Roll Call: Members
present were Patrick Stoffers, President; William Evans, Vice President; Lisa
Supervisors Present: Jim Ragle, Ron McGlocklin, Frank Nierzwicki, Mike Farmer and Jeff Farmer were present.
Open Bid for Aerial Fire Truck
Mike Spencer opened the bid from Midwest Pierce Manufacturing Inc. It included a signed non collusion affidavit. The bid is for an aerial fire truck with a proposed apparatus 100 foot dash aerial platform. The unit price is $847,000. There was also an optional bid for a stock unit #17606 for $810,000, which requires an additional $33,000 for repainting and striping.
Dennis Williamson moved to take the truck bid under advisement. William Evans seconded. Motion carried.
Approval of the minutes
Creech made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting of
Action to Pay Accounts Payable Vouchers
Lisa Creech made a motion to pay Accounts Payable Vouchers. William Evans seconded. Motion carried.
Council Appointment to the Redevelopment Commission
Dennis Williamson moved to appoint Amber Ragle and Ray Freetage as the Council Appointments to the Redevelopment Commission. William Evans seconded. Motion carried.
Prior to this evening meeting, Patrick Stoffers appointed Frank Buczolich, David Drake and Darby McCarty to the new Redevelopment Commission. Frank Nierzwicki will be working with them to schedule their first organizational meeting shortly.
Capacity Certification for
Jeff Farmer, Ellettsville Utilities, addressed the letter requesting flows of 12,080 gallons for the Sims development. Last year the average daily flow was 1.1 million of the 2.3 million gallon per day capacity at the plant. He sees no reason not to accept this flow.
Creech made a motion to approve the capacity certification for Capitol Avenue
Resolution 09-06 selling surplus dump
truck to the City of
Sandra Hash explained a few months ago the Town declared this dump
truck surplus and Indiana Code states we have the option to sell it to another
municipality. In order to do this we
need identical resolutions from each municipality. We have sold the truck and this is the back
up resolution. We originally thought we
would take the truck to an auction but that auction did not take place.
William Evans made a motion to adopt Resolution 09-06 selling of surplus dump truck to the City of Brazil, Indiana. Lisa Creech seconded. Motion carried.
Resolution 10-06 and Resolution 11-06
Patrick Stoffers announced these Resolutions are in error and do not exist. However he asked Frank Nierzwicki to discuss the last Plan Commission meeting relative to these Resolutions.
Frank Nierzwicki, Director of Planning Services, explained the issues discussed at the last Plan Commission meeting: Parking Zone and Sign Enforcement. The Plan Commission issued a resolution themselves concerning each issue which was presented to the Council tonight as an informational item.
Parking Zone Enforcement: Possibly having three different zones.
Planning Department has been directed by the
This is not an ordinance or a change to a current ordinance. This is a resolution from the Plan Commission giving a starting point with Town Parking Enforcement. Frank Nierzwicki is hoping to have a fair amount of public input on this. The resolutions are Plan Commission recommendations for the Town Council.
Sign Enforcement: The Plan Commission requests the Planning Department enforce the following sign regulations.
The Planning Department will collect and store illegal signs at the Planning Office. The Planning Department will make a good faith effort to contact owners of the illegal signs and allow them to be picked up at the Planning Office. Any unclaimed signs will be destroyed one month after their collection.
Planning Department will hold one additional public information meeting with
businesses and interested citizens before
signage within the Town. The Planning Department will review procedures for sign variances and how Town Code can be amended at this public information meeting.
Lisa Creech commented she likes the Sign and Parking Ordinances and thinks the Plan Commission is making some good progress. She thinks the wording needs to be worked on to stress there will be enforcement all the time.
Ordinances on Second
Ordinance 06-08 to adopt supplement
2006-03 to the Town of
Sandra Hash explained this ordinance will accept our Code updates. The Codes were updated from May 2005 through the beginning of April 2006.
Lisa Creech made a motion we adopt Ordinance 06-08 to adopt supplement 2006-03 to the Town of Ellettsville Indiana Code of Ordinances. William Evans seconded. Motion carried.
Ordinance 06-10 to amend Ordinance 05-25 fixing of salaries for budget year 2006
William Evans made a motion to adopt Ordinance 06-10 an ordinance amending Ordinance 05-25 fixing of salaries for budget year 2006. Lisa Creech seconded. Motion carried.
Request for Final Plat on Overbrook Lots 32-34 and Lots 6-8 amended.
Lisa Creech made a motion to approve the final plat for Overbrook Lots 32 – 34 and Lots 6 – 8 amended. William Evans seconded. Motion carried.
Mike Spencer addressed the fence issue in
Frank stated a lot is being constructed with a fence on the property line. Some of the other more established areas have fences on the easement.
Russ Ryle put his fence up five years ago and was told then not
to put it on the property line because there is both a sewer and telephone line
running along the property line. He does
not mind if the new fence lines up with his on the south side of the utility
easement or goes down the property line on the north side. He then went on to thank everyone for all the
progress that has been made in
Sandra Hash informed the Council she and Amber will be attending
the State Board of Accounts meeting June 6 – 8 in
Dennis Williamson congratulated Ron and his staff working with the car parked on the sidewalk. He also attended some Volunteer Firemen interviews with the Fire Department. He was very impressed with the candidates. He asked Mike Cornman to comment.
Mike Cornman explained the process for hiring and firing volunteer fire fighters is the same as with all the staff. All applicants go through a series of aptitude testing, agility testing and interview process with the Town Council liaison sitting in on the interviews. They started with 70 applicants and only 3 were chosen: Kyle Drescher, Marty Cornwell and Joe Hinton. They will start an orientation process this Wednesday.
Dennis Williamson added the Town has a very good Fire and Police Department and we should be proud.
Privilege of the Floor – non Agenda Items
Dorothy Wampler has lived across the street from the house since 1949. She feels it is time someone gets busy and does something about this house. It has been 2 ½ years since this house has burned and there has been nothing done. The house was used as storage with refrigerators on the porch and other building supplies have been pushed through the windows. The porch has not been swept since the fire. There has also been building supplies piled along the side of the house making it look like remodeling will be started.
Thom Dixon reiterated pigeons and rats are not the problem. The kids have kicked down a fence and there is a lot trash. A car backed into a wall of the house on the alley side. The chimney is beginning to fall. Rebuilding this house would be a joke and it needs to be bulldozed. The last two years this house has turned into a bigger dump with higher grass and more mattresses.
Ted Robertson has lived on the other side of the abandoned house for about 7 -8 years. The last three years it has gotten worse with juveniles hanging out. Someone smashed the window in his van last December. There were multiple dents and $2,000 damage to his new car. He feels this is the “broken down” part of Town. He builds harpsichords in his home and his customers are afraid to park their cars in front of his house. It would improve the property value and the people’s peace of mind if this was cleaned up.
As Patrick Stoffers was ready to adjourn the meeting, Lisa Creech announced she saw residents of the Meadowlands. Patrick asked if there was a Public Comment relative to the Meadowlands. A comment was made in the audience that a petition was going around but a lot of the people who have been involved with this have sick children and could not attend.
Todd Royer spoke with Frank about a petition he has drafted requesting a gate and “no outlet” sign be installed. He is hoping to have the petition ready to present in two weeks.
Frank Nierzwicki will meet the Meadowlands residents before the next Town Council meeting. A “speed board” has been installed in the neighborhood to let the people see what the actual speeds are going through.
Nikki Faletic feels the “speed board” is not effective because it is
located at the corner where the traffic is the slowest. To get a better idea of the speed, the board
should be moved.