelopment Commission approved paying the membership invoice for the US 30 Coalition.