NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL
SEPTEMBER 19, 2006
Town Council President
Member Noonan moves to approve the minutes of the August 15th meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Spencer. Vote 3 affirmative and 1 abstention. Member Alspach abstains.
Shane Richards, representing Ariel McCray of 607 Oakland is requesting an extension. The amount due is $302.91. This account was granted an extension 2 to 3 months ago. Mr. Richards states they are waiting on Medicaid and should be able to pay the bill on October 21st. After speaking with President Perrin, Mr. Richards withdraws his request and states the bill will be paid on September 20th.
Depository of Record
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states that the
courier service with National Bank of
Fire Department Insurance
Fire Chief Hedrick states that the Fire
Department’s Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment policy needs to be
Fire Department Expenditure Requests
Chief Hedrick states that he needs to make some repairs and would like council approval. Hedrick understands the budget freeze that we are operating under but would like to discuss two issues. He has been able to trace some of the problems with the pagers to the antenna at the Police Station. The antenna was damaged a few years back when it was struck by lightening. The current 40 watt system is only putting out 2 watts. The cable and the antenna are both bad. This system is used for the Fire Department’s pagers and for the weather sirens. The cost to repair the system is $2,023.05. President Perrin asks if Hedrick has money available for these repairs. Hedrick states that he does.
Hedrick states that the Rescue Unit needed tires. He was able to get six (6) new commercial tires for less than $1,000. He has also received quotes for tires for Battalion 1 and the Chief’s car from Petro’s Tires which offers a municipal discount. The quote from Petro’s was less that the quote from Whiteland Tire. Hedrick also needs to do pump testing and needs to purchase cleaning supplies. Hedrick adds that he has money in his budget to pay for all of the items and repairs discussed tonight but wants the council’s approval. Council authorizes these expenditures. Councilman Spencer asks if any measures have been taken to prevent future lightening strikes on the antenna at the Police Station. Public Works Supt. Lasiter and Marshal Stephenson both state that electrical grounding work has been done that should prevent future incidents.
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Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states that she hired a new part time office clerk. The employee’s name is Connie Adams and she has had experience working in Bargersville’s utility office.
Waste Removal Contract Specifications
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states that she met
with representatives of
9/11 Memorial Wreath
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach thanks the Ladies and Men’s Auxiliary from the Whiteland VFW Post #6798 for the memorial wreath they presented to the town on September 11th. The wreath is on display in the foyer of the town hall.
Councilman Spencer asks about the hail damage repairs. PW Supt. Lasiter states the roofs have been replaced and we are waiting on the gutters.
Councilman Spencer asks if the pump problem at the plant has been rectified. PW Supt. Lasiter states that the pumps are all working.
Spencer asks about the water line for the
Marshal Stephenson states that the monthly status reports are in the councilmen’s mailboxes.
Phone System Upgrade
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach presents the quote
for upgrading the phones and the phone system network in all of the town
buildings. This package would provide 23
incoming and outgoing lines, 100 voice mailboxes, DSL in all locations, and new
phones, features and services. Alspach
adds that the monthly service with the new, upgraded system will increase by
approximately $50 per month. The
equipment and installation costs are $25,133.72 and will be split 3 ways
between General Fund, Water and Sanitation and will be paid with monies
available in the 2006 budget. Marshal
Stephenson wants confirmation that this system is compatible with the 911
system. Patti Collins of Embarq states
Council asks that this item be placed on the agenda for October 3rd and requests that Patti Collins attend that meeting.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach distributes information on the Weekly Promise Campaign for the Food Pantry and asks that the council consider allowing the town hall to be a collection point for 1 week. Council will review the information and asks that this item be placed on the agenda for October 3rd.
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Plan Commission Appointment
Councilman Spencer states he has received a letter from Thomas Hause who is seeking an appointment to the vacant seat on the Plan Commission. Spencer notes that Mr. Hause is the correct political party needed to fill the open seat. Councilmember Spencer moves to appoint Thomas Hause to the Plan Commission. Councilmember Noonan seconds the motion. Vote 4 affirmative.
Town Marshal Stephenson requests an Executive Session. Executive Session is scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.
Clerk-Treasurer introduces the transfer ordinance on first reading. Councilman Alspach moves to adopt the ordinance and is seconded by Councilman Noonan. Vote 4 affirmative.
This item will be placed on the agenda for the October 3rd meeting.
2007 BUDGET HEARING
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states the 2007 budget is still $40,000 higher than our target. Council can make additional cuts tonight or we can pass the budget as approved in the preliminary hearing and make additional cuts if necessary when we receive the final budget order. Clerk-Treasurer Alspach recommends putting $50,000 back in the 400 category of Town Administration in case the preliminary numbers were too low. Councilman Spencer moves to approve the 2007 budget as approved in the preliminary hearing with one revision which is to add $50,000 back into the Town Administration budget. Councilman Noonan seconds the motion. Vote 4 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach presents the reductions to the 2006 budget as discussed in the preliminary budget hearing. Councilman Alspach moves to adopt Resolution 2006-1. Motion seconded by Councilman Spencer. Vote 4 affirmative.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Richard Miller, 651
Construction traffic – large trucks are
cutting through the subdivision to avoid the turn at
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trucks – 2 are parked in his side yard with expired plates and flat tires. He also has 2 boats and drives a semi and parks the cab at his house. The yard is a mess from all of the tire tracks. All of the other houses on his street are kept up but this one property is hurting all of their property values. Councilman Spencer states that the Plan Commission is looking at an outside storage ordinance to help get these properties cleaned up. They are also considering restricting the parking of vehicles in yards. The ordinance was recently amended to limit the number of recreational vehicles allowed per residence.
Councilman Alspach adds the council is in the process of moving more of these type of violations to the Ordinance Violation Bureau to allow the Police Department to enforce them rather than relying on a part-time Zoning Administrator.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states she and PW Supt. Lasiter have discussed starting a Beautification Committee to assist and encourage residents to spruce up their property as well as promote the beautification of New Whiteland.
Councilman Spencer thanks the residents from Hilltop Commons for attending tonight’s meeting. Spencer states he is very proud of Hilltop Commons and very glad they are a part of our community. PW Supt. Lasiter recommends that the council drive through that subdivision and look at the cul-de- sac medians that the residents have landscaped. They are beautiful and were done at no expense to the town. The really reflect these resident’s pride in their community. Carolyn Stipp of Hilltop Commons asks if the town has an “Angel Fund” to help with utility hardships or needed repairs to properties. President Perrin states the town doesn’t but it would be a wonderful project for a group of residents to initiate and oversee.
Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer