April 12, 2010
Roll Call: Members
present were Phillip Smith, President; Scott Oldham, Vice-President; Dianna
Bastin, David Drake, and Dan Swafford. Sandra
Hash, Clerk-Treasurer and Darla Brown, Attorney were also present. Supervisors
Present were: Mike Cornman, Jim
Ragle, Jay Humphrey,
Approval of Minutes
Smith entertained a motion for the approval of the minutes for the Regular Meeting
March 22, 2010 and the Executive Session March 31, 2010. Dianna Bastin so moved. Scott Oldham seconded. Roll Call Vote: Phillip Smith – yes; Scott
Accounts Payable Vouchers
Smith entertained a motion for action to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers. David Drake so moved. Dianna Bastin seconded. Roll Call Vote: Phillip Smith – yes; Scott
Proclamation Proclaiming April 25, 2010 as Parental Alienation Awareness Day
Phillip Smith read the proclamation in its entirety.
Ordinances on First
Ordinance 10-05 to amend Chapter 152 of
Kate Myers, student - stated they have worked really hard on this and would hate to see a structure built on it. She added they were iffy about the fence.
Smith entertained a motion on this item.
Scott Oldham moved that Ordinance 10-05 be submitted for a first
reading. Dan Swafford seconded. Roll Call Vote: Phillip Smith – yes; Scott
Oldham moved that Ordnance 10-05 be adopted on the same day at which it is
introduced. Dianna Bastin seconded. Roll Call Vote: Phillip Smith – yes; Scott
Oldham moved that Ordinance 10-05 be adopted.
Dan Swafford seconded. Roll Call
Vote: Phillip Smith – yes; Scott
Phillip Smith announced to the kids that it is done. Applause was received from the audience.
Judy Morran, EIS teacher – asked if they could make a few statements in thanks
to the Council. She went on to thank the
Carolanne Houghton, student – stated her whole class really appreciates what the Council has done for their future.
Zachary Funkhouser, student – thanked the Council for fulfilling their dreams and
Nick Mobley, student – thanked Dianna Bastin for trying to keep it a natural well site so future generations can continue to learn more about it and the history of how it was used. He thanked the Council for considering their request to make it a nature preserve.
Kate Myers, student – expressed appreciation for the Council being flexible when they needed to change things. She added she wanted to thank them for being patient during their presentations. She especially wanted to thank them for listening to them and giving them respect. She added with their help, they won State from their Disney Planet Challenge.
Hannah Adams, student – thanked the Council for helping them succeed in their goal. She went on to thank them for their time and patience with all of them.
Agreement between the Town of Ellettsville and Ellettsville Main Street, Inc. concerning the Heritage Trail
Scott Oldham – stated that clearly it is time for us to show our
commitment to this since it has been in the works for well over a decade or at
least been talked about for well over a decade and something needs to be
done. Phillip Smith agreed. Scott Oldham made a motion to approve the
agreement between the Town of
Agreement between the Town of
Letter to Northern Richland Officers and Board of Directors regarding offer to purchase the Northern Richland Sewage Works Facilities
Darla Brown, Attorney – stated someone needed to make a motion to offer to purchase the NRSC for $16,500. Dianna Bastin made a motion that we offer to purchase the NRSC for $16,500. David Drake seconded.
Discussion prior to the vote:
Swafford asked if they refuse this offer, where do we go from there. Darla Brown replied she could amend it any
way they would like, but, in the closing paragraph, she suggested if we don’t
get a response by June 1, 2010 that we would proceed with any procedures available
to the Town under the
Call Vote: Phillip Smith – yes; Scott
Brown then stated there needed to be a second motion to send out the letter she
drafted as amended by Mr. Drake. David
Drake stated his only comment about the letter was should it say if the Town
had not reached an agreement NRSC in response to the letter by June 1st,
then we would proceed with other measures.
