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Minutes: March 4, 2024

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: Remington Town Hall/13 E. North Railroad Street/Remington, Indiana 47977


Members Present

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


Others Present

Mike Martin, Mark Jones, Dale Budde, Joshua Longest, Don Schuh, John Schuetzenhofer, Sandy Miller, Matt Commons, Rebecca Goddard, Jonathan Cripe and Terri Budde.

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

Minutes of the February 5, 2024 Council meeting reviewed. Alan Schambach made a motion to approve the minutes. James Stewart seconded the motion. Motion to approve the minutes passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


CITIZENS COMMENTS

  • Matt Commons introduced himself and informed Council he is running for State Representative in District 13.

  • A citizen inquired on the status of a nuisance property located on N. Ohio Street.

RWCDC/MAIN STREET – Sandy Miller reported:

  • The next Senior Café will be held on March 20 at the Wolcott Christian Church Fellowship Hall.

  • The next Main Street meeting will be held March 21, 2024.

  • The next RWCDC meeting will be March 12, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS:


FIRE: Mike Martin reported:

  • The monthly fire report for January and February were presented to Council. A copy of said report is on file in the Office of Clerk-Treasurer.

  • Department physicals are in progress

  • Presented a quote for an air compressor from MacQueen Equipment in the sum of Fifty-five Thousand Ninety-one Dollars Eighty Cents ($55,091.80) of which the Town would pay ½. No discussion heard. Clerk-Treasurer Budde informed Council this equipment was included in the 2024 budget. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the purchase of an air compressor to re-fill air tanks from MacQueen Equipment in the sum of Fifty-five Thousand Ninety-one Dollars Eighty Cents ($55,091.80). Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


UTILITY – Mark Jones reported:

  • April 1 the chlorine starts at the wastewater plant. Mark has a company coming to check the chlorine heads.

  • Mark, Don and Dale cleaned up behind the wastewater plant..

  • The drying beds were emptied.

  • Wednesday Mark will have an electrical engineer on site to complete a walk through and check for efficiency. Josh Longest reported:

  • Two water leaks were recently repaired.

  • A water main was installed on Michigan and North Iowa Streets for the new spec house.

  • Well #6, located on 1800 S, is down. Peerless Midwest is coming to work on it.

  • Request permission to purchase a new locator. Council has previously approved this request and informed Josh to purchase one. No other action was taken.

  • Josh will be going to French Lick, Indiana next week to learn about lead and copper.

STREETS/PARK: - Don Schuh reported:

  • He is waiting on a sign post to come in.

  • He has been working on cleaning storm sewers.

PARK – Dale Budde reported:

  • All of the plumbing at the shelter restrooms has been put back together. No water has been turned on yet.

POLICE: - Marshal Schuetzenhofer reported:

  • The monthly police report was presented to Council. A copy of said report is on file in the Office of Clerk-Treasurer.

  • They served a warrant in White County last week and will serve one at Purdue University tomorrow.

TOWN MANAGER – Jonathan Cripe

  • He attended the Jasper County Commissioner’s meeting this morning. The Commissioners are in favor of the Service Building being donated to the County. The transfer should be effective in 1 – 2 months.

  • The Town received a Twenty Thousand Dollar ($20,000.00) Tourism Grant through Jasper County which will be used for a mural on a local business wall.

  • The Jasper County Tourism Committee is planning a large mural on the Wheatfield Elevator in Rensselaesr, Indiana. The owner is not sure they want to proceed with a mural. Town Manager Cripe requested permission to submit having a mural placed on the water tower near the day care. Town of Remington would have the final say in the design of the mural, and this mural would be paid solely by Jasper County Tourism Committee.

  • The nuisance property on Michigan Street has until May 1, 2024 to get the property cleaned up. Town Manager Cripe was informed today that the property has been sold.

  • The spec house being built by Citation Homes sold this morning.

  • The owners who purchased that property would like the alley behind the home vacated. This alley is located in the 400 block of West Michigan. Council was fine with this idea and directed that the paperwork be completed.

