Roll Call: Members
present were Dennis Williamson, President; Dan Swafford, Vice-President; Dianna
Bastin and Phillip Rogers. Sandra Hash, Clerk Treasurer; Mike Spencer, Attorney
Supervisors Present: Jim Davis, Jim Ragle, Ron McGlocklin, Mike Farmer and Frank Nierzwicki were present.
Approval of the minutes
Swafford made a motion to approve the meeting of
Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Dan Swafford made a motion that we pay the Accounts Payable Vouchers. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried.
National Exchange Club – Child Abuse Prevention Month “Believe in the Blue”
Darlyne Sowder, representing the Exchange Club read the following:
We hear about child abuse all the time. A parent or caregiver inflicts cigarette burns all over a small child. A child is beaten to death for sucking his thumb. Almost every news report includes a story about child abuse. A picture in last Saturday’s Herald-Times showed 57 white crosses representing 57 Hoosier children who died in 2005 as a result of child abuse or neglect. The numbers continue to rise. If they survive, abused children grow up to be child abusers unless we break the cycle.
Exchange Clubs are groups of men and women working to make America a better place to live through one national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse and other community service projects. To date, The National Exchange Club’s efforts have helped more than 545,000 families and 1.3 million children break the cycle of child abuse through its 114 parent aide programs and public education projects.
During Child Abuse Prevention Month,
members of The Exchange Club of Ellettsville will join thousands of fellow
Exchangites across the country for the single biggest child abuse prevention
service event in Exchange’s 96-years history.
On Saturday, April 21, they will be participating in the “Believe in the
Blue” child abuse prevention project from to in front of
Buehler’s Buy Low Store in
We encourage you to come by and pick up these educational materials for yourself or someone you know who would benefit from learning how to become better parents.
Dennis Williamson read the Exchange Club Proclamation in its entirety stating child abuse is a serious and growing problem. The Exchange Club of Ellettsville, through its support of parent aide programs, parenting classes and community service activities, is making significant progress in stopping this crime. The Ellettsville Town Council hereby proclaims the entire month of April shall be observed as Child Abuse Prevention Month and urge all citizens to use this time to better understand, recognize and respond to this grievous problem. Please show your support by wearing Exchange’s Blue Ribbon pin, which symbolizes Child Abuse Prevention Awareness, during The Exchange Club of Ellettsville in its Blue Ribbon Awareness Campaign.
Dianna Bastin made a motion to adopt the Proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention month. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried.
Resolution 04-07 Additional Appropriation from the Rainy Day Fund
Sandra Hash explained this is a request to the Department of Local Government Finance for permission to spend $21,000 from the Rainy Day Fund. With Council approval she will forward the information to the DLGF for their approval.
Dianna Bastin made a motion we adopt Resolution 04-07 Additional Appropriation. Phillip Rogers seconded. Roll Call vote: Dennis Williamson – yes; Dan Swafford – yes; Dianna Bastin – yes; Phillip Rogers – yes; Ted Robertson – no. Motion carried 4-1.
The following discussion took place before the vote was taken
Ted Robertson commented the Rainy Day Fund should be used towards unexpected finances such as dealing with the aftermath of a tornado or other emergencies and “must do” expenses.
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Dianna Bastin made a motion that we approve RBBYS
Request to close
The following discussion took place before the vote was taken
Dennis asked Jim Davis, Jim Ragle and Ron McGlocklin if there were any questions with this. Ron McGlocklin added this is done each year.
Frank Nierzwicki announced the Plan Commission fee schedule has increased this year.
Bernie Gurrettaz pointed out on the Letter of Credit estimate; they have $3,000 for erosion control and maintenance. The Town has the money if the contractor does not comply. The Town has resources to draw on if necessary.
Chris Sims, developer of Capitol Avenue Apartments apologized to the neighbors for the mud on the road. He explained this has been an unusually wet winter and the contractors have done what they could to deal with it. Phase I takes care of a substantial part of the infrastructure. A lot of water line ditches, sewer mains and storm boxes should be finished within the next thirty days. He asked the process not be delayed; his financing is tied to final plat approval. The issues with erosion control are not tied to final plat approval.
Ted Robertson asked about the numbering system of the project; (7, 6, 9 & 10) are there other buildings that exist? Chris Sims explained this was an engineering decision to start with building 9 & 10 which was closer to the road. There are no other buildings under construction at this time. He is hoping to see occupancy permits as soon as thirty days; drywall is being hung now. It is important to get final plat approval. He has done everything exactly as stated on the preliminary plat and it would be important to get this approved. Dennis Williamson asked when the deadline for final plat approval is. Chris answered within the next few weeks; normally this would not come before the Town Council and the Planner would approve this but Frank suggested this be brought before the Town Council. Ted Robertson clarified 40% of Phase I is finished which is four buildings. Chris Sims added the common parking areas are complete and the other two buildings are ready for the foundation work.
Frank Nierzwicki stated the Indiana General Assembly had a rule pass at their last session concerning projects; once they are started you can not keep changing the fee issues. He explained if the Sims came in later there would have been additional fees but we can not retroactively charge them for grading.
Dan Swafford asked Rick if the Town encumbers the cost every time he stops by the project. Rick answered the Town encumbers the cost and went on to explain if he stops and finds something he has to write a report, check the code and the costs are incurred by the Town. This is the standard procedure and more inspections have been done in the last year due to the change in the erosion control requirements in Rule 13.
Dennis Williamson asked Sandra to table this until the next meeting.
Dennis Williamson thanked Dan for filling in for him last month. He announced the School Board appointed Jimmy Durnil as a Parks and Recreation Board member. He will be replacing Edwin Macatangay who served six years.
Phillip Rogers made a motion we adjourn. Dianna Bastin seconded. Motion carried. Dennis Williamson adjourned the meeting at