Minutes of the March 5, 2019 - Council Meeting3/5/2019
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TOWN OF WOLCOTT COUNCIL MEETING

 

The Council of the Town of Wolcott met Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. 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 Vice President Stephen B Schemerhorn, Council Members Fred A. Young and Patrick M. Powell.

 

Council Members Absent

Council Member Richard A. Lynn.

 

In attendance were: Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt, Water & Street Supt. Robert Thomas, Wastewater & Stormwater Supt. Chad Reynolds, Town Marshal James M. Herre, Wolcott Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Kenneth Burns, Wolcott Ambulance Service Executive Director Steven Young, Sr., and Wolcott Town Attorney Jacob A. Ahler. Also present were: White County Economic Development Wolcott Representative Karen K. Evans, White County Area Planning & Building Executive Director Joe Rogers, White County Commissioner President John Heimlich, White County Economic Development Executive Director Randy Mitchell, James Wolf of the Monticello Herald Journal, Renee Anker, Daryl Orns, Darwin Miller, Vince Sommers and Robert Bellucci of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., Janelle Hofstetter., Scott Clark of TGB Unlimited, Inc., Tri-County students ? Montana Jordan, Brent Reynolds, Marcella Cobleigh, Heather Cobleigh

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson opened the floor to the audience for questions or comments and requested all who addressed the Council, please state your name and place of residency. Resident Darwin Miller inquired if the town council will schedule a Spring Clean-up after the town-wide garage sale. The sale is May 4th. Discussion ensued. No decision was made.

 

Renee Anker, business owner and concerned community resident, asked what was the intentions of the Council regarding the empty lot at 129 West Market Street. Council President Michael J. Johnson stated that the council is investigating its options at how to prep and finish the walls of the adjoining properties. Discussion ensued. Renee Anker invited council to attend the next Wolcott Main Street Committee meeting, which is held the third Thursday of each month at 6pm in the Park community building. Council Member Patrick M. Powel volunteered to attend the meeting.

 

White County Building & Planning Executive Director Joe Rogers stated that he sourced and documented all comments and conversation regarding the proposed odor ordinance for the MACP or other sites within White County. His recap of comments and questions were presented to the Council and passed to the audience. The proposed ordinance will be presented to the Area Plan and Commissioners.  Council President Michael J. Johnson thanked Mr. Rogers for his initiative on the odor ordinance and stated that Mr. Rogers?s willingness to talk with all of the communities in White County was addressed well.

 

Wolcott Volunteer Fire Chief Ken Burns stated that he would like to see ?in writing? what the odor scale indicates per number.  Chief Burns stated that the cap of offensive odor should be lower than a seven.  Joe Rogers stated that all comments and suggestions will be presented to the communities; then to the White County Commissioners; then to White County Area Plan who will then make recommendations to the legislative bodies for review. Mr. Rogers stated that any comments or questions can be given to Council Member Richard A. Lynn who can present them to the Area Plan, as he sits on the Board. White County Commissioner President John Heimlich stated that the Commissioners asked for the odor ordinance in preparation of depicting prospective businesses that may not feel comfortable with the County?s process. He continued that the Commissioners wanted something to weed the ?nasties? out. Other businesses and resident don?t want the odors also.

 

White County Commissioner President John Heimlich stated that he and White County Economic Development Executive Director Randy Mitchell were present to update the Wolcott Town Council on what has transpired at the Mid-America Commerce Park. Mr. Heimlich stated that the Commissioners and Mr. Mitchell have approached the Town of Remington Council about supplying water utility to the MACP. Mr. Heimlich stated that he has a verbal commitment of interest from Remington, and is having a contract drawn up regarding meeting their needs and the MACP?s needs. Mr. Heimlich stated that if some businesses use a lot of water, it may cause a problem for the Town of Wolcott.

 

Mr. Heimlich stated that the Commissioners and White County Council have wastewater concerns and have engaged with Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. to perform a wastewater study to ascertain what upgrades and/or improvements are needed at the Wolcott?s wastewater plant and system. He stated that Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. will present the Wastewater Study results to the Town Council next week.

 

Other events or transactions:

         The land on 1100 West has not changed ownership yet; he anticipates this next week.

         Spyglass of Indiana (Sweetener Supply Corporation of Illinois) produces sweetener products, mainly deal with molasses. Mr. Heimlich stated that ?sweetener? sometimes implies a negative connation, but this company does not produce an obnoxious odor.

         We should see road improvements along 1100 West for truck traffic and drainage ponds being built for Spyglass and other companies anticipated coming in.

         Rose Acres will be buying 10 acres south of the current shell building

         An egress/ingress along 1100 West will be built; thereby avoiding any changes to US24.

