Hobart council considers ordinances

2014-03-10T20:30:00Z 2014-03-10T21:04:29Z Hobart council considers ordinancesChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The City Council has several potential ordinances in the works.

One of the proposed measures would give the city the authority to optionally require project labor agreements for developments receiving tax abatement from Hobart.

Councilman David Vinzant said project labor agreements would be negotiated between the developer of a project and the Northwestern Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council.

The amount of local labor hired during the construction of the developments would be among aspects negotiated in the project labor agreements, Vinzant said.

The ordinance would help keep tax abatement money in the community by ensuring local labor is being used on projects receiving tax abatement, he said.

When project labor agreements are negotiated, they could potentially slow down a project, Vinzant said.

The city could decide to waive project labor agreement requirements for developers that have regularly used local labor for projects, he said.

The council could vote on the ordinance at its March 19 meeting.

In addition to the project labor agreement ordinance, the council also is examining the amount of on-street disabled parking signs in residential areas throughout the city.

Hobart officials are uncertain of how many disabled parking signs have been permitted in residential communities and if all of the signs are still needed.

The city could decide to remove all on-street disabled parking signs except for those that have received approval from the Board of Public Works within the last 24 months.

If residents still require signs that are removed, they would need to apply for them again.

A potential ordinance also could set expiration dates for on-street disabled parking signs approved by the city.

The council has made no final decisions about the matter.

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