  • Town Manager Cripe sent a letter to a nuisance property on South Street which got no response. He will be making contact with Attorney Goddard to follow up.

  • A nuisance letter has been sent to a property located on N. Ohio Street, and one will be sent to another residence on N. Ohio Street.

  • Town Manager Cripe requested permission to donate the 2009 Dodge Charger VIN: 2B3KA43V99H637855 to the Tri-County FFA Auction. No discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve the donation of the 2009 Dodge Charger to the Tri-County FFA Auction. Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • The blueprint scanner has arrived. Town Manager Cripe would like to have a service agreement on it which will cost Four Hundred Ninety-five Dollars ($495.00) annually. This issue was tabled to the December 2024 Council meeting.

  • Presented a Park Master Plan quote from HWC Engineering in the sum of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00). We must update and file our Park Master Plan to be eligible to apply for the DNR Grant in November. Discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the preparation and cost of a Park Master Plan with HWC Engineering in the sum of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00). Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • The playground design we currently have in place does not include a dog park or disc golf park. Town Manager Cripe presented an additional quote from HWC Engineering in the sum of Four Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($4,500.00) to include these 2 items in the playground design. Council Member Schambach moved to amend the playground design to include a dog park and disk golf area at a cost of Four Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($4,500.00) with HWC Engineering. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • He is interviewing signage companies and marketing companies and will provide additional information at a later time.

  • The canopy/umbrella at the Depot should arrive by the end of March.

TOWN ATTORNEY – Rebecca Goddard – Nothing additional to report.


NEW BUSINESS

  • Resolution 2024-03-04-001, a Resolution of the Town Council of the Town of Remington, Indiana, Approving (1) A Declaratory Resolution of the Town of Remington Redevelopment Commission Which Amended the Declaratory Resolution and Economic Development Plan for the US 24 East/Industrial Park Economic Development Area to Add the Acquisition of Certain Properties Thereto and (2) the Order of the Town of Remington Plan Commission Related Thereto was introduced. No discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve Resolution 2024-034-04-001, a Resolution of the Town Council of the Town of Remington, Indiana, Approving (1) A Declaratory Resolution of the Town of Remington Redevelopment Commission Which Amended the Declaratory Resolution and Economic Development Plan for the US 24 East/Industrial Park Economic Development Area to Add the Acquisition of Certain Properties Thereto and (2) the Order of the Town of Remington Plan Commission Related Thereto. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Ordinance 2024-03-04-002, an Ordinance Of the Town of Remington, Indiana Authorizing the Use of Surplus BAN Proceeds For a Sewage Works Project presented. Discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve Ordinance 2024-03-04-002, an Ordinance Of the Town of Remington, Indiana Authorizing the Use of Surplus BAN Proceeds For a Sewage Works Project. Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

OLD BUSINESS

  • Since ownership of the Service Building will be transferred to Jasper County, there will be no need to deal with the roof bids. No further action will be taken on this issue by Council.

  • Attorney Goddard will update the Lease Agreement between Town of Remington and the Remington Food Pantry for the April Council meeting.

  • Council requested to table the Baker Tilly proposal to provide a tax impact update on Downtown Remington improvements until December 2024.

CLERK-TREASURER

  • Mark Jones’ public official bond was presented. No discussion heard. Council Member Stewart moved to approve said public official bond. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • The February 2024 Combined Appropriation/Revenue Detail History by Fund was presented and reviewed. No discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve the February 2024 Combined Appropriation/Revenue Detail History by Fund. Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • The February 2024 Employee Distribution Summary was presented and reviewed. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the February 2024 Employee Distribution Summary. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • The February 2024 Financial Analysis and Fund Report was presented. Council Member Schambach moved to approve the February 2024 Financial Analysis and Fund Report. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Clerk-Treasurer Budde and Utility Billing Clerk Miranda Hathaway will be attending the ILMCT Clerk Institute March 17 – 21, 2024.

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

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:24 p.m.


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