Theoretically, they could come back with $25,000. Scott Oldham agreed stating the negotiations
could drag on and on if we don’t set a deadline for the agreement, not just any
response to the letter. Dan Swafford
agreed with the others that we can’t sit around and wait forever. Maybe we just need to regroup and come up
with a game-plan if we haven’t received a response by June 1. David Drake expressed his concern that past
history has shown that sometimes we talk and talk and nothing gets
accomplished. Scott Oldham stated it’s
akin to the Heritage Trail agreement and it can go on and on and it needs to
end. David Drake replied if they all
understand that it has to be some response that has potential then we will act
accordingly. We need to recognize that
if we don’t get something that we feel is satisfactory to us by June 1st
then we will consider taking further actions.
Dianna Bastin stated she didn’t think anyone listed on the face-page
will be taken by surprise by this offer.
They are just waiting on the formality of the letter. But, she agreed that we can’t let it turn
into our Heritage Trail and be working on it for decades. Russ Ryle interjected that old business
practice states putting in the statement that this offer is open for x number
of days. Phillip Smith responded that is
what they have done by putting June 1 as the deadline. Dan Swafford remarked that if we don’t hear a
response, we don’t have a plan for what we are going to do June 1st. Darla Brown responded that she had stated in
the letter the Town would take all necessary steps to acquire the sewage works
facilities allowed by the law. Dan
Swafford reiterated he meant the amount of $16,500. Darla Brown said that’s why she left it open
because if they came back with a response that seemed like they were
interested, she would prefer to leave it open with the understanding that we
don’t want it to go on forever. David
Drake asked, without going into great detail, should we state why we are doing
this. We are trying to protect the
sewage treatment plant. Darla Brown
answered she had tried to put that into the letter. David Drake clarified that he meant to make a
statement to the public, who doesn’t have access to this letter, as to why they
were trying to do this. He went on to
say it’s not to try to make money, because it would probably cost more money
than it will make in the near future, but it was to protect and maintain the
plant and its infrastructure. Dianna
Bastin made a motion to accept the letter with the amendments discussed to be
sent out to the persons noted on the face sheet from Kelley, Belcher, and
Brown. David Drake seconded. Roll Call Vote: Phillip Smith – yes; Scott
Autumn Ridge – Street repair, Street Bond and Building Code 152.164
Phillip Smith stated he understood this was to be removed from the agenda for tonight. Darla Brown informed Council that she understood that the people from Autumn Ridge did not have a specific motion or resolution; they just wanted to generally discuss their concerns. She would prefer that the record show that the Autumn Ridge members request to be on the agenda has been withdrawn at the request of the residents of Autumn Ridge. They can renew their request later. Phillip Smith concurred.
Mike Farmer, Ellettsville Utilities – informed the Council they were going to start their
water project on
Mike Cornman, Deputy Fire Chief – asked the Council if the Fire Chief had the administrative power to allow the fire station to be a poling site for the Spring and Fall election days or if it needed to be brought before Council for approval. Darla Brown responded she thought it would be an administrative issue and the Fire Chief could decide that. Mike Cornman went on to express his appreciation for the maintenance and upgrading to the water lines in Ellettsville. This has allowed them to maintain their good fire insurance rating. Approximately 40% of your insurance rate is based on your water supply so we are thankful it is still a priority and is still being addressed as money allows.
Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer – announced that she had provided some financial information to Council tonight. At the next meeting there will be a resolution for a temporary loan between funds.
Privilege of the Floor
Dianna Bastin – In light of the announcement by the Utilities Department about road work, she would like to remind everybody that utility workers and street workers are just like fire and police in the fact that they are protected. Slow down, move over, stop when they tell you to, follow what they say and they are not the ones that make the decision on when they turn the water off or when it comes back on. So, don’t harass them here or in other communities.
Phillip Smith – expressed his appreciation to the elementary students for showing up. This is what we are all about. There are several who are interested in Town Board meetings now.
Phillip Smith entertained a motion to adjourn. Scott Oldham so moved. Dianna Bastin seconded. Motion carried. Phillip Smith adjourned the meeting at 8:22 p.m.