NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL

November 7, 2007

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 John Perrin, Joe Noonan, and Don Harris.  Also present were Clerk-Treasurer Maribeth Alspach, Attorney Lee Robbins and Department Heads Jim Lasiter and Ed Stephenson.  Councilmen Alspach and Spencer were absent along with Fire Chief Brian Hedrick and Office Manager Cindy Yates.  Councilman Noonan offered the opening prayer. 

 

MINUTES

Councilman Noonan moves to approve the minutes of the October 16th meeting and is seconded by Councilman Harris.  Vote 3 affirmative. 

 

HARDSHIPS / ADJUSTMENTS

James Blunk, 417 Granada requests an extension until 12/1/07.  Blunk will pay full amount including penalties on the 1st.  Council approves.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Proctor Park Update

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach presents a status report on the project.  She advises the first piece of playground equipment has arrived.  This equipment was ordered with the money from the Community Foundation Grant.  Alspach adds that Jim Lasiter delivered our WFMS Friends and Neighbors grant application ($3,000) on October 31st.  Grant awards will be made on December 15, 2007.  Several of the CPCSC schools are holding “Jar Wars” to raise money for Proctor Park.  The students have been collecting pennies since October 31st.  There are 6 schools participating.  Proceed results will be announced at the Veterans Day Program at the High School on Friday, November 9th.  Clerk-Treasurer Alspach will be attending and will share information about the Proctor Park Project.  Alspach will also share information at the County Veteran’s Day Program at the Johnson County Museum on Saturday, November 10th.

Alspach met with one of the owners of the Fieldstone Center of Indy on Monday.  They are donating the remaining rock that is needed for the water feature as well as eight (8) limestone benches for the park.  Alspach is also asking them to price a sign for the Tracy Road entrance to Proctor Park.

Alspach invites the council to attend tomorrow night’s Proctor Park Committee meeting and adds a representative from the Pacers organization will attend to discuss upcoming fundraiser opportunities.

Milestone poured the parking lot on Monday.  Jim Lasiter believes that Stoepplewerth filed the construction drawings and permit applications last week.  Alspach thanks the Public Works employees for all of their hard work on this project.

 

Halloween 2007

Marshal Stephenson states they had 771 trick-or-treaters at the Police Station this year.  The Fire Department also hosted trick-or-treating at the Fire Station.  Stephenson adds some of our officers were out on foot patrol during the trick-or-treat hours and received many positive remarks from the citizens.  This is a great community event for the residents and for the Police Department.

Marshal Stephenson thanks the council members who attended the annual inspection at the Police Station.  Councilman Perrin states the officers did a great job detailing their cars.  Perrin notes that there are some pictures of these events on the town’s web site.

 

CPCSC Traffic Detail Request

Marshal Stephenson states that he and Whiteland’s Town Marshal met with Dr. Coopman to discuss the request for traffic officers on US 31 before and after school.  Marshal Niemann performed a traffic survey as the school is in his town’s jurisdiction.  Niemann reported his findings back to Dr. Coopman and the issue has been resolved.  We will not be providing traffic officers on US 31.

 

 

Town Council

Page Two

November 6, 2007

 

NEW BUSINESS

C.P. Morgan Industrial Ground on Tracy Road

David Morgan contacted Jim Lasiter and advised him that they have an offer to trade their industrial ground for some residential land in another area.  Mr. Morgan wanted to offer the town a chance to buy the ground before they traded it.  Mr. Morgan thinks the ground will remain undeveloped for quite some time if it is traded.  Lasiter presents a memo he received from David Morgan.  Councilman Perrin asks when C.P. Morgan needs an answer.  Lasiter states yesterday.  The council advises they are not interested in pursuing this matter at this time.  Lasiter will notify David Morgan.

 

LEGISLATIVE

Ordinance 2063

Attorney Robbins presents the ordinance adopting the town code revisions and identifying the penalty changes on first reading.  Member Harris moves to adopt Ordinance 2063 and is seconded by Member Noonan.  Vote 3 affirmative.   This item will be placed on the agenda for the November 20th meeting.  Upon final passage it will require publication.

 

Ordinance 2067

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance in it’s entirety on first reading.    Motion by Councilman Noonan to approve with a second by Councilman Harris.  Vote 3 affirmative. 

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach asks about a special meeting to adopt the ordinance on final reading.  The transfers need to be approved as a couple of accounts are in the red.  The MVH transfers will be necessary to pay the Milestone paving invoice that is on tonight’s docket.  Council directs Alspach to hold Milestone’s check until after the next meeting.  This item will be placed on the agenda for the 20th as well.

 

Ordinance 2068

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the temporary loan ordinance in it’s entirety on first reading.    Motion by Councilman Noonan to approve with a second by Councilman Harris.  Vote 3 affirmative. 

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach asks about a special meeting to adopt the ordinance on final reading.  Council directs Alspach to place this item on the agenda for the 20th as well.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

None.

 

Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

____________________________

Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer

 

 

 

Approved: _____________________________  

                 John Perrin, President