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Minutes: December 18, 2023

Time: 6:30 p.m.

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


Members Present

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


Others Present

Rebecca Goddard, Jonathan Cripe, Terri Budde.

Meeting opened at 6:30 p.m.

Minutes of the December 4, 2023 Council Meeting reviewed. Council Member Braaksma made a motion to approve the minutes. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


CITIZEN COMMENTS - None


DEPARTMENT REPORTS – None


TOWN MANAGER – Jonathan Cripe reported as follows:

•Bids opened to replace the roof on the Service Building. Those received:

1.Todd Smart Roofing – Thirty-Five Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($35,500.00)

with optional price to replace all soffit of an additional Six Thousand Eight Hundred Dollars ($6,800.00).

2.Weathertight Roofing LLC – Thirty-six Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($36,750.00) with optional price to replace all soffit of Three Thousand Five Hundred Forty-three Dollars Seventy-six Cents ($3,543.76).

3.Steve’s Specialized Services – Seventy Thousand Sixty-two Dollars ($7,062.00) with additional price to replace all soffit Four Thousand Two Hundred Forty Dollars ($4,240.00).

4.Bone Dry Roofing – Thirty-seven Thousand Three Hundred Forty Dollars ($37,340.00) with additional soffit cost of Eight Thousand One Hundred Twelve Dollars ($8,112.00) plus installation of all new fascia metal Two Thousand Six Hundred Seventy-two Dollars ($2,672.00).

All bid were tabled to the January 8, 2024 Council meeting.

•Received a quote to replace the camera system at the splash pad that was damaged due to vandalism. It will require a new system to be installed as parts are no longer available for the old system. The cost is Four Thousand Four Hundred Twenty-one Dollars ($4,421.00). This item was tabled to the January 8, 2024 meeting.

•Received a quote from Schneider Electric to change the timer on the exterior lights at new Town Hall, install wire for the hot water heater, and replace some lights in the sum of One Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Dollars ($1,420.00). Discussion heard. Council Member Schambach moved to approve the installation/cost of changing the timer on the exterior lights at new Town Hall, install wire for the hot water heater, and replace some lights in the sum of One Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Dollars ($1,420.00). Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

•Requested Council consider adding a Twenty-five Dollar ($25.00) convenience fee to any customers purchasing bulk water from the Town.

•He is working with Attorney Goddard to get the staggered election terms set up.

•Will be applying for the Community Crossings Match Grant in January 2024.

•Updated Council on the lead and copper replacement project the State is requiring. It has been determined there are six hundred ninety-seven (697) service lines in Town of Remington and that three hundred twenty-eight (328) are lead or possibly lead. The Town will have ten (10) years to complete the replacement of the lead lines.

•The new Town Hall sign is almost completed. They are trying to get the right color/powder coat on the letters.

•He has received a verbal commitment that the landowner is willing to sell the aquafer land. Town Manager Cripe would like to proceed with a site survey. Council directed Town Manager Cripe to proceed with the site survey.

•Update presented by Town Manager Cripe and Council Member Braaksma regarding the Town constructing an ambulance building. There will be a meeting held with the county ambulance board, Council Member Braaksma, Town Manager Cripe, and Council President Flickner in January 2024.

•Discussion regarding the Schwab development in downtown Remington discussed. Council agreed it was okay to start planning for this project.

•He will start vacation December 21, 2023 and will be back in the office January 4, 2024.


TOWN ATTORNEY – Rebecca Goddard

•Presented a draft lease to Council for the Food Pantry to reside in the front half of the old Town Hall building. Discussion heard regarding liability insurance. Clerk-Treasurer Budde will have a discussion with the Director of the Remington Food Pantry on their need to obtain liability insurance. Attorney Goddard will make changes to the lease as requested. This issue was tabled to the January 8, 2024 Council meeting.

•Discussion of staggered election terms continued. Vice President Dana Pampel, Council Member James Stewart and Council Member Robert Braaksma volunteered to serving a 2-year term. They will file/run for election again in 2025. President Susan Flickner and Council Member Al Schambach agreed to serve a four-year term. They will run for election in 2027.


OLD BUSINESS – None


NEW BUSINESS – None


CLERK-TREASURER

•A Request to Surrender Life Policy for Terri Budde was presented. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the Request to Surrender Life Policy. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

•Transfer Resolution 2023-12-18-001 was presented and reviewed by Council. This resolution is necessary to zero out by year end any appropriation lines currently with a negative amount and so encumbrances may be funded. Council Member Schambach moved to approve Transfer Resolution 2023-12-18-001. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Transfer Resolution 2022-12-18-001 passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

•Encumbrance Resolution 2023-12-18-002 was presented and reviewed by Council. The total of this resolution that the Town of Remington will be encumbering from the 2023 budget is Eighty-eight Thousand Four Hundred Thirty-three Dollars Seventy-four Cents ($88, 433.74). Vice President Pampel moved to approve Encumbrance Resolution 2023-12-18-002. Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Encumbrance Resolution 2023-12-18-002 passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

•Clerk-Treasurer Budde presented the 2024 Salary Ordinance, 2023-12-18-003. No discussion heard. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the 2024 Salary Ordinance, 2023-12-18-003. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

•Clerk-Treasurer Budde requested permission to pay the SRF loan payment due January 1, 2024 in the sum of One Hundred Sixty-seven Thousand Six Hundred Dollars ($167,600.00). Council Member Braaksma made a motion to approve the payment of the SRF loan payment. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

•Presented the Service Agreement with Stanley Cook, CPA for 2024. Discussion heard. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the 2024 Service Agreement with Stanley Cook, CPA. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:19 p.m.


Next Meeting: January 8, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. at the Remington Town Hall.

Service Building to be held immediately before at 5:45 p.m. at Town Hall


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