 

Council Member Patrick M. Powell asked if it was still up for discussion to find other water wells to supply the park. Commissioner John Heimlich stated that it would cost the company almost $70,000 per well giving that the composite of the site is mainly shale. Randy Mitchell added that it costs a significant of money and not be sure there is water available.  Renee Anker expressed concern that the sweetener company will attract bugs and pests to the agricultural community. Mr. Mitchell stated that the Sweetener Corporation has emissions that are near zero. Mr. Mitchell stated that EggLife will not have any chickens housed in the shell building, just eggs.

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson stated that a Special Session needs to be schedule to hear the Wastewater Study results. It has already been advertised for Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30 pm in the Community Room of the Wolcott Town Hall. Council Member Stephen B. Schemerhorn moved to formally schedule the Special Session for Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the Community Room of the Wolcott Town Hall; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Minutes/Memoranda

 

Council Member Patrick M. Powell moved to approve the following minutes and/or memoranda:

? February 5, 2019 Council Meeting

Council Member Fred A. Young seconded the motion, and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Departmental Reports

 

 Wastewater & Stormwater Supt. Chad W. Reynolds reported that EggLife is sending waste to the plant. No parameters have been set yet regarding their waste and additional cleansings. In other business, Mr.  Reynolds stated that the construction trailers have been placed at the wastewater plant.

 

Wolcott Town Marshal, James M. Herre presented the police department?s monthly report. Marshal Herre stated that he asked to have the quotes itemized and has received a response from Apex Security Systems, LLC. Discussion ensued. Council Member Patrick M. Powell moved to accept Marshal Herre?s recommendation to select Apex Security Systems, LLC for a total of $9,912.00; Council Member Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Wolcott Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Ken Burns stated that the high intensity washer is in and has been used. He stated that he and the Department are very happy with its performance. Chief Burns stated that Steve Young and Joey Young built a dryer for the gear.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt presented the following:

         Notification to the Council that $70,605.00 back into Water Bond Principal & Interest Fund.

         Correspondence ? White County Economic Development Announcement of White County Community Foundation Spring 2019 grans cycle

         Correspondence ? The Blight Clearance Project has been reviewed and have no finding s of program deficiency on the project.

         Reported a request from EggLife for estimate of utilities charges for 1.5 million gallons per month. The charges would be an estimated $4000 for water; $11,500 for wastewater.

         2019 Aim Spring Roundtables

Items needing formal action:

         Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. letter requesting approval of engineers retained for the USDA Rural Development project. Council Member Patrick M. Powell moved to approve the engineers and staff as presented by Commonwealth Engineers, Inc.; Council Member Fred A. Young seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0. Council President Michael J. Johnson then signed the document.

 

 

         Council Member Stephen B. Schemerhorn moved to approve partial payment application for Water Improvements Project, Division B, Distribution System Improvements -6.7% project completion - $100,000 from TGB Unlimited, Inc. (Contractor $95,000; Retainage $5,000); Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

         Approval of partial payment application for Water Improvements Project, Division A, Water Treatment Plant -1.6% project completion - $60,000 (Contractor $28,500; Retainage $1,500)

         Approval and accepted Certification of Commonwealth Engineers as per letter

          

         Council Member Patrick M. Powell moved to approve payment in the amount of $3,200.00 to White County Economic Development for its services of economic development to the Town of Wolcott and White County; Council Member Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0. Council then signed the Memorandum of Agreement for Assistance in Planning and Implementing Economic Development Programs.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt presented a Conflict of Interest form for HRI, Inc. submitted by Council Member Stephen B. Schemerhorn. She stated that the snowplow and truck had to have repairs during a February storm. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to accept the Conflict of Interest form for HRI, Inc. as submitted by Council Member Stephen B. Schemerhorn; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0 (ayes ? Johnson, Young, Powell); abstaining ? Schemerhorn.

 

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

 

Accounts Payable

 

General Fund

$40,027.42

Motor Vehicle Highway Fund (MVH)

3,245.78

Park & Recreation

2,275.81

Cumulative Capital Improvements

225.36

CCD

4,912.00

Water Operating Fund

Water Meter Deposit Fund

35,582.25

150.00

Wastewater Operating Fund

30,981.48

Stormwater

28.00

Ambulance

Waterworks Construction Fund

705.04

148,983.96

Payroll

14,550.36

Payroll Federal W/H

2,511.48

Payroll FICA/Medicare W/H

3,004.38

Payroll State/County W/H

1,887.79

Payroll Perf W/H

845.58

Payroll PERF Corp Share

2,607.57

Payroll Health Savings Account

230.00

Payroll Medical

1,744.06

Payroll Liberty Nat?l

 

253.92

GRAND TOTAL

$294,752.24   

 

Payroll Docket

     Payroll Ending 03/04/2019

 

$ 10,811.92

Payroll Docket

     Payroll Ending 03/18/2019

 

$ 10,046.93

Utility Adjustments

$   5,278.12

 

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

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