Roll Call: Members
present were Dianna S. Bastin, Vice-President;
Approval of the minutes
Bastin entertained a motion for the approval of the minutes for the Regular and
Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
David Drake made a motion we pay the Accounts Payable Vouchers. Phillip Smith seconded. Motion carried.
Proclamation for the
Dianna Bastin thanked Coach Brown, Coach Farmer and the Edgewood
Seniors for attending the meeting.
Dianna read the proclamation in its entirety. The Edgewood High School basketball team
finished the season with a school record of 23 wins, had the best overall
two-year regular season record in the state, completed a third straight perfect
Western Indiana Conference Championship title season and participated in the
prestigious Hall of Fame Classic defeating Class 4A’s number one team. The
thanked Steve Sturgeon of the Ellettsville Journal for the statistics and help in
the writing of the Proclamation.
Resolution 05-08 Dispose of Surplus Property for the Police Department
Tony Bowlen, Marshal for the Town of
David Drake entertained a motion we adopt Resolution 05-08 with the amendment of the year of one of the vehicles. Brian Mobley seconded. Roll call vote: Dianna Bastin – yes; David Drake – yes; Brian Mobley – yes; Phillip Smith – yes. Motion carried 4-0.
Bloomington Leadership Project to develop Community Center in Ellettsville
Cheryln Crees introduced the people in her group; Jeff Baldwin, Nova
Cardin and Kelly Wise. Ms. Crees
Jeff Baldwin, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington pointed out not many places in this country at the local government level do you see prayer, the pledge and calling out local heroes. This is a source of pride for this community. A community center would be a great opportunity for the youth. Mr. Baldwin hi-lighted some of the results of a survey taken by 131 different residents of the community:
· 49% of the children participate in NO after school program
· 74% believe there is not enough youth programming
· 90% believe Ellettsville should have a community center
· 64% of the children would require transportation of some type to the center
· 93% would encourage others to use the community center
· 51% would be willing to volunteer
· 47% would be willing to assist
Mr. Baldwin and his group are very excited about this and feel this is something that should happen in Ellettsville. They are doing the research to make sure this program has a strong foundation to ensure success. Mr. Baldwin listed the names of the people who are in support of this community center; school principals, library managers, social workers and directors of all the Bloomington facilities involved. Mr. Baldwin presented eight letters of support and read two aloud; one from Ms. Wise and the other from Mickey Needham, Ellettsville Library Branch Manager. Mr. Baldwin quoted the number of youths that have been served in the past by the different agencies and presently could not:
· Big Brothers/Big Sisters could not serve 40 youth because of the location
Boys & Girls
· Girls, Inc. have 10 children not able to be served
Baldwin is using tonight’s presentation as a “springboard” to accomplish their goal. His group has completed the initial legwork,
spoke with community members, developed a business plan and has toured a
potential site. They are asking the
Beth Krouse, Executive Director for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of
South Central Indiana spoke as a parent of an
Steven Kain, School Superintendent offered his support to this effort. This would not detract from the current after school programs in any way. The School Corporation plans to provide transportation from the schools to Eagles Landing.
Frank Nierzwicki, Director of Planning Services has been contacted regarding the Community Center. This is something that is needed in Ellettsville and is in the Comprehensive Plan. The I-69 Planning Grant will include a Community Development Planner that will work with this program and also the School Corporation. Frank has a lot of confidence with this group.
Brian Mobley had a business at Eagles Landing and wants everyone to be aware of the supervision of the children; will they be busy, contained and not hanging out causing problems. There is a need for in-house policing.
Sandra Hash received a letter from Jim Fielder, Secretary Monroe
County Election Board requesting to use the Fire Station Conference Room as a
polling location on both Tuesday May 6 and
Dianna Bastin entertained a motion to allow the Election Board to use the Ellettsville Fire Station as a polling place for 1 & 8. David Drake made a motion that we do so on May 6th and November 4th. Brian Mobley seconded. Motion carried.
Jim Davis, Ellettsville Fire gave an update on the van they put
on e-bay. It had a minimum reserve of
$2,500 and sold for $2,550 to a retired Ford Motor employee out of
went over the Fire Department’s year end report. The emphasis was on aerial training. The Fire Department made 1,579 emergency
responses of some type; mostly medical assisted calls. The Fire Department provides a back-up
Tony Bowlen, Ellettsville Police asked Council approval for perspective Reserve Officers. Eric Chaudion introduced three candidates who all have prior law enforcement experience; Nathan Martin, Bobby Johnson and Dan Emerick.
Brian Mobley made a motion to accept them into the Reserves for the Ellettsville Police Department. David Drake seconded. Roll call vote: Dianna Bastin – yes; David Drake – yes; Brian Mobley – yes; Phillip Smith – yes. Motion carried 4-0.
Privilege of the Floor
Steve Kain thanked the Town of Ellettsville Street Department and Jim Ragle for removing the sand and salt from the streets around the school complex.
David Drake made a motion to adjourn. Phillip Smith seconded. Motion carried. Dianna Bastin adjourned the meeting at