Roll Call: Members present were Dan Swafford, Vice-President; Dianna Bastin, Ted Robertson and Phillip Rogers. Sandra Hash, Clerk Treasurer; Mike Spencer, Attorney and Rick Coppock Town Engineer were also present. Dennis Williamson was absent.
Supervisors Present: Jim Davis, Jim Ragle, Gary Darland, Mike Farmer and Frank Nierzwicki were present.
Letter of Resignation
Dan Swafford asked Sandra Hash to read a letter from Dennis Williamson. Sandra read the letter in its entirety:
To Jim Fielder,
resign from the Ellettsville Town Council Ward 2 Member effective
Phillip Rogers made a motion that we elect Dan Swafford to President of the Ellettsville Town Council. Dianna Bastin seconded. Motion carried.
Dan Swafford appointed himself to the Monroe County Solid Waste Committee.
Approval of the minutes
Bastin made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Meeting of
Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Dianna Bastin made a motion we pay Accounts Payable Vouchers. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried.
Resolution 10-07 Transfer of Sewer Hook-ons
Sandra Hash read the resolution in its entirety. Randall and Connie Cassady were granted, by
the Town of
Dianna Bastin made a motion that we vote on Resolution 10-07 Transfer of Sewer Hook-ons. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried.
Proposal to place an FM antenna on the
Stanton Doyle has the deed release restriction forms from Randy and Connie Cassady and Cook, Inc. He has a site release agreement that Mike Spencer prepared with changes. Dan Swafford asked how much electricity will be used with this antenna. Stanton Doyle explained there will be a receiver and broadcasting antenna that uses very little electricity. A nominal fee of $100 a year will be paid for the electricity. Ted Robertson questioned section 5 (C) of the contract “Tenant shall have the right, as its sole cost and expense, to operate”; would that apply to the electricity? Mike Spencer explained the problem with the electricity is the metering because there is only one meter. Ted asked who would be responsible for the overage. Mike Spencer said the Town will pay anything over the $100 because there is only one meter.
Dianna Bastin made a motion that we agree to a proposal to place an FM antenna on the McNeely Street Water Tower by WFHB Bloomington Community Radio. Phillip Rogers seconded. Roll call vote: Ted Robertson – yes; Phillip Rogers – yes; Dan Swafford – yes; Dianna Bastin – yes. Motion carried.
Proposal to purchase a replacement Rescue Squad for the Curry Pike Fire Station
Jim Davis, Ellettsville Fire Department would like to replace a
1984 Chevy Blazer that was owned by the Department of Natural Resources. This was originally a military vehicle used
by the Army for ten years. The
Ellettsville Fire Department used it as an
Dianna Bastin made a motion that we agree to a proposal to purchase a replacement Rescue Squad for the Curry Pike Fire Station otherwise known as Station 8. Phillip Rogers seconded. Roll call vote: Ted Robertson – yes; Phillip Rogers – yes; Dan Swafford – yes; Dianna Bastin – yes. Motion carried.
Gary Darland, Town Marshal thanked for all of the help from the
Council over the last week. He has met
with the Fire Chief and Clerk. He has
received tremendous cooperation from the Police Department. He spoke about all the people in the
department and the different ways they have helped during this transition.
Jim Ragle, Ellettsville Street Department thanked the Utilities Department for helping him put in a culvert.
He asked for any Council member to ride along with him to see all the brush. Brush is a problem and takes 4-5 days using six guys every month. He thinks the problem is people are hiring out to have trees taken down and they are leaving the brush for the Street Department to pick up. Jim would like the Council to think about charging fees in cases like these. Dan Swafford suggested Dianna ride along since she is the Street Department Liaison. Dianna agreed with Jim about the problem with the brush. Jim went on to say brush pick up has always been a problem and time consuming. This is something they have always done and they do not mind it but disposing of it is also a big problem.
Jim is in the process of hiring a new employee. He received 55 applications and will interview two or three. He announced to the public that he will not be able to respond in a letter thanking those who applied. He will be off next week but hopes to have a new employee by September.
Jim Davis announced a fireman retired July 1st after 34 years of service. Bill Carter started out as a volunteer and worked a lot of years.
Dianna Bastin reiterated Jim Davis’ words about Bill Carter. Dianna fought fires with him and she was lucky enough to do his retirement announcement for Central Dispatch. We are really proud of Bill Carter and will miss him.
Dianna has been talking to Jim Ragle about the brush. Something will need to be done about the people leaving the large piles of brush.
Sherry Hayes, Town resident thanked the Fire Department for the fireworks and appreciates all the work. She let the Street Department know she has a new neighbor that has been cleaning up his yard and has huge piles of brush but they are not from a hired tree removal company.
Sherry Hayes clarified she was the one who contacted Peggy Welch. If the local Town Council is not going to do their jobs and not listen to what the public asks, she will go to the state to file a formal complaint. Someone has to protect the residents.
Dan Swafford received e-mails and pictures from a resident in the Meadowlands showing tire marks going through peoples’ yard and on the sidewalks. He asked Marshal Darland to start beefing up the patrol in that area. Marshal Darland also received copies of the e-mail. He requested all officers document the time when they patrol the Meadowlands. Marshal Darland also spoke with the lady’s husband that sent the e-mail.
Sandra Hash received a thank you note from the Farmer Family for the flowers that were sent in the passing of their grandmother.
Dan Swafford thanked Dennis Williamson and appreciated the job he
did. Dennis was a great mentor to
Dan. Dennis meant a lot to this
community and we are sad to see him leave.
Dan hopes Dennis is enjoying himself in
Phillip Rogers made a motion to adjourn. Dianna Bastin seconded. Motion carried. Dan Swafford adjourned the meeting at