NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL

MARCH 20, 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 Joe Noonan, Scott Alspach, Don Harris and John Perrin.   Also present were Attorney Lee Robbins, Clerk-Treasurer Maribeth Alspach along with Department Heads Ed Stephenson, Brian Hedrick, Mary Facemire, Jim Lasiter and Office Manager Cindy Yates.  Councilman Terry Spencer was absent.  Councilman Harris offered the opening prayer. 

 

MINUTES

Member Noonan moves to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion seconded by Councilman Harris.  Vote 3 affirmative.  Member Perrin abstains.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Fire Engine Update

Chief Hedrick states the engine has been ordered. The final financial documents are being prepared.  Closing has been scheduled for March 29, 2007.

 

Surplus Dump Trucks

Public Works Supt. Jim Lasiter states the legal ad for the two old dump trucks ran today.  Sealed bids are due by 10:00 a.m. on April 2nd and the winning bids will be presented to the council at their meeting on April 3rd. 

 

Eagle Scout Project – Shelter House

Billy Pennington reports that he has spent the last year gathering material and financial donations and is prepared to begin construction of the Shelter House.  He notes that he was not able to get the concrete for the slab foundation donated and has revised the plan to allow for a dirt floor.  Because of this revision he has added a guttering system to the building.  Pennington would like to begin work in 2 weeks.  Councilman Perrin asks how long he thinks the project will take.  Pennington hopes to complete it in one weekend.  He intends to come back and pour sections of the concrete floor as the concrete becomes available.  PW Supt. Lasiter may have the funds available in his budget to cover the cost of the concrete.  If not he could do it in 2008.  Lasiter asks that Pennington submit a full set of construction drawings to the Zoning Administrator to review and approve.  Pennington states he did that a year ago but the approval has expired.  He will resubmit.  Lasiter asks the council to waive the permit fees.  Council approves – building will need to be inspected.  Council directs Pennington to file plans and building permit application.  Pennington is also to meet with Jim Lasiter and Mary Facemire to determine exact location of proposed Shelter House.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Solicitor’s Permits

Councilman Alspach asks that the ordinance for solicitor permits be revised to require anyone going door to door to be issued identification from the New Whiteland Police Department.  Currently certain groups are exempted but Alspach thinks they should have something to show residents that verify they have given their information to the Police Department.  Recently representatives of the Citizen’s Action Coalition were in town but because they weren’t required to pay a fee for the permit they didn’t have a license or anything that let the residents know they had complied with our ordinance.  Attorney Robbins will prepare an amendment.

 

Police Department

Marshal Stephenson states that Officer Chris Speer passed his physical today and will begin his academy training next week.  Stephenson adds that he will be on vacation the next council meeting and Sgt. Glaze will attend the meeting in his place.

 

 

 

Town Council

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March 20, 2007

 

Fire Department

Chief Hedrick states that he has been asked to supply a vehicle for the Instructor’s Conference.  They will be sending an engine to the conference.  They have been given a full conference pass for any of

their fire personnel that want to attend.  The conference dates are April 16 – 20.  Hedrick has scheduled an extra person on paid stand by for those days to be sure we have adequate coverage.

 

Tracy Road Street Lighting

PW Supt. Lasiter states that sections of Tracy Road are a little dark.  Lasiter is recommending adding 7 new street lights; 2 east of US 31 and 5 west of US 31.  One of the street lights on the east side of 31 will be located at the railroad tracks.  Jim has obtained pricing and the cost of the street lights will be approximately $5,000 plus the monthly electric charge of around $11.00 per month each.  Lasiter asks for the council’s permission to pay for the light poles and installation with MVH funds – (Improvements Other Than).  Council approves.

 

LEGISLATIVE

Ordinance 2048

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the ordinance declaring certain equipment surplus in its entirety on first reading.  Councilman Harris moves to adopt Ordinance 2048.  Motion is seconded by Councilman Noonan.  Vote 4 affirmative.

Councilman Alspach moves to suspend the rules and consider this ordinance on final reading.  Motion is seconded by Councilman Noonan.  Vote 4 affirmative.

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the surplus equipment ordinance in title only on final reading.  Councilman Noonan moves to adopt Ordinance 2048 on final reading.  Motion is seconded by Councilman Harris.  Vote 4 affirmative.

 

Ordinance 2049

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance in its entirety on first reading.  Councilman Harris moves to adopt Ordinance 2049.  Motion is seconded by Councilman Alspach.  Vote 4 affirmative.

Councilman Harris moves to suspend the rules and consider this ordinance on final reading.  Motion is seconded by Councilman Noonan.  Vote 4 affirmative.

Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance in title only on final reading.  Councilman Noonan moves to adopt Ordinance 2049 on final reading.  Motion is seconded by Councilman Alspach.  Vote 4 affirmative.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Gwen Hale, 32 Morningside Court is here to ask for a sewer bill adjustment.  She has a broken toilet.  Councilman Alspach asks if the toilet has been repaired.  Hale states that it has not, but that it has been turned off.  Ms. Hale states that the bill was high last month too and she paid it but this month is even more and she really needs some help.  PW Supt. Lasiter states that he shut the valve off to the toilet for Ms. Hale until she can afford to replace it.  Council approves a 2 month sewer credit.

 

Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

____________________________

Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer

 

 

Approved: _____________________________  

                 John Perrin, President