NEW WHITELAND TOWN COUNCIL
August 7, 2007
Town Council President
Councilman Harris moves to approve the minutes of the July 17th meeting and is seconded by Councilman Alspach. Vote 5 affirmative.
Councilman Spencer moves to approve the minutes of the July 31st Executive Session and is seconded by Councilman Harris. Vote 5 affirmative.
Councilman Alspach moves to approve the minutes of the July 31st Preliminary Budget Hearing and is seconded by Councilman Harris. Vote 5 affirmative.
Councilman Harris moves to approve the minutes of the August 1st Preliminary Budget Hearing and is seconded by Councilman Noonan. Vote 5 affirmative.
HARDSHIPS / ADJUSTMENTS
Everett Van Scyoc presents a plumbing bill for the property at 320 Southlane. Van Scyoc states that he had a plumber out due to a clogged lateral but it was determined the blockage was in the main. Van Scyoc states that when the plumber couldn’t get the lateral open he called Public Works. They responded immediately and had the problem resolved fairly quickly. Customer requests reimbursement of $145.00 charge. PW Supt. Lasiter states it is not our policy to reimburse for bills if the customer does not notify us before having the work done. Had Mr. Van Scyoc called Public Works first, they could have resolved the problem at no cost to anyone. Lasiter also notes that the manholes on Southlane are 3 ˝ feet lower than the lateral at 320 Southlane. The manholes would have overflowed before the cleanout would have. Lasiter adds that there were no other complaints or reports of problems from the other neighbors. Van Scyoc states his clean out did not overflow it was just draining very slowly. Van Scyoc was unaware of the policy to call the town first. PW Supt. Lasiter states it appears there were 2 problems, one was obviously ours but it appears there was some kind of blockage in their lateral as well. Councilman Harris does not feel the town is responsible and does not want to set a precedent. Councilman Perrin states he would have called a plumber in the same situation and suggests splitting the bill with Mr. Van Scyoc. Councilmen Spencer and Harris agree. Council directs Clerk-Treasurer Alspach to prepare a check for $72.50.
& Mrs. James Blunk, 417
Ordinance Revision Review
Marshal Stephenson distributes updated copies of the ordinance revisions with the corrections made by our attorney. Stephenson asks the council to review the changes so that the council can begin adoption proceedings.
Service Recognition Awards
Council President presents certificates to
Brandon Ross, Matt Skeen and Chris Sheets for their volunteer efforts in
cleaning up the
August 7, 2007
Fire Department Training Exercise
Fire Chief Hedrick states that The Parkview Dental Office owners have approached him and offered their old office space for a training facility when the new office is completed. Hedrick states they would probably use the building about 2 weeks for training before the building is demolished. The Police Department may want to use the building for a training exercise prior to the Fire Department training.
Marshal Stephenson states the NIMS document must be completed by the Police and Fire Departments. Stephenson asks if any council member would like to be involved in the process. Council asks that Police and Fire handle this paperwork.
Chief Hedrick advises the council that he is
having a problem with Rural Metro and may ask them to no longer use our bay as
a satellite office. Hedrick notes that a
Rural Metro employee dropped a NWFD radio in a glass of water. Due to the age of the radio it can not be
repaired. Rural Metro has been
unresponsive to our request that the radio be replaced. Hedrick adds there have been other ongoing
issues with Rural Metro leaving the bay door open. Council authorizes Hedrick to use his
discretion in deciding whether or not to continue to allow them to use our
building. Hedrick notes the ambulance is
not a vehicle that is dedicated to
Councilman Harris asks Hedrick the status of the new (used) battalion vehicle. Hedrick states we should have delivery of the vehicle within the next 2 weeks.
Septic System Failure
PW Supt. Lasiter states he has been working with a property owner and the State Board of Health to resolve an issue with a failing finger on a septic system on the small farm adjacent to the Hilltop Farms subdivision. The Board of Health has given the homeowner 30 days to replace his septic system. The gentleman cannot afford to do so. He is interested in hooking on to our sewer system but does not have the $1,850.00 connection fee. Lasiter asks council to consider setting up a payment plan for the connection fee. Lasiter notes the customer would be billed the 7,000 gallon average as he will not be using our water and therefore cannot be metered. Council directs Attorney Robbins to prepare a promissory note with up to 36 months of payments at a 4 – 5 % interest rate. The sewer connection would be subject to our standards and inspections. Customer would be responsible for monthly loan payment plus his monthly utility bill.
Attorney Robbins presents the ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance to allow the rental of cars, trucks and trailers as a permitted use under Zoning Classifications GB1, GB2 and M. Member Noonan moves to adopt Ordinance 2056 and is seconded by Member Harris. Vote 5 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance in it’s entirety on first reading. Motion by Councilman Harris to approve with a second by Councilman Spencer. Vote 5 affirmative.
Member Alspach moves to suspend the rules and consider Ordinance 2057 on final reading. Member Noonan seconds the motion. Vote 5 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads the transfer ordinance in title only on final reading. Councilman Noonan moves to adopt and is seconded by Councilman Harris. Vote 5 affirmative.
August 7, 2007
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach presents the ordinance declaring certain items surplus and allowing for disposal. Member Noonan moves to adopt on first reading and is seconded by Member Spencer.
Vote 5 affirmative. This item will be placed on the September 4th agenda.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach presents the ordinance allowing the General Fund to borrow $50,000.00 from the Sewage Works on first reading. Motion by Councilman Harris to approve with a second by Councilman Spencer. Vote 5 affirmative.
Member Alspach moves to suspend the rules and consider Ordinance 2059 on final reading. Member Noonan seconds the motion. Vote 5 affirmative.
Clerk-Treasurer Alspach reads Ordinance 2059 in title only on final reading. Councilman Spencer moves to adopt and is seconded by Councilman Harris. Vote 5 affirmative.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
states that the Eagles organization has agreed to host and help organize the
Charity Ride for
Being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 8:12 p.m.
Maribeth Alspach, Clerk- Treasurer