April 25, 2011

 

 

 

 

The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met for a Regular Meeting on Monday, April 25, 2011, at the Fire Department Training and Conference Room.  David Drake called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Dan Swafford led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer led by Phillip Smith. 

 

Roll Call:  Members present were David Drake, President; Scott Oldham, Vice President; Dianna Bastin, Phillip Smith and Dan Swafford.  Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer, Darla Brown, Town Attorney, and Rick Coppock, Town Engineer, were also present.   

 

Supervisors Present were:  Jim Davis, Jim Ragle, Tony Bowlen and Mike Farmer.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

David Drake entertained a motion for the approval of the minutes for the Regular Meeting on April 11, 2011.  Dan Swafford made a motion to approve the minutes for April 11, 2011.  Scott Oldham seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Accounts Payable Vouchers

 

David Drake entertained a motion for action to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers.  Dan Swafford so moved.  Bastin seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Proclamation to Honor Don Lewis

 

Sandra Hash – Dan Swafford has requested a Proclamation to Honor Donald R. Lewis.  The Proclamation reads as follows:

 

A Proclamation of the Town of Ellettsville To Honor Mr. Donald R. Lewis And to Declare April 29, 2011, Donald Lewis Day

 

To all Present let it be Known:

 

Whereas, Donald R. Lewis served the Community loyally and with integrity as a teacher and principal followed by 30 years as the Richland Township Trustee, and

 

Whereas, he assisted the Ellettsville Fire Department in purchasing Tanker 74, the Radio Repeater System, Engine 73 and Engine 83.  He also provided additional funding for more part-time firefighters to help provide EMS services,

 

Whereas, he served our country proudly in the Navy during World War II, and

 

Whereas, he gave with great generosity of his time and his substance to many worthy causes one of which was the Ellettsville and Bloomington VFW, and

 

Whereas, when the Ellettsville VFW disbanded he helped establish a donation to the Town of Ellettsville for the maintenance of the Memorial Park on Vine Street, and

 

Whereas, on April 29, 2011 a tree will be planted in Memorial Park by the current Richland Township Trustee, Marty Stephens, in honor of Donald Lewis’ contributions to the Ellettsville community.

 

We, the Town Council of Ellettsville, hereby proclaim that Friday, April 29, 2011 shall be declared Donald R. Lewis Day in the Town of Ellettsville to honor the memory of Mr. Donald R. Lewis, a beloved citizen and servant of Ellettsville and Richland Township.

 

Adopted this 25th day of April in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven

 

Dan Swafford – People can contact the Trustee’s office for the time of the ceremony.  The ceremony is on Arbor Day and that’s why they’re planting a tree for Don Lewis.  Mr. Lewis’ favorite tree was a Cherokee Red Dogwood.

 

Ordinances on Second Reading

 

Ordinance 11-04 to Amend Chapter 51 of the Ellettsville Town Code Adjusting Water Rates to Reflect the Wholesale Water Cost Tracking Factor of Twenty Five Cents Per 1,000 Gallons of Water Used

 

Mike Farmer, Ellettsville Utilities – Will be attending a meeting about the water rate adjustment on April 26, 2011 at City of Bloomington Utilities (“CBU”).  The Town cannot implement an increase until such time CBU implements a new water rate. 

 

Dan Swafford – Asked what was holding up the rate increase.  Mike Farmer responded he would find out at the meeting with City of Bloomington Utilities.

 

David Drake – Stated the Town doesn’t have any control over this, it’s just passing along the added increase from the City of Bloomington.

 

David Drake entertained a motion to approve Ordinance 11-04 to amend Chapter 51 of the Ellettsville Town Code adjusting water rates.  Dianna Bastin made a motion to approve Ordinance 11-04 to amend Chapter 51 of the Ellettsville Town Code adjusting water rates.  Dan Swafford seconded.  Roll Call Vote:  David Drake – yes; Scott Oldham – yes; Dianna Bastin – yes; Phillip Smith - yes and Dan Swafford - yes.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Ordinance 11-05 Zoning Change at 820 West Temperance Street from R-1 to C-2

 

Rick CoppockConnie Griffin is on vacation this week.  This is a zoning request for 820 West Temperance Street.  This will be the location of the Smithville Charitable Foundation.  The request is to rezone the property from Residential Single Family to Commercial 2 (“C-2”).  It is on the 46 one way pair and a C-2 zoning is a consistent use along that corridor.  This request has been before the Plan Commission and has received a favorable recommendation.  There is parking available at the property and at the property next door for larger meetings.  There are no Town code violations.

 

David Drake entertained a motion to approve Ordinance 11-05 zoning change at 820 West Temperance Street from R-1 to C-2.  Scott Oldham made a motion to approve Ordinance 11-05 a zoning change at 820 West Temperance Street from R-1 to C-2.  Phillip Smith seconded.  Roll Call Vote:  David Drake – yes; Scott Oldham – yes; Dianna Bastin – yes; Phillip Smith - yes and Dan Swafford - yes.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Supervisor Comments

 

Mike Farmer – Requested permission for an employee, Brian Miller, to travel for training at the Water and Waste Water Expo.  It entails hands-on training for new technology.  The training will permit Mr. Miller to accumulate five continuing education units for his license.  The seminar is in Huntingburg, near Jasper, on May 12th, the cost is $50 and he will be gone all day.  Mr. Farmer will also be attending as he has the same license. 

 

David Drake entertained a motion to allow Brian Miller to travel with or without Mike Farmer to training in Huntingburg.  Dianna Bastin made a motion to allow Brian Miller to travel with or without Mike Farmer to training in Huntingburg.  Dan Swafford seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Dan Swafford – Asked Mike Farmer, with all of the rain we’ve been having, how the capacity is at the plant.  Mr. Farmer responded it is doing well.  There have not been any overflows.

 

Sandra Hash – Attended the Ellettsville Community Richland Township meeting last week.  Frank Nierzwicki presented a slide of the Town’s expenses and projected revenues through the June 30, 2011 tax draw.  The Town is a little lien until it gets its tax payout.

 

Sandra Hash – There has been a little confusion.  It came out in the paper last Saturday that the Richland Bean-Blossom School had been sent a tax bill for $99,000.  This was in error.  The Town’s portion would have been approximately $32,000.  She received a call and the person was concerned this would be on top of the $76,000 the Town has projected as a shortage from the Circuit Breaker.  There have been several phone calls and she thinks it has been ironed out.  However, she’s still waiting on a definite answer.  The County certified the Town’s AV to the state last August. This discrepancy with the school did not show up and was not added to the tax rolls until December and then it was taken off at the end.  She thinks is a non-issue and wanted to explain in case anyone had read the newspaper article.

 

Adjournment

 

Scott Oldham made a motion to adjourn.  Dianna Bastin seconded.  Motion carried.  David Drake adjourned the meeting at 7:16 p.m.