August 27, 2001
The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met at 7:00 PM for the pre-adoption 2002 budget hearing. Members present were Jerry Pittsford, President; David Sorokoty, Vice President; Michael Cornman, and David Drake. Jerry Pittsford called the meeting to order.
Jerry Pittsford opened the floor to anyone wishing to speak on the budget. There were no comments from the floor.
After speaking with Charlie Pride from the State Board of Accounts, Sandra Hash explained in order to accommodate a request from Jim Davis, Fire Chief, to reduce his budget this year by $7,342 and increase next years budget by the same amount will require a resolution for the reduction and an additional appropriation request for next year.
There were no additional comments.
A motion was made by Mike Cornman and seconded by David Drake to close the hearing. Motion carried.
The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met in regular session at 7:30 PM, Monday August 27, 2001. Jerry Pittsford called the meeting to order. Jerry also led the prayer. Geraldine McIntyre led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jerry asked for roll call of Council Members. Members present were Jerry Pittsford, President; David Sorokoty, Vice President; Michael Cornman, David Drake, and Geraldine McIntyre. Also present were Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer and Mike Spencer, Town Attorney.
Approval of the Minutes of the regular meeting on August 13, 2001
A motion was made by Mike Cornman and seconded by David Sorokoty to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on August 13, 2001. Motion carried.
Voluntary Annexations Fiscal Plans
Zion Church of the Nazarene-Foster and McCoy property
Tom Ruemler represented the Zion Church of the Nazarene. He forwarded the certified letter notification and publication to the Clerk-Treasurer. Rick Coppock said he had reviewed the fiscal plan and everything is in order.
Geraldine McIntyre moved to do the fiscal plan for the voluntary annexation of the Zion Church of the Nazarene. David Drake seconded. Motion carried.
Ordinance on First Reading
David Drake read the title as follows, Ordinance 01-23 an ordinance concerning the annexation of adjacent and contiguous territory of the Ellettsville Town Code. He also explained this is the Ordinance concerning the Zion Church of the Nazarene. Mr. Ruemler said the property is located on West Ratliff Road across from the property owned by Kenton Robinson developer of Green Briar Knolls and Deer Run subdivisions. Mike Cornman added it is about the 6300 block of West Ratliff.
Ordinances on Second Reading
Ordinance 01-15 the annexation of Campbell’s Park
Ordinance 01-16 the annexation of the Well Site Phase One
Ordinance 01-17 the annexation of Mary and Michael George’s property
Mike Cornman read Ordinance 01-15 by title as follows an ordinance concerning the annexation of adjacent and contiguous territory of the Ellettsville Town Code.
David Sorokoty moved to accept Ordinance 01-15 the annexation of Campbell’s Park. David Drake seconded.
Mike Spencer requested time to speak with Rick Coppock, Town Engineer concerning the timetable for the annexation process before the vote.
Mike Spencer requested the annexations ordinances be tabled until the next meeting.
David Sorokoty withdrew his motion. David Drake withdrew his second.
David Drake moved to table Ordinance 01-15, 01-16, and 01-17. Geraldine McIntyre seconded. Motion carried.
David Drake read Ordinance 01-20 by title as follows, ordinance to amend section 255-10 of the Ellettsville Town Code concerning personnel.
David Drake moved to accept Ordinance 01-20 seconded by David Sorokoty. Jerry stated this ordinance changes the definitions of part-time for the Fire Department. Motion carried with Mike Cornman abstaining.
David Sorokoty read Ordinance 01-21 by title as follows, ordinance to amend section 725-15 of the Ellettsville Town Code concerning sewer rates. Jerry explained this would change the amount of the deposit.
David Sorokoty moved to accept Ordinance 01-21 amending section 725-15 of the Ellettsville Town Code. Mike Cornman seconded. Motion carried.
Mike Cornman moved to add Ron Hahn, Butler Telecom, representing Smithville Telephone Company’s construction related to the INDOT project to the agenda. David Drake seconded. Motion carried.
David Sorokoty moved to amend the agenda to include the agreement between the hospital and the ambulance service and the hiring of the part-time. David Drake seconded. Motion carried.
Ron Hahn, Butler Telecom
Ron Hahn will be the project engineer for Smithville Telephone concerning the INDOT project facility relocation. He wishes to make a matter of record the intent of Smithville Telephone Company to begin construction of a new underground telephone system to be located at Vine Street, from Jack’s Defeat Creek to Walnut Street. They will go north to Main Street and west to Main Street and Temperance Street intersection. This work is scheduled to begin on September 4, 2001 and will be coordinated with other utility construction area. This will be the initial construction phase of the over all project to relocate existing Smithville Telephone Company facilities from Main and Temperance Streets presently located within the
construction limits of the highway project. Another portion of this project will consist of placing facilities on Third Street to Association, West to Sale Street then east to Paul Street and will begin at a later date. Construction is to be suspended during the week of September the 16th to September the 23rd so as not to interfere with the annual Fall Festival. It is the wishes of Smithville Telephone Company to work in conjunction with each and every other entity here in Ellettsville to continue to provide good telephone service.
Ambulance agreement with the Bloomington Hospital Ambulance Service
Jim Davis, Fire Chief discussed the ambulance agreement with the Bloomington Hospital Ambulance Service. The agreement grants our entire request. We will be providing a back up ambulance. It will be housed at the Curry Pike Station, which is centrally located in the County. Bloomington Hospital will fully stock the ambulance and re-supply as needed. They will provide fuel and all maintenance. They will provide certification classes the EFD personnel will require free of charge and all necessary in-service training. They will also furnish all liability malpractice and collision insurance. They will provide orientation for all EFD employees as well. We will provide a minimum of one EMT and one First Responder to staff the ambulance and make every effort to provide 2 EMTs as soon as possible. If the Town is on a fire call they understand we will be out of service for the ambulance. The hospital will only use this ambulance if all other ambulances are out on calls. This ambulance will be for emergencies only. Bloomington Hospital will pay us $31,868.04. The agreement will enable the Fire Department to have 2 employees around the clock at station 8.
