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Minutes: August 28, 2023 (September Meeting)

Updated: Dec 19, 2023


Remington Town Council Meeting


Time: 6:30 p.m.

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


Members Present


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


Others Present

Mark Jones, Dale Budde, John Schuetzenhofer, Sandy Miller (RWCDC/Main Street), Dan Weerts, Dalton Jeffries, Tonda Jeffries, Jonathan Cripe, and Terri Budde.


Meeting opened with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance at 6:30 p.m.


2024 Budget Public Hearing held. See minutes.


Regular meeting opened at 6:32 p.m.


Minutes of the August 7, 2023 Council Meeting reviewed. Council Member Stewart made a motion to approve the minutes. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 0 nays.


RWCDC/MAIN STREET

Sandy Miller reported:


  • Remington Main Street met at the newly renovated Town Hall last week and used the TV screens. It worked very well.

  • Popcorn and apple cider will be served on August 28 (Trick or Treat night) at the Remington Depot from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Poinsettias will be sold as a fund raiser this year.

  • Wolcott has started a Senior Café. It will be held on the 3rd Wednesday each month at the Wolcott Christian Church Fellowship Hall. The next Senior Café will be September 20, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. There will be dinner, coffee, bingo and fellowship. All over the age of 55 are invited!

  • The Main Street Committee will be attending a workshop in September on store front design and façade program.


ANNOUNCEMENT – The Sacred Heart Catholic Church will hold its annual turkey dinner on September 17, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cost: free will donation


CITIZEN COMMENTS

None


DEPARTMENT REPORTS

POLICE – Marshal Schuetzenhofer reported:


  • Purchased equipment and printers for squads from a grant.

  • Both Marshal Schuetzenhofer and Deputy Powell took on-line twelve-hour training classes.

  • Moved into the new offices.


FIRE – None


UTILITIES – Mark Jones reported:


  • He has completed quality analysis testing.

  • Has the sulfur dioxide heads rebuilt. He reported we are getting moisture in our sulfur dioxide orders and explained changes he will be making to help with that.

  • The White County tower passed inspection and is back in service.

  • The White County booster is fully functional. Wessler Engineering will be giving the Town an access code to monitor a portion of the booster function from the plant.

  • Wiseman Tree Service began cutting trees down today per the contract.

  • A service line water leak was repaired on South Street.

  • Council Member Stewart brought up the issue of employee safety when employees are in a hole repairing a water or wastewater issue. Discussion heard. Council Member Stewart, Council Member Braaksma, and Mark Jones will research the hazards the employees could encounter and the OSHA regulations. This issue was tabled to the October 2 Council meeting.

  • Reported that the Co-Alliance elevator will not be taken down due to the cost associated with removal but instead will be closed up.

PARK – Dale Budde reported:

  • The parking lot has been paved and was striped today. The park gained 15 parking spots and 4 handicap spots.

  • Installation of the musical instruments will begin in three weeks.

  • Town Manager Cripe reported that the splash pad will run at least an extra week due to the weather/heat.


TOWN MANAGER


Jonathan Cripe reported:


  • The Remington Food Pantry will be moving into the old Town Hall building located at 24 S. Indiana Street. Mulhaupt’s will be in to re-key the building and the park buildings this week.

  • He has been working on a nuisance property on North Street with Attorney Goddard.

  • The utility billing clerk will be receiving training on updating the website in September.

  • The striping company finished today. The asphalt patching will be completed this week.

  • The water pick-up truck that was damaged in a tornado earlier this year will be ready next week.

  • DeFouw Chevrolet will have our new water truck this year.

  • INDOT will meet with Caboose Campground and provide additional information regarding drainage issues.

  • The Indiana Senate passed legislation that took effect in July of this year requiring the Town’s flood plain administrator to have so many credit hours. Town Manager Cripe will begin with on-line classes.

  • We are moved into new Town Hall and getting settled.

  • Is looking into purchasing realtor boxes for people to pick up Depot and Park keys on the weekends.

