While the Soil Conservation Board was the entity spending the most time pleading its case before Greensburg’s City Council last week, it was not the lone voice.

Greensburg State Bank President Tom Corns stepped to the podium at Thursday’s special meeting asking the moratorium on building in the downtown business district be lifted in order for him to being rebuilding his establishment.


While the Soil Conservation Board was the entity spending the most time pleading its case before Greensburg’s City Council last week, it was not the lone voice.
Greensburg State Bank President Tom Corns stepped to the podium at Thursday’s special meeting asking the moratorium on building in the downtown business district be lifted in order for him to being rebuilding his establishment.
“I’ve got a contractor ready, my architect has plans and I’m ready to build back on the bank’s basement,” Corns told the council.
“I’ll be building on the original footprint, so it’ll be the same space.  I want to get started, because I don’t want my women (employees) to have to go to the little blue potties this winter.”
The council eventually decided to extend the moratorium on downtown building another two weeks, while leaving open the possibility of revisiting Corns’ request at its June 25 meeting.
The area has been off limits to new construction thus far to give the planning commission time to develop an overall concept of appearance for the new business district.
“I’m all for planning of the downtown area,” Corns said, “but you’ve got to realize I’m not putting up a metal building.  I’m putting up a $1.3 million building…I’m open to suggestions as to the exterior and the façade.”
While councilman Brandon Hosheit asked if an exception to the downtown moratorium could be made in Corns’ case due to his building on the same footprint, City Attorney Gordon Stull indicated permitting Corns to proceed would have to be accomplished by separate resolution.  Such a move would be part of the next council meeting.