June 24, 2002




The Ellettsville, Indiana, Town Council met in regular session at 7:30 PM, Monday, June 24, 2002 at the Town Hall.  David Sorokoty called the meeting to order and Jerry Pittsford led in prayer.  David Drake led in the Pledge of Allegiance. 


Roll Call


David Sorokoty asked for roll call of the Council Members.  Members present were David Sorokoty, President; David Drake, Vice-President; Mike Cornman, Geraldine McIntyre and Jerry Pittsford.  Also present was Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer; Deborah Hudson, Administrative Assistant and Mike Spencer, Town Attorney.   


Supervisors Present Jim Davis, Jim Ragle, Ron McGlocklin, Mike Farmer and Jeff Farmer.


Approval of Minutes of the regular meeting on June 10th, 2002


Mike Cornman moved to approve the minutes.  David Drake seconded.  Motion carried.


Action to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers


Geraldine McIntyre moved to approve the accounts payable vouchers.  David Drake seconded.  Motion carried.



David Sorokoty made two announcements


Bill Evans was appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals effective immediately.  There are two vacancies:  one for a Democrat on the Board of Zoning Appeals and one for a Democrat on the Parks and Recreation Board.


Resolutions None


Ordinances on First Reading


Ordinance 02-12 water rates and charges (increase in wholesale water cost from Bloomington)


Jerry Pittsford read Ordinance 02-12 by title.  Mike Farmer explained that the increase was due to a rate increase from Bloomington.  It increased .20 per 1000 gallons.  Mike requested passing the Ordinance tonight if possible.  This would allow the increase to be in effect for the next billing cycle avoiding lost revenue since Bloomington has increased the wholesale price.  Mike Cornman moved Ordinance 02-12 be submitted for first reading.  Geraldine McIntyre seconded.  Motion carried.  Mike Cornman moved Ordinance 02-12 be adopted on the same day as introduced.  Jerry Pittsford seconded.  Motion carried.  Mike Cornman moved that Ordinance 02-12 be adopted.  David Drake seconded.  Motion carried.


Ordinances on Second Reading


Ordinance 02-11 Vacating a Public Way (alley between lots 5 & 6 of the Original Plat of Ellettsville)


Geraldine McIntyre read Ordinance 02-11 by title.  David Drake made a motion that Ordinance 02-11 be adopted.  Jerry Pittsford seconded.  David Sorokoty asked for discussion and Jerry Pittsford questioned the reason for this request.  David Drake explained that the Grover Brashear had started construction on a building that was partially in the alleyway belonging to the Town of Ellettsville. Therefore Mr. Brashear requested the alley be vacated.  There are other problems with this property.  A survey has shown the structure is on neighboring property and the present zoning does not allow 2 residential structures on one lot.  Motion carried.





Old Business None


New Business


Presentation by Hinkley Architectural Site Lighting and Manufacturing Company concerning lights for downtown Ellettsville


Allan Hoch, Sales Manager for Hinkley gave the presentation.  Mr. Hoch handed out a lighting proposal and price listing for the Council to review.  Hinkley is a family owned business operating since 1922. The proposal consists of all American made materials and all of the components are manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio.  Their company is actively involved in the Main Street U.S.A. Commission and they have done work throughout the Country. 


They are proposing cast aluminum standard poles with fluted detail in the shaft based around village style fixtures with an acorn style light, which is a poplar look and used extensively around the Country.  The overall height of the street light poles is 15 feet.  This type of lighting is not only for beautification; it also creates pride and draws attention to downtown, which encourages spending.  It also gives the added benefit of security.  The proposal also includes additional accessories such as banner arms; street and traffic signs and Department of Transportation approved stop signs. 


The price per street light pole is $977.63, the price per banner arm is $236.25, the price per street sign is $1,029.63 and the price for each cobra head light is $2,981.25.  Making the total proposed price $162,978.96.  David Sorokoty said that the Council is considering purchasing 53 street light poles, 21 cobra head light poles and 35 stop signs.  Mr. Hoch said that Hinkley would like a detailed site plan of the areas the Town wishes to improve so they could do a study, which is free of charge, and give their opinion on pole placements, which could actually reduce the number of lights needed.


After the presentation Mr. Hoch opened the floor for discussion and questions.  A question of light pollution was mentioned and Mr. Hoch said to add features to minimize light pollution it would be a 10% increase per fixture.  It was asked if Hinkley could make and store the lights for future use as we needed them and if the Town could buy the lights for one price and purchase them in groups.  Mr. Hoch said yes to both questions and said Hinkley would be happy to negotiate on details and maintain a long-term relationship with Ellettsville.  Mr. Hoch added the normal spacing between pole locations is 28 to 43 feet.  The lighting proposed is for dusk to dawn lights that come on automatically.    


David Sorokoty informed Mr. Hoch that since the Town is a government entity then the Council is required to seek other proposals for street lighting.  David thanked Mr. Hoch for his presentation.  David also thanked his neighbor Danny Simmons for his input in this project.


Privilege of the Floor None


Supervisor’s comments


Mike Farmer – Requested permission to close Town Hall on Friday, July 5th, 2002.  Mike said employees would be using their own vacation or personal time it would not be an additional paid Holiday.  David Drake made a motion to close the Town Hall on July 5th.  Mike Cornman seconded.  Jerry Pittsford suggested looking into the Holiday schedule at the beginning of the year.  Motion carried with a 3-2 vote. 







Sandra Hash – Informed the Council she has received both insurance policies for the Skate Board Park.  The premiums have been paid and we are insured.


David Sorokoty – Informed the Council he attended the opening of Flatwoods Park and enjoyed it.  He thanked the current and past County Commissioners: the late Norm Anderson, Iris Kiesling and Kirk White for their role in making the Park possible, as well as many other individuals for their part in establishing the Park.




David Sorokoty asked for a motion to adjourn.  Jerry Pittsford moved for adjournment.  Mike Cornman seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 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, Clerk-Treasurer