August 9, 1999

 

 

 

The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met in regular session at 7:30 p.m., Monday, August 9, 1999.Members present were Michael Cornman, President, Geraldine McIntyre, Vice President, Patrick Stoffers and Gina Hawkins. Mr. Cornman called the meeting to order.

 

COMMENTS:

 

CONCERNS FOR WEED, ABANDONED CARS ETC TOWN-SANDY LANE:

 

Sandy Lane presented and read the following letter:

My name is Sandy Lane.I live at 4630 N. Thomas Rd. Bloomington.Iím here to follow up on a written request I made last week.The majority of my life has been spent within three blocks of where I stand tonight.I grew up in a house one-half block from here.I worked for the phone company in a building where the library now sits.When I married I lived in a house where the library is now.I worked in this very building when it was a bank.When the bank moved to the highway, we purchased a house and moved it to 617 W. Oak St. where I lived for the next twenty-five years.I worked for the bank for ten years.When I started a business, it was located in the house I grew up in.when I built a new office, it was one-half block from where I grew up.THIS IS MY HOMETOWN.

 

When I married J.R. ten years ago, I moved across the fence from Ellettsville.I now have a Bloomington address (which means I drive ten miles to pick up a certified letter)When people ask me where Iím from, I donít say Bloomington, I proudly say Ellettsville.THIS MY HOMETOWN, and right now Iím ashamed of it.

 

We donít need a mayor with a staff and bigger budget.Perhaps all we really need is a good three member town board, with a experienced town manager, to be in charge of day to day operations.We want to be a city and we donít know how to be a town.

 

Maybe if we do become a city, the new name will be Tent City as we allow businesses to locate along the highway in tents.We have several buildings and houses with broken windows, unmowed lawns and next door to a house I own, I counted five inoperable cars, a pickup truck, motor home, trailers with bags of trash, two or three riding lawn mowers, washer, unused swing sets, just junk, and Iíve complained about it for years, with nothing being done about it.Also eight to ten years ago I complained of storage trailers being used for a business and was told it was temporary, they are still there.How long is temporary?

 

We pay a sizable amount of taxes in this town, and we canít vote.To be on this town board you donít even need to own property or pay taxes to spend other taxpayers money.You drive municipal owned cars and have credit cards to spend our taxpayers dollars.

 

We need trash pickup, we need animal control, we need sidewalks.Children walk in the streets to school activities.The business signs along the highway are deplorable.Why would we want a new highway to bring people through our town to see our trash.When are you going to stop buying shiny new vehicles and do something to clean up my hometown?

 

Sandy said she wanted to thank each of them for their time and she knows this is not an easy job.She presented the Council some pictures that she took today and you really need to drive by because they look worse than ------. One yard hadnít been mowed all summer.†† Sandy said the buck stops here, somebody has the authority to do something and it is not getting done.We might as well throw our building codes out the window, what is good for one is good for the other.

 

RESPONSE FROM PHYILLIS WAMPLER:

 

Mike Cornman read the following:

 

August 9, 1999 at 3:52 p.m., Phyllis Wampler called the office and could not be at tonightís meeting and she wanted to inform the Council of some problem areas on her street.She would like this to be read during the Council meeting.620 and 621 Oak Street have big problems with trash and weeds.621 Oak has approximately 7 junk cars in the yard.Her neighbor Vera Acuff called her last week and asked if there was anything that could be done to improve these properties.She feels the street is one of the worst in Ellettsville.Mrs. Wampler is embarrassed to have company, when you drive up her street it looks terrible.Mrs. Wampler feels the town should have codes to keep properties free from trash and weeds.They recently improved their property with an addition.They went through several steps of the building inspection and required permit.If there are codes and regulations for improvement then there should be codes and regulations of people to maintain their property.She called in May of 1998 with the same complaint and it still has not been addressed.

 

Mike Cornman said we have letters dated August 6th for the residents of 621 Oak and 620 Oak, they were sent the letters.Diana informed the Council that one of them has mowed.Gina said 621 are basically mowed around their vehicles.Diana said someone informed her tonight that one of those is vacant.Gina said the 620 is vacant.

 

Mike asked if there was anybody else to comment on the trash and weed problem in town?Seeing none at this time he wants to suggest that himself, Gina, Town Marshal McGlocklin, and perhaps Fire Chief Jim Davis will sit down and look at these properties and review our Ordinance and find out on a long term thing and try and review our Ordinance to make sure that this is the proper thing to have and maybe we need something with a little more teeth in it.We had a complaint at the last meeting about a guy across from Main Street where he mows twice a year.How high should the grass be?May be we ought to be a little more particular about what we are saying about how high the weeds and take care of it.It is not just this area there is a lot more places around town.We will do that this week and get moving on this.It is not a good situation at all.

 

Geraldine had concerns about a place in town that has been there for the last 4 years and one of them is a half a trailer and it is next to Thrasher market.There is 5 or 6 cars back there and they canít be movable.

 

MINUTES AND CLAIMS:

 

Mike Cornman asked is there a motion to approve the minutes and claims?Gina Hawkins so moved.Geraldine McIntyre seconded.Motion passed 4-0.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

None

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

ORDINANCE 99-11 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 8 OF THE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ELLETTSVILLE TOWN CODE AS AMENDED BY

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††CREATING REQUIREMENTS FOR EARLY WARNING

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SYSTEMS:

 

Mike Cornman said they are taking Ordinance 99-11 off of the agenda, it is something that should go before the Plan Commission first.

