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Minutes: February 5, 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, Alan Schambach

Others Present

John Schuetzenhofer, Joshua Longest, Sandy Miller, Dale Budde, Zachary Lanning, Don Schuh, Tessa DeWitt, Jasmine Nabours, Jonathan Cripe, and Terri Budde.

President Flickner opened the meeting with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance at 6:30 p.m.

Council President Flickner addressed the Tri-County Seniors in attendance and welcomed them to the meeting.

Minutes of the January 8, 2024 Council Meeting reviewed. Council Member Stewart made a motion to approve the minutes. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion to approve the minutes passed with a vote of 4-0.


CITIZEN COMMENTS – None

RWCDC/MAIN STREET – Sandy Miller

•The next Senior Café will be held at the Wolcott Christian Church on February 21, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.


DEPARTMENT REPORTS:

PARK – Dale Budde reported:

•Cleaned the floors and painted the well houses and water lines recently.

•Replaced the rock where the utility pole was taken down.

•Has been replacing rotten parking posts at the park.

POLICE – Marshal Schuetzenhofer reported:

•Monthly report distributed to Council. A copy of said report is on file in the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office.

•The old car is in the shop – radiator issues.

•Both the Marshal and Deputy Marshal will attend training this week.

•There has been 1 application submitted so far for the 2nd deputy position.

•Council requested that the police department stay on top of fire pits burning

FIRE - Zachary Lanning reported on behalf of Mike Martin:

•Mulhaupt’s got the window in the Fire Chief’s office replaced yesterday.

•We are working on getting a quote for another window that is rotting.

•Physical’s (blood draw) start tomorrow.

UTILITY - Joshua Longest reported:

•They are maintaining with the cold weather we’ve had recently.

•There are currently 3 water leaks in Town and a plan is being formulated to repair all three of them. The leak on the highway, they’re going to abandon the line, move service to another line, and remove 8 lead service lines.

•Missouri Street and the water plant are the other 2 leaks in Town.

STREETS – Don Schuh reported:

•He has been busy plowing snow and helping with utilities when he can.


TOWN MANAGER – Jonathan Cripe reported:

•Presented a proposal from Cardinal Copier to purchase a used Ricoh WF6700 B/W laser wide format copier/printer/scanner at a cost of Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000.00). No discussion heard. Council Member Schambach approved the purchase of a Ricoh WF6700 B/W laser wide format copier/printer/scanner at a cost of Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000.00). Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

•Presented a proposal/Scope of Services and Fee from HWC Engineering for a Trail Pedestrian Bridge/Bridge Evaluation and Hydraulics. The fee for the hydraulics is Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000.00), the fee for the Bridge SS & T is Nine Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($9,500.00). This bridge will go across the creek to the Apostolic Church and will be included in the next park trail phase. Discussion heard. Council Member Stewart made a motion to approve the proposal/Scope of Services and Fee from HWC Engineering for a Trail Pedestrian Bridge/Bridge Evaluation and Hydraulics. The fee for the hydraulics is Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000.00), the fee for the Bridge SS & T is Nine Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($9,500.00). Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

•Presented a Stormwater Master Plan from Wessler Engineering at a cost of Forty-three Thousand Dollars ($43,000.00) and requested that this item be budgeted for 2025.

•Reported there is a water/drainage issue at the warehouse located at Missouri Street and US Highway 24. RGW Mini Storage has obtained an estimate from Emond Drainage Service in the sum of Three Thousand Eight Hundred Forty-seven Dollars Seventy-eight Cents ($3,847.78) and requests the Town pay Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) towards this bill to Emond Drainage Service to remedy this situation. No discussion heard. Council agreed to this request with no vote being taken.

•Discussed a proposal from Baker Tilly to provide a tax revenue projection for the Town with the improvements being considered for the downtown area. The costs are quoted at not to exceed Three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($3,500.00). This issue was tabled to the March Council meeting.

•Presented a proposal from Greg Schneider Electric, Inc. to install electricity to the gate at the Water Treatment Plant in the sum of Four Thousand One Hundred Seventy Dollars ($4,170.00). No discussion heard. Council Member Schambach moved to approve the proposal from Greg Schneider Electric, Inc. to install electricity to the gate at the Water Treatment Plant in the sum of Four Thousand One Hundred Seventy Dollars ($4,170.00). Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

•Presented a proposal from Greg Schneider Electric, Inc. to replace the wall pack lights, flat light, junction box, and install a light for the Town Hall sign at a cost of Four Thousand Five Hundred Seventy Dollars ($4,570.00) which will be paid for with TIF funds. No discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve the proposal from Greg Schneider Electric, Inc. to replace the wall pack lights, flat light, junction box, and install a light for the Town Hall sign at a cost of Four Thousand Five Hundred Seventy Dollars ($4,570.00) which will be paid for with TIF funds. Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

•Presented an Amendment to the Town of Remington Sewer Use Ordinance, Ordinance 2024-02-05-001. No discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve the Amendment to the Town of Remington Sewer Use Ordinance, Ordinance 2024-02-05-001. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

•Vice President Pampel moved to allow Quentin Overbeck and Kory Arvin to install a car wash in the Town of Remington. Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

•Discussion heard regarding the Remington Food Pantry moving from the old Town Hall to the now defunct Senior Center building. Council Member Schambach moved to approve allowing the Remington Food Pantry to relocate from the old Town Hall building to the Senior Center building located at 1 North Ohio Street. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

•The Town will not be grant eligible for the lead service line inventory. He will be attending a lead service line class in March of this year.

•Mulhaupt’s completed the installation of the splash pad cameras, the depot security cameras, and the window in the Fire Chief’s office. The Service Building doors should be completed this week.

•The Town applied for the Community Crossing Match Grant in January. We’re requesting One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00) in grant money and are hoping to open bids in April.

•Remington Main Street Organization is working on a mural grant through Jasper County Tourism in the sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00).

•He needs to complete Flood Plain Training by 2025.

•The appraisal for the Service Building came in at Two Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($230,000.00). He is scheduled to have a telephonic meeting with a County Commissioner later this week.

•He’s been working with the installer on the programming of the HVAC system at the Town Hall. It seems to be working better.

•Reported that we are considering switching to Boyce Mail once we have used all of the utility billing cards. Discussion heard.

•Jasper Newton Foundation Regional Stellar Grant is doing more regional awards. He will attend a workshop in February. If we are eligible he will work on submitting letters of intent.


TOWN ATTORNEY – No report.


OLD BUSINESS

•The Service Building roof bids were tabled to the March Council meeting.

•The Food Pantry lease was tabled to the March Council meeting.


CLERK-TREASURER

•The January 2024 financial analysis statement and Fund Report were presented. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the January 2024 financial analysis statement. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion granted with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

•Presented the Combined Appropriation/Revenue Detail History by Fund for January 2024. No discussion heard. Council Member Schambach moved to approve the Combine Appropriation/Revenue Detail History by Fund for January 2024. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

•Presented the Employee Distribution Summary for January 2024. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the Employee Distribution Summary for January 2024. Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

•Reported to Council two issues the legislative is considering – raising the percentage for levy excess appeals and changing the method with which meetings notices will be distributed to the public.

Council Member Stewart made a motion to approve the claims as presented. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.


Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.


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