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Minutes: April,1 2024

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: Remington Town Hall/13 E. South Railroad Street/Remington, Indiana 47977


Members Present


Susan Flickner, President; Dana Pampel, Vice President; James Stewart, Robert Braaksma, Alan Schambach


Others Present


Mark Jones, Dale Budde, Mike Martin, John Schuetzenhofer, Chris Conwell, Joshua Longest, Don Schuh, Representatives of Town & Country Paving, Arianna Dominguez, Barb Harper, Rebecca Goddard, Jonathan Cripe, and Terri Budde.


Council President Flickner opened the April Council meeting with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at 6:31 p.m.


Minutes of the March 4, 2024 Council Meeting and March 25, 2024 Executive meeting reviewed. Council Member Braaksma made a motion to approve the Council minutes of March 4, 2024 and Executive minutes March 25, 2024. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.



CITIZEN COMMENTS – None


DEPARTMENT REPORTS:


Utilities – Mark Jones reported:


  • Sludge tanks were emptied last week.

  • Chlorinating and dechlorinating started today.

  • The HACH units have been serviced.


Joshua Longest reported:


  • A hydrant was recently replaced on N. Maine Street.

  • He attended classes at French Lick, Indiana at the end of March.

  • A new iron tester was ordered.

  • Many upcoming water tests will be completed, and hydrants will be flushed this month.

  • Peerless is checking our wells.

  • Well #6 had the wire size upgraded recently.


Streets – Don Schuh reported:


  • Chipping sticks has started.

  • He is assisting other departments when needed.

Park – Dale Budde reported:


  • Mowing has started.

  • The water at shelter #3 and the concession stand has been turned on.

Police Department – John Schuetzenhofer reported:


  • A detailed call report was presented to Council for the last month. A copy of said report is on file in the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office.

  • The SOP Handbook is completed and was implemented today.

  • There were 4 on-site arrests last month.


Fire Department – Mike Martin reported:


  • A detailed call report was presented to Council. A copy of said report is on file in the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office. There were 15 calls last month.

  • All physicals have been completed.

  • He is scheduling truck maintenance.

  • A hazardous materials class was recently completed at the Remington Fire Department with 15 students.


TOWN MANAGER – Jonathan Cripe reported:


  • Street bids were opened as follows:

  • Central Paving $187,802.13

  • Milestone $202,037.00

  • Town & Country $158,838.00

  • All bids were tabled to the May 6, 2024 Council meeting.

  • He is researching the CCMG sidewalk grant.

  • The umbrella for the Depot has been delivered and will be installed in April.

  • Wessler Engineering reviewed the wastewater facilities and found the Advance lift station needs rehab work on the tank – estimated project costs Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000.00) paid from TIF funds; main lift station needs a controller – estimated project costs One Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($160,000.00) paid from TIF funds; lift station screening needs replaced – estimated project costs One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00); the blowers need replaced but it was determined to be in the best interest of the Town to replace them individually as they fail.

  • The police position has been advertised for another month through Work One, LinkedIn, Rensselaer Republican, ILMCT listserve. Marshal Schuetzenhofer will post the opening on the Academy website.

  • Surf Internet has requested a right-of-way to place a cabinet at the corner of Virginia and Illinois Streets. Discussion heard. Council Member Schambach moved to grant Surf Internet right-of-way to place a cabinet at the corner of Virginia and Illinois Streets. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • The blueprint scanner has been installed and is working great.

  • A nuisance letter was sent to a property on N. Ohio Street.

  • One nuisance property has been forwarded on to Attorney Goddard.

  • Update on the lead service line inventory – Alliance of Indiana says the Town is on track. The field work has been completed. It will need to be uploaded by May.

  • Redevelopment Board finalized modifying the TIF area so we will be getting appraisals on the 3 properties.

  • A person on our collection list has moved back int town and is residing with a family member. We will attempt to get our outstanding utility bill paid.

  • Council Member Stewart requested that an Indiana flag be placed at Town Hall and the flags be removed from the old town hall. Council agreed to this suggestion.


TOWN ATTORNEY – Rebecca Goddard has nothing to report for the April meeting.


  • The updated lease agreement with the Food Pantry was presented. No discussion heard. A date error was found, corrected by Attorney Goddard and emailed to Clerk-Treasurer Budde’s town email. The page will be replaced. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the lease agreement between Town of Remington and the Remington Food Pantry. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


NEW BUSINESS


  • Clerk-Treasurer Budde explained about the possible purchase of a 2017 Tahoe police squad from Town of Clear Lake at a cost of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00). Discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the purchase of a 2017 Tahoe police squad from Town of Clear Lake at a cost of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00). Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • It was agreed to place the 2012 Dodge Charger for sale with a minimum bid of Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000.00).

  • An Amendment to Salary Ordinance 2023-12-18-003 was presented. It was noted this will increase the Marshal’s 2024 pay to $60,000 per year; 1st Deputy’s pay to Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) per year; and the 2nd Deputy’s pay to Forty-eight Thousand Dollars ($48,000.00) per year. It shall become effective on the April 18, 2024 pay. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the Amendment to Salary Ordinance 2023-12-18-003. Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


OLD BUSINESS - None


CLERK-TREASURER - Terri Budde reported:


  • The 2023 TIF Report has been submitted in Gateway. Copies of said report were presented to Council and explained.

  • Council Member Stewart moved to approve the claims presented for April. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


Meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.

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