NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL
OCTOBER 3, 2006
Town Council President
Member Spencer moves to approve the minutes of the September 19th meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Noonan. Vote 4 affirmative and 1 abstention. Member Harris abstains.
Member Noonan moves to approve the minutes of the September 22nd Executive Session. Motion seconded by Councilman Alspach. Vote 5 affirmative.
Member Alspach moves to approve the minutes of the September 27th Executive Session. Motion seconded by Councilman Spencer. Vote 4 affirmative and 1 abstention. Member Harris abstains.
Phone System Upgrade
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states that the questions raised at the last meeting concerning the Police and Fire Departments have been answered. The new system will be compatible with the existing 911 system and the computers at the Fire Department can be upgraded to work with the DSL line. President Perrin and Councilman Harris both state that due to the budget reductions they are both opposed to upgrading the phone system. President Perrin asks how long the quote is good. Patti Collins of Embarq states 30 days but she can maybe get an extension. Many of the rebates included in the proposal expire before the end of the year. Perrin asks if any other agency has the proposed system that we could look at. Collins offers to schedule a demonstration of the proposed equipment. Councilmen Perrin and Harris will contact her to schedule a time. Councilman Spencer asks if Collins could provide a list of references with the same system that we could contact. Ms. Collins states she can provide reference information. President Perrin thanks Patti Collins for her work on putting together this proposal and for attending tonight’s meeting.
Waste Removal Contract Specifications
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach has distributed copies of the documents and made some revisions that were recommended by Councilman Noonan. Alspach identifies those changes. Council approves the documents and directs Clerk-Treasurer Alspach to place the necessary legal advertisements.
Council approves participating in the Weekly Promise Campaign for the Food Pantry. Clerk-Treasurer Alspach will contact the Food Pantry and commit to a week in November. The Town Hall will be the designated collection point.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states that
President Perrin asks if the new meter deposit policy needs to be clarified for people moving within town and/or transferring their service. Perrin asks if those residents should have to pay the additional $50.00 (increased) deposit. Perrin suggests possibly allowing those people to keep their original deposit and not require them to pay the new deposit amount. Office Manager Yates states that would
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be difficult to track in our computer system. Councilman Alspach states he feels this would create too much work and confusion in the office.
Fire Engine Purchase
Fire Chief Hedrick states that he met with
representatives of National Bank of
Robert Eddy and Corbin Combs present a
request for a
Attorney Robbins distributes copies of a prepared resolution regarding Marshal Stephenson’s recommendation to dismiss Officer Stokes. Attorney Robbins reads the resolution in its entirety. Attorney Robbins explains to the Council that Police Chiefs/ Town Marshals, under Indiana State Statute, have the authority to dismiss a deputy and that the purpose of the resolution was to acknowledge that Marshal Stephenson, in his discretion, is authorized to dismiss Officer Stokes and to ensure that Officer Stokes, if dismissed, be informed of his rights under the law. Councilman Harris moves to adopt the resolution and is seconded by Councilman Spencer. A gentleman identifying himself as Mike Auger asks to speak. President Perrin informs him that there is a motion and a second on the floor and that he will not be taking public comment. Vote 5 affirmative.
Street Name Change
Councilman Spencer states he has been
approached by the Proctor family asking that a street in New Whiteland be named
after their son who was killed in
recommendation is made that naming a park after this young man might be better as it would not require address changes through the post office. Spencer will report back to the Proctor’s.
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Marshal Stephenson states that full time dispatcher; Chris Zufall has accepted a position with INDOT. Crystal Hearne, a part time dispatcher, will be taking his full time position beginning October 18th.
Clerk-Treasurer introduces the transfer ordinance on final reading. Councilman Noonan moves to adopt the ordinance and is seconded by Councilman Harris. Vote 5 affirmative.
This item will be placed on the agenda for the October 3rd meeting.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Michael Auger, Attorney representing Officer David Stokes asks about the Executive Sessions and the dismissal of his client. President Perrin states no one has been dismissed. Attorney Robbins advises Mr. Auger this is not a hearing and that there is nothing to discuss at this time. Mr. Auger requests a hearing for his client.
Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer