July 25, 2005



The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met in regular session on Monday, July 25, 2005, at the Fire Department Training and Conference Room.  Patrick Stoffers called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.  Lisa Creech led in prayer and Dennis Williamson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Roll Call:  Members present were Patrick Stoffers, President; William Evans, Vice President; Lisa Creech, Phillip Rogers and Dennis Williamson.  Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer and Mike Spencer, Attorney were also present.   


Supervisors Present:   Jim Ragle, Jim Davis, Jeff Farmer and Frank Nierzwicki were present. 


Approval of the minutes


Lisa Creech made a motion to approve the minutes for the budget meetings on July 6 and 13, 2005 and for the regular meeting on July 11, 2005.  William Evans seconded.  Motion carried.


Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers


Lisa Creech made a motion to pay the Accounts Payable Vouchers.  William Evans seconded.  Motion carried.


Ordinance on First Reading


Ordinance 05-15 Additional Appropriation


Sandra Hash explained the Fire department received a $5,000 DNR grant earlier this year and would like to spend it. There is also an $11,000 DNR grant the fire department is applying for now.  There is enough in the operating balance of the Cumulative Fire Fund to cover the grant.


Ordinance 05-16 to amend Chapter 10.00 of the Ellettsville Town Code by adding section 10.95 and 10.96 concerning the Violations Clerk and by amending section 10.99


Sandra mentioned Mike Spencer felt this was necessary in order to collect fines and fees for ordinance violations.   


Ordinance 05-17 establishing a Fire Department Communication Equipment Fund


Sandra explained this ordinance is a result of the newly signed lease agreement with Mid-America Radio.  The $1,000 per month rental payment will be divided equally between the Fire Department and the Water Department.  The Fire department would like the monies placed into a non reverting special fund for the updating and purchasing of communication equipment.


Old Business


Frank Nierzwicki, Ellettsville Director of Planning Services, handed out packets on the I-69 update.  He attended a series of meetings on I-69 last week.  The information in the packets was regarding three alternatives on interchanges and access points.  The interchange locations were discussed around the State Road 46, Highway 37 and the I-69 interchange.  The consultants are seeking public information concerning the interchanges. The Ellettsville access is going to be an issue.  The consultants are projecting development in Ellettsville.  The traffic generated from that development will all flow toward the State Road 46, Highway 37 and I-69 interchange.  North Park will be developed in the next 20 years creating the need for access roads from the interchanges.  He is watching to make sure Ellettsville well have access to the interstate.  There have been pro and con comments on whether this project will be funded in the next 10 years.  Even if I-69 does not come through, Ellettsville will still have projected growth.  He will continue to keep the Board and the Plan Commission up to date on the I-69 news.


Supervisors Comments


Frank Nierzwicki informed the Board that eleven letters went out today regarding high grass and parking in the yards.  He had the Street Department go out on some mowing cases.  The ordinance states the grass must be nine inches tall before Code Enforcement gets involved.  There are no fines involved; only administrative fees to cover the cost of the mailing, photo copying and the cost of mowing.  He plans to meet with Mr. Spencer to discuss the possibility of fining the offenders.


Frank also mentioned picking up a check for $1,250.00 from Monroe County which is our quarterly portion on building permit fees.  




William Evans made a motion to adjourn.  Lisa Creech seconded.  Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:41 p.m.  The next meeting will be held on August 22, 2005.