NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL

DECEMBER 19, 2006

MEETING MINUTES

 

Town Council President John Perrin opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the pledge to the American flag. Council members present were Joe Noonan, Scott Alspach and Don Harris.   Also present were Clerk-Treasurer Maribeth Alspach along with Department Heads Mary Facemire, Ed Stephenson, Brian Hedrick, PW Supt. Jim Lasiter and Office Manager Cindy Yates.  Councilman Spencer and Attorney Robbins were absent.  Councilman Perrin offered the opening prayer. 

 

MINUTES

Member Noonan moves to approve the minutes of the December 5th meeting.  Motion seconded by Councilman Harris.  Vote 4 affirmative. 

 

CITIZEN RECOGNITION

Councilman Alspach, acting on behalf of the Plan Commission, presents a plaque to Mike Jarosinski.  The plaque is a Community Spirit Award acknowledging Jarosinski’s efforts in rehabilitating two abandoned properties in New Whiteland.  Alspach states that Mr. Jarosinski’s work not only improved the lives of the previous property owners while bettering the neighborhood but also saved the town from having to begin legal proceedings to get those properties cleaned up.  Councilman Alspach commends Mr. Jarosinski on the dramatic improvement in those two properties.

President Perrin also thanks Mr. Jarosinski and presents a Certificate of Appreciation along with a gift certificate as a small token of the town’s appreciation.  Mr. Perrin has visited the property on Parkview and is amazed with the transformation.  Mr. Jarosinski’s name is also being added to the Citizen / Volunteer Recognition Plaque that is displayed at the Town Hall.

Mike Jarosinski thanks the council and states that he is flattered by this recognition and the story in the newspaper.  He adds that being able to help Dennis and Ethel (the former property owners) was very satisfying.  The fact that it has had such a positive impact on the community was an unexpected bonus.

 

President Perrin also presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Fire Chief Brian Hedrick for all that he has accomplished in his first year as chief.  The council greatly appreciates all of his efforts.

 

BID OPENING

President Perrin states that three (3) bids have been received.  Perrin will open the bids tonight and they will then be delivered to the Attorney’s office to determine that all bid requirements have been met.  Once the Attorney has completed his review Chief Hedrick will review the bids.  President Perrin hopes to be able to take action on the bids in early 2007.

The following bids were received:

            Roberson Fire                           $248,083.00

            Midwest Fire & Safety              $253,200.00

            Towers Fire Apparatus              $246,619.00

President Perrin states that all three bids include a pre payment clause.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Parking Ticket Correspondence

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach presents copies of a letter she received asking that a person’s parking ticket fine be refunded as they were unaware of the ordinance.  Council directs Alspach to send letter of denial to the request.

 

Fire Department Christmas Meals

Chief Hedrick states he will serve lunch Friday, November 22nd and the Fire Department Christmas Party is that same day at 6:00 p.m. – if anyone is interested in attending please let Chief Hedrick know by December 20th.

 

 

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December 19, 2006

 

NEW BUSINESS

End of Year Docket and Transfer Ordinance

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states that she will prepare the final docket and transfer ordinance for 2006 on Friday, December 29th.  She asks that all council members stop by the office and sign these documents.

 

Councilman Harris thanks Parks Director Facemire for the fine job she is doing with the Basketball Program.

 

LEGISLATIVE

Ordinance 2045

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance and explains on first reading.  Councilman Noonan moves to adopt Ordinance 2045.  Motion is seconded by Councilman Harris.  Vote 4 affirmative.

Member Alspach moves to suspend the rules and consider Ordinance 2045 on final reading.  Motion is seconded by Member Harris.  Vote 4 affirmative.

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the ordinance in title only on final reading.  Motion to adopt by Councilman Harris with a second by Councilman Noonan.  Vote 4 affirmative.

 

Council also approves Water and Sanitation Utility transfers. (see attached)

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Resident at 1126 Warwick requests a hardship extension on her water bill.  She agrees to pay $202.77 on January 3, 2007.  Council approves.

 

Council has received a complaint on a resident operating a kennel at 465 Parkview.  President Perrin asks that Zoning Administrator Guyer be directed to serve the property with a zoning violation and give then 7 days to reduce the number of dogs at the property to two (2) or be fined.

 

Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 7:27 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

____________________________

Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer

 

 

 

Approved: _____________________________  

                 John Perrin, President