Roll Call: Members present were Dan Swafford, Vice-President; Dianna Bastin, Ted Robertson and Phillip Rogers. Mike Spencer, Attorney and Rick Coppock, Town Engineer were also present. Dennis Williamson and Sandra Hash were absent. Marion Swindle took the minutes.
Supervisors Present: Jim Davis, Jim Ragle, Jay Humphrey, Jeff Farmer, Mike Farmer and Frank Nierzwicki were present.
Approval of the minutes
Bastin made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting
Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Dianna Bastin made a motion to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried.
Ellettsville Comprehensive Plan/Thoroughfare Update
Frank Nierzwicki, Director of Planning Services presented an update on the Comprehensive Plan/Thoroughfare Plan; recommended for approval by the Plan Commission. He pointed out the last few pages of this plan were the updates to the Thoroughfare Plan.
Agreement between the Town and H.J. Umbaugh & Associates concerning Preliminary Water and Sewage Rate Analysis
Mike Farmer, Ellettsville Utilities stated he did not think anything changed since the last meeting. Mike Spencer corrected him to say “it has changed since last meeting” and he accepts the changes. Exhibit B, schedule of hourly fees for professional services was added.
Phillip Rogers made a motion we accept the Agreement between the Town and H.J. Umbaugh & Associates concerning Preliminary Water and Sewage Rate Analysis. Dianna Bastin seconded. Motion carried. Roll call vote: Dan Swafford – yes; Dianna Bastin – yes; Ted Robertson – yes; Phillip Rogers – yes. Motion carried.
Proposal to place an FM antenna on the McNeely Street water tower by WFHB, Bloomington Community Radio
Jeffrey Morris, Engineer and a founding member of WFHB Community Radio presented a proposal to install an FM translator on the McNeely Water Tower. This would consist of a few small antennas and some electronics. He explained how the transmissions work. Their main purpose is to expand their coverage. Mr. Morris spoke with Randy Cassady and understands there are presently some restrictions with the water tower. He is working with Randy Cassady on an agreement to lift the restrictions. Mr. Morris would like the Town to consider the proposal due to a deadline.
Swafford clarified with Mike Spencer there is a deed restriction and the Town
can not do anything about it. Mr.
Morris apologized for not having everything complete at this time and knows
this can not be approved this evening but wanted to introduce it to the
Council. During Mr. Morris’ conversations
with Randy Cassady he was very positive with the idea of changing the restrictions
with the water tower and allowing other users for revenue. Dan Swafford stated this will be tabled until
the next meeting but opened the floor for Council and public comments. Ted Robertson asked how strong the signal
will be. Mr. Morris explained this is
only 38 watts and went into more details of how the signal works. Ted asked about the antenna in
Dan Swafford announced this will be tabled until the next meeting giving Mr. Morris an opportunity to get the documents from Randy Cassady.
Frank Nierzwicki stated the Redevelopment Commission approved the
redevelopment area on
Art Hayes asked Dan Swafford if he was acting President because he wants to know who authorized the paving of Kenny’s Tavern parking lot by Town employees. Dan believes this was authorized last year and asked Town Attorney Mike Spencer; who did not recall. Dianna Bastin asked about the paving also and was told this was an agreement that was made owing Kenny’s a paving job. Dianna asked Mike Farmer to comment and explain. Art Hayes requested to see the written agreement. He feels the “good old boys system” can be used to have work done using Town money. The Town has a parking lot and Kenny’s is private property.
Farmer explained the paving was promised to rehab all the excavating work on
Kenny’s property during the INDOT project several years ago. Mike Farmer outlined all the work that took
place at that time. All the underground
utilities in the area including the sewer that runs down the alley running east
west between the back of all the buildings facing
Art Hayes said there has to be agreements when the Street Department does the work. Verbal agreements do not work. He questioned the cost of the paving and Dan Swafford said it will be looked in to. Art discussed a proposal in the early 80’s from INDOT for a bypass around Ellettsville. The three member Council, at the time, turned it down. He suggested there be written agreements and work orders. We don’t need to spend this kind of money without a reason. As far as parking cars and town vehicles on a private lot he suggested we park in the town’s parking lot across the street.
Dianna Bastin made a motion we adjourn. Phillip Rogers seconded. Motion carried. Dan Swafford adjourned the meeting at