NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL
July 17, 2007
Town Council President
Councilman Spencer moves to approve the minutes of the June 5th meeting and is seconded by Councilman Alspach. Vote 4 affirmative.
Councilman Alspach moves to approve the minutes of the June 19th meeting and is seconded by Councilman Spencer. Vote 3 affirmative and 1 abstention. Member Harris abstains.
HARDSHIPS / ADJUSTMENTS
Ordinance Revision Review
Attorney Robbins has prepared a compare/write document with the requested revisions for the committee to review. Robbins will give the disk with the revisions to Marshal Stephenson.
Unlicensed Motorized Vehicles
Attorney Robbins has reviewed the State Statute and advises specific regulations are listed for motor vehicles. Robbins states that he can pull the requirements from the Statute and prepare an ordinance for the council to consider. He has been unable to find any other municipalities with a written policy addressing this matter. Marshal Stephenson states there is no need for a new ordinance – his officers will enforce the violations under the State Statute.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach notes that the design
drawings provided by Stoepplewerth and Associates have arrived. Drawings are on display in the council
meeting room. CT Alspach thanks everyone
who has been involved in this project.
President Perrin thanks
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach distributes 2008 budget packets and preliminary hearing schedules for this year’s budget hearings. Hearings will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 on July 31st and August 1st.
Council President Perrin asks that an Executive Session be scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on July 31, 2007. Council approves.
President Perrin notes the council received a
letter from Dorothy Dotson, 833
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President Perrin asks if we have received a response regarding the questions and concerns about additional containers and/or pick ups. CT Alspach states that she and Office Manager Yates have a meeting scheduled with Best-Way on July 25th at 1:00. Alspach has discussed this with Best-Way and they offered the following alternatives:
Recycling Roll-Off bin – would need to be placed in a monitored location. There would be a
$150 fee each time the bin had to be emptied. CT Alspach states the Town would have to
pay those fees and we have not budgeted money for that service. Any recyclables collected
in this bin would not be included in our monthly totals.
Recycle Pick Up Twice per Month – to provide an extra recycle pick up each month for the
entire Town would increase everyone’s bill approximately $2.00 per month and would
require an amendment to our contract.
Newspaper Recycling Drop Off Boxes – both Sawmill Woods and Clark-Pleasant Library
have drop off boxes in their parking lots that can be used by our residents at no cost.
Additional Recycling Cart – for interested residents they can get a second cart for a cost of
$3.00 / month. Best-Way will bill the customers directly.
Marshal Stephenson presents the Department’s monthly statistical report.
Zoning Amendment Regarding U Haul Rentals
Attorney Robbins presents Ordinance 2056 on first reading. This ordinance has been sent to the Council with a favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission. This amendment to the Zoning Ordinance will add the rental of cars, truck and trailers as a permitted use under our zoning classifications of GB1, GB2 and Manufacturing. Councilman Harris moves to adopt the ordinance on first reading and is seconded by Councilman Spencer. Vote 4 affirmative. This item will be placed on the August 7th agenda for final consideration.
Marshal Stephenson states he has 6 police cars that need new tires. Stephenson’s repair budget was depleted earlier this year when the engine in commission #8 had to be replaced. Stephenson is asking permission to transfer money from the Deputy Marshal salaries to Equipment Repair. Council approves and adds this item to the transfer ordinance that will be heard this evening.
Marshal Stephenson has the DUI Task Force / Operation Pull Over / Stop Sign Grant application paperwork. Stephenson asks the council to approve the grant application and authorize President Perrin and Clerk-Treasurer Alspach to sign off on the application. Council approves. Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reminds the council that the grant does not cover the employee/employer taxes and those must be paid from the Police Department budget.
Marshal Stephenson states the Police
Department will be hosting an active shooter program involving multiple
agencies on July 31st at
Fire Department Response Vehicle Request
Fire Chief Hedrick presents a memo regarding the damaged Explorer. Hedrick asks council to review the memo that contains information on a used vehicle available though the WRT Fire District. Hedrick adds PW Supt. Lasiter has offered to purchase the damaged Explorer for $3,000 which could be used to reduce the funding needed to purchase a newer vehicle priced at $13,000.00 for the Fire Department. Hedrick would only need to spend $10,000.00 from the Cum Fire Fund. Council agrees
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to review the memo and discuss at the budget hearings. Hedrick will contact the council if a decision is needed prior to those meetings.
Fire Department Miscellaneous
Chief Hedrick commends his department for their response to the fire on Circle Court. The garage was a total loss but damage to the 2 houses on either side of the garage was limited.
ISO Audit – Hedrick states that he,
Hedrick states that he has taken a leave of absence from the Greenwood Fire Department and has opened his own HVAC business with another partner.
All requests for hardships, extensions, adjustments and/or credits must be made in person by the customer to the Town Council. Town employees will no longer present requests for customers. Written requests will no longer be considered – the requestor needs to attend a council meeting to present their request to the full council.
Councilmember’s phone numbers are not to be given out. If a resident needs to speak with a councilmember they can leave their name and contact information with an employee at the Town Hall and a councilperson will call them back.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance in it’s entirety on first reading with the addition of the request made by the Police Department Motion by Councilman Harris to approve with a second by Councilman Alspach. Vote 4 affirmative.
Member Alspach moves to suspend the rules and consider Ordinance 2055 on final reading. Member Spencer seconds the motion. Vote 4 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance as amended in title only on final reading. Councilman Alspach moves to adopt and is seconded by Councilman Harris. Vote 4 affirmative.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer