Remington Town Council Meeting
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Remington Depot/16 E. South Railroad Street/Remington, Indiana 47977
Susan Flickner, President; Dana Pampel, Vice President; Robert Braaksma, James Stewart, Alan Schambach
Dale Budde, Joshua Longest, Don Schuh, Zachary Lanning, Michael Martin, John Schuetzenhofer, Jeff Berger, Aaron Miller, Kathy Gross, Jim Miller, Rebecca Goddard, Jonathan Cripe, and Terri Budde.
The meeting was opened at 6:30 p.m. with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Minutes of the June 5, 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 0 nays.
A citizen requested permission to place a metal shipping container on his property for storage during a home renovation. Discussion heard. Council informed the resident they would consult with the town attorney on this issue.
A resident requested the Town enact stricter guidelines regarding fireworks. Discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma informed the resident the Town complies and must follow the state statute. He urged the resident to contact their Senator and Representative.
FIRE – Mike Martin reported:
The monthly fire report was presented. There were 5 fire calls for the month of June. A copy of said report is on file with the Clerk-Treasurer.
The fire department is looking for volunteers.
UTILITIES– Joshua Longest reported:
There were no PFAs detected in the Town of Remington’s water.
The lead and copper testing results came back with no lead or copper detected.
Testing will continue this month.
CCR reports will be mailed out this month.
Superintendent Mark Jones has been on vacation.
Sludge was hauled through the month of June.
STREETS – Don Schuh reported:
Council welcomed Don Schuh as a full-time employee.
POLICE – Marshal Schuetzenhofer reported:
Monthly report was presented to Council. A copy of said report is on file with the Clerk-Treasurer.
Reported the Town is projected to have the same numbers as last year.
Sheriff Williamson has 1 extra license plate reader camera and wanted to know if the Town wanted to use it. Marshal will provide additional information at a later meeting.
The body cam system is in and working. We now have 6 working body cameras.
PARK – Dale Budde reported:
Council Member Stewart thanked Dale Budde for installing the lids on the trash cans at the park and for trimming the low branches off the trees.
Dale reported that Remington Hybrids held a work day at the town park. They painted restrooms, painted picnic tables, sealed bridges, and trimmed branches.
The workout equipment is being installed this week.
The washed out bridge has been repaired. Rock N Dirt will be returning to repair an area where there is a large difference between the bridge and the asphalt.
There will be a locate completed this week. After the locate is completed the parking lot where the landscape was removed will be repaved.
TOWN MANAGER – Jonathan Cripe reported:
Presented a quote from HWC Engineering to complete a drainage study in an area for economic development. No discussion heard. This study will be paid using TIF funds. Council Member Schambach moved to approve the completion and payment of the drainage study by HWC Engineering at a cost of Twenty-two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($22,500.00). Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.
Presented a quote from Rock N Dirt for stone surface placement around the Remington Depot in the sum of Eight Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy-three Dollars ($8,873.00). Council Member Stewart moved to approve the quote from Rock N Dirt for stone surface placement around the Remington Depot in the sum of Eight Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy-three Dollars ($8.873.00). Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.
Council Member Braaksma has resigned from RWCDC. Town Manager Cripe recommended appointing Donald Pampel to the RWCDC Board. Vice President Pampel moved to approve the appointment of Donald Pampel to the RWCDC Board. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.
Community Crossing Matching Grant paperwork has been completed. The Town should be notified soon when the grant monies will be received.
LTAP has released a new template.
Tree quotes will be opened in August.
The Mexican restaurant is planning to open in October. They are applying for a liquor permit.
The 2021 COVID OCRA Grant paperwork has been sent out to local businesses. When that information is returned, the grant will be completed.
He has been working on the Meents easement.
Mark Jones had hip replacement surgery today. He is home and will return to work by the end of the week light duty.
Town Hall renovation project update – the roof HVAC units were installed today. Our August 1 move in date is looking better and better. Furniture should be in next week. We are hoping our August meeting will be in the new Town Hall.
Town Manager Cripe is working with the county regarding inspections of the wind turbines. More information will be forthcoming.
TOWN ATTORNEY – Rebecca Goddard
Presented a draft of the wind farm ordinance for Council to review. Discussion was tabled to the August 7, 2023 Council meeting.
Presented Resolution 2023-07-11-001, a Resolution Concerning Interest In and the Authority To Purchase or Acquire Easement Property. Discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve Resolution 2023-07-11-001, a Resolution Concerning Interest In and the Authority To Purchase or Acquire Easement Property. Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.
NEW BUSINESS –
Council Member Stewart brought up the issue of publishing minutes on the Town website. Discussion heard. Clerk-Treasurer Budde informed all present that the legislators passed a new law that all board meetings must be live streamed and uploaded on a website for viewing by 2025. More information will be provided at a later date.
Council Member Stewart brought up the issue of issuing water credits for water gardens, etc. Discussion heard. Council Member Stewart withdrew the request.
OLD BUSINESS – None
Pay Application #8 from Hamstra Builders regarding the Town Hall renovation presented. No discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve Pay Application #8 to Hamstra Builders in the amount of One Hundred Sixty-six Thousand Two Hundred Eighty-four Dollars ($166,284.00). Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.
Clerk-Treasurer Budde reminded Council of the following 2024 budget dates: Budget Public Meeting is set for August 28, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. Budget Adoption Meeting is set for October 2, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in conjunction with Council meetings and will be held hopefully at Town Hall/15 S. Ohio Street/Remington, Indiana.
The June Financial Statement was presented. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the June financial statement. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.
Claims docket presented for approval. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the claims for payment. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:33 p.m.