NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL
APRIL 17, 2007
Town Council President
Member Noonan moves to approve the minutes of the April 3rd council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Alspach. Vote 5 affirmative.
HARDSHIPS / ADJUSTMENTS
Council President Perrin states that there is no movement so far. The football coach is still interested in purchasing the equipment but the program has an independent board and is not run totally by the school corporation. Coach Fisher is researching purchase options with the school’s attorney.
Parks Director Facemire distributes inventory lists for the shoulder pads. Replacement value of the pads and helmets is $23,151.16. Mary urges the council to require payment in full before the equipment changes hands. Perrin states the coach wants to make 2 payments – ½ up front and the remainder later. They would be required to sign a lease agreement or contract. Councilman Harris states potential buyers need to purchase all of the equipment – we will not break it up. Director Facemire has had other inquiries and has shown the equipment to one other organization and will be meeting with another interested party.
State Champion Wrestler Recognition
President Perrin introduces Matthew Fields
who is a student at
Councilman Spencer asks about progress on the sign. PW Supt. Lasiter describes style of monument sign we are looking at. Clerk-Treasurer Alspach has the photo of Sgt. Proctor provided by his family and the quote from the newspaper that had been discussed for the plaque. She will try and have a quote for the next meeting. She has not had any names submitted of people who want to donate to the project. Best Way has indicated an interest in helping cover the cost of the sign. They have also offered to provide flower plants for landscaping around the sign.
Eagle Scout Project
PW Supt. Lasiter states that the shelter
house was set last Saturday in the park area at
Flood Hazard Areas Ordinance
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach presents copies of the final draft ordinance as approved by DNR. Alspach
April 17, 2007
was given this by our Zoning Administrator and asked to get two (2) copies executed by the council. Alspach was told this is the same ordinance that was previously passed by the council and submitted for DNR approval. Attorney advises no action is necessary and council signs the ordinance.
NWPD 2006 Year End Report
Marshal Stephenson presents a brief power point presentation with the 2006 statistical information on the activity for the police department. The following information was presented:
NWPD covered –
97 vehicle crashes
195 Crimes against Property
230 Crimes against Persons
387 Moving Violations
362 Written Warnings
397 Town Ordinance Violations
NWPD made 121 arrests in 2006.
Councilman Spencer asked Marshal Stephenson how many officers are currently on the department. Stephenson stated seven (7) including him. However, Officer Speers is currently at the academy so they are one man short in their rotation. Speers will graduate July 6th and return to work with us.
Stephenson adds that they currently have 20 active cases, most of which are child molest cases.
Solicitor’s Permit Revisions
Attorney Robbins distributes handouts
regarding case law on people going door to door asking for donations, or
sharing information but not actually selling a product or service. Robbins also distributes copies of the City
General Fund Balance
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach directs council to the general fund balance on their Fund Report. Alspach states that we will need to borrow money from the Wastewater Utility at the next meeting. Alspach commends the council and the department heads for being as frugal as they have been – the tax distribution we received December 31st has lasted 4 months. Alspach has requested an early distribution on May 14th but as the county has not sent out the tax bills there probably won’t be any money. The State has not approved our 2007 budget, nor have they certified the assessed valuation for the county which is creating a financial hardship on all of us.
Homeland Security Training
Marshal Stephenson states that he and Sgt.
Dave Glaze will be attending a 3-day training in
Fire Chief Hedrick reports that two (2) New
Whiteland firefighters were detained and questioned last night in regards to a
suspicious fire in a vacant house over off SR 135. Both have been placed on administrative leave
and Chief Hedrick started an internal investigation within New Whiteland’s Fire
Department. Both firefighters will be
meeting with Chief Brown at
April 17, 2007
Chief Hedrick states that he and Ryan Cox are being appointed to the board for C-9. Hedrick will have a key to their training facility and 24/7 access. Hedrick was also invited by the county to attend the Region 5 Homeland Security meeting but due to scheduling conflicts will not be attending.
Councilman Spencer asks if having the two firefighters on administrative leave will cause a scheduling problem. Hedrick states it will not; one is currently on medical leave – they are neither one very active.
Attorney Robbins introduces the ordinance to
amend Title 7 Section 4 to eliminate two (2) stop signs on
Councilman Spencer asks how long those stop signs have been in place. Marshal Stephenson says at least 12 years. Spencer is concerned about potential accidents if people assume that the traffic traveling on Delbrook will stop. Marshal Stephenson suggests placing additional signage at DeVille and Pleasant “Cross traffic does NOT stop”.
Attorney Robbins will research whether or not this ordinance needs to be published.
Clerk-Treasurer presents the transfer ordinance on first reading. Councilman Alspach moves to adopt Ordinance 2051 on first reading. Councilman Harris seconds the motion. Vote 5 affirmative.
Councilman Harris moves to suspend the rules and consider Ordinance 2051 on final reading. Councilman Noonan seconds the motion. Vote 5 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the ordinance in title only on final reading. Councilman Harris moves to adopt Ordinance 2051 on first reading. Councilman Spencer seconds the motion. Vote 5 affirmative.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer