Minutes for the August 19, 2019 - Special Session8/19/2019
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TOWN OF WOLCOTT SPECIAL SESSION

 

The Council of the Town of Wolcott met Thursday, August 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Wolcott Town Hall for a Special Session primarily to discuss the Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project.

 

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 (entered the meeting later) and Council Members Fred Young.

 

Council Members Absent

Council Members Richard A. Lynn and Patrick M. Powell.

 

In attendance were: Deputy Clerk Pam Bennett, White County Commissioners: President John Heimlich, Steve Burton and David Diener; White County Economic Development Executive Director Randy Mitchell, Dan Zuerner of Garmong Construction Services; and Jeff Rowe of BakerTilly.

 

White County Commissioner President John Heimlich stated that he was advised that titan Engineering who is contracted by EggLife requested relief from the estimated $45,000.00 water/wastewater connection fees and system development charges for its incoming company, SweetLife.

 

Dan Zuerner of Garmong Construction Services stated that White County wants to give assets of the wastewater lines to the Town of Wolcott after the proposed wastewater treatment plant project is finished. He stated there will be no bills for repairs or services to the town. Mr. Zuerner stated that, in addition, White County will fund all repairs for the wastewater plant. In light of this commitment, he would like to see the companies or manufacturers new to the MACP to only pay tap fees, and wants the Town Council to rescind the estimated $45,000.00 invoice for EggLife. Mr. Zuerner stated that in 2015, when the system development fees were established, the additional funding was necessary, but not in 2019 after White County has paid a lot on the water and wastewater line and plants. Mr. Zuerner stated that it seems to be too steep of a price for these commercial entities to pay.

 

Jeff Rowe of BakerTilly stated that the original intent was for the system development fees to be collected for an improvement fund. Mr. Rowe explained the process of determining the fees included in its calculation depreciated value of the old/current water and wastewater plant, valves per meter size, etc. Me stated that the bigger the industrial meter, the larger the fee. Mr. Rowe stated the calculation of the 2015 system development fees were done before White County paid for the lines.

 

Dan Zuerner stated the expansion of the 2019 water plant has been paid by White county.

 

Jeff Rowe stated the town could adjust down or eliminate the fees; he recommended that the fees ae recalculated.

 

Council Member Fred A. Young stated the Town has a responsibility to the Town residents that they are not paying for further expansions in the MACP. He stated that White County is saying that there will be approximately 6 million gallons going to the wastewater plant.

 

Jeff Rowe stated that Umbaugh (which is now BakerTilly) did a study of connections fees in the State of Indiana: sewage averaged between $1,200-$3,000 and water averaged $700-$800. He stated that the top 25 in the State charge development fees in the amount of: sewer $2,100-$4,000 and water $1,200-$2,300.

 

Discussion ensued. Council Member Fred A. Young stated that he agrees that the current development fees are too high. Mr. Young asked how can we charge the fees if we don?t own the lines; the County owns the lines. Council President