City supports Work Ready initiative

Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
By KEVIN L. GREEN [email protected]

New Castle City Council signed on as a supporting employer of the Work Ready initiative Monday, bringing Henry County one step closer to being ACT certified as a Work Ready community. It also was announced that Phase II of an environmental study of the former Firestone plant on S. 25th Street has begun. The cost of the $30,000 study is being split between the city and county Redevelopment Commissions. Penny York, Special Projects Coordinator with the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, appeared before the city council and asked members for support, noting one of the goals is to entice local residents to take the Work Keys assessment, making a stronger case to employers that Henry County can provide a truly work-ready workforce. “This is a way of matching job seekers with employers,” she said, adding that this program will keynote the Chamber of Commerce luncheon May 21 when EDC President Corey Murphy is the featured speaker. “It’s a way to set ourselves apart from other counties.” “I see no reason not to (participate in this), it moves us forward,” Council President Mark Koger said prior to the council agreeing to support the initiative. The council also passed three ordinances concerning the city’s new bicycle/pedestrian plan. Ordinance 3719 makes it illegal to park in a designated bike lane. The penalty is a $50 to $200 fine plus towing and impound fees. Ordinance 3720 amends the existing city code to create seven additional no parking zones: On the north side of Parkview Drive from Bundy Avenue to Ross Street; on the south side of Parkview Drive from Bundy Avenue east to New Castle Middle School; on the south side of Parkview Drive from the entrance to the high school to Ross Street; on the east side of Cherrywood Avenue from 14th Street to Q Avenue; on the west side of Cherrywood Avenue from 14th Street to J Avenue; on the south side of I Avenue from 14th to 25th Street; and the north side of I Avenue from 14th to 16th Street. Ordinance 3721 repeals an existing no-parking zone on the north side of I Avenue from the east edge of the alley between 20th and 21st Streets to 22nd Street. The council also passed a resolution authorizing application for $305,000 in federal and state transportation grants.