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Town of Kimball Votes to Deny Booting Service Request during Board Meeting on Thursday

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen for the Town of Kimball met on Thursday night, August 3, 2023.

The first order of business was to swear in a new police officer Michael Trace Condra to serve the town.

The board approved the police chief to spend up to $50,000 on a new patrol unit.

They also approved allowing the Marion County Highway Department to pave the parking lot near the basketball court with a cost not to exceed $23,000.

Tenisha Coleman from Interstate Parking Management made a proposal to provide a booting service to the Kimball Crossing parking lot for Regency Properties. A traditional boot is a large, heavy metal device that clamps onto one of the wheels of a vehicle with the intent of preventing the vehicle from driving away. A fee is charged to remove the boot. The company had operated before a new state law went into effect. The new state law reads: Prohibits a person from knowingly installing a vehicle immobilization device—also called a boot—on a motor vehicle parked on private property in the state. A violation of this law is a Class B misdemeanor. The law also requires any business that places boots on cars to accept debit and credit cards as a method of payment for the boot removal; additionally, someone in the business of installing boots will be prohibited from contracting the work of installing or removing out or compensating employees on commission.

Discussion took place over how long an unauthorized vehicle can park without receiving a boot, such as a semi-truck or a camper. Coleman stated no more than two hours unless the driver is conducting business, such as eating or shopping. Also, there was talk of allowing Interstate Parking Management to operate on a trial basis, but no motion was made. After a long discussion, a motion was made to deny Interstate Parking Management from conducting business in Kimball, and the board voted unanimously not to allow the booting service to operate in Kimball.

The Town of Kimball leaders voted to approve a $650 donation to the Greater Jasper Jaycees for the Lake Outboard National Outboard Drag Races.

The board approved school zone signage on Main St. for the Kimball Christian Academy.

The town leaders approved for Lofty Construction to do repairs to the baseball/softball fields 3 and 4 at a cost of $10,000; all voted yes except for Alderman Teresa Lofty, who abstained. They also approved removing and reinstalling fencing for field #4 at a cost of $4,866 and field #3 at a cost of $3,770. The work will be done by Quality Fence, LLC.

It was announced that the park board meeting will be on Tuesday, August 8th, at the Town Hall at 4:00 PM to interview all four of the candidates for the new park director position. The planning commission’s July meeting was canceled, and the August meeting is scheduled for the 15th at 5:30 at the Kimball Town Hall.

It was also announced that there will be no trash pickup on September 4th due to Labor Day, and the town hall will be closed. Trash will be picked up on September 5.

The next Town of Kimball Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be on September 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Photo: Alderman John Matthews, Alderman Johnny Sisk, Mayor Rex Pesnell, Vice Mayor Jerry Don Case, and Alderman Teresa Lofty