Hilliard City Council returned from its summer recess Monday in an hour-long meeting that featured a proclamation, progress reports and rulings on pending legislation.

Hilliard City Council returned from its summer recess Monday in an hour-long meeting that featured a proclamation, progress reports and rulings on pending legislation.

Mayor Don Schonhardt made a proclamation recognizing Eagle Scout Scott Cramer, who reconstructed sculpture at the Heritage Rail Trail. Cramer, a graduate of Tolles Technical Institute and Hilliard Darby High School, used the welding skills he learned at Tolles to recreate the plywood sculpture in steel.

"A number of years ago, one of the Leadership Hilliard graduating classes, in an arrangement with the schools, had some artwork on display in the park," Schonhardt said. "It was really nice artwork, and within days of the dedication, vandals destroyed a lot of the art, and it was something that irritated me for years.

"Now, if you're out there, you're going to see completely intact the pieces of artwork as originally presented, thanks to Scott. I watched how hard he worked, and he really helped the community a lot."

On a night when council approved the Anderson Meadows TIF after much discussion (see related story), another development, the Square at Latham Park, was approved.

Resolutions to authorize waiving fees for the construction of a picnic shelter at the Ray Patch Family YMCA, transferring easements along Hilliard Rome Road to Columbus Southern Power, and a sewer easement on Wilcox Road for the Hilliard Grand Apartments were also unanimously approved.

David Meeks, director of economic development, discussed an ordinance regarding an agreement with Indiana Wesleyan University to locate a regional education center at 3455 Mill Run Drive.

The city would provide IWU with economic incentives depending on the length of its lease.

The ordinance was in its second reading, a public hearing.

"Indiana Wesleyan is leasing 20,000 square feet, which is an entire floor of the One Mill Run Building," Meeks said. "It will create about 60 new jobs; payroll will be about $2.1-million. They're expecting to have about 1,000 students, and most of it will be in the nursing area.

"A couple added bonuses: I think it helps the Mill Run area, brings a lot of new traffic over there, so that should help a lot of the other storefronts," Meeks said. "We've also used it to get some more interest out of COTA to reestablishing bus service there."

Schonhardt also said that First Responders Park, which will be dedicated Sept. 11, "is actually beginning to look like a park. Much of the granite has been installed. Being installed as we speak is the trellis. Everything is on track for our dedication ceremonies."