TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
OCTOBER 1, 2013 7:30 PM
PRESENT: Council Members: Scott Deyoe, Dan Adams, Todd Everling, and Joyce Higginbottom; Terri Sommers, Clerk-Treasurer; Jeremy Peele, Town Attorney.
ABSENT: J. Scott Flick
The meeting was brought to order by President Scott Deyoe. Higginbottom made the motion to accept minutes of the previous meeting, Everling seconded. Motion passed.
JEREMY PEELE: (1) County is still reviewing the legal description of the areas involved in the Wellhead Protection Ordinance that they are passing for us for the areas outside the municipal limits. (2) Affordable Care Act takes effect today.
RYAN BRAUEN, WESSLER ENGINEERING: In Ryan’s absence, Scott Deyoe reported that Theineman Construction has made a lot of progress in the last month. They have poured the one foot added onto the influent structure.
WATER & STREET: Report was read by Deyoe. Jared Isaac started fulltime employment with the town on September 9. Kevin Moss addressed the fact that the wellhead protection plan that Mr. Peele is working on with the county needs to go before our Plan Commission also, so that it can be incorporated into our zoning ordinance because there are certain restrictions on what can be developed in a wellhead protection area. Everling made motion to accept report, Higginbottom seconded. Motion passed.
POLICE REPORT: Report read by Deyoe. No items to address. Higginbottom made motion to accept report, Everling seconded. Motion passed.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: Tom Hendricks read report. Last month they signed to buy a new engine to replace their 1995 engine. It will look a lot like their rescue truck, and should be here next year by the first of March. They have enough money saved up to pay for it.
WASTEWATER: No written report. Bryan Klein gave verbal report. There has been significant progress in the last couple of weeks. We now dump into Brunk Ditch instead of Wildcat Creek. They have done a lot of housecleaning at WWTP site. They are condensing records, cleaning out the pole building making room for new equipment and parts that will be coming in. He is in the process of working on manuals for new equipment, putting together preventative and maintenance schedules.
PARK ADVISORY: Jolene Rule read report. Upcoming fall community service day will be Sat. Oct 5. They will meet at the fountain at 9am and will finish before noon. She named a couple of items for the council to think about. 1) The planters and flowerbeds have not been adequately watered by those who volunteered through the Adopt-A-Spot program, and they have lost many costly flowers and plants as a result. The Park Advisory Board recommends that town employees be responsible for watering these planters and flowerbeds as they are paid for by the town and are costly to replace. 2) The town sign at the west entrance of town has not had any landscaping updates since originally done many years ago. They recommend using a professional landscaping company to improve the appearance. She stated that the Park Advisory Board would gladly gather estimates for this project.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Scott Deyoe read Ordinance 2013-3 -- an ordinance amending ordinance 2010-5 -- entitled “An Ordinance to Create Staggered Terms for Town Council Positions”. This was the second reading. Mr. Adams made a motion to suspend the third reading of this ordinance, seconded by Everling. Motion passed. Individual votes were taken to pass this ordinance, with each council member voting Aye to pass the ordinance.
NEW BUSINESS: (1) Mr. Everling told those present that we had been getting quotes on a laptop for use at the WWTP. Discussion about the need for and uses of the laptop ensued. (2) Mr. Deyoe read two letters acknowledging our donation of Greentown Historical Records: one letter from the Greentown Historical Society and one from the State of Indiana.
GUESTS: (1) Craig Trott referred to the request of the Park Advisory Board regarding the sign at the west end of town. He asked if the landfill would be available to him if he volunteered to work on the landscaping. He was assured it would be, and was thanked by the council for his offer. (2) Don Downs spoke about the Plan Commission meeting this month, referring specifically to the property at 404 W. Main Street. He urged that we come up with something universal that will regulate this zoning issue about “special use”. Lengthy discussion followed regarding zoning issues and the need to revamp our town’s Zoning Ordinance booklet. Attorney Jeremy Peele stated that no action needs to be taken by Council, that the Board of Zoning Appeals has the authority needed.
Motion was made by Mrs. Higginbottom to cancel the October 15 council meeting, seconded by Everling. Motion passed.
Motion to adjourn was made by Higginbottom, seconded by Everling. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.