October 22, 2001
The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met in regular session at 7:30 PM, Monday, October 22, 2001. Jerry Pittsford called the meeting to order and led the prayer. David Drake 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, David Drake, and Geraldine McIntyre. Also present were Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer and Mike Spencer, Town Attorney.
Approval of the Minutes of the regular meeting of October 9, 2001
A motion was made by David Drake and seconded by Geraldine McIntyre to approve the minutes of October 9, 2001. Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes of a Special Work Session meeting on October 18, 2001
Sandra Hash requested approval of minutes for special Council Work Session held on October 18, 2001. A motion was made by Mike Cornman and seconded by Geraldine McIntyre to approve the minutes of the October 18, 2001. Motion carried.
Resolution 16-01 Transfer of Funds
Jerry Pittsford read the resolution. Geraldine McIntyre moved to accept Resolution 16-01 and David Drake seconded. Motion carried.
Ordinances on Second Reading
Ordinance 01-27 Vacating public way 412 Paul Street, lots 26 and 27 in Whitsell’s addition.
Mike Cornman made the motion to adopt Ordinance 01-27 and Geraldine McIntyre seconded. Motion carried.
Interlocal Agreement between Ellettsville Fire Department and the City of Bloomington Fire Department
Jim Davis, E. F. D. Fire Chief, explained Fire Chief Barlow received approval of this document with Bloomington City’s Council last week. Jim further explained that the City of Bloomington has a new fire station on the west side of town now. Prior to having this new station E. F. D. covered part of the west side of town since we were much closer and could respond quicker. Bloomington assisted but now they will cover it first and have our assistance. Therefore, we assist them if needed and they assist us out of their new station if needed in our areas such as the Industrial area and Highland Village. David Drake made the motion to approve the Interlocal Agreement and David Sorokoty seconded. Motion carried with Mike Cornman abstaining.
Set the Trick or Treat hours for October 31, 2001
In the past the hours were 6:00 p. m. to 9:00 p. m. It was suggested and discussed to set hours from 6:00 p. m. to 8:30 p. m. Mike Cornman made the motion to set the
Trick or Treat hours from 6:00 p. m. to 8:30 p. m. and David Drake seconded. Motion carried.
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana will be conducting a door-to–door political canvas in Ellettsville weekdays from 4 to 9 p. m.
The letter informing us of this political canvas was dated October 15, 2001 and stated more information would be available in the next couple of weeks including the names of those canvassing and the date it would begin.
Appointment of Reserve Deputy Marshal – Dale Hensley
Bob Sowder, Ellettsville Police Reserve, has reviewed Dale’s experience, training, references and performed a background check as well. Bob explained Dale would like to be a reserve officer for Ellettsville and Bob believes he would be an asset to have on the Department and would like to recommend appointing him. Dale is 23 years old, lives on 17th Street in Bloomington and is currently employed as a Dispatcher for Bloomington Police Department. The reserves would then have 10 officers if Dale were appointed. Mike Cornman made the motion to appoint Dale Hensley as a Reserve Deputy Marshal and David Sorokoty seconded. Motion carried.
Action to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Geraldine McIntyre moved to approve the accounts payable vouchers. David Drake seconded. Motion carried.
Ron McGlocklin questioned the mandatory meeting about insurance because some of his men were off duty and already have plans for that day. Jerry said only those employees on the clock must attend the meeting and those off duty can attend if interested.
Ron also asked Mike Spencer if he had any news from Tangelo about the K-9 issue. Ron requested Mike Spencer to contact them and bring this issue to a close if possible. Mike agreed to contact them.
Everyone from the Department qualified in the shoot last week. Anthony Bowlen was the top shooter in scoring.
Sandra Hash informed everyone that the Clerk’s Office and the Utility Office made the employee switch last Friday and both Lynn and Amber are working their new positions and doing a fine job.
Geraldine McIntyre explained that she and Sandy attended the Round Table Session in Orleans recently and it was an informative meeting. The meeting covered insurance and the new property tax assessment. Also we will be hosting the January (6th is possible date) IACT meeting. Sandy added that during the meeting they were told we would be required to re-draw the districts in 2002.
Jerry Pittsford stated the Ellettsville Chamber of Commerce after hour’s event would be October 25th, 2001 from 6:00 p. m. to 9:00 p. m. at the Endwright Center.
Jerry announced that on October 8th, 2001 our Town’s Planner, Bill Land received the Mike Carol Award from the Indiana Planners Association for outstanding service and planning.
Jerry also stated that Ron McGlocklin, Jay Humphrey and himself attended a demonstration on signs with radar detectors held by Hall Signs earlier this afternoon. The sign reads School Zone, Speed Limit and tells Your Speed below. It has a 500 feet range. Hall Signs will be giving a presentation at a later date and we may want to consider purchasing a couple of these signs for the Town.
School will be let out early on Tuesday and Wednesday and is out of session on Thursday and Friday of this week.
Privilege of the Floor
Darlyne Sowder informed the Council on November 8th and 9th, 2001 is the 15th annual Indiana Main Street Conference in Bloomington. She had previously requested to attend this Conference on behalf of the Ellettsville Parks and Recreation Board and the Council gave their approval. She has paid for her registration and is now requesting to be reimbursed for the fee. Jerry okayed reimbursing Darlyne.
Darlyne representing the Ellettsville Exchange Club would like to inform the Council that on Saturday, October 27th, 2001 from 10:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m. they will be sponsoring their annual Identikit project at the Ellettsville McDonalds where parents can bring there children to be fingered printed and photographed and a picture ID card can be made for each child. She asked for volunteers to help with this project. She thanked the Ellettsville Police Department, McDonalds and Smithville Telephone Company for their help with this project as well.
Roger New of Ellettsville Truck has 3 special meters and he questioned why there is a limit on sewer exempt meters. Mike Farmer explained that anyone that has a special meter now can still use them. There are rules for using special meters. They can use these meters from April to October and the patron must bring the meter in at the beginning and ending of the season to be read. The meters cannot be used in wintertime. We will not be issuing any new meters because they do not work well with the new touch read electronic meter reading system. There is an alternative, however, we can install a new water only meter. A new service cost $400. We would like, however, to establish a fair charge that would be somewhere between the current special meter cost of $70 to the new service meter of $400. The new touch read meters system has cost us around $300,000. The new meters are more accurate.
Mike Farmer this Thursday and Friday Main and Matthews Streets will be closed.
Pat New who works for the Ellettsville Post Office suggested and inquired if could use different cards for the meter bills. Sandy responded that she had talked with the Post Master on the required changes. Jerry requested Sandy to get an example of a new meter card that could help with using the automated mail the system. Using the automated mail system would result in savings on postage.
A motion was made by Geraldine McIntyre seconded by Mike Cornman to adjourn. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:21p. m.
Jerry Pittsford, President David Sorokoty, Vice President
Mike Cornman David Drake
Geraldine McIntyre Sandra C. Hash