Minutes of the April 2, 2019 - Council Meeting4/2/2019
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TOWN OF WOLCOTT COUNCIL MEETING

 

The Council of the Town of Wolcott met Tuesday, April 2, 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 Young, and Patrick M. Powell.

 

Council Members Absent

Council Member Richard A. Lynn.

 

In attendance were: Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt, Wolcott Utility Breanna Wood, Water & Street Supt. Robert Thomas, Town Marshal James M. Herre; Wolcott Park Board President Lori Bussell, Wolcott Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Kenneth Burns, Wolcott and Town Attorney Jacob A. Ahler. Also present were: James Wolf of the Monticello Herald Journal, John Brand of The Wolcott Enterprise, Daryl Orns, Darwin Miller, Vince Sommers and Robert Bellucci of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., Janelle Hofstetter, and Tri-County students ? Helena Leonard, Olivia Emonds Olivia Auxier, Julie Pierson, Ethan Lanoue and Brett Reynolds.

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson opened the floor to the audience for questions or comments. Resident Daryl Orns asked 1) why the audience must identify themselves when addressing the Council and 2) if the Town of Wolcott can supply the needed amount of water to the Mid America Commerce Park.  Council President Michael J. Johnson  stated that some of the Council members do not know all of the residents or visitors attending the Council meetings; therefore, as a courtesy to the Council and those attending, Council requests speakers to identify them.  Council President Michael J. Johnson  then stated that the Town of Wolcott cannot supply the needed amount of water to the MACP.

 

Resident Baudilio Gonzalez, 505 West North Street, stated that he had misfortunes in December with the freezing temperatures.  He stated that the water line to the garage from the house burst, which in turn caused his boiler/furnace to quit running. Mr. Gonzalez stated that he had Chad Reynolds turn off the meter to the house as he had to leave the area to visit his sister who is seriously ill with cancer.  He returned to  his house on February 16th.  He has not had the water service reconnected due to the boiler being down. Mr. Gonzalez stated that he could not afford to fix the water boiler and the broken pipes. He asked Council to provide him reprieve or discount his water bill.  Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt, stated that Mr. Gonzalez used 78,520 gallons of lost water; his total bill water, wastewater, trash and stormwater bills from January 1, 2019 through April 1, 2019 is $1,266.71. She stated that of that total, a leak adjustment to sewage was granted of $588.66. Mrs. Bajzatt stated that she stated to Mr. Gonzalez that water could not be discounted as it is considered a commercial product, that a payment plan can be provided, and added that she had advised him of several possible outlets of financial assistance. Mr. Gonzalez stated that more needs to be done to help the senior citizens and lower income people especially when they incur unexcepted expenses such as his. Council President Michael J. Johnson , under advisement of Town Attorney  Jacob A. Ahler stated that there could not be any discount to the water usage that was metered. After discussion, Council member Patrick M. Powell moved to adjust Mr. Gonzalez?s utility bill to reflect the months of no water and until water is reconnected; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Minutes/Memoranda

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

         March 5, 2019 Council Meeting

         March 12, 2019 Special Session

 

Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Departmental Reports

 

Wolcott Water & Street Supt. Robert G. Thomas had no items to bring in front of the Council. He stated that he will be discussion two projects during tomorrow?s construction meeting.

 

Wolcott Town Marshal, James M. Herre stated presented the police department?s monthly report and added that all cameras and audio equipment have been installed. Marshal Herre invited the Council to view the feedback video at their leisure.

 

Wolcott Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief, Kenneth Burn stated he had no report this month. 

 

Wolcott Park Board Lori Bussell stated that William D. Sallee has resigned from the Park Board and thanked him for his service. She nominated Andrea Gretencord to fill the open Park Board seat. Council President Michael J. Johnson stated that he appoints Andrea Gretencord to fill the vacated Park Board seat as requested; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn moved to approve the appointment of Andrea Gretencord to fill the vacated Park Board seat; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Wolcott Park Board Lori Bussell stated that the meeting time and ate has been changed to the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Park Community Building. She stated that Greg Schneider has been hired to cut and remove electrical wires from the baseball field as NIPSCO has decided not to provide this service any more. She stated that Mr. Schneider is working toward fundraising to erecting the four poles and accessories. Ms. Bussell stated that the old shed has been removed.

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson stated that Karen Evans, the town?s representative to White County Economic Development advised him that EggLife is now hiring ? within the present building and on-line.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt introduced Breanna M. Wood, Utility Clerk in the Clerk-Treasurer?s Office. Council welcomed Ms. Wood and thanked her for attending the meeting.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt presented the Council with a Uniform Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement from Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn.  Mr. Schemerhorn owns and operates HRI, LLC, an auto body shop in town; Mr. Schemerhorn made repairs to the town dump truck at a cost of $875.57 on February 12,2019. Due the absence of Council members at the last two Council meetings, a non-quorum or majority vote prevented the vote for or against the Conflict of Interest submission. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to accept and approve the Uniform Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement from Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn for professional services provided on February12, 2019; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0; Council President Michael J. Johnson voting and Council member Stephen B. Schemerhorn abstaining.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt presented the following:

 

1)      Request approval to upgrade the network switch with a 24-port gigabit switch. Total cost is $352.19 ($227.19 materials; $125.00 labor). Cardinal Office, Lafayette.  Council Member Patrick M. Powell moved to approve the purchase of network switch with a 24-port gigabit switch; total cost - $352.19 ($227.19 materials; $125.00 labor). Cardinal Office, Lafayette; Council Member Fred A. Young seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

2)      Request approval for the following Ambulance Fund transfers:

         $580.00 from Ambulance Insurance Acct No 625001342.00 to:

         Other, Acct. 62500111.00 for $30.00

         Vol Ambulance Reimbursement, Acct. #625001115.00 for $300.00

         Garage & Motor, Acct. # 625001221.00 for $150.00

         Medical Supplies, Acct. # 625001290.000 for 100.00

Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve Ambulance Fund transfers:

         $580.00 from Ambulance Insurance Acct No 625001342.00 to:

         Other, Acct. 62500111.00 for $30.00

         Vol Ambulance Reimbursement, Acct. #625001115.00 for $300.00

         Garage & Motor, Acct. # 625001221.00 for $150.00

         Medical Supplies, Acct. # 625001290.000 for 100.00

Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Vince Sommers of Commonwealth Engineers Inc. reported that discussion of and proposed financial opportunities for the proposed wastewater plant and infrastructure with White County is progressing and asked the Council to set a date for a Special Session to discuss the proposed wastewater improvement project with White County Commissioners. After discussion of possible dates and times, Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve a Special Session primarily to discuss the proposed wastewater improvement project with White County Commissioners at 6 pm in the Community Room of the Wolcott Town Hall on one of the following dates: April 8th, 11th, or 15thCouncil Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0. Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt will notify the local newspapers and all involved of the selected date.

 

 

Mr. Sommers stated that with the Council?s approval, he will send the appropriate required letters to USDA RD to begin the process of the mandated Environmental Report. Mr. Sommers stated that the process can take 60-90 days to accomplish.  Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve the action needed by Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. to initiate the Environmental Report for USDA; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

 

Robert Bellucci of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. reported that work on both water plant and distribution system is progressing. Reynolds Construction will begin working on the concrete foundation within the next few days and TGB, Inc. are marking streets and will begin installation of water lines. A construction meeting will be held tomorrow here at 10 am to discuss the construction more specifically.  Mr. Bellucci stated that he has contacted NIPSCO and REMC about needed electrical service at the new water plant. He stated that these agencies do not establish easement rights anymore; it is up to the customer to ascertain easements for them to work.  Mr. Bellucci keep Council advised of the status of this situation. Mr. Bellucci stated that White County Area Planning and Building has advised the town that the USDA RD sign is placed within the variance allowed for signage at a corner; thus, the sign will be removed and installed a few feet beyond the sign variance.

 

Mr Bellucci presented the following pay requests for the  Waterworks Construction Project  - PPA #2:

1)      *TGB Unlimited, Inc. ? PPA No. 2 - $142,500.00 Contractor; $7,500 Retainage

Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve payment to TGB Unlimited, Inc. ? PPA No. 2 - $142,500.00 contractor; $7,500 retainage; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

2)      Reynolds Unlimited, Inc. ? PPA No. 2 - $104,500.00 contractor; $5,500.00 retainage

3)      Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve payment to Reynolds Unlimited, Inc. ? PPA No. 2 - $104,500.00 contractor; $5,500.00 retainage; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

4)      Commonwealth Engineers, Inc

         Inv. #43398 - $1,132.96 Soil borings, surveying easements, financial/legal assistance

         Inv. #43397 - $7500.00 Construction

         Inv. #43707 - $9,750.00 Construction

         Inv. #43708 - $1,145.80 Professional Fees ? Designer/Reimbursable mileage

Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve payment to Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. for the following:

         Inv. #43398 - $1,132.96 Soil borings, surveying easements, financial/legal assistance

         Inv. #43397 - $7500.00 Construction

         Inv. #43707 - $9,750.00 Construction

         Inv. #43708 - $1,145.80 Professional Fees ? Designer/Reimbursable mileage

 Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

New Business

 

Resident Darwin Miller asked if the town was holding a Spring Clean-up like last year. Discussion ensued. The town-wide garage sale will be held May 4th; the town can provide two dumpsters ? one for electronic and one for spring clean-up debris; time 8 am ? 2pm; residents must provide proof of residency of Wolcott. No formal action was taken at this time. A decision will be made at the Special Session mentioned above.

 

Mr. Miller inquired if he and other volunteers can clean the street gutters of US24.  Streets & Water Supt. Robert G. Thomas stated that he has been advised that no person shall do any work on US24 without the expressed consent of INDOT.  Council Member Patrick M. Powell stated that the town cannot clean up on any State highway with our equipment; INDOT must provide traffic control. No formal action was taken on this matter.

 

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

$-1,677.71

 

 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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