  • Would like two Council members to work with him on planning an Open House for newly renovated Town Hall. More information to be forthcoming.

  • Signage and the remaining art work will be installed next week.

  • Presented a fire protection agreement from Brenneco to provide monitored fire protection to new Town Hall. The cost for this program is Five Hundred Eighty-eight Dollars ($588.00) annually. No discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the fire protection agreement with Brenneco at an annual cost of Five Hundred Eighty-eight Dollars ($588.00) per year. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Presented a quote from Dell for new computers and monitors for the Town Manager, Billing Clerk, and Clerk-Treasurer plus a new laptop for the Town Manager at a cost of Five Thousand Five Hundred Forty-one Dollars Forty-five Cents ($5,541.45). Town Manager Cripe informed Council he has written approval from Bose McKinney that this purchase can be paid with TIF funds. No discussion heard. Council Member Schambach moved to approve the purchase of new computers and monitors for the Town Manager, Utility Billing Clerk, and Clerk-Treasurer plus a new laptop for the Town Manager through Dell at a cost of Five Thousand Five Hundred Forty-one Dollars Forty-five Cents ($5,541.45). Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Presented a proposal from HWC Engineering to prepare a master plan park design at a cost of Twenty-three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($23,500). This fee may be paid utilizing TIF funds. Discussion heard. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the proposal from HWC Engineering to prepare a master plan park design at a cost of Twenty-three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($23,500). Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Will be meeting with Dane Hayworth from the county ambulance service to discuss a monthly rental fee and what will be needed in the new ambulance building that will be built in the Remington area. Council Member Braaksma stated he would like to also attend that meeting.


TOWN ATTORNEY – Rebecca Goddard

no report.


NEW BUSINESS


  • Council decided Trick-or-Treat for Remington will be October 28, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Psi Iota Xi will be allowed to use the area around the Depot to host Trunk or Treat that evening. Remington Main Street will be serving hot cider and popcorn from the Depot from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • A real estate easement agreement with Robert Meents was presented. No discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the real estate agreement with Robert Meents. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Ordinance 2023-08-28-001, an Amendment to Ordinance No. 08-01-07, An Ordinance Creating Public Relations and Promotion Fund And Providing For the Use Thereof presented. No discussion heard. Council Member Schambach moved to approve Ordinance 2023-08-28-001, an Amendment to Ordinance No. 08-01-07, An Ordinance Creating Public Relations and Promotion Fund And Providing For the Use Thereof. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


OLD BUSINESS


  • Hamstra Pay Application 10 totaling Thirty-five Thousand Three Hundred Forty-one Dollars Twenty Cents ($35,341.20) and Pay Application 11 totaling Sixty-one Thousand Six Hundred Forty Dollars ($61,640.00) presented. No discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the Hamstra Pay Application 10 totaling Thirty-five Thousand Three Hundred Forty-one Dollars Twenty Cents ($35,341.20) and Pay Application 11 totaling Sixty-one Thousand Six Hundred Forty Dollars ($61,640.00). Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


CLERK-TREASURER


  • Clerk-Treasurer Budde reminded Council that the budget adoption hearing will be held October 2, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., right before Council meeting, at the Remington Town Hall/13 E. South Railroad Street/Remington, Indiana 47977.

  • Presented an invoice from Wiseman Tree Service in the sum of Seven Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty Dollars ($7,980.00) and requested approval to pay said invoice once the work has been completed. Council Member Schambach moved to approve the invoice from Wiseman Tree Service in the sum of Seven Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty Dollars ($7,980.00). Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


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


ADDITIONAL BUSINESS


Marshal Schuetzenhofer reported that the license plate camera will be installed at the I-65 US 231 interchange facing west. Clerk-Treasurer Budde informed Council that the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department agreed to pay the monies due for 2023, and the Town would take over those payments in 2024.


There being no further business to discuss, the Council meeting was adjourned at 7:32 p.m.



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