Also during the meeting, the council introduced an amended ethics ordinance, which Miller said incorporates changes mandated by the state.
The Water Capital Revolving Loan Program was formally established, as a result of the city receiving $2.6 million from a lawsuit over the gasoline additive MTBE that contaminated the city's water wellfield. The money will be used to finance water system capital improvements under a plan previously announced by the city.
The council held a hearing on a proposal to change the city's code to establish that it is illegal to obstruct access to a city water meter, obstruct a public right-of-way, tamper with a water meter, dump waste or materials into a city storm drain, tamper with a fire hydrant, deface city property, destroy city property or discharge stormwater drainage to the city sewer system.
The bill includes fines ranging from $50 to $1,000 per day for violating the guidelines.
No one spoke at the hearing.
Lapinsky also said he wants to amend the city recycling program to let people buy larger containers that they can also identify as recycling bins.
He said he hopes to produce stickers that would coincide with Earth Day for the bins.
Bennett thanked everyone who helped his family after his father, Freddy Bennett, died on Jan. 5 at almost 94 years old.
He said he was transported back to his family's home in Madison, Ind.
"I just really appreciate the folks that came to the visitation, the cards, letters, we've gotten as a family," Bennett said.
Councilman Bruce Garner said the police program taking Santa Claus through different neighborhoods was successful and covered a larger area, with more than 500 gifts ultimately given out.