David Drake pointed out that the contract does not say the ambulance will be for emergencies only or that it will be out of service when the firefighters are fighting a fire.
Mike Spencer agreed to make those changes to the contract.
David Drake moved to approve the agreement with the Bloomington Hospital Ambulance service for the ambulance at station 8 with amendments to the written contract stating the ambulance will be for emergency calls only, the ambulance will not be available when the firefighters from that station are on a fire run and changing the date from August 1, 2001 to October 1, 2001. Geraldine McIntyre seconded. Motion carried with Mike Cornman abstaining.
Mike Spencer asked if an auto accident was considered a fire run. Mike Cornman replied yes. David Drake suggested listing it as fire related emergency calls in the contract.
Hiring of part-time employees to cover back up ambulance for Bloomington Hospital Ambulance Service
Jim Davis explained the ambulance contract would require additional personnel. The need will be filled with 9 part-time people who have other jobs. They will be working from 12 to 24 hours per week. They will be covering 168 hours per week or the equivalent of three full time positions.
Jerry read a letter as follows: At this time, the chief Officers and Council Liaison would like to recommend the following personnel be hired as part-time employees to cover the back up Ambulance for Bloomington Hospital which will be in operating service in the near future, as well as, work as Firefighters:
Jason Crouch Brian Leonard Mike Stalcup
Ryan Fipps Clinton Moore Ronald Vandeventer
Karin Jenkins Dale Nicholson Tim VanDeventer
David Drake moved to approve the part-time employment of the nine people just mentioned, seconded by Geraldine McIntyre. Motion carried with Mike Cornman abstaining.
Both the Town and the Ambulance Service will benefit from this agreement. We will now have 2 people on duty at all times at station 8 on Curry Pike. The Hospital will gain housing for the employees and ambulance at station 8 in addition to the ambulance housed at station 7 in Ellettsville.
Action to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Michael Cornman moved to pay the Accounts Payable Vouchers, seconded by David Drake. Motion carried.
Ron McGlocklin, Town Marshal, explained that the school administration requested
a committee be formed to research the School Resource Officer grant. The meeting would start in September. Mr. Rubush, Mr. Sparks and Mr. Ackerman will represent the school. Mike Cornman; Police Liaison, Ron McGlocklin, and Sergeant Stone will represent the town.
Jerry stated for public record that the Police would actively watch the speed on the newly opened section of Highway 46. He also added all 5 lanes of traffic must stop for school buses.
Jim David, Fire Chief, presented a Ordinance to revise the fee schedule for the building permits which will add the wordage any other structures are 10 cents per square foot. It will be on the September 10 agenda.
Mike Spencer, Town Attorney, advised the Council we had won the judgment concerning the canine in Michigan. It was the result of good representation from the attorney in Michigan, Mr. Petrangelo and good witnesses representing the Town.
Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer requested permission to attend the Regional meeting of the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers on October 30th and 31st. Her Deputy, Lynn Weiss will attend on the 31st. Mike Cornman moved to approve travel for the Clerk-Treasurer and Deputy Clerk. David Drake seconded. Motion carried.
Geraldine McIntyre, Town Council Member and Town Representative on the Monroe County Solid Waste Board, announced a fifth site has been opened for Monroe County Solid Waste on Anderson Road. This will allow orange bags and recyclables to be dropped off at this site instead of entering the landfill. This cost of the orange bags will increase in January from $6.00 per roll to $7.00.
David Drake, Town Council Member spoke of a Herald-Times editorial, which explained the payment of taxes through out the County. The people living in Ellettsville as well as Bloomington pay the same share for services offered by the County through the County property tax. Therefore Ellettsville is contributing to those services and paying their fair share. We should not be obligated to pay twice. We also pay a surcharge for 911 on our telephone service to help fund that system. Maybe we could help out more than we do, but we are paying our fair share.
Mike Cornman, Town Council Member added to Mr. Drake’s comments during his term as Council President there were several times that it came up Ellettsville should be contributing more than the standard, but there was never a proposal made or a committee formed to try to work out a solution. Mike said if we are that much of a
burden on the County maybe we should consider our own Public Safety Answering Point.
Mike also said he had a request from Curt Hayes of Eastern Richland Sewer Corporation to approve the sewer hook-ons at the Lost Mans Lane and Maple Grove development. Mike and Jerry agreed nothing has changed at this time that would allow them to change their opinions on the IDEM inquiry.
Jerry Pittsford, Council President announced the appraisals are in the process on the two properties West of Town Hall, which could be the future site of a New Town Hall.
Jerry also expressed his appreciation and admiration to the Comprehensive Planning Committee and the Planner, Bill Land for the hard work on the creation of the Ellettsville Comprehensive Plan. The Plan will be a valuable tool in the future of Ellettsville Planning.
Darlyne Sowder, Park Board President thanked Jim Ragle and his crew for setting the new limestone sign for Campbell’s Park, transforming the basketball courts from 2 half courts into 3 full courts and all the other things they have done to improve Campbell’s Park and the Marci Jane Lewis Park. She also thanked Mike Farmer for the drinking fountain the Utility Department installed by the Skate Park.
Motion to adjourn was made by Mike Cornman seconded by Geraldine McIntyre. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:32 PM.
Jerry Pittsford, President David Sorokoty, Vice President
Mike Cornman David Drake
Geraldine McIntyre Sandra C. Hash