July 31, 2006




The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met in Special Session on Monday, July 31, 2006, 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 William Evans led 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 was also present.


Supervisors Present:   Jim Davis and Jim Ragle were present.


Approval of the minutes


Lisa Creech made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Meeting of July 24, 2006.  William Evans seconded.  Motion carried.


Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers


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




Resolution 13-06 Additional Appropriation


Jim Davis, Ellettsville Fire is requesting additional appropriations out of the Fire Cumulative Fund to replace an old military vehicle used for EMS calls.  This vehicle is a mid-size SUV to be used for medical calls.  Patrick asked if this was published.  Sandra answered this was published July 19th. 


Lisa Creech made a motion that we adopt Resolution 13-06 for the Additional Appropriation for the SUV for the Fire Department.  William Evans seconded.  Motion carried.


Jim Davis asked if there was any problem picking the vehicle up now.  Patrick said it was okay.


Old Business


Award Bids for Fire Department Surplus


Jim Davis explained they advertised for bids to get rid of an old snorkel truck.  He had Kevin Patton call used fire truck dealers to see if this truck had any value.  They found out the truck was too old to be of any value and too new to be an antique.  Jim recommended Richard Albers of Kentucky be allowed to purchase it for $1,001.99.


Lisa Creech made a motion to award the bid of $1,001.99 to Richard Albers, out of Kentucky, the snorkel truck.  William Evans seconded.  Motion carried.


Jim Davis also advertised a 1995 Ford and 1989 Chevrolet.  One gentleman, John Mullen, bid on one of the cars.  Mr. Mullen works for a fire truck manufacturer that sells equipment to the Ellettsville Fire Department.  Mr. Mullen offered to trade two new sets of fire gear (a more expensive brand than the Fire Department is currently buying) valued between $1,700 and $2,200 for the pair.  Jim spoke with Mike Spencer regarding the trading of goods.  Mr. Spencer did say it was not illegal but is worried about precedence.  The vehicle Mr. Mullen wants is the 1995 Ford Crown Victoria with 95,000 to 100,000 miles on it.  Jim Davis recommended Mr. Mullen be awarded the car for two sets of gear. 


Lisa Creech made a motion that we accept the bid from John Mullen for the equipment for two new sets of fire gear (pants plus coat) in exchange for the 1995 Ford Crown Victoria.  William Evans seconded.  Motion carried.


Letter from Eastern Richland Sewer Corporation concerning wastewater capacity


Patrick Stoffers presented the final draft of a letter in which all the parties have agreed to.  He asked the Council to accept this final version with the note there is a typo in the third paragraph.  He asked Sandra to correct the final draft.


Lisa Creech made a motion that we adopt this letter for the Eastern Richland Sewer Corporation concerning wastewater capacity to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management with the notice of the correction of the word “until” in the third paragraph.  William Evans seconded.  Motion carried. 


Privilege of the Floor – non Agenda Items


Lisa Creech brought up budgetary items in regards to The Meadowlands.  Patrick started out by announcing an additional $1,000 was added to the 2007 Police and Fire budgets for fuel.  Lisa has been discussing and researching cost effective means to the speeding problem.  One suggestion was putting “rumble strips” on Lakeview Drive and making it a three way stop before entering The Meadowlands.  The same would be done at the hill entering into The Meadowlands from Kelli Heights.  Another cost effective suggestion was removable speed bumps or the speed “humps” (Covenanter Drive).  The problem with the removable speed bumps is they have to be taken up during snow season.  The speed “humps” would be installed permanently and year round.   Jim Ragle found out “Children at Play” signs could not be put up in a neighborhood.  Patrick Stoffers does not have specs from the City of Bloomington on their traffic calming.  Once all the specs are received then a cost effective decision can be made on dealing with the traffic.  Lisa clarified the three-way stop would be coming in from The Meadowlands at the hill from Lakeview Drive.  They can look into the entrance from Paddington Park also. 


Karen Sherfick questioned where the concrete pylons mentioned at the last meeting would be placed. Lisa said the houses located on Meadowlands Drive that have been hit when a car was coming too fast around the corner.  Patrick said this can be looked at.  It was then clarified the addresses, of the houses in question, were 807 and 764 Meadowlands Drive. 


Lisa Creech asked if there were any representatives from the other neighborhoods with suggestions.  If the Town does not hear anything they will not move forward with anyone other than The Meadowlands. 


Matt Sewell asked if the break away gate or barrier was still under consideration.  Lisa said no because it is illegal under Indiana law.  He then went on to say since the July 18th meeting people repeatedly run through the stop sign at Daisy and Clover and one even  damaged a retaining wall.  He questioned what good are more stop signs when they currently run the existing signs.  Lisa added she went to Covenanter Drive and drove over the speed “humps”.  The thought would be to slow the speeders down with the signs and speed “humps”.  She also reiterated the Police Department having more fuel money in the budget for additional patrol.  By Indiana law there needs to be an ingress and egress for all neighborhoods. 




William Evans made a motion we adjourn this meeting.  Lisa Creech seconded. Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.