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Minutes: June 3, 2024

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


Others Present


Mark Jones, Dale Budde, John Schuetzenhofer, Kathy Gross, Ron Dalrymple, Amy Kurt and Mathew Lorentz from EDP Renewables, Axle Madrid, Alex Morales, Ben Alberts, Ross Baird, Rebecca Goddard, Jonathan Cripe, and Terri Budde.


Meeting was opened by Council President Flickner with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance at 6:30 p.m.


Minutes of the May 6, 2024 Council Meeting reviewed. Council Member Braaksma made a motion to approve the minutes. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes 0 nays.


CITIZEN COMMENTS


  • A concerned citizen raised issues about the current condition of Carpenter Creek. The resident was informed the Town received notice today from the Jasper County Surveyor that block work would be completed this year.

  • A concerned citizen inquired how it is decided what roads are paved in Town. Town Manager Cripe provided an explanation as to how asphalt is graded according to their level of asphalt.

  • A concerned citizen raised an issue with the speed of vehicles at the corner of Sunnyside and Maine Street.

  • A citizen commented how nice the Old Town Park looked with the flowers that were planted. Dale Budde explained that the flowers were donated and the Boy Scouts group planted them.

  • The noise ordinance was discussed with no action taken.


EDP RENEWABLES – Amy Kurt and Mathew Lorentz reported:

  • They are wanting to be involved in community activities.

  • Jasper County approved the agreement to utilize the same engineering firm to oversee permitting and construction of the windmills. Invoices will go to the county and EDP Renewables will reimburse the county.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS:


POLICE: John Schuetzenhofer


  • A printed call report was presented. A copy is on file in the Office of Clerk-Treasurer.

  • Introduced the prospective additional full-time deputy, Ross E. Baird. Discussion heard. Council Member Stewart made a motion to approve hiring Ross E. Baird as a full-time deputy for the Remington Police Department. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

UTILITIES:


Mark Jones reported:


  • A leak on South Street was recently fixed. This was a lead service line so it was entirely replaced.

  • A leak on Maine Street was fixed.

  • Lead and copper bottles have been distributed for samples to be taken and will be sent in.

  • A water pump was replaced at the water plant.

  • The sunshade was recently installed at the Depot and looks great!

  • Designated Town streets were recently paved.

  • Drying beds were emptied. Sludge was hauled.

  • Two sewer hookups were recently installed.


PARK: Dale Budde


  • Lots of spraying and mowing still occurring.

  • The bridge was recently repaired, as well as some rotten posts.

  • He fixed potholes with Don Schuh.

  • He took the fogger to get calibrated.


TOWN MANAGER – Jonathan Cripe


  • The IDEM permit for the sewer line extension has been received. Work should start in June.

  • Rensselaer decided to go ahead with the water tower mural, so Remington will not be doing one. We are scheduled to complete a downtown mural.

  • The drainage study near the Chrome Shop has been completed. If anyone is interested in reviewing it, please stop by the Town Manager’s Office.

  • Redevelopment Board agreed to purchase 2 acres of farm ground for the construction of the Street barn.

  • Presented an estimate from Greg Schneider Electric, Inc. for an electrical design on the Street barn in the sum of Two Thousand One Hundred Dollars ($2,100.00). Council Member Stewart moved to approve the estimate from Greg Schneider Electric, Inc. for an electrical design on the Street barn in the sum of Two Thousand One Hundred Dollars ($2,100.00). Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Cemetery Board met last week and terminated the contract with Exterior View, Inc. for mowing the cemetery for the remainder of 2024. They awarded the remainder of the 2024 mowing contract to Deno Landscaping at a cost of Nine Hundred Dollars ($900.00) per mow.

  • A revised quote for the Wastewater truck, a 2024 Chevrolet Silverado, has been received in the sum of Fifty-eight Thousand Three Hundred Fifty-eight Dollars Ninety Cents ($58,358.90), which is One Thousand Four Hundred Dollars ($1,400.00) less than the original estimate. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the revised quote in the sum of Fifty-eight Thousand Three Hundred Fifty-eight Dollars Ninety Cents ($58,358.90). Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

  • The current wastewater truck will be appraised and sealed bids will be accepted at a minimum of the appraisal price.

