Minutes for December 3, 2019 - Council Meeting12/3/2019
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TOWN OF WOLCOTT COUNCIL MEETING

 

The Council of the Town of Wolcott met Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm in the Community Room of the Wolcott Town Hall for its regular stated meeting.

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson opened the meeting by asking all present to join in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

Council Members Present 

Council President Michael J. Johnson, Council Members Fred A. Young, Richard A. Lynn, Stephen B. Schemerhorn and Patrick M. Powell.

 

Council Members Absent  

None absent.

 

In attendance were: Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt, Deputy Clerk Pam Bennett, Deputy/Utility Clerk Breanna Wood, Wastewater & Stormwater Supt. Chad W. Reynolds, Water & Street Supt. Robert G. Thomas, Wolcott Town marshal James M. Herre, Wolcott Volunteer Fire Det. Fire Chief Kenneth Burns and Wolcott Ambulance Service Director Steven J. Young, Sr. Also present were: Sarah Prizio of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., Heather VanDeMark of the Monticello Herald Journal, John Brand of the Wolcott Enterprise, Darwin Miller, Cameron Emond, John Ward, Jerry Lietz, Carey Jordan, RWCDC Executive Director Sandy Miller, Janelle Hofstetter and Frank Zussman.

 

Departmental Reports

 

Wastewater & Stormwater Supt. Chad W. Reynolds stated he and Bob Thomas are now ascertaining chlorine readings at the wells. He stated that he should be getting the designs for the new wastewater building.

 

Water & Street Supt. Robert G. Thomas stated the Water Dept. has two water taps and one sewer tap. Lead vacuuming is nearly completed.

 

Wolcott Town Marshal James M. Herre presented the October and November 2019 reports for the Police Department. Marshal stated that the Resource Officer, Andrew Lanoue, has been working between the three Tri-County schools; the Tri-County School Corp. has been invoiced December 1, 2019. Marshal Herre stated that he is looking for a new vehicle for his department; Council unanimously approved of researching for a new police vehicle

 

Wolcott Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Kenneth Burns stated that Santa Claus will be at the Fire Station on December 21st from 1 ? 3 pm

 

Wolcott Ambulance Service Director Steven J. Young, Sr stated that the Service will host a CPR clinic free of charge on Monday, December 9 at 7pm at the Wolcott Fire Station. All community residents are encouraged to attend. Attendees will receive certification.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt presented to the Council for approval and signatures a Revised Resolution of the Town of Wolcott, Indiana, Committing the Local Match and Authorizing a Representative for the White County Wastewater Project Application to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve Revised Resolution of the Town of Wolcott, Indiana, Committing the Local Match and Authorizing a Representative for the White County Wastewater Project Application to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration as read; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion, and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Minutes/Memoranda

 

Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve the following minutes and/or memoranda:

         November 6, 2019 Public Hearing

         November 6, 2019 Council Meeting

Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion, and the motion passed 3-0.

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt presented correspondence not requiring action:

A.    Thank note from the Bank of Wolcott

B.     The 1782 Budget Order for budget year 2020. Mrs. Bajzatt stated that the budget was approved by the Dept. of Local Government Finance, with the exception of the Rainy Day Fund, which was reduced by $2,044. She has signed the document as accepted and returned to the DLGF.

C.     Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt submitted a retirement date of December 12, 2019 from the elected/appointed position of Wolcott Town Clerk-Treasurer. She stated that she enjoyed her interim period and felt it was an honor to serve the residents and taxpayers of Wolcott.

D.    Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt stated that Pamela D. Bennett was appointed Clerk-Treasurer to replace Mrs. Bajzatt, effective December 12, 2019, by Shannon Mattix, Chairman of White County GOP Committee.

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson thanked Mrs. Bajzatt for filling the interim position of Clerk-Treasurer, and wished her luck in her future endeavors.

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson read the following Town seasonal policies for residents and businesses: leaf vacuuming, no-burn stipulations, sticks & chipping, and snow removal-residentials and streets. No comments or questions were heard from the audience.

 

 

Old Business

 

Robert Bellucci of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. stated that Division ?B?, water distribution has been completed. A small sum of $2,500 has been withheld from the final payment until Spring to reapply more grass seeding if needed.  Robert Bellucci of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. stated that Division ?A?, construction of water treatment plant is very close to finishing with small touch-ups and double-checking equipment. There is a issue with the pumps but Mr. Bellucci expects the issue to be resolved in the near future. Mr. Bellucci stated there is a contingency of $26,292.93 left. He requested approval of the Change Order B4 for Division ?B?. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve Change Order B4 as presented; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion, and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Robert Bellucci presented the following pay requests for the Waterworks Construction Project - PPA #10:

1)      TGB Unlimited, Inc. ? PPA No.10 Final Payment - $94,753.51

2)      Council Member Patrick M. Powell moved to approve payment to TGB Unlimited, Inc. ? PPA No.10 Final Payment - $94,753.51; Council Member Fred A. Young seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

3)      Reynolds Unlimited, Inc. ? PPA No. 10 Partial Payment - $42,678.75 Contractor; Retainage $2,246.75

4)      Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve payment to Reynolds Unlimited, Inc. ? PPA No. 10 Partial Payment - $42,678.75 Contractor; Retainage $2,246.75; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Mr. Belluci presented an IDEM report for signature of the Council President.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt presented on behalf of Council Member Stephen B. Schemerhorn a comprehensive structural evaluation from Silver Creek Engineering, Inc. in regards to the buildings located at 15 West Market Street (Renee Anker Bldg.) and 129 Wet Market Street (American Legion Building). Council read the report. No action was taken at this time. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to table action until the new Council can act on this issue; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion, and the motion passed 3-0.

