NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL
FEBRUARY 20, 2007
Town Council President
Member Spencer moves to approve the minutes of the January 16th meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Noonan. Vote 4 affirmative.
Member Noonan moves to approve the minutes of the January 19th meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Alspach. Vote 4 affirmative.
HARDSHIPS / ADJUSTMENTS / REIMBURSEMENTS
John Goodman, 712 Holly Rose is granted an extension on his account. Mr. Goodman will pay the full amount ($168.61) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2007.
Teresa Key, 412 Parkview presents invoices totaling $402.80 for a leak that was the result of the frost bottom in her meter pit breaking. Our employee checked the meter pit, which was full of water, and didn’t find a leak and advised the customer to call a plumber. PW Supt. Lasiter states this is the 2nd time that he can remember where we missed a leak in the pit. Council approves the reimbursement and authorizes the Clerk-Treasurer to issue Mrs. Key a check in the amount of $402.80.
WEATHER EMERGENCY CLOSINGS
Council President Perrin recommends adopting
an emergency closing policy for future weather events. Perrin suggests that if the County closes
their offices due to a weather emergency, the Town of
Fire Engine Financing Update
Fire Chief Hedrick states that he has all of the financing paperwork ready for the Town Council to sign. Hedrick will overnight the financing paperwork to First Municipal Leasing Corporation tomorrow. Hedrick adds that Attorney Robbins has worked out the contract revisions with Crimson and the final contract should be here shortly.
Councilman Spencer asks about the repairs to the Rescue Unit. Hedrick states the vehicle is back in service but needed major repairs and was in the shop twice – total cost of those repairs was just under $5,000.00.
Bantam Football Program
President Perrin states that he and
Councilman Spencer met with Athletic Director Zike and Coach Fisher to discuss
the Bantam Football Program. The school
intends to take this program over but has offered to allow the Parks Department
to continue the Cheerleading Program and retain any proceeds from that in
exchange for allowing them (the school) to use our football equipment. Perrin adds that there was also some
discussion of the Parks Department offering a Flag Football Program. Park Director Facemire states that she has
been contacted by an organization in
February 20, 2007
Best Way Annual Newsletter
Colleen Mason, representing
Zoning Violation Update
Councilman Spencer reports that Zoning Administrator Tim Guyer served notice on the resident on Parkview that was reportedly housing 5 or more dogs. The resident had gotten rid of two dogs and was to find a home for one more to be in compliance with the 2 dog limit. Guyer will be checking the property and will report back to the Plan Commission at their meeting on February 27, 2007.
Councilman Spencer asks about the status of Car 7. Marshal Stephenson states a new long block
engine has been installed and the vehicle is back in service. The cost of the engine was $3,800.00.
The vehicle is a 2000 Impala. Stephenson notes that when the cars are around 4 years old and have
approximately 65,000 miles on them they tend to begin having lots of repair issues.
President Perrin asks the status of this project. Councilman Spencer states a file has been started in the Clerk-Treasurer’s office. We have a picture for the plaque and will schedule the dedication for Spring of 2007. Anyone interested in donating or working on this project should contact the Clerk-Treasurer.
Snow & Ice Removal
Councilman Spencer commends the Public Works Department on the great job they did during last week’s storm.
ILMCT Annual Institute & Academy
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach states the dates for
these classes are March 11-16 and that classes are held at
Software Billing Error
Councilman Spencer has been contacted by this group asking if he can attend their quarterly meetings. Spencer is unavailable to attend and wants to know if someone else could take his place. PW Supt. Lasiter gets copies of the minutes from the meetings and says this is the group that approached the council for a contribution last year (Mike Dearing). Lasiter feels that being copied on the minutes is adequate unless we have a project that might qualify. Lasiter will research funding request and report back to the council.
February 20, 2007
Lee’s Country RV
Fire Chief Hedrick states that Lee’s Country RV has taken down their fence and the fire hydrant is now blocked off. There are RVs parked on both sides of the hydrant. Hedrick is going to send a letter to the owner advising them of the violation. Hedrick also wants to implement a new safety inspection program this year for all commercial buildings. Marshal Stephenson recommends including this program and the associated requirements with the new ordinance revisions.
Chief Hedrick also distributes copies of the employee evaluation form that he is using to evaluate all of his employees/volunteers. Lastly, Hedrick states he needs to replace two computers. He asks permission to purchase one now and hold off on the other one until later in the year. Hedrick has obtained a municipal quote from Dell for approximately $750.00. Council approves purchase.
Marshal Stephenson and Sgt. Glaze will be attending training classes the week of March 5-9 and will be unavailable to attend the next council meeting. Clerk-Treasurer Alspach will notify the Police Department if an officer needs to attend the meeting. President Perrin states he will be on vacation that week and will also miss the meeting.
Attorney Robbins presents the ordinance setting the rates for trash and recycling for 2008 – 2011 on final reading. Councilman Alspach moves to adopt Ordinance 2047 on final reading. Motion is seconded by Councilman Spencer. Vote 4 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach presents the resolution allowing the Fire Department to house a soft drink vending machine inside their station, accessible only to their employees and volunteers. The revenues generated by this vending machine are restricted for the use and benefit of the Fire Department volunteers and employees. The Fire Department will maintain a ledger of all revenues and expenditures from these funds. Councilman Spencer moves to adopt Resolution 2007-01. Motion is seconded by Councilman Alspach. Vote 4 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach presents the resolution allowing the New Whiteland Water Utility to transfer any unclaimed meter deposits to the Water Utility’s Operating Fund. Councilman Noonan moves to adopt Resolution 2007-02. Motion is seconded by Councilman Alspach. Vote 4 affirmative.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer