January 28, 2002




The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met in regular session at 7:30 PM, Thursday, January 28, 2002 at the Town Hall.  David Sorokoty called the meeting to order and Jerry Pittsford led in prayer.   Geraldine McIntyre led in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Roll Call


David Sorokoty asked for roll call of the Council Members.  Members present were David Sorokoty, David Drake, Michael Cornman, Jerry Pittsford and Geraldine McIntyre.  Also present were Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer and Mike Spencer, Town Attorney.


Proposal for a Backhoe for the Street Department


Jim Ragle, Street Commissioner, said he had advertised and accepted bids for a backhoe.  Only one bid proposal was received.  Mike Spencer opened the sealed bid and read Holt Equipment Company LLC’s proposal.  A 310 SG Backhoe loader for $ 59,700.00.  Jim asked for approval to order the backhoe from Holt.  Geraldine McIntyre made the motion to accept the proposal for a new backhoe.  David Drake seconded.  Motion carried.


Approval of Minutes of the last three meetings in January


David asked for a motion to approve the minutes.  Jerry Pittsford moved to accept the minutes of the January 14th, January 18th and January 22nd, 2002 meetings.  Geraldine McIntyre seconded.  Motion carried.


Ordinances on First Reading


Ordinance 02-02 to establish a fund for the Fall Festival Build Indiana Grant


David Drake read by title.  Sandy explained the Fall Festival organization had received the grant they had applied for from Build Indiana and that she needed an isolated fund for incoming money.  Geraldine McIntyre moved to approve Ordinance 02-02.  David Drake seconded.  Motion carried.




Resolution 01-02 requesting the transfer of land from the Indiana Department of Transportation to the Town of Ellettsville.  Original lots 8 and 9.


Geraldine McIntyre read by title.  Jerry Pittsford moved to approve.  David Drake seconded.  It was discussed what would be done with the house after the purchase. Some suggestions were to ask if the Fall Festival Association wanted it, demolish it, offer to sell it publicly for a limited time and/or a possible office for the new Administrative Assistant and Council.  Motion carried.


Comment - Darlyne Sowder questioned if Ordinance 02-02 was passed.  Someone said no it was not.  However, it was passed for first reading. 


Ordinances on Second Reading None


Old Business None


New Business


Pat Haley Clerk of the Monroe County Circuit Court request permission to use the Town Hall as a poling site for the primary Election on May 7, 2002.


David Sorokoty read the request.  Geraldine McIntyre made the motion to allow the Monroe County Clerk use of the Town Hall as a poling place on May 7, 2002.  David Drake seconded.  Town Hall will be closed that day.  Motion carried.





Ellettsville will host an Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Southeast Roundtable Dinner on February 27, 2002 at the Nutmeg House, tea room.  The program will cover the basics of liability insurance.


David Sorokoty read the notice.  Sandy invited the Council and Supervisors to attend the dinner.  Jerry commended Sandy on hosting the Dinner.  Sandy explained that she and Geraldine McIntyre both had extended the invitation to host the dinner.  The dinner will be at 7:00 p. m. at the Nutmeg House with the insurance discussion following, which will probably be at the Town Hall or possibly at the church across the street. 


Sandy also mentioned the owner had expressed her appreciation as well as her customers appreciation for the painting of the parking spaces lines in front of her business. 


Action to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers


Jerry Pittsford moved to approve the accounts payable vouchers.  Geraldine McIntyre seconded.  Motion carried.


Supervisor’s comments


Mike Farmer – Reminded the Council that Main Street and Matthews Street would be closed for 2 to 4 days for utility work.


Rick Coppock – Explained that he has advertised in the paper for an electrical contractor for the underground utilities reconnect services project along Hwy. 46 and that specs packets are made and can be picked up in both the Clerk’s Office and at Bynum Fanyo.  We will open the bids on February 11th, 2002 during the Council Meeting.


Jim Ragle – Explained he has made an interlocal agreement with Richland Township’s Trustee Don Lewis for the purchase of a lawn mower for the Street Department’s services of mowing the park and ball fields.  Mike Spencer has already reviewed the agreement.


Jerry Pittsford moved to approve the agreement between the Town of Ellettsville’s Street Department and Don Lewis, Richland Township’s Trustee.  Geraldine McIntyre seconded.  Motion carried.


Ron McGlocklin – Presented the Council with the Police Department’s annual report for 2001.  He explained it and told that accidents and battery cases increased and he also referenced that rental properties have the most problems along with vehicle burglaries.  A copy of the report is on file in the Clerk’s office. 


Mike Cornman – Asked Ron McGlocklin if Monroe County Central Dispatch had contacted him about coming to a meeting and the Ellettsville Police Department’s call to dispatch.   Ron said no.  However, Ron said Central Dispatch wanted a list of Ellettsville’s officers, their qualifications and a list of Reserve officers and what type of equipment the department has for the new system Central Dispatch is installing.  Ron has already given that information to them.


Jerry Pittsford – Asked if Monroe County Emergency Management had contacted Ron about RPI terrorism training.  Ron said no.  Jerry and Mike both have received e-mail about this training.  Jerry suggested Ron contacting John Hooker with Monroe County Emergency Management about this training program, which is supposed to take place in February or March because he thinks the Department would like to have this training.  Jerry said he would send Ron the e-mail about this





training also.  Ron said he would contact John tomorrow.  Mike asked that Ron notify the Council if the Department decided to participate in the program.


Sandra Hash – Informed the Council that she had tried to install DSL in the office and things were not working correctly so she is without e-mail until Friday.


Geraldine McIntyre – Thanked the Police Department for their assistance with an incident that occurred at the Monroe County Solid Waste.   Told that she had seen the remodeling in the Ellettsville Police Station and suggested the Council to see their work.


Jerry Pittsford - Thanked Mike Cornman for his fine work on redistricting the wards.


Mike Cornman – Thanked Rick Coppock and Mike Spencer for their help as well on the maps for redistricting the wards.  Mike asked Jim Davis if he had been asked to attend any meetings about Ellettsville Fire Department wanting to pay money for dispatch.  Jim said no, he has not been contacted by Monroe County Dispatch.


Jim Davis – Said he is attending the terrorist meeting.


David Drake – Explained that some residents who live in Meadowlands contacted him and they wanted to thank the officers, specifically Bill Benningfield, Scott Ferguson and Tony Bowlen for running radar in that neighborhood. It has helped to slow down traffic.  Ron said he would pass the thanks along to the officers. 


David Sorokoty – Mentioned that hopefully the Council would have the new Administrative Assistant hired by February 11, 2002.  The first executive session to decide the process of choosing the potential candidates and to review the applicants for the position will be on January 31, 2002 at 7:00 p. m. at the Town Hall.  


He also thanked Mike Cornman for his work on the wards redistricting.


Privilege of the Floor None




David asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Mike Cornman moved to adjourn and Geraldine McIntyre seconded.  Motion carried.  Adjourned at 8:25 p. m.




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David Sorokoty, President                                     David Drake, Vice President






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Mike Cornman                                             Jerry Pittsford






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Geraldine McIntyre                                             Sandra C. Hash