Ellettsville, Indiana, Town
Council met in regular
session on Monday, March 26, 2007, at the Fire Department Training and Conference
Room.Dan Swafford called the meeting to
order at Dianna Bastin led the Pledge
of Allegiance and Sandra Hash in prayer.
Roll Call: Members
present were Dan Swafford, Vice-President; Dianna Bastin, Ted Robertson and Phillip Rogers. Sandra Hash, Clerk Treasurer and Rick Coppock, Town Engineer was also present.Dennis Williamson, President and Mike Spencer, Attorney was on
Supervisors Present:Jim Davis, Jim Ragle, Ron McGlocklin, Mike
Farmer, Jeff Farmer and Frank Nierzwicki were present.
Approval of the minutes
Bastin made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting March 12, 2007.Phillip
Rogers seconded.Motion carried.
Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Bastin made a motion that we pay the Accounts Payable Vouchers. Phillip Rogers seconded.Motion carried.
Open Bids for 1997 Ford Crown Victoria
Sandra Hash opened and announced two bids.The first bid was for $302 and the other
Bastin made a motion that we accept the bid of $800 for a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car.Phillip Rogers seconded.Roll
call vote:Dan Swafford – yes; Dianna
Bastin – yes; Ted Robertson – yes; Phillip Rogers – yes.Motion carried
Resolution 03-07 authorizing
expenditures from the Rainy Day Fund to cover unexpected expenses
Bastin made a motion to approve Resolution 03-07 authorizing expenditures from
the Rainy Day Fund to cover unexpected expenses.Phillip Rogers seconded.Motion carried 3-1.
Ordinance on Second Reading
Ordinance 07-02 to amend Ordinance 06-25
fixing of the Salaries for Budget Year 2007
Dianna Bastin explained the Water and Sewer Fund would like a
position to be changed from Temporary Part-Time to Temporary Full-Time.The other section of this ordinance is to
remove “16 hours per week” for the Code Enforcement Assistant.Dianna clarified the money has already been
budgeted for 16 hours and she does not want them to run out of money to pay
this position.She would like to amend
this ordinance to change the Water and Sewer Fund and leave the Code
Enforcement as is.Sandra asked about
adding the Temporary Part-Time line to the Planning and Zoning.Dianna understands these two positions can be
separate.Sandra clarified striking both
references to the Code Enforcement Assistant.Dan Swafford asked if this will need another reading with the
changes.Sandra said this could be
passed as amended.
Bastin made a motion to accept Ordinance 07-02 as amended.Phillip Rogers seconded.Motion carried.
of Planning Services introduced two individuals from the Southern Indiana
Pediatric who will be opening an office very soon in Ellettsville; Doctors
Jason Simmons and Amy Simpson.Jason Simmons
introduced himself and said he is a 1992 graduate of EdgewoodHigh
recently joined SIP.He graduated from
IU in 1996, went to IU Medical School and did his residency at RileyHospital.The SIP goal
date for opening is May 21, 2007.He is happy to be back in his
hometown and looks forward to working here.Sandra asked if he was related to a teacher and he said yes.Sandra welcomed him to the community and
commented this will be a great asset.
Amy Simpson introduced herself and said she graduated
from MedicalSchool at the University of Kansas
in 1986.She did her residency at RileyChildrenHospital finishing in 1989.She practiced in Arkansas
for 11 years.She has worked for SIP, in
all of their offices, for 5 ½ years.She
has three children and will be glad to be working in Ellettsville.
Ron Wayt, Monroe County Fall Festival President requested street
closures for the Festival.The Festival
will be September 20, 21, 22 (Thursday – Saturday) and be held at Lewis
Park.The Eagles Landing will not be
used for the festival grounds as last year.He would like Park Street from State Road 46 to where it joins Ritter including Campbell’s Park Drive closed off.The intersection of Turtleback Creek Drive and Park Street will also be closed.He spoke with Ron
McGlocklin and Jim Ragle who said this is not a problem.The streets will be shut down completely
because last year the cars continued to drive through. They are requesting the
main roads be closed Thursday at
until the Festival closes Saturday night.The streets will be closed with barricades and a staffed person directing
traffic.The only traffic allowed in Campbell’s Park Drive will be used only as an access to handicapped parking
at Campbell’s Park.Additional handicapped parking will be at the RBBYS baseball field.The vendors will also park at the baseball
field.If the weather is nice they are
expecting 50,000 people which will be an asset to the community.
