NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL
JUNE 6, 2006
Town Council President John Perrin opened the
meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the pledge to the American flag. Council members
Member Spencer moves to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Alspach. Vote 3 affirmative and 1 abstention. Member Perrin abstains.
Capital Improvements Plan Update
Fire Chief Hedrick presents an outline (see attached) of the proposed projects to be considered if the council decides to issue bonds. The projects include:
Fire Department – New Fire Engine, addition of 2 bays to the existing station, remodel of old bays to create office and training space.
Department – Remodel existing space and create new
Street Department – New Dump Truck.
Parks Department – Gymnasium with storage and office space. Possibly located at the tennis courts. Cost estimate has been provided by Pace for a steel structure facility.
President Perrin states it makes sense to
look at multiple projects if we are going to float a bond. Councilman Spencer asks the age of the Town
Hall and the Police Station. PW Supt.
Lasiter states the Town Hall dates back to 1955 and the Police Station to 1970. Spencer asks Lasiter about issues with the
Town Hall building. Lasiter states that
the wiring in the building needs to be certified. The water main that runs under the utility
offices needs to be relocated. There are
space issues for storage. President
Perrin states that if a new
Council directs Clerk-Treasurer Alspach to
Property / General Liability Insurance Renewal
Betty Bush with The Alliance Municipal Insurance presents the renewal rates. The new premium is $40,150 which is an increase of $4,855 over last years quote. The increase is due in part to an increase in property values. Attorney Watson asks if the increase is due to our losses or the general insurance industry rate environment and Mrs. Bush states it is not. Blanket equipment coverage value dropped from $500,000 to $287,000. We did add 4 new police cars and the number of vehicles went from 31 last year to 35 this year. We also increased the coverage on the 911 equipment from $250,000 to $500,000. Council asks that the number of vehicles be verified and that a copy of our
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loss runs be sent to the council. Betty will verify the number of vehicles and make any needed corrections. She will provide the adjusted premium prior to the next meeting. This item will be placed on the agenda for the June 20th meeting.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach presents a memo requesting that two items be declared surplus so that they can be disposed of. One is a gas salt spreader and the other is an old copier. Motion by Councilman Alspach to declare these items surplus and dispose of them with second by Councilman Noonan. Vote 4 affirmative.
Fire Chief Hedrick states that the residence
Councilman Spencer states the Plan Commission is sending a favorable recommendation to the Council to approve a new zoning classification of GBM (General Business Manufacturing). Public Works Supt. Lasiter states that the recommendation was contingent on a few conditions. Those conditions include; privacy slats in the fencing, relocation of fire hydrant or addition of 2nd hydrant, and established parameters for outside storage area. Mr. Flick, the petitioner, is present and voices concerns with the fire hydrant requirement. He was unable to attend the Plan Commission meeting. His wife was present and has relayed this information to him. They believed the property had fire service when they began this process and are opposed to spending more money to add or move a fire hydrant. Attorney Watson states that these issues need to be resolved in a Plan Commission meeting not by the Town Council. Ray Rodgers, Plan Commissioner, states that the current hydrant is on the east end of the property near the Doctor’s office. If the Fire Department enters the Flick’s property they will have to drive past their business, connect to the hydrant, turn the engine around and return to the business before putting water on a fire. This could cost 3 – 5 minutes in valuable response time. Rodgers explains that the Flicks will have to tap the 8” line with a 2” line to get water to their offices. If they would instead tap with a 6” line and add a 2nd hydrant they could then tap a 2” line from that hydrant to the business. Mrs. Flick asks if this is a requirement. Attorney Watson states that he believes procedurally, if the Flicks wish to modify the conditions they will need to go back to the Plan Commission on June 27th. President Perrin suggests that Mr. Flick meet Mr. Rodgers at the site and discuss the fire hydrant issue. Then Mr. Flick can contact the Town Hall and advise if they want to be placed on the agenda for the Town Council or the Plan Commission.
Councilman Alspach thanks Attorney Watson for the revision in state law regarding minimum speed limits. Alspach states that we can lower the speed limit to 25 MPH without an engineering traffic
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study. Councilman Alspach thinks it might be wise to lower speed limits around park areas. Marshal Stephenson states 5 miles isn’t that much of a difference. Stephenson suggests that if speed limits are
lowered in certain areas, residents will request that they be lowered on their streets too. PW Supt. Lasiter recommends lowering all interior streets to 25 MPH or leaving them all at 30 MPH.
15 Year Law Agreement
Attorney Watson states that he received
Liberty Tabernacle’s proposed 15 Year Law Agreement (water line reimbursement)
last week from
Councilman Spencer moves to authorize reimbursement agreement to be drafted and executed subject to the town’s attorney’s final review. Motion is seconded by Councilman Alspach. Vote – 4 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach thanks
Attorney Watson states that as a follow up to the earlier zoning classification discussion, the Town Council may be able to modify conditions agreed to by the Plan Commission. He will research this item.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance in its entirety on first reading. Councilman Spencer moves to adopt Ordinance 2032 on first reading and is seconded by Member Noonan. Vote 4 affirmative.
Councilman Alspach moves to suspend the rules and hear the ordinance on final reading. Motion seconded by Councilman Spencer. Vote 4 affirmative.
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Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance in title only on final reading. Councilman Alspach moves to adopt Ordinance 2032 on final reading and is seconded by Member Noonan. Vote 4 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the ordinance amending the 2006 salary ordinance and explains on first reading. These changes increase the Operation Pull Over amounts that the Police Officers are allowed to make annually. It also allows for overtime pay for the Police Department for the Mock Terrorist Disaster Drill to comply with the FEMA Grant guidelines. Councilman Spencer moves to adopt Ordinance 2033 on first reading and is seconded by Member Alspach. Vote 4 affirmative. This item will be placed on the June 20, 2006 agenda.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Charles Lancaster, 226
Crestwood asks if anyone drove by the property at the corner of Bradford and
Crestwood since the last meeting.
Several council members and employees have. Mr. Lancaster asks about the grass ordinance
and complains that the grass has been cut but the vehicles weren’t moved so the
grass growing under them wasn’t cut. Mr.
Lancaster asks if a building permit was issued for the breezeway. Plan Commission Secretary,
Council asks Secretary Yates to have Zoning Administrator Guyer submit a written status report on the property at the corner of Bradford and Crestwood. Specifically want to have the status of the breezeway construction and the plywood on the roof addressed. The Police Department has cited violations on the property but have to allow the 20 days for compliance to expire before they can take further action.
Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.
Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer