Roll Call: Members present were Dennis Williamson, President; Dan Swafford, Vice-President; Dianna Bastin, Ted Robertson and Phillip Rogers. Sandra Hash, Clerk Treasurer and Mike Spencer, Attorney was also present.
Supervisors Present: Jim Ragle, Jay Humphrey, Jeff Farmer and Frank Nierzwicki were present.
Approval of the minutes
Dianna Bastin made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting April 23, the Executive Session April 26 and Special Session May 7 all in 2007. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried.
Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Dan Swafford made a motion we pay the Accounts Payable Vouchers. Dianna Bastin seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Resolution 07-07 to adopt a Fiscal Plan
Frank Nierzwicki, Director of Planning Services Town of Ellettsville
presented a resolution to annex a portion of
Bastin made a motion we adopt Resolution 07-07 to adopt a Fiscal Plan for
The following discussion took place before the vote was taken
Ordinances on First
Ordinance 07-06 to annex the area known
Frank Nierzwicki announced this is the ordinance to go along with the resolution just presented.
Ordinances on Second
Ordinance 07-03 amending Ordinance 06-20
concerning the annexation of the Early Childhood/Lifeway Baptist/
Frank Nierzwicki explained this ordinance will correct a legal description from last year’s annexation. The Plan Commission gave it a favorable recommendation.
Dianna Bastin made a motion we approve Ordinance 07-03 amending Ordinance 06-20 concerning the annexation of the Early Childhood/Lifeway Baptist/Chapel Hill Wilderness LLC. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
The following discussion took place before the vote was taken
Dan Swafford asked if anything has changed. Frank said “nothing has changed”.
Janie Shipley asked “how far is going to be annexed in”. Frank outlined the area being annexed. Ms. Shipley asked why this was being annexed in. After some discussion it was clarified this was a voluntary annexation by the owners of the specified properties and the Town was not annexing properties of others.
Don Kuster asked what the zoning of this annexation will be. Frank Nierzwicki answered the current zoning for this property is Agriculture and will remain this way. Mr. Kuster asked about the Street, Fire and Police Departments taking care of this property. Dan Swafford explained when the property owner decides to develop on the land; they will need to get approval through the Plan Commission and Town Council first.
Ordinance 07-04 to adopt Supplement 2007 S-4 to the Town of Ellettsville Code of Ordinances
Sandra Hash explained this supplement includes all the ordinances that have been passed during the year 2006. The ordinance accepts this supplement to the code. Dennis clarified this is done every year. The updates are available for pick-up at Town Hall for all Code of Ordinance books. The internet site has already been updated.
Bastin made a motion we adopt 07-04 Supplement 2007 S-4 to the Town of
Ordinance 07-05 to amend Ordinance 06-25 fixing of the salaries for budget year 2007
Sandra Hash summarized the ordinance stating the only change made is to expand the Deputy Marshal salary rate from $1,331.25 to the maximum $1,634.62 biweekly.
Dianna Bastin made a motion that we adopt Ordinance 07-05 to amend Ordinance 06-25 fixing the salaries for the budget year 2007. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried 4-1.
Dianna Bastin, on behalf of the Street Department, gave the other Council Members a document summarizing the 2006 brush pick-up including 2007 to date.
Dennis Williamson asked the public to keep their comments to three minutes or less so everyone will have a chance to speak. Dan Swafford asked for comments to be civil and watch the language.
Sherry Hayes commented on a few items:
Doug Norton pointed out two members were on the last Council with
three members being new. He felt in a
short time there have been stern allegations toward the Marshal. He told a story about wanting to jump into
the water at a lake cottage. His father
reminded him to test the depth of the water first and he feels this Council
didn’t test the water before jumping in.
“The Marshal serves at the pleasure of the
Myra Lee, resident of Richland Manor for 22 years has issues with the Council:
Janie Shipley asked if they were promoting within the Police
Department for the new Marshal.
Justin Mullis understands the Council has a difficult job to do and unpopular decisions to make. He believes only past and present disgruntled employees were interviewed. No one has asked him how he feels about Ron McGlocklin; he would have said Ron is a very generous person who doesn’t know about politicking. He also believes removing the Town Marshal divides the community and further festers the feeling of distrust. Mr. Mullis suggested placing the Town Marshal position up for hire every few years to allow new applicants to challenge each other and the current Marshal. He wants the best for the community.
Doug Norton stated if the Marshal is replaced, it would be a travesty not to promote Captain Jay Humphrey.
Don Kuster presented a petition to the Council to review. He spoke about when he was a State Police
Officer and Town Marshal. He talked
about his past dealings with
· Few hours between shifts
· Radios thrown into the water
· Free coffee
· The K-9
· Reid Dallas using the Police Department
· The Fire Chief in uniform at the voting post on Election Day
Loss of Police
Officers: Stone, Fleener and
· Hiring of Director of Planning Services without the job being posted
· Speaking with Ward 4 representative Dianna Bastin
He stated not only is the Police Department torn up but also the community and the four of the Council Members should resign.
Reid Dallas spoke about the Pledge of Allegiance stating “justice for all”; allowing a defendant to defend himself. He asked if any of the Council ever worked with Ron or spent a day with him. He suggested spending time with someone before making accusations against them. Reid Dallas announced he is Ron’s son-in-law who ran for State Representative; spoke about the 12 page document available to the public mentioning his name and committee. He outlined and clarified the accusations regarding him. The document did not mention anything about the safety of the community and raised the question “isn’t this political”?
Angela Leathers grew up in Ellettsville. Ron McGlocklin is not only the most outstanding Marshal this community has had but he is also a good man. She stated “there is no proof of any of this”. She is disappointed in the Council and has no respect.
David Sorokoty was on the
Marlie Dallas, father of Reid Dallas, questioned the procedure the
Council follows. Was there a fact
finding meeting or what grievances are against Ron? This community is behind
Charles Jacobs, resident
Raymond Freetage served on the Solid Waste Board, School Board, Town
Council and was Police Liaison. He went
to the site where the new station was being built everyday for four months just
to see how things were going. Mr.
Freetage encouraged the Council to visit and tour the new police station. It is important for the policemen, in this
community, to have the respect of the Council and the citizens. On a personal note he expressed his love for
Ron McGlocklin. Mr. Freetage worked
with Ron, since day one, to find what was needed to make a first-class police
station. He went on to say all three of
his children went to Ellettsville Schools and it is heartbreaking to be moving
Ed Bitner, resident on
Ron Wayt is a new citizen to Ellettsville and funeral director at Chandler Funeral Home. Some topics he brought up were:
· He has heard some stories from G.L Chandler, former Board member, about other supervisors. Mr. Chandler instituted the “liaisons”, while he was Town President and believes the current Council has made a sham of it. The liaisons job is to ask Department Supervisors what they may need and not to micromanage.
purchased a home on
· He asked if the officer that reported the radios being destroyed “does he still work for the police department?” He asked why this officer was not demoted or terminated for fraud himself. Ron McGlocklin was demoted on “here say”.
· The charges were brought up before the current members were on the Council. He feels the current Council did not research the allegations. He would like to see a public committee instituted on the new hiring of the Town Marshal. The public should have opportunity to make comments.
· He addressed Phillip Rogers. He was “disgusted” to see Phillip Rogers’s attitude towards the crowd and Mr. Kuster during the Special Meeting. It was unacceptable and feels an apology needs to be made.
Captain Jay Humphrey, Ellettsville Police Department was not going to
comment but felt he needed to.
Mark Davis spoke in support of Ron McGlocklin. He has known Ron since the early 1970s and they served on the Fire Department together. He stated “once you destroy morale, it is very difficult to be build it back”. It is not too late to reverse your decision and make an amendment on the demotion. If the “right decision” is not made he hopes Ron applies for the position again.
Merle Lagneaux stated “Ron has been seriously misused by the Council”. He has known Ron since he was a young man who has grown to be a person who has tremendous character, is trust worthy, loyal and an excellent person. The Council acted more on personal agenda than the Town agenda. He laughed at the charges listed against Ron McGlocklin. The Council should reconsider, take the interest of the city and realize the action was erroneous.
Pat Holt stated every charge and allegation made against Ron McGlocklin has been totally dismissed tonight. The people of Ellettsville have spoken loud and clear; the Council needs to hear them. She recommended the resolution be rescinded to bring this Town back together.
Officer Eric Chaudion with the Ellettsville Police Department agrees with Chuck Jacobs’s comments about the department being destroyed and divided. The Council needs to bring someone in to bring the department back together.
There was yelling in the audience for Ted to make a motion to bring the Marshal back.
Merle Lagneaux spoke again. He
attended the Special meeting on
Ted Robertson asked if he could make a motion and Mike Spencer stated he could make any motion he wants.
Ted Robertson respectfully requested to make a motion that we nullify Ordinance 07-05 to amend 06-25 fixing the salaries for budget year 2007 if possible. No second. Motion dies.
Dan Swafford made a motion we adjourn the meeting. Dianna Bastin seconded. Motion carried. Dennis Williamson adjourned the meeting at