NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL
JULY 18, 2006
Town Council President
Member Spencer moves to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Noonan. Vote 4 affirmative.
Metropolitan Planning Organization
Michael Dearing is not present to address the council.
Capitol Improvement Projects
Council President Perrin states that there
has been discussion on many potential projects that are being considered. During a meeting last week with our Financial
Councilman Spencer asks how many bonds the town currently has. Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states we are still paying on the Tracy Road Project and will be until 2014. We also have loans out that are being paid by both the Water and Sewer Utilities for the previous expansion projects.
C.P. Morgan Drainage Issues
Councilman Spencer asks if the repairs have been completed and if there have been any more flooding events? Assistant Supt. Jim Wilkerson states things seem to be fine. We have not had any large rain events recently though.
Councilman Spencer states that at the last
Plan Commission meeting Attorney Robbins was directed to send letters to the
property owners of 461 Parkview and
Chief Hedrick states that Pace Engineering has a question regarding the prevailing wage language that needs to be used in their bid documents. Hedrick states he will wait until the committee meets to respond.
Hedrick says that he sent memos to the council on June 19th and 28th with information on a new vehicle that could replace the Explorer. Hedrick is asking permission to purchase the vehicle or for some direction from the council. President Perrin states that he has some reservations due to the
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increasing cost of gasoline. Perrin recommends getting an estimate from Wood’s Auto Repair for the work needed on the Explorer. Hedrick states it has an antifreeze leak and a front end problem, also
needs repair work on the emergency lighting. Hedrick thinks it will cost around $2,000.00 to repair. He will contact Wood’s for an estimate.
2007 Budget Hearings
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states she has preliminary budget numbers from all of the Department Heads. She will meet with DLGF on July 31st and should have some idea of what kind of cuts we need to make. She would like to schedule the preliminary budget hearing to look at each department’s budget individually. Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. Sandwiches will be provided for the work session.
Group Employee Health Insurance
The group health insurance renews August 1st. The current policy renewal creates a financial hardship with the prescription drug program. Clerk-Treasurer Alspach distributes a spreadsheet with the current plan, the proposed renewal and Alternate #1. Alternate #1 more closely mirrors the current policy benefits. We are also getting a quote from Anthem Blue Cross. Member Noonan moves to accept Alternate #1 while we are waiting for the quote from Anthem. Member Alspach seconds the motion. Vote – 4 affirmative.
Depository of Record
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach explains that she has
been approached by 2 area banks with an interest in serving the Town of
Fire Department Mentoring Program
Chief Hedrick states that C-9 Vocational School offers classes and certification to high school students in Firefighter I & II as well as EMT. C-9 would like NWFD to serve as mentors for some of these students. NWFD would have to sponsor the students and provide turn out gear. Hedrick states they could use our old gear and there would be no cost involved to the Town or the Fire Department. Hedrick would limit our sponsorship to 5 students. Hedrick states he will be teaching night classes at C-9 this fall. All student participants have to maintain a certain GPA to be in the program. Council approves the program and up to 5 sponsorships.
Marshal Stephenson states that Sgt. Hendershot
will be taking the old guns to
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Metropolitan Planning Organization
Mike Dearing, Manager of the MPO apologizes
for his late arrival. He explains that
his agency is funded in part with federal monies received from gasoline
taxes. Dearing states that technically,
he is an employee of the City of
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states that PW Supt. Lasiter is on vacation but he called today to say that most municipalities that participate only pay a portion of the requested amount. Lasiter states that if the Council chooses to participate the money can be paid from his MVH 431 (Improvements Other Than) appropriation. It would slightly reduce the amount of money available for local street repairs this year. President Perrin thanks Mr. Dearing for attending the meeting and advises that the Council will discuss this matter with Supt. Lasiter when he returns from vacation.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance and explains on final reading. Councilman Noonan moves to adopt Ordinance 2035 on final reading and is seconded by Member Spencer. Vote 4 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance in its entirety on first reading. Councilman Spencer moves to adopt Ordinance 2036 on first reading and is seconded by Member Alspach. Vote 4 affirmative.
Motion by Councilman Alspach to suspend the rules and consider Ordinance 2036 on final reading. Councilman Noonan seconds the motion. Vote 4 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance in title only on final reading. Councilman Alspach moves to adopt Ordinance 2036 on final reading and is seconded by Member Noonan. Vote 4 affirmative.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer