The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met in regular session at 7:30 PM, Monday, November 26, 2001 at the Monroe County Library Ellettsville Branch Meeting Room. Jerry Pittsford called the meeting to order and led the prayer. Michael Cornman led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jerry asked for roll call of Council Members. Members present were Jerry Pittsford, President; David Sorokoty, Vice President; Michael Cornman, and David Drake. Also present were Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer and Mike Spencer, Town Attorney. Geraldine McIntyre was absent.
Addition to the Agenda
Mike Cornman made the motion to amend the Agenda by adding Resolution 18-01 Transfer of Funds under Resolutions and AT&T Agreement and Halls Signs Presentation under New Business. David Sorokoty seconded. Motion carried.
Ordinances on First Reading
Ordinance 01-29 to amend Ordinance 01-27
David Drake made the motion to table Ordinance 01-29 until next meeting. Mike Cornman seconded. Motion carried.
Resolution 18-01 Transfer of Funds
David Drake read the resolution. Jim Davis, Fire Chief explained the need for transfers in the Fire line. The small building is co-owned by E. F. D., Bloomington Hospital Ambulance Service, B-N-L Communications and Bloomington Police Department and it housed the radio equipment. This building was damaged during the recent windstorm in October. Jim would like to build a bigger building to replace this one making a small room for the radio equipment and using the rest for storage space for the Fire Department Station # 8. He has spoken with the Insurance Company and they are going to pay for 1/5 of the cost and he has received two quotes on constructing the new building, which is for approximately $ 8,000. Therefore, he requested the transfer of monies to help pay for the new building. David Drake moved to adopt Resolution 18-01. David Sorokoty seconded. Motion carried and Mike Cornman abstained.
Ordinances on Second Reading None
Grants for Main Street Programs
Jerry Pittsford asked if Mike Spencer had reviewed the paperwork, which he had. The Main Street Program is seeking approval for Traffic Gateway Islands and the Heritage Trail. Jeana Kapczynski explained they are not sure if they’re ready to proceed with the Heritage Trail paperwork but suggested we should begin the process anyway. David Drake moved to endorse the grant request for the Main Street Programs for Gateways and the Heritage Trail project. Mike Cornman seconded. Motion carried.
Sandy has been collaborating with Ellettsville’s Postmaster Clint Sherrill on the possibility of having a drive-up mailbox to accommodate customers needs and prevent possible traffic jams on Sale Street due to parking in front of the Post Office illegally. Jerry Barnes, the local INDOT supervisor, gave his approval and agreed
to relocate if needed when the stage is removed. Mike Cornman made the motion to approve the drive-up mailbox by the stage. David Drake seconded. Motion carried.
Christmas Gift and Holiday Survey Results
The majority of employees who voted chose to receive a turkey or ham for a Christmas gift from the Town and to have Christmas Eve off allowing a four-day weekend during the Christmas Holiday. David Drake moved to give as a Christmas gift to the Town employees a coupon enabling them to purchase a turkey or ham and Christmas Eve be the holiday instead of the Day after Christmas for this year. Mike Cornman seconded. Motion carried. Sandy invited the employees to the traditional Christmas luncheon pitch in on Wednesday, December 19th from 11-2 at Town Hall.
Hall Signs Presentation
Mr. Randy Barnard of Hall Signs presented the Speed View advisory sign. He suggested Reeves Road, in front of the new elementary school, would be a good location for the sign. He explained it requires input voltage of 110 AC of 12 DC. They suggest the AC hardwire with a quick connect to allow easy movement. He said multiple locations are recommended and we could have this sign for $ 4,400. Jerry asked Jim Ragle if funds were available in the sign appropriation line? Jim said there was approximately $3,000 available. Jerry along with Ron McGlocklin saw a demonstration of the sign at the High School. Mike Cornman asked if the school was interested in participating in purchasing the signs. Jerry was unsure. Mr. Barnard explained that this sign could function as an extra speed control with the occasional back up of a Police Officer to maintain the integrity of its use. David Drake commented that the new school is in a unique area being more on a country road and speeders would make it more dangerous for the children so this may be a way to prevent accidents. Mr. Barnard added there is a timer option, but he does not recommend turning the sign off. The Council will take the presentation under advisement.
Ellettsville Police Reserves – appointment of new Reserve Police Officer
Bob Sowder explained that Clayton Cooper has met the requirements. He attends Indiana State for Criminology. He has a certificate from Ivy Tech for EMS/ Medical. He lives in Bloomington. He was in Monroe County Auxiliary but wanted to work for Ellettsville. Mike Cornman made motion to accept Clayton Cooper as a new Police Reserve Officer for Ellettsville. David Drake seconded. Motion carried.
Rick Coppock explained the existing fiber optic lines are located on the 56.87 acres housing the Waste Water Treatment Plant. The easements are along the old railroad and will not interfere with any existing roadways. David Drake moved to approve the easement agreement with AT&T for the Waste Water Treatment Plant property. Mike Cornman seconded. Motion carried.
Well Site Presentation – A Copy of the Presentation is in the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office.
Eppley Institute Graduate Students Token Barnthouse, John Drew, Junius Ho and Erin Policinski gave their presentation for the Well Site property.
The Plan includes an Introduction, Population and Demographics, Existing Recreation and Parks Inventory, Community Assessment, Site Suitability Analysis, and Site Design Alternatives. They spoke of the need to make some of the wells safer by capping or fencing.
They also suggested grants might be available for the endangered species inhabiting this property. The plan should be also be approved and adopted by the Council. Jerry added they would like the Park and Recreation Board’s approval first.
The Council expressed their thanks to the students for a job well done.
Action to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Mike Cornman moved to approve the accounts payable vouchers. David Sorokoty seconded. Motion carried.
Approval of the Minutes of the regular meeting of November 12, 2001
A motion was made by David Sorokoty and seconded by David Drake to approve the minutes of November 12, 2001. Motion carried.
Jim Davis told that Station # 8’s roof is under roof again.
Mike Spencer spoke concerning the Insight contract. About three months ago he submitted a revised contract to Insight. He requested by email on October 31st a proposal with the changes they wanted so we could look it over and they did not respond.
A motion was made by Mike Cornman and seconded by David Drake to adjourn. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.
Jerry Pittsford, President David Sorokoty, Vice President
Mike Cornman David Drake
Geraldine McIntyre Sandra C. Hash