The city of Crawfordsville is looking to the future — especially when it deals with the downtown.
The Crawfordsville City Council will have its first chance to discuss the new Crawfordsville Downtown Revitalization Plan next week when the full council meets. The council’s fiscal affairs committee forwarded a resolution approving the plan to the full council with a favorable recommendation Monday night at the council’s committee meetings.
Fiscal Affairs Committee Chair Andy Biddle was pleased with what he heard.
“It looks great,” Biddle said of the plan. “I hope we can do a lot with our downtown. You have to make a place that is attractive for people to want to come to.”
Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said that the plan is a road map. He said that it will help the city move forward as it completes the Stellar plan.
Ken Remenschneider of Remenschneider Associates said that work began crafting the plan in March.
The primary goals of the plan include build upon existing strengths, fabric and business; improve sense of place through quality life enhancements; restoration of downtown neighborhoods; harness the power of human capital and volunteerism; and connect citywide alternative transportation network to downtown.
Brandon M. Schreeg of Remenschneider Associates told the council that the plan deals with everything from streets and street lights to buildings, sidewalks and landscaping in the downtown area. One of the recommendations is for the city to be more uniform with the fixtures.
Remenschneider said that the plan was done by state guidelines.
“The information in the plan is plug and play,” he said, adding that parts of the plan could be completed as Stellar funding is available.
Councilman Mike Reidy questioned part of the plan calling for trees to be planted downtown along the sidewalk. He said that trees previously were downtown and store owners had a problem with birds that were in the trees.
Barton said that when the trees were downtown before there was little or no maintenance done on the trees. If trees return downtown, that would have to change, he said.
“Anything we do with trees will have to include upkeep of them,” Barton said.
Remenschneider said that trees have been in other plans for revitalizing other city’s downtown area. He said that it is about creating an environment that people want to be in.
“It’s a prescription that works,” he said.
The full council can act on the plan when they meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the City Council Chambers.
In other business, the fiscal affairs committee forwarded an ordinance for an additional appropriation to the full council. The additional appropriation would purchase a standing desk treadmill for $1,200 for the Montgomery County Central Communication Center. Barton said that dispatchers can use the treadmill to walk slowly while they are in the center for long shifts.
The committee also forwarded a resolution approving a $7,000 historic preservation grant. Mike Grant told the committee that Arni’s is building office space at 116 S. Green St. He said that the renovation project is estimated to cost $62,000.