 

New Business

 

Town Attorney Jacob Ahler requested Council consideration in approving his Agreement to Provide Legal Representation for the Town Council of Wolcott for the year 2020 at a cost of $15,000. Council President Michael J. Johnson read the contract agreement to the Council. Discussion ensued. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve the Agreement to Provide Legal Representation for the Town Council of Wolcott by Jacob Ahler for the year 2020 at a cost of $15,000.; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion, and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson announced that White County Area Plan Commission is seeking the appointment of a Wolcott representative to White County Advisory Council on Small Town Affairs. This position is a one-year term beginning January 1, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2020. A short discussion ensued among the newly-elected Council members in the audience and Council. Incoming Newly-Elected Council Member Jerry Lietz volunteered to the hold the position. Council President Michael J. Johnson thanked Mr. Lietz for his commitment to this position.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt stated that trash rates will increase as follows: 2020 & 2021- $10.75; 2022 - $11.00, and stated that Council will need to hold a Public Hearing for comments or questions from residents and customers regarding Ordinance 2019-11, Amendment to Ordinance 2013-01, Establishing Rates and Charges for Municipal Collection and Disposal for the Town of Wolcott, Indiana, and then a Special Session to approve said ordinance. Council President Michael J. Johnson set the Public Hearing and Special Session for Tuesday, December 17 at 6 pm. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve the Public Hearing and Special Session for December 17 at 6 pm; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion, and the motion passed 3-0. The Clerk-Treasurer will advertise the meetings.

 

Carey Jordan requested relief from paying the system development charge for a new water meter/connection at 615 North Range Street. Mr. Jordan stated that when this building was first built in the late 1960?s, it was a small factory building located from Range Street to Burke Street. He contended that at that time, the Town Council had just created its water utility and laid water mains along Burke Street and looped around to Range Street. The water meter was installed and connected on North Burke Street and the owner was promised that after the water main projects was completed, the Town would come back and install another meter on Range Street. Mr. Jordan stated that his father, who was on Council, was instrumental in establishing the new utility. Mr. Carey stated, long story short, the Town never did install the other connection. Through the years the factory, the factory was made into a resident with a garage (both located on Burke Street) and the current workshop) located on Range Street. Mr. Jordan stated that his father and he have always shared the water costs with the resident on Burke Street. He stated that considering that the Town failed to install the meter on Range Street, that he should not have to pay for the system development charge. Lengthy discussion ensued. Town Attorney Jacob Ahler stated that the Council can invoke a ?stay? of the total bill or a partial ?stay? of the charges, but he stated that by making an exception to the ordinance at his time can arouse other similar requests. He stated that the ordinance for the system development charges should be amended and applied to all. Council Member Richard A. Lynn moved to allow a stay of the total bill until the system development charges ordinance is reviewed and/or amended; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion. Discussion ensued regarding the need for Mr. Jordan to pay the tap fees as regulated by ordinance as the connection and additional excavation was made. Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt reminded Council that Mr. Jordan stated that he will pay the connection/tap fees, it is the system development charges he is questioning. Council President Michael J. Johnson closed discussion and asked for a vote on the motion still on the floor. The motion failed by a vote of yea - 0 and no ? 3.

 

 Council Member Fred A. Young moved to allow a stay on the payment of system development charges; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion, and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Resident Frank Zussman asked for a remedy to a resident who was ?constantly using excessive speed? down his street, East North Street. Mr. Zussman requested that speed bumps are installed or making the intersection of Davis Street and North Street a three-way stop. Discussion ensued.

Wolcott Town Marshal James M. Herre stated that he was aware of the problem, and has addressed the individual about this issue. Marshal Herre asked Mr. Zussman to speak with him after the meeting. No Council action was taken.

 

RWCDC Executive Director Sandy Miller reminded Council that the Wolcott Winterfest takes place this Saturday on West Market Street.

There being no other business, the accounts payable register was approved and signed for the following amounts:

 

Accounts Payable

 

General Fund

USDA RURAL DEV GRANT

$44,841.76

 28,589.41

Motor Vehicle Highway Fund (MVH)

3,784.73

Park & Recreation

652.35

Cumulative Capital Improvements

LLECE

175.00

395.00

Water Operating Fund

Water Meter Deposit Fund

155,516.10

150.00

Wastewater Operating Fund

24,431.48

Stormwater

1,565.63

Ambulance

36,309.58

Payroll

56,605.15

Payroll Federal W/H

3,496.99

Payroll FICA/Medicare W/H

9,729.08

Payroll State/County W/H

3,152.33

Payroll Perf W/H

891.05

Payroll PERF Corp Share

2,611.75

Payroll Health Savings Account

250.00

Payroll Medical

1807.65

GRAND TOTAL

$234,955.04

 

Payroll Docket

     Payroll Ending 11/11/2019

 

$13,749.10

Payroll Docket

     Payroll Ending 10/31/2019

AMBULANCE

 

Payroll Docket

     Payroll Ending 11/25/2019

 

Payroll Docket

     Payroll Ending 12/01/2019

COUNCIL PAY

$31,380.00

 

 

 

 

$12,834.75

 

 

$ 7,300.100

Utility Adjustments

-$358.04

 

 Council Member Richard A. Lynn moved to adjourn the meeting; the motion was seconded by Council Member Patrick M. Powell; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

 

                                                                                    Not in attendance                                              

Michael J. Johnson, Council President                         Stephen B. Schemerhorn, Council Vice-President

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                 

Fred A. Young, Council Member                                  Richard A. Lynn , Council Member

 

                                                                                    Attest:  

                                                                                     

                                                                                         

Patrick M. Powell, Council Member                                                                                        

                                                                                    Linda S. Bajzatt, IAMC, CMC

Clerk-Treasurer 

 

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