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Minutes: April 3, 2023


Remington Town Council Meeting


Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: Remington Depot/16 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, Patrick Culp, Sandy Miller, Kathy Gross, 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 6, 2023 Council Meeting and March 22, 2023 Council meeting reviewed. Council Member Braaksma made a motion to approve the Council minutes of March 6, 2023 and March 22, 2023. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


Patrick Culp, Superintendent at Tri-County School Corporation, discussed the upcoming referendum on May 2, 2023.


RWCDC – Sandy Miller reported:

  • RWCDC is hosting a discussion on the school referendum at the Wolcott Christian Church on April 17, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

  • The committee has been reviewing short term and long term plans.


CITIZEN COMMENTS

A resident thanked the Town employees for the additional work during last Friday night’s storms.


DEPARTMENT REPORTS:


Utilities – Mark Jones reported:


  • Snow White cleaned the lift station today. They have been set up to complete routine maintenance on a yearly basis.

  • We’re having alum line issues, it’s solidifying. Mark is monitoring/working the situation.

  • The I-65 lift station is having issues.

  • White County booster station issues should be resolved next week.

  • A large water main break on Creasy was repaired.

  • We will be doing water sampling again.

  • Mark and Town Manager Cripe will be meeting with a representative to gain information about the purchase of a vac truck.


Streets/Park – Dale Budde reported:

  • Chipping sticks and picking up yard waste bags started today.

  • The first baseball game is this Friday. The concession stand has been opened up today. He is working on the restrooms.


Fire – 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. One fire fighter has gone on inactive duty due to a medical issue.


Police – John Schuetzenhofer reported:

  • A detailed call report was presented to Council for the last 2 months. A copy of said report is on file in the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office.

  • The police department attended two training sessions and 2 evidence sessions last month.

  • Both the Marshal and Deputy will attend the Marshal’s Conference in Indianapolis

  • Marshal Schuetzenhofer will attend an Indiana training officer meeting at Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

  • During the storm last Friday evening the squad was hit by sheet metal and damaged a tire. He has ordered a new tire for the squad.

  • Nate Patton has been approved to work part-time for the Town.


TOWN MANAGER – Jonathan Cripe reported:


  • Comcast has requested a right-of-way permit on Wilber Street between Maine Street and New York Street. No discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve the right-of-way permit on Wilber Street between Maine Street and New York Street. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Town Manager Cripe has arranged for a meeting between Caboose Campground and the Indiana Department of Transportation tomorrow.

  • A map was distributed to Council members. Town Manager Cripe informed Council the red areas on the map have drainage issues. Per the Jasper County Surveyor, if the drainage issues are not resolved, there would not be any additional economic development in that area. The County Surveyor is working with an engineering firm too develop a drainage plan for that area.

  • At the May Council meeting we will hold a public hearing for the utility master plan.

  • The landowner will allow the easement in the area of the sewer extension project.

  • The nuisance property at Iowa Street and Michigan Street has been granted a 2-week extension to clean up the property. If the property is not cleaned up, the landowner will initiate eviction proceedings.

  • DeFouw Chevrolet has informed the Town our truck will be available this fall. The water truck was damaged in the storm Friday night and has been placed out-of-service. We will obtain repair quotes to repair the truck.

  • Town Manager Cripe presented an estimate from Voglund Nursery in Brook, Indiana for the purchase and installation of 11 shade trees at a cost of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00). No discussion heard. Council Member Schambach moved to approve the estimate from Voglund Nursery for the purchase and installation of 11 shade trees at a cost of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00). Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • We located some bricks and purchased a few bricks making the EIFS on the Ohio Street window at the new Town Hall not needed; however the labor to have a mason install the brick is a wash with the former change order.

  • Presented a quote from Eric Alson, COMPTECH 21, to move the computer equipment from the current Town Hall to the newly renovated Town Hall in the sum of Six Thousand Four Hundred Thirty-six Dollars Thirty-three Cents ($6,436.33). No discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the quote from COMPTECH 21 for Six Thousand Four Hundred Thirty-six Dollars Thirty-three Cents ($6,436.33). Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • The cement under the stoop in the alley of the new Town Hall all needs to be done. Town Manager Cripe will have a change order to present at the May Council meeting.

  • The company that installed the blinds at the Depot will be coming to measure the new Town Hall.

  • A proposal from Revel Design to expand the interior design in the new Town Hall was presented. The cost will be an hourly rate not to exceed Eight Thousand Nine Hundred Dollars ($8,900.00). No discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve the proposal from Revel Design in the sum of an hourly rate not to exceed Eight Thousand Nine Hundred Dollars ($8,900.00). Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • The drywall was finished today at the new Town Hall. The painting should be completed within two (2) weeks. The project should be 99% completed by Memorial Day, and the new HVAC system should be installed in mid-June.

  • Council Member Stewart questioned the end of chipping sticks for town residents. Discussion heard. The Town will chip sticks in 2023, but we are hoping to end chipping sticks in 2024.


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


NEW BUSINESS

  • Town Manager Cripe requested Miranda Hathaway be granted FMLA leave. Discussion heard. The employee would like to be off work 4 – 5 months. If granted, the Town must protect her job for 12 months. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the FMLA request for Miranda Hathaway. Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • The Utility Superintendent’s bond was presented for approval. No discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve the Utility Superintendent’s bond. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


OLD BUSINESS

None


CLERK-TREASURER - Terri Budde reported:

  • The 2022 TIF Report has been submitted in Gateway. Copies of said report were emailed to Council and the Redevelopment Board.

  • Resolution 2023-04-03-001, an Ordinance/Resolution Establishing a Cumulative Fire Fund presented. No discussion heard. Council Member Schambach moved to approve Resolution 2023-04-03-001, an Ordinance/Resolution Establishing a Cumulative Fire Fund. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Clerk-Treasurer Budde brought up the issue of not being able to obtain life insurance for 3 full-time employees with the Town. Discussion heard. Council decided if an employee who the Town is not able to provide life insurance for would like to obtain life insurance, he/she must obtain 2-3 quotes for said life insurance and present them to the Town of Remington. Clerk-Treasurer Budde informed Council she would work up a document with pertinent facts to distribute to employees that currently do not have life insurance with the Town of Remington.

  • The 1st quarter 2023 overtime report was emailed to Council. No discussion heard.

  • 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 7:45 p.m.



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