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Minutes: May 1, 2023



Remington Town Council Meeting


Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: Remington Depot/16 E. South Railroad Street/Remington, IN 47977


Members Present


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


Others Present


Mark Jones, Dale Budde, John Schuetzenhofer, Joshua Longest, Mike Alter, Sandy Miller, Nicole Walker, Jonathan Cripe, Rebecca Goddard, and Terri Budde.


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


Minutes of the April 3, 2023 Council Meeting reviewed. Council Member Braaksma made a motion to approve the minutes of April 3, 2023. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion to approve minutes passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


CITIZEN COMMENTS


  • A concerned citizen spoke with Council regarding ATV usage on town streets. Marshal Schuetzenhofer has made contact with the individual and explained that ATV’s are not allowed to be driven on town roads.


RWCDC – Sandy Miller


  • Reminded everyone to vote tomorrow on the school referendum.

  • Some members from Wolcott Main Street and Remington Main Street will attend training in Lebanon this Friday.

  • The RWCDC meeting set next Tuesday will either be cancelled or rescheduled. If you plan to attend, please contact Sandy Miller for an update.


DEPARTMENT REPORTS:


FIRE : None


POLICE : Marshal Schuetzenhofer reported:


  • Police Activity Report filed. A copy is on file in the Office of the Clerk-Treasurer.

  • The new job description for the Marshal was discussed. Changes will be made and the document will be returned to the Marshal for signature.


UTILITIES: Mark Jones/Joshua Longest


Mark Jones reported:

  • The sewer line on N. Ohio Street was dug up and cleaned out last month.

Joshua Longest reported:

  • The check valves and gate valves have been installed/repaired on the White County Booster Project. We need the computer and the sensor and the project will be completed.

  • Testing for PFAs was completed last month.

  • The splash pad will be open the last weekend in May.

  • Hydrants will be flushed next week.

  • We will do lead and copper testing next month.

  • If all the parts come in the water taps for the new apartments will be installed in May.


STREETS/PARK: Dale Budde reported:

  • Lots of mowing being done, and clean up happening as time allows

  • The new street employee started part-time last week. Town Manager Cripe is hoping the employee will be full time in 2-3 weeks and will try to narrow down a full-time employment date from him.


TOWN MANAGER – Jonathan Cripe reported:


  • We don’t qualify for a grant through KIRPC for the utility master plan. Town Manager Cripe would like to see the Town complete a storm water study, but that would be funded without grant proceeds.

  • Miranda Hathaway had a baby last week. Her return date is July 19, 2023.

  • The Town has been using Invoice Cloud for 5 years and it is working great.

  • A meeting between Doug McGill, the Jasper County Surveyor, and INDOT was held recently. There is a 3 – 5 year time frame for the drainage project, but INDOT will work with the land owner to alleviate the drainage issue.

  • Quotes have been received for a drainage study for an economic development area. Those quotes received were: Thirty-nine Thousand Nine Hundred Dollars ($39,900.00) from Wessler Engineering; Twenty-six Thousand Dollars ($26,000.00) from BF&S; and Twenty-two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($22,500.00) from HWC Engineering. The quotes were tabled to the July Council meeting.

  • The Town will receive One Hundred Eighteen Thousand Dollars ($118,000.00) in a Community Crossing Matching Grant. Bids will be opened at the June Council meeting for 2023 paving.

  • Voglund Nursery planted 11 trees around town in April.

  • He attended an IFA meeting in Schererville last week. The next meeting will be in Rensselaer.

  • There are Work One grant opportunities available. Town Manager Cripe will meet with them this month.

  • White County approved Tank Industry Consultants to perform an inspection on the water tower located in White County. Tank Industry will bill White County directly for the work performed.

  • Jon Schwab obtained a building permit for an 8-unit apartment complex on Short Street.

  • A quote from Miller’s Flooring America for roller shades at the renovated Town Hall in the sum of Five Thousand Thirty-six Dollars ($5,036.00) was presented. No discussion heard. Vice President Pampel moved to approve the purchase/installation of roller shades through Miller’s Flooring America in the sum of Five Thousand Thirty-six Dollars ($5,036.00). Council Member Schambach seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Proposed change orders for the Town Hall renovation presented: Stoop/Alley concrete Four Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy-eight Dollars ($4,878.00); stoop foundation demolition and rebuild, Five Thousand Six Hundred Forty-two Dollars ($5,642.00); tuck pointing, One Thousand Four Hundred Seventy-five Dollars ($1,475.00); and case work incorporating mail slots, One Thousand Nine Hundred Sixty Dollars ($1,960.00), for a total of Thirteen Thousand Nine Hundred Fifty-five Dollars ($13,955.00). No discussion heard. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the change orders as delineated. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Door locks at the renovated Town Hall discussed. Town Manager Cripe will have Mulhaupt’s provide an estimate to key the easy doors and then get a per office price for the other doors.

  • Painting and concrete work will be completed this week weather permitting; the drop ceiling will be installed this week; flooring and carpet will be installed next week and the HVAC system installed mid-June.



TOWN ATTORNEY – Rebecca Goddard reported:

  • Agreement to Make Contributions for the Benefit of the Residents of The Town of Remington, Indiana presented. No discussion heard. The agreement was tabled to the June 5, 2023 Council meeting.


NEW BUSINESS


  • Hamstra Builders Pay Application #4 in the sum of Two Hundred Eleven Thousand Five Hundred Ninety Dollars ($211,590.00) for renovation to Town Hall presented. No discussion heard. Council Member Schambach moved to approve Pay Application #4. Vice President Pampel seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


OLD BUSINESS

None


CLERK-TREASURER


  • March 2023 Financial Analysis and Reconcilement presented. No discussion heard. Council Member Braaksma moved to approve the March 2023 Financial Analysis and Reconcilement. Council Member Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

  • Clerk-Treasurer Budde informed Council that the Town will be under audit for the years 2019 – 2022 shortly.

  • A reminder that Annual Conference will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana June 25-29 and Clerk-Treasurer Budde will be attending.

  • The monthly claims were presented. Council Member Stewart moved to approve the claims as presented. Council Member Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed with 5 ayes and 0 nays.


ADDITIONAL BUSINESS

None



There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:05 p.m.



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