The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met in regular session at 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 24, 2000. Members present were Geraldine McIntyre, President; John Dailey, and David Sorokoty. Members absent were Gina Hawkins, Vice President; and Jerry Pittsford. Mrs. McIntyre called the meeting to order. John Dailey gave the prayer and David Sorokoty led the Pledge of Allegiance.
John Dailey announced his resignation from the Ellettsville Town Council. He has accepted employment in Maryland. He expressed thanks to members of the council and the community.
Geraldine McIntyre appointed David Sorokoty as liaison for the Police Department, Gina Hawkins as liaison to the Utilities Department, and Jerry Pittsford as Grievance Committee person.
Mike Arthur made a request to close the streets just as they were the previous year on behalf of the Monroe County Fall Festival. David Sorokoty made a motion to approve the same street closures as last year for the fall festival. John Dailey seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Ordinance 00-3: An ordinance concerning the annexation of the Westbrook Downs Area which is adjacent and contiguous territory to the Town of Ellettsville: Final Adoption
Geraldine McIntyre announced that this ordinance was tabled tonight because John is leaving, Gina and Jerry are neither one here.
Presentation by the Fourth of July Committee:Missy Mobley and Ranee Brown-Mounce
Missy Mobley thanked all the volunteers at the Fourth of July Festival. Special thanks were given to Ronnie Vandeventer with the Ellettsville Fire Department and the Ellettsville Police Reserves. A check in the amount of $300.00 and a certificate of appreciation was presented to Bob Sowder on behalf Ellettsville Police Reserves. Bob Sowder commented that the Reserves love to serve the community and when someone shows appreciation it makes it all worthwhile.
Ordinance 00-14: An ordinance to amend chapter 854 subdivision regulations required improvements of the Ellettsville town code:Reintroduce with revisions
David Sorokoty read the ordinance by title only. David explained the change to the ordinance and said it was being referred to the Ellettsville Plan Commission for review August 3, 2000 and then returned with their recommendation. Final vote by the council will be on August 14, 2000.
Ordinance 00-18: An ordinance pursuant to IC 8-1.5-3-9.1 removing the Town’s water utility from the jurisdiction of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for the approval of rates and charges and theissuance of stocks, bonds, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness: Reintroduced with a correction to Section 2 (a) reducing the percentage from 10% to 2% of the registered voters
David Sorokoty read the ordinance by title only. Geraldine McIntyre said this is a reintroduction because of a correction in Section 2(a) reducing the percentage from 10% to 2% of the registered voters.
Resolution 12-00: A resolution authorizing and directing the publication and mailing of notice concerning a proposed ordinance removing the town’s water utility from the jurisdiction of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for the approval of certain matters:
David Sorokoty read the resolution by title only. David Sorokoty made a motion to accept Resolution 12-00. John Dailey seconded the motion.
A question was asked about clarification of certain matters. Wes Marion stated his understanding was that certain matters would be the items that are discussed in Ordinance 00-18 and that it was only for the water utility
Wallace Wampler discussed the poor notice that Westbrook Downs residents received regarding this meeting. Sandra Hash explained the meeting notification policy of the Town and that as soon as she was notified by the council that this was going to be on the agenda she contacted the H-T and The Journal. However, The Journal has already gone to print and the City Editor at the H-T saw to it that a notice appeared in their paper. David Sorokoty stated that the town would advertise sooner the next time.
Geraldine noted that the council needed a motion to table Ordinance 00-3. David Sorokoty made a motion to table Ordinance 00-3 to a later date. Motion passed.
Geraldine McIntyre stated that when we get a new board and this comes up again the meeting will have to be in a bigger place. The Town Hall only holds 25–30 people at the most according to our Fire Chief. We will have it at another place, either Edgewood High School in the auditorium or at the Endwright Center and you will be notified.
Questions were raised by the audience regarding opting out of the IURC and rates. Mike Farmer said the sewer is not regulated by the IURC. 254 communities have opted out of IURC regulation. He mentioned the North Lawrence Water Company is considering pulling out. He stated he thought IURC was another level of bureaucracy. Hearings are held in Indianapolis during the workday. He said he thought that being part of the IURC does not personally do you any good unless you have time to go up to Indianapolis. He questioned the notification process for IURC hearings but indicated he did not know how well it would be, maybe the paper or whatever. He restated that he thought it was another level of bureaucracy and discussed a recent request they made to fix rates for new service hook-ons. He discussed that opting out previously came up 3 or 4 years ago. He noted that there was a rate increase recently associated with an increase in the wholesale price the utility pays for water. He noted that there are no current plans to raise the water rates in the future. Motion Passed.
Present candidate for appointment to the Police Reserves:
Geraldine McIntyre stated this was tabled until further notice and she thought it was to be taken off the agenda. She stated that the council would not vote on a new reserve police officer until they have a resume and the board does a background check.
Rick stated during the last SR 46 meeting it was noted that if the town desired decorative streetlights they would need to know beforehand to accommodate it in the project.
David discussed the time he had spent over the weekend concerning the Police Department, the town’s hiring policy, the Town Council, and other issues. He did not want to spend negative time on this council. He wants to spent positive time on this council. He discussed funding for the police reserves. Dave noted he will start attending the monthly reserve police meeting.
Geraldine announced the grand opening of the Hoosier Bar and Grill will be this Saturday at 6:30 PM. The Sale Street meeting will be on August 15th at the Library at 7:00 PM. Highway 46 has a meeting on July 26th at 12:00 PM at the Library.
MINUTES AND CLAIMS
David Sorokoty made a motion to accept the minutes and claims. John Dailey seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Rachel Peden asked about the procedure to place the question of opting out of the IURC on the ballot. Mike Farmer stated he did not think it would be on the ballot unless there is petition or protest against it. There was further discussion about the assessment of hook-on fees, contrasting what they wanted to do versus what the IURC told them they have to do. There was discussion about addressing the council and ratepayers not being able to vote in town elections.
Bob Sowder asked the council about the time frame that the council will do background checks. David Sorokoty stated he already had resumes for (Jeff) Thomas and (Tony) Bowlen and he had not brought them to the council. He stated that they had his full support. Sandra Hash told the council we received the resume for the new reserve officer on Friday and they had the resume in their mailboxes since early this morning. David Sorokoty told Bob Sowder the process would be handled in due time.
John Dailey made a motion to adjourn. David Sorokoty seconded the motion. Motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.
D. Geraldine McIntyre, President
Gina Hawkins, Vice President
Sandra C. Hash, Clerk-Treasurer