Ellettsville, Indiana, Town
Council met in regular
session on Monday, May 8, 2006, at the Fire Department Training and Conference
Room.Patrick Stoffers called the
meeting to order at Lisa Creech led in prayer.William Evans led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Members
present were Patrick Stoffers, President; William Evans, Vice President; Lisa
Creech, Phillip Rogers and Dennis
Hash, Clerk-Treasurer and Mike Spencer, Attorney were also present.
Supervisors Present:Jim Davis, Ron McGlocklin, Jim Ragle, Jay
Humphrey, Frank Nierzwicki, Mike Farmer and Jeff Farmer were present.
Approval of the minutes
Creech made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting of April 24, 2006. William Evans seconded.Motion carried.
Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Creech made a motion to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers. William Evans seconded.Motion carried.
proclaim the week of May 8 through 13 as “Letter Carriers Community Food Drive
Week” in Ellettsville
Creech read the Proclamation in its entirety.Nearly 3,500 MonroeCounty households depend on food stamps and over 4,000 MonroeCounty children qualify for free or reduced price school
meals.Ellettsville is a generous
community with a long history of being responsive to neighbors in need.The Letter Carrier’s Community Food Drive represents a tremendous commitment of time and energy
on the part of our neighborhood.This
year’s Letter Carrier’s Food Drive will be Saturday, May 13, 2006 and the community is encouraged to support our local
letter carriers and agencies working to end hunger by placing a food donation
at their mailbox for collection on the day of the drive. Therefore, the
President of the Ellettsville Town Council
proclaims the week of May 8 through 13 as “Letter Carriers Community Food Drive
Week” in Ellettsville.
Creech made a motion to declare the week of May 8 through 13 as “Letter
Carriers Community Food Drive Week” in Ellettsville.William Evans seconded.Motion carried.
Hash added an advertisement for the food drive was posted at Town Hall and a
flier will be included with the Town employees’ paychecks.
Resolution 08-06 to support the Local
Safe Routes to School Initiative for Richland Bean Blossom Community School
Lisa Creech read the resolution in its entirety.This resolution will allow RichlandBeanBlossomCommunitySchool to become part of the Safe Routes to School program
during the 2006-2007 school year.This
program requires the formation of Teams at each school to include parents,
neighbors and interested teachers to organize contests and events.Safe Routes to School will assist in forming
a community-wide Task Force which will include parents, neighborhood members,
law enforcement and participation of staff from the schools and town to
identify and evaluate safer routes to school for our children.Safe Routes to School will provide safety
education and will evaluate the current infrastructure available to children
who wish to bike or walk to school.The
Town of Ellettsville is pleased to support a local Safe Routes to School
Creech made a motion to adopt Resolution 08-06 to support the Local Safe Routes
to School Initiative for Richland Bean Blossom.William Evans seconded.Motion
York questioned the time and effort of the Towns involvement.Patrick explained this is being driven by the
Superintendent of the schools.There has
been a request made to Congress for some supplemental funding.The 20% local match is being covered by the
School Corporation at this point.
Ordinances on First Reading
Ordinance 06-08 to adopt Supplement 2006
S-3 to the Town of Ellettsville, Indiana Code of Ordinances
Sandra Hash explainedthis
is the annual procedure to compile all the ordinances that have been enacted over
the last year and codify them into our Town Code.The process is completed and updated on our
website.This resolution accepts the
update.Dennis Williamson asked if it was updated through the end of the year.Sandra answered everything prior to April
Ordinance 06-10 to amend Ordinance 05-25
fixing of salaries for budget year 2006
Frank Nierzwicki explained he has been trying to establish a
Redevelopment Commission for the Town of Ellettsville to allow growth and economic vitality.The Plan Commission supports this.This is an effort to get a better economic
base for the Town.The City of Bloomington and MonroeCounty have a number of Redevelopment Districts through out
their area and they both have a Redevelopment Commission. With a Redevelopment
Commission we would protect ourselves and try to diverse our economic base as
much as possible.Patrick reiterated this
was subject to the additional appropriation approved in March.He advised the public he will make three
appointments to the Redevelopment Commission and the Council will make two
appointments at the next meeting.Dennis
asked if there will be monthly meetings scheduled.Frank said there will be monthly meetings the
first six to twelve months to get organized and then possibly meet bi-monthly
depending on activity.
Ordinances on Second Reading
Ordinance 06-09 amending the EllettsvilleTown Code
Section 152.261 concerning signs
Frank Nierzwicki, Director of Planning Services explained the current
sign ordinance needed to be updated to allow size changes and lighted
signs.The Plan Commission made the change
in the Code to bring it up to date with regional sign standards.Lisa Creech questioned “can carry on-premises advertising”.Does it mean “CVS having a Coca Cola sale sign on their main sign and
not on the fence or building”?Frank
Creech made a motion to adopt Ordinance 06-09 amending the Ellettsville Town
Code Section 152.261 concerning signs.William Evans seconded.Motion
Ron McGlocklin, Ellettsville Police had an officer resign leaving the
department a man short.Eric Chaudion
has been a part-time officer with the department for over a year. Ron requested
Eric Chaudion be promoted from part-time to full-time as soon as possible.Eric is Academy Certified and has worked for
the Town in the past.William Evans agreed with Ron’s recommendation.Ron added there is also a Reserve Officer,
who has completed training at the Academy through the Sponsor Program and he
would like to promote him to part-time (Justin Mullis).
Creech made a motion to promote Eric Chaudion from part-time to full-time officer
effective May 9, 2006.William Evans seconded.Motion carried.
Creech made a motion to promote Reserve Officer Justin Mullis from Reserve
Officer to Part-time Officer effective May 9, 2006.William Evans
Frank Nierzwickiinformed the Council there was a training session last
Thursday at the Monroe County Library for the MonroeCounty and Bloomington Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.The Town of Ellettsville had seven in attendance.Patrick asked Frank to speak about some
things that have been done about the Meadowlands traffic since the last
meeting.Frank reviewed the traffic
data.This year the Town has been
involved with the Metropolitan Planning Organization and received equipment to
conduct traffic counting.Jim Ragle and the Street Department put the equipment out and
collected the data.The speed limit is
20 mph but the data found the average speed was 30 mph.In late evening and early morning the speeds
were higher.There were more cars in the
a.m. and higher speeds between He will speak with the Police
and Street Department to assist the residents.Lisa Creech questioned closing the road.Frank said the Town likes connectivity with areas and developments.He will research the collected data to find
out how much “cut through” traffic there actually was.He will have more information and data at the
next meeting.Lisa gave her opinion
about speed limit signs and speed bumps.The police are a great help as long as there is availability.The residents are in agreement to make the
road emergency access only.It would
help to do this temporarily to send a message that speeding will not be
tolerated.Frank would like to do a
review of all the collected data and keep all options open before making a
decision.Lisa would like Frank to take
into consideration what the residents are seeing and experiencing.
Evans asked Frank to give an update on EdgewoodVillage.Frank
announced they are making progress.The
land on the on the south side has an offer to be purchased.It could be finalized in a few weeks.He will be working with the new owner if this
does proceed.The Street Department has
already picked up trash and debris.The
trailer has been removed from the end of Mustang Drive.A survey
should be complete in the next week to show where the fences can be erected by
the end of May 2006.
letter Jim Davis and the Ellettsville Fire Department received from the City of Bloomington’s Fire Chief.It was a thank you letter for assisting the City of Bloomington and the Van Burean Township Fire Department with a fire
on April 14 at the Wapehani Hills Apartments.The letter personally thanked the following:Rocky Sexton, Mark White, Brian Bentley, Mike Cornman and the others on that call.
went on to announce Mike and Jeff Farmer’s
crew are putting blue reflectors on fire hydrants.The Exchange Club gave the Town the
reflectors. If there is a fire hydrant in your yard, it should be clear from
any obstruction within three foot radius.
Items Day is May 13 from
to at all the Solid Waste and Recycling Stations.
Lisa Creech commended the Ellettsville Main Street for working with “Beautify with Banners”.They have been working on this for years and
it is beginning to show.They are
looking for donors for these banners; you can contact Jeana Kapczynski or Ranee Love at
The Journal.The other organization that
works very hard in this community is the Ellettsville Chamber of Commerce and they are having their annual golf outing May 24
at Rolling Meadows.You can
contact the Chamber to support them.
William Evans announced the Reserve Officers put in 221.85 hours in
the month of April and the Town appreciates it. He also commended Justin on his academic
achievements he made at the academy.He
welcomed both Justin and Eric as new members.
Privilege of the Floor – non Agenda
Tammy Milah, Meadowlands resident, commented on the speed tracking
data shared this evening.Her street was
tracked for two and half days and unfortunately the Police Department started
patrolling the same days.There is a
huge difference to how people drive when the Police are present.She also watched the cars go over the
tracking lines; a majority of them brake before going over them and then speed
back up.This was excellent for tracking
the number of cars but not for tracking the speed.If there is a committee created to monitor
speed, she would like to be involved.She
agrees with having an emergency brick gate installed temporarily to at least
send a message the Meadowlands will not be abused.
Todd Royer reiterated the Police were monitoring the same time
the traffic sensors were out.He thanked
the Police for coming out to the Meadowlands as often as they have.He emphasized this is not the solution to the
problem they are having; they can not expect the Police to be there 24 hours a
days 7 days a week.Increased signage is
not going to work either. Speed bumps would be more of a punishment to the
residents living in Meadowlands and it would not be the preferred option.Round a bouts and curvy roads are not
feasible at this stage; the roads are in place.His opinion is to close the road between KelliHeights and the Meadowlands, not permanently; emergency
vehicles and snow plows would still need to use the road.
Karen Sherfick, 806 Meadowlands, supports everything that was said
this evening.She would like to know if
there is something they could do to get others in the Meadowlands
involved.Would it be more progressive
if there were signatures of all residents or letters of support rather than
just the few that attend the meeting?Patrick said she is welcome to do any of those activities and should
coordinate it through the Planning Office.Lisa Creech suggested drafting a
letter and collecting signatures then bringing it to the Council.
Frank Nierzwicki would like to have a special neighborhood meeting or
with the Plan Commission after he reviews the data.