Dan Swafford asked Ron McGlocklin
and Jim Davis if there were any problems with this street closing.Ron McGlocklin said the street closings will be easier to handle at
one location.Dianna clarified the
streets will be closed from Temperance to Ritter, Campbell’s Park Drive and Turtleback Drive.
Dianna Bastin made a motion we allow the Festival to
close the roads from Park Street on Temperance to Ritter, Campbell’s Park Drive, the entrance to Turtleback.Phillip Rogers seconded.Motion carried.
Ron Waytstated there are a lot of people working on this but
would like more volunteers.He invited the
Board members to attend the meeting Thursday at the park.The Shelter House will need some
improvements; the money will come from the Fall Festival budget and they will
go before the Parks Board and Trustee.He questioned this because the Shelter House was built and paid for by
the Fall Festival but the rest of the land requires going through so many
different people to get anything done.He would like the Town Board to look at having one governing body in
charge of the park.It is very
confusing.Ron was told he needed to go
before the Parks Board before any repairs are done to the building.There is $10,000 worth of repairs and
renovating that needs to be done.This
will help the Parks Board rent out this facility since some of the changes
include a handicap ramp onto the stage, a solid floor and post removal from the
stage.Ron has received two estimates on
the work that needs to be done.Being a
home owner and part of the community, he would like to see things planned out
and working properly.
Dianna suggested starting with the Parks Board to see
if they are willing to take command of this situation.Dan thanked Ron for his help to make this
Festival great and successful.
had a few concerns:
Resolution passed tonight - she asked if the car, already allocated to the
Director of Planning Services, had money originally allocated in the
budget for the repair and up keep of that car.If there was, were repairs made to the
vehicle unsuccessfully requiring it to be replaced?If it does need to be replaced, why was
the decision made to replace it with an SUV?Why wasn’t a more “budget conscious”
vehicle selected like a small pick-up?As a taxpayer, she feels the Town has a duty to the
taxpayers to be as fiscally responsible as possible.
– the new road being constructed does not meet the angle required by
Subdivision Regulations.The new
house being constructed is below both street levels.She expressed concern since Town money
was used to correct a situation with another house in the Meadowlands that
had flood water rushing in because it was below street level.If this is not a violation of any
ordinances; she does not want to see Town money used to correct it when
people buy the house and complain because there is water.Dianna asked if this house was being
built for someone.Sherry Hayes did
WalkBridge – the developer built a walk bridge across the creek connecting
both pieces of the property behind the house.The bridge could become dislodged in
high water and create a dam which could cause more flooding.There are other walk bridges on this
creek.She questioned if they have
proper permits or if they have a legal right to do this giving an example
of a walking bridge at the ball park that required approval from the DNR.
Ordinances – She does not believe our PUD zoning have sufficient
ordinances backing them.It seems
to reference back to the Thoroughfare Plan which does not appear to be an
ordinance.There are less ordinances
covering development in Ellettsville now than in the past.Ellettsville should have better, clearer
and concise ordinances.Developers
can come into town and do what they want.It is the taxpayers of Ellettsville that will pay for this lack of
protection.Why are so many things
being called a PUD when her understanding of a Planned Urban Development
should be a mixture of zoning types?
Ed Bitner, Main Street resident liked Sherry Hayes’ comments about several
things.He had some other items to
questioned Dan Swafford about not asking for Public Comment the on
Resolution voted on this evening.
He has not
heard anything regarding the sign at Jack and Jill Daycare.Frank Nierzwicki answered it has been
turned over to the Attorney for follow up.
“Did I miss the meeting where the Town Board voted to raise the cable
Sandra Hash answered the Board had not voted to
increase the franchise fee.Ed Bitner
explained his cable bill had gone up and he called the cable company.The cable company explained “the Town of Ellettsville raised their percentage on the Franchise Fee and to
talk to the Board”.Sandra Hash stated
she can verify an increase has not come before the Town Council.The whole
concept of cable has changed. Legislation
has changed the way it is handled; they must now go through the Indiana Utility
Regulatory Commission.She received a
letter stating the Town will continue to receive franchise fees, but no
increase was indicated.Ed Bitner replied
he spoke with the cable company who did say the percentage went up in
Ellettsville and the Town Board voted to bring it up.Sandra clarified that did not happen.
Bastin made a motion we adjourn.Phillip
Rogers seconded.Motion carried. Dan
Swafford adjourned the meeting at