C.P. officials to again discuss proposed business registration program

2013-12-16T20:00:00Z 2013-12-16T23:25:07Z C.P. officials to again discuss proposed business registration programSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
December 16, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A move to establish a business registration program in the city will be up for discussion Thursday in one of a flurry of meetings scheduled by officials before year-end.

The City Council ordinance committee will meet at 6:15 p.m. in City Hall to cap several months of discussion of registering businesses for the first time in the city's history.

An ordinance establishing the program was approved by the council on first reading in November and held over for a final vote. No date for the vote has been set.

Two business owners spoke out against the proposal at the council's Dec. 3 meeting, saying it would prove onerous for businesses. The matter then was sent back to the ordinance committee for more talk.

The measure under consideration sets a March 1 deadline for a business to register. Timely registration is free, but failing to register can result in a $100 fine.

Council committee members who crafted the measure said Monday they'd kept it cost-free to businesses that comply to avoid creating a hardship.

The council is set to meet in special session at 6 p.m. Thursday to complete year-end bookkeeping matters, including a resolution concerning the use of surplus state revolving fund loan proceeds.

The Board of Public Works and Safety will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday in final session of the year. An update is expected of a home at 9501 Johnson St.

The vacant house had fallen into disrepair when an order to demolish it was issued in July. Officials agreed to extend the demolition order providing progress was shown remedying the situation.

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