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, Jeff Farmer and Frank Nierzwicki were present.
Approval of the minutes
Bastin made a motion for the approval of the Minutes for the Regular Meeting
Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Dan Swafford entertained a motion to pay Accounts Payable vouchers. Phill Smith made a motion. Dianna Bastin seconded. Motion carried.
Pre-adoption public hearing of the 2008 budget
Sherry Hayes, local resident, requested adding goals to the budget. Adding goals to a budget will help determine what items are necessary. Dan Swafford and Council members verbally discussed goals with each supervisor while the budgets were being planned but nothing was formally written down. Sherry Hayes suggested if the goals were written down, they could be shown to the tax payers; the goals they hope to achieve. Dan will take it under advisement.
Public Hearing concerning vacating 25 feet right of way adjacent to 5353 W. McNeely Street, 889 N. Clover and 885 N. Clover
Rick Coppock, Bynum Fanyo is representing his clients and requesting
the Town vacate 25 feet of right of way.
This section of
Frank Nierzwicki announced the Plan Commission recommended this for approval with stipulations for the adjacent property owners; install sidewalks and plant street trees per Town Code, have written approval from Town Engineer before structures are built on the corner of McNeely and Clover to insure sight distance issues are taken care of and to work with the Overbrook developer to coordinate the landscaping of the area.
Dan Swafford clarified “adjacent property owners” is actually one person who owns the area with many addresses.
Sherry Hayes asked if the sidewalks will be put in “per Town Code” and not next to the street. Frank Nierzwicki explained there will be a tree plot between the sidewalk and street.
Art Hayes asked “how wide is the street right of way in the new section 7”. After reviewing the map, Dan stated it looks like a 50 foot dedication. Rick Coppock added there was a total of 100 feet and they would like to vacate 25 feet leaving 75 feet. Dan gave Art a map showing the request. Rick Coppock stated there is 28 feet from outside curb to outside curb.
Ordinances on First
Ordinance 07-09 vacating 25 feet of
right of way adjacent to
Dan Swafford stated this is the first reading of the ordinance that goes along with what was just discussed.
Ordinances on Second
Ordinance 07-08 to annex the area known as the Romine-Cole-Sykora Annexation, 4011 W. Lost Mans Lane consisting of approximately 32 acres
Frank Nierzwicki explained this is 32 acres north of
Sanford asked about the contiguity of the property. The annexation is relying on a 20 foot wide,
1500 foot long strip of land for the contiguity and he quoted State statue as
saying a strip of land with a width of less that 150 feet can not be used as
part of the property to meet that contiguity requirement. He does not understand how this can meet
Indiana Code. Frank said this has been
reviewed and the width is over 1,000 feet making it a consideration. The Town Attorney and Engineer met, reviewed
and discussed this annexation. Rick
Coppock said during the discussion they reviewed Indiana Code that now prevents
shoestring annexations like what was done with
Bastin made a motion that we accept Ordinance 07-08 to annex the area known as
Jim Davis, Fire Chief explained when the new aerial truck was purchased the existing aerial truck would be sold. The existing aerial truck has been in service with Ellettsville since 1969 and only reaches 55 feet. The last Council approved this to be declared surplus and sold. Jim felt he should bring it before this Council. The value of the 1969 Snorkel Squirt truck is less than $3,000 to $4,000. Mike Spencer said it was okay to surplus the truck if the Council agrees.
Sandra Hash shared a thank you note from Jean Ramsey, whose sister passed away.
Sherry Hayes asked what is the status of the proper markings and
installation of the speed humps. When
will subdivision ordinances be corrected to insure proper ordinances for
development so we make sure that the tax payers do not end up losing where the
developers win? When will street
easements be cleared of plantings that obstruct the drivers’ view, particularly
Art Hayes stated the Town Ordinances do not specify the type of trees to be planted between the sidewalks and road. They need a tree that will not ruin the sidewalks. The Street Department will be responsible for the trimming and brush removal of the trees. This will all need to be budgeted in.
Dan Swafford announced the Fall Festival will be coming up soon and commended Ron Wayt for his time and effort..
Dianna Bastin made a motion to adjourn. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried. Dan Swafford adjourned the meeting at