November 13, 2012

 

 

 

 

The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met for a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at the Fire Department Training and Conference Room.  Dan Swafford called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  David Drake led the Pledge of Allegiance followed with a prayer by Phillip Smith. 

 

Roll Call:  Members present were Dan Swafford, Vice President; David Drake and Phillip Smith. Scott Oldham and Dianna Bastin were absent.  Sandra Hash, Clerk Treasurer, Darla Brown, Town Attorney, and Rick Coppock, Bynum Fanyo and Associates, Town Engineer, were also present.

 

Supervisors Present were:  Jim Davis, Connie Griffin, Mike Farmer and Jeff Farmer.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Scott Oldham entertained a motion for the approval of the minutes for the regular meeting on October 22, 2012.  David Drake so moved.  Phillip Smith seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Accounts Payable Vouchers

 

Scott Oldham entertained a motion for action to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers.  Phillip Smith so moved.  David Drake seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Clerk-Treasurer’s Report

October 2012 Fund Balances

 

 

September

 MTD

MTD

August

 

Beginning Balance

 Revenue

Expenses

Ending Balance

 

 

 

 

 

General

$   336,996.71

$       44,031.54

$   150,067.22

$     230,961.03 

 

 

 

 

 

MVH

$     95,217.22

   $       35,044.07

$     29,104.17

$     101,157.12

 

 temporary loan

 $     50,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water O&M

$   196,530.65

 $     168,722.53

$    124,967.41

$     240,285.77

 

 

 

 

 

Waste Water O&M

$   293,357.67

$     174,433.41

$    146,288.26

$     321,502.82 

 

New Business

 

IU Spea V-450 Class Presentation

 

Connie Griffin, Director of Planning, introduced Indiana University students from the Urban Development and Planning/V-450 course of the Service Learning Program.  Their instructor is Frank Nierzwicki.  Those present to give a presentation on the Heritage Trail were Alex Cole, Cody Ecoff, Zach Lomita, Alex Murzyn and Jeff Jewel.

 

Jeff Jewel explained they’re in a senior level service learning class.  Mr. Nierzwicki brought representatives from several Indiana cities to talk about projects they thought could use additional research.  They were really excited about the trail project.  This type of project can be a catalyst for community revitalization.  With 6,378 residents and seven miles from Indiana University they have a great bicycle commuting climate.  One of their ideas is to do an architectural tour.  The location of the trail head is a nice spot to create a self-guided tour.  They’re also thinking about a farmers market tie-in.  One of the issues with new community trails is the fact people are concerned there’s no reason to go there.  They felt the downtown parking at the trail head is a perfect spot to form a new farmers market.  Within 50 miles of Ellettsville there are 73 growers and producers listed in the Local Growers Guild.  There’s a successful farmers market in Bloomington and Spencer has an increasingly successful market and both are on Saturday mornings.  To do a farmers market on another day may be successful.  There is also the appeal of sustainable tourism. 

 

Cody Ecoff discussed case studies between the Heritage Trail and those of similar communities such as the canal trail in Canal Winchester, Ohio, and the Portage Hike and Bike Trail in Ravenna, Ohio.  In Gahanna, Ohio, 97% of the people thought parks and recreation made the city what it is.  Eighty-seven (87%) of the people thought that bike trails and connectivity were the most important features of the community.  A 2001 survey of executives of Fortune 500 companies found quality of life issues were the second most important thing they looked for in a community when setting up a business. 

 

Alex Cole spoke about the economical and environmental impact of trails.  Trails can help with water and air pollution.  Ellettsville has had flooding in the past.  The trail is located next to a creek and the trail can help absorb run-off from the hills.  Trails can also preserve the environment because it is a sustainable use of land for the future.  Additional trees and plants to the trail can be beneficial to the environment as well as reducing maintenance cost.  Trails produce business which can expand existing businesses and help create jobs.  All the research finds trails to have a positive economic impact.  Houses located near trails sell for nine percent more than other homes.   Trails rank number two as the most important local amenity.

 

Zach Lomita discussed attractions to bring people to the trail.  There should be a grand opening for the trail and advertising is a plus.  Events will keep people coming back to the trail, such as local celebrities to meet and greet at the trail, an annual cookout, farmers markets, educational field trips, walk-a-thons, involve volunteers, and concert with local bands.

 

Alex Murzyn spoke about business aspects of the trail.  He presented a photograph of the parking lot across from Town Hall.  There is an empty building by the parking lot that is empty.  There is a comparative building in Bloomington called Bike and Bean which is 500 to 2,000 square feet.   It could also house a sporting good store/coffee shop, restaurants that provide snack foods and refreshments for people entering or exiting the trail, bike and blade repair shops and health oriented tents for blood drives or general check ups.  All of these options will promote the growth of the local economy.  It makes the Town a good destination as opposed to a place that people pass through.  The new business will create new jobs for local citizens.  A progress fund helps business along the trail for development to retain and create jobs.

 

Jeff Jewel thanked everyone for listening to their presentation.  They distributed copies of their Executive Summary and will be completing a paper with all of their findings.  In conclusion, the trail will bring people downtown.  One of the biggest problems is getting people downtown.  The Town can promote eco-tourism, cultural tourism and bicycle commuting.  It will create a more vibrant city center, support small business development and economic diversity.  The businesses bike trails bring about are sustainable.  It will increase the desirability of Ellettsville housing.  The trail could be a catalyst for civic pride for Ellettsville.

 

Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization Updated Maps for Ellettsville Signatures

 

Sandra Hash explained the maps need signatures.  Scott Oldham came by the office and signed them on this date.  They’ve changed due to the census.

 

Agreement Between the Town of Ellettsville and University Health Bloomington Concerning Housing an Ambulance at Station 8

 

Fire Chief Jim Davis explained this is the annual renewal of the contract between Ellettsville and IU Bloomington Hospital.  The only difference in the contract from the previous year is the dates and the amount they’re paying this year.  It went up five percent which is a little over $2,000.  The Town Attorney has reviewed the agreement and emailed the Town Council with her comments. 

 

David Drake advised he’s approved this contract while on Town Council eight to ten times.  This year, is the first time he has been employed by IU Health.  He has no direct financial interest in the contract. 

 

Dan Swafford entertained a motion to approve the agreement between the Town and IU Health concerning the ambulance at Station 8.  David Drake made a motion to approve the agreement between the Town and IU Health concerning the ambulance at Station 8.  Phillip Smith seconded.  Roll Call Vote:  Dan Swafford – yes; David Drake – yes; and Phillip Smith – yes.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Agreement Between the Town of Ellettsville and Richland Township Concerning Fire Protection

 

Fire Chief Jim Davis explained this is the same contract as last year.  The only changes are the dates and the amount.  The amount they requested from the Township is what the state is allowing for a cost of living increase which is $15,500.  The agreement has been reviewed by the Town Attorney.

 

Dan Swafford entertained a motion to approve the agreement between the Town and Richland Township concerning fire protection.  David Drake made a motion to approve the agreement between the Town and Richland Township concerning fire protection.  Phillip Smith seconded.  Roll Call Vote:  Dan Swafford – yes; David Drake – yes; and Phillip Smith – yes.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Agreement Between the Town of Ellettsville and Community Access Television for Televising Ellettsville Town Council and Ellettsville Plan Commission Meetings

 

Darla Brown, Town Attorney, explained the agreement is the same as last year’s contract with the exception of the price.  This year the cost is $13,772 payable in four equal installments of $3,443.  Last year, the cost was $13,371.  They will cover Town Council and Plan Commission meetings.

 

David Drake asked Ms. Hash if this amount is in the budget.  Ms. Hash replied it is.  It is a three percent increase over the previous year.

 

Dan Swafford entertained a motion to approve the agreement between the Town of Ellettsville and Community Access Television for televising the Ellettsville Town Council and Ellettsville Plan Commission meetings for next year.  Phillip Smith made a motion to accept the agreement between the Town of Ellettsville and Community Access Television for televising the Ellettsville Town Council and Ellettsville Plan Commission meetings for next year.  David Drake seconded.  Roll Call Vote:  Dan Swafford – yes; David Drake – yes; and Phillip Smith – yes.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Fire Chief Jim Davis Request a Pay Increase for Firefighters Who Have Been Employed for Six Months or More Full Time Firemen – Travis Abrams and Jason Webb.  Part-time Firemen – Steven Medley, Anthony Mullis, Trampass Prather and Rayman Warthan

 

Fire Chief Jim Davis explained they normally hire part-time people and start them out at approximately $1.00 an hour less than full pay.  Steven Medley, Anthony Mullis, Trampass Prather and Rayman Warthan have been employed for six months.  They are all firemen from another department and they chose to have part-time hours to make a little extra money.  All four are doing a great job and there are no problems or issues.  The recommendation of the board of officers is the four people be given a .50¢ an hour raise.  Currently, they are earning $9.00 an hour and they will go to $9.50 and after they’ve been with the department for a year they will be raised to $10.00 an hour.  They are requesting a six month raise of .50¢ an hour.

 

Dan Swafford entertained a motion to approve the raise for firefighters Steven Medley, Anthony Mullis, Trampass Prather and Rayman Warthan to $9.50 an hour.  David Drake made a motion to approve the raise for firefighters Steven Medley, Anthony Mullis, Trampass Prather and Rayman Warthan to $9.50 an hour.  Phillip Smith seconded.  Roll Call Vote:  Dan Swafford – yes; David Drake – yes; and Phillip Smith – yes.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Fire Chief Jim Davis explained full time fireman Travis Abrams has been employed longer than one year.  He received a raise after approximately six months.  They normally hire a full time fireman at about $2,000 less than what the current full time fireman are making.  He started making approximately $39,000 so it will be an additional $1,000 increase.  Mr. Abrams has completed his probationary period and has been there longer than twelve months full time.

 

Dan Swafford entertained a motion to increase Travis Abrams pay $1,000 to full salary.  Phillip Smith made a motion to increase Travis Abrams pay $1,000 to full salary.  David Drake seconded.  Roll Call Vote:  Dan Swafford – yes; David Drake – yes; and Phillip Smith – yes.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Fire Chief Jim Davis explained Jason Webb is also a full time fireman and he was hired six months ago, so this is his first increase.  Mr. Webb’s pay will increase to $39,000.  Both Mr. Webb and Mr. Abrams came up through the ranks and started as volunteers, then part-time and now full time.  Mr. Webb does a good job. 

 

Dan Swafford entertained a motion to increase the salary of Jason Webb to $39,000 a year.   David Drake made a motion to increase the salary of Jason Webb to $39,000 a year.  Dan Swafford seconded.  Roll Call Vote:  Dan Swafford – yes; David Drake – yes; and Phillip Smith – yes.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Council Comments

 

Phillip Smith thanked Frank Nierzwicki and his students for their presentation.  They gave the Town some good ideas.  

 

Adjournment

 

David Drake made a motion to adjourn.  Phillip Smith seconded.  Motion carried.  Dan Swafford adjourned the meeting at 7:36 p.m.