Roll Call: Members present were Dan Swafford, President; Dianna Bastin, Vice-President; Ted Robertson, Phillip Rogers and Phill Smith. Sandra Hash, Clerk Treasurer; Mike Spencer, Attorney and Rick Coppock Town Engineer were also present.
Supervisors Present: Jim Davis, Jim Ragle, Gary Darland, Mike Farmer and Frank Nierzwicki were present.
Approval of the minutes
Dianna Bastin made a motion we approve the minutes for the Regular Meeting July 23 and Budget Meetings July 18 and 25, 2007. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried.
Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Dianna Bastin made a motion to take action to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried.
Resolution 12-07 Temporary Loan
Sandra Hash explained a month ago the Town received a loan from the Police Building Corporation Holding Fund to pay Debt Service payments. Sandra received a second advance draw from the Monroe County Treasurer enabling her to pay the Building Corporation back for that loan. Money then needed to be transferred from the Police Debt Fund to the Fire Debt Fund. When she receives her final distribution for the first half of the year, she will immediately pay back $15,952.25 to the Police Debt Fund. Dan Swafford asked Sandra to read the resolution in its entirety.
Dianna Bastin made a motion to pass Resolution 12-07 Temporary Loan. Phillip Rogers seconded. Roll call vote: Ted Robertson – yes; Phillip Rogers – yes; Dan Swafford – yes; Dianna Bastin – yes; Phill Smith – yes. Motion carried.
Resolution 13-07 to adopt a written fiscal plan and to establish a policy for the provision of town services to an annexed area
Frank Nierzwicki presented a request for annexation. The property is a vacant 32 acre lot north of
Dianna Bastin made a motion that we pass Resolution 13-07 to adopt a written fiscal plan and to establish a policy for the provision of town services to an annexed area. Phillip Rogers seconded. Roll call vote: Ted Robertson – yes; Phillip Rogers – yes; Dan Swafford – yes; Dianna Bastin – yes; Phill Smith – abstained. Motion carried.
Ordinances on First
Ordinance 07-08 to annex the area known
as the Romine-Cole-Sykora Annexation,
Frank Nierzwicki explained this ordinance goes along with the fiscal
plan. This property is presently an R-1
single family residential and there are no plans at this point to develop
it. Dianna Bastin went on to add this
property is adjacent to the Headley property, The Arbors at Woodgate and north
of Highland Park Estates.
Bastin made a motion that Monroe County Fall Festival’s request for street
closings for the parade on
Sandra Hash made a few changes to the budgets. She met with the May Agency representative last week and found out the health care provider, Anthem, will be increasing rates 10%. The Fire Department health insurance increased $2,000, Police Department $4,000 and the Street Department $2,678 bringing the total increase to $8,678. Copies of the budget changes have been made for the departments effected.
Gary Darland commended Ron Wayt on his efforts with the Fall Festival. He explained there are four Reserve Officers, having wonderful qualifications, being brought on to the Reserve Force. Eric Chaudion will be in charge of the Reserve Program and has been doing an excellent job. Eric introduced Bill Benningfield and Brian Taylor who were both prior Reserves. The other two are Anthony Witlow and Josh Calabrese. Sandra Hash swore in Brian Taylor and William Benningfield. Dan Swafford announced it means a lot to him that these men are volunteers and willing to risk their lives to protect the citizens of Ellettsville. He welcomed them aboard.
Frank Terkhorn of Ellettsville True Value talked about a situation
that recently happened. A fraudulent
purchase of a $3,500 four-wheeler was made with a fraudulent credit card. He received a notice that his claim was
rejected and he lost the money. He
contacted the Ellettsville Police Department, who has a new program on a trial
basis that allows them to search the country for different items. The four-wheeler was found in
Art Hayes talked about all the annexations in the last two
months. He thinks the water capacity is
at 90% and sewer is 80% but more when it rains.
He asked what the hook up charge for utilities in the town.
Don Kuster, resident for 51 years asked the Town Marshal why he fired Chuck Jacobs. Chuck Jacobs was the firearm instructor, breathalyzer instructor and put in over 100 hours a month. Gary Darland introduced himself to Don Kuster and explained when Mr. Kuster was Town Marshal he had to make tough decisions; now that Gary is Town Marshal he has to. Gary Darland is not going into detail about the firing but explained he is turning the Reserves into a different organization. He wants them to be part of the department and not a stand alone organization. He wants to work with the Reserves and make them an asset different than they are now. The Reserves will be working as “detectives”.
Ted Robertson asked Marshal Darland if there is another place for the dismissed Reserve Officer to work. Marshal Darland does not need him at this time. Ted asked the Marshal to comment on Justin Mullis. Marshal Darland said “that is an item that will have to come before the Executive Session and has consulted with the Town President about it”. Ted asked Mike Spencer if the Marshal can fire people without the Council’s vote. Mike Spencer said “as to the Reserves, yes; as to a part-timer, no”. Dan Swafford announced an Executive Session will be scheduled. Ted needed to understand “what does it take to keep part-timers working for the force; does it take a uniform or gun to keep them on the schedule”. Marshal Darland did not understand the question. Ted explained “to keep part-timers, it does not cost very much because they work at will”. Marshal Darland explained money was not the issue but availability.
Dianna Bastin recognized the
Dan Swafford saw all the supervisors out working today and thanked them. He commended Jim Ragle for all the hard work he is doing in the heat when he could have his workers doing the work. He commended Mike Farmer for working on a main break at the plant. The Town is very lucky to have the Supervisors they have and all the workers too.
Dianna Bastin made a motion to adjourn. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried. Dan Swafford adjourned the meeting at