 

ORDINANCE 99-12 ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 715-55 OF THE

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ELLETTSVILLE TOWN CODE CONCERNING RATES

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AND CHARGES:

 

Gina Hawkins read Ordinance 99-12.Mike Cornman said is there a motion for submission of first reading of Ordinance 99-12.Geraldine McIntyre so moved.Patrick Stoffers seconded.Motion passed 4-0.

 

ORDINANCE 99-13 ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 725-15 OF THE

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ELLETTSVILLE TOWN CODE CONCERNING RATES

††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††AND CHARGES:

 

Gina Hawkins read Ordinance 99-13.Mike Cornman said is there a motion to move that Ordinance 99-13 be submitted for first reading.Geraldine McIntyre so moved.Patrick Stoffers seconded.Motion passed 4-0.

 

ORDINANCE 99-14 TO AMEND ORDINANCE 98-33 FIXING OF SALARIES

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BUDGET YEAR 1999:

 

Gina Hawkins read Ordinance 99-14 for the Highway 46 project.Diana informed the Council that the pay is the same, it just means that it should come out of water because they are doing a water project.The old salary ordinance had their pay split between water and sewer.Mike Cornman said this is something that is going to go on for quite awhile until it gets done and it will be out of water?Diana said yes.She went ahead and paid them out of water for the simple reason when we get the pay back it is just going to come to water and sewer would have been short, it needs to be retroactive back to last payroll.

 

Mike Cornman recommends to the Council that Ordinance 99-14 be submitted for first reading and be retroactive to the last pay.Geraldine McIntyre so moved.Patrick Stoffers seconded.Motion passed 4-0.

Mike Cornman recommended to the Council that Ordinance 99-14 be adopted on the same day at which it is introduced.Geraldine McIntyre so moved.Patrick Stoffers seconded.Motion passed 4-0.

Mike Cornman recommended to the Council that Ordinance 99-14 be adopted.Geraldine McIntyre so moved.Patrick Stoffers seconded.Motion passed 4-0.

 

ORDINANCE 99-15 FIXING OF SALARIES BUDGET YEAR 2000:

 

Gina Hawkins read Ordinance 99-15 by title only.Patrick Stoffers said it appears to him that there is an inconsistency to Indiana Code.He is saying that because Indiana Code 36-4-9-5 says Section A ďA Board of Public Works and Safety is established in city and B not with standing Subsection A the Legislative Body of a second class city may by Ordinance establish separate boards.Therefore it doesnít appear to him that we have separate boards?Mike Cornman said he sees what you are saying and he agrees with him but for this purpose we just take it out of 2 different funds if it is -------------.Patrick Stoffers said this is amendable, correct?The Council and Clerk said yes.The Clerk said it just has to be before the end of the year.Mike Cornman asked if the Council members had any other questions, it matches up with what was in the budgets.

 

Mike Cornman recommended to the Council that Ordinance 99-15 be submitted for first reading.Gina Hawkins so moved.Geraldine McIntyre seconded.

 

Sandy Hash wanted to know what the annual raise for the different employees this year, what percentage or across the board raise?Mike Cornman said most employees received 4%, and trying to do an alignment of the supervisors they received 8%?Mike Cornman said $4,000, is that right?Diana said yes.Mike Cornman said you could say $4,000 across the board for them.Mike said second in commands, was it almost $2,000?Diana said it was 8%.Mike Cornman said but the hourly workers it worked out he is not sure of the percent raise on the dollar but it equals out to 4% also.

 

Sandy said he would like for verification on the Deputy Clerks salary, she just looked at it quickly and she doesnít believe that is a 4% raise of that positions salary.Are you going to grant that one a 4% raises or if not is there a- Mike Cornman said it is whatever she put in for, the Clerk-Treasurer put in for.Diana said that is 4%.Mike Cornman said you said you put in 4%.Sandy said what is the range?Diana said I took $10.32 times 4% and took that plus which brought it up to $10.74.Sandy said she is sorry she must have misread it then.Sandy asked Mike Cornman is that what it reads?Mike Cornman said yes, it says $9.00 to $10.74.Sandy said she apologies because she looked at it quickly and she thought it said $10.54.

 

Mike Cornman said are there any other questions?There has been a motion and second.Motion passed 4-0.

 

Mike Cornman said he recommends to the Council that Ordinance 99-15 be adopted on the same day at which it is introduced.Geraldine McIntyre so moved.Patrick Stoffers seconded.Mike Cornman said this is done because we are under a time line for this.Motion passed 4-0.

 

Mike Cornman said he recommends to the Council that Ordinance 99-15 be adopted.Geraldine McIntyre so moved.Patrick Stoffers seconded.Motion passed 3-1, Patrick Stoffers voted nay.

 

SUPERVISORS:

 

FALL FESTIVAL PARADE ROUTE-RON MCGLOCKLIN:

 

Ron informed the Council that he put information in their boxes reference the County Highway for the detour for the festival was approved.

 

COMMENTS:

 

None

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Mike Cornman made the motion we adjourn.Geraldine McIntyre so moved.Gina Hawkins seconded.Motion passed 4-0.