  • The marketing company for the fund raiser will be creating a new Facebook page. Meetings are beginning and going well.

  • PASER ratings will need to be updated, as well as the ADA and Title IV to remain eligible to apply for the Community Crossings Grant.

  • The Legion fish fry will be on June 14, 2024, curbside at the Depot. It will be drive-through only.


TOWN ATTORNEY – Rebecca Goddard


  • Transfer of the Service Building to Jasper County Ambulance Service is on-going. The documents are being revised to include the township.

  • Resolution 2024-06-03-001, A Resolution of the Town Council of the Town of Remington, Indiana Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of a Master Equipment Lease-Purchase Agreement and Separate Lease Schedules and Certificates of Acceptance With Respect to the Acquisition, Purchase, Financing and Leasing of Certain Equipment For The Public Benefit; Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of Documents Required in Connection Therewith; and Authorizing the Taking of All Other Actions Necessary to the Consummation of the Transactions Contemplated by this Resolution presented. No discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve Resolution 2024-06-03-001, A Resolution of the Town Council of the Town of Remington, Indiana Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of a Master Equipment Lease-Purchase Agreement and Separate Lease Schedules and Certificates of Acceptance With Respect to the Acquisition, Purchase, Financing and Leasing of Certain Equipment For The Public Benefit; Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of Documents Required in Connection Therewith; and Authorizing the Taking of All Other Actions Necessary to the Consummation of the Transactions Contemplated by this Resolution. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

  • An Opinion Letter was provided to be distributed to Crossroads Bank regarding the purchase of a 2024 Western Star Dump Truck/Snow Plow.

  • Ordinance 2024-06-03-002, an Ordinance Amending the Rates and Charges for the Use of and Services Rendered by the Waterworks System of the Town of Remington, Indiana introduced. Discussion heard. Council Member Stewart moved to approve Ordinance 2024-06-03-002, an Ordinance Amending the Rates and Charges for the Use of and Services Rendered by the Waterworks System of the Town of Remington, Indiana. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

  • A Memorandum of Understanding of Local Government Parties To Cost-Sharing Agreement With Carpenter Wind Farm LLC was presented. Discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved approve the Memorandum of Understanding of Local Government Parties To Cost-Sharing Agreement With Carpenter Wind Farm LLC as it related to engineering fees. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 3 ayes (Flickner, Braaksma and Pampel) and 1 abstention (Stewart).


NEW BUSINESS


  • Ordinance 2024-06-03-003, an Ordinance Vacating an Alley, was presented. Discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve Ordinance 2024-06-03-003, an Ordinance Vacating an Alley. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.


OLD BUSINESS - None


CLERK-TREASURER


  • Budget workshop set for July 1, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. at Remington Town Hall/13 E. South Railroad Street/Remington, Indiana. Dinner will be provided.

  • 2024 Budget dates: Public hearing September 9, 2024, at 6:30 p.m.; Adoption Meeting: October 7, 2024, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Clerk-Treasurer Budde informed Council she and the Billing Clerk will be attending the ILMCT Annual Conference June 23 – 27 which is being held in South Bend this year.

  • Requested permission to pay the SRF loan payment due July 1, 2024 in the amount of One Hundred Sixty-eight Thousand Three Hundred Twenty Dollars ($168,320.00). Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the payment of the SRF loan payment due July 1, 2024 in the amount of One Hundred Sixty-eight Thousand Three Hundred Twenty Dollars ($168,320.00). Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Clerk-Treasurer Budde requested permission to pay Clayton Gross’ invoice in the amount of One Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty Dollars ($1,780.00) for concrete work performed for the installation of the Sun Shade at the Depot. Vice President Pampel moved to approve the invoice from Clayton Gross in the amount of One Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty Dollars ($1,780.00) for concrete work performed for the installation of the Sun Shade. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

  • May 2024 Employee Distribution Summary presented and reviewed. Council Member Stewart made a motion to approve the May 2024 Employee Distribution Summary. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Claims docket was presented for approval. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the claims for payment. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 4 ayes and 0 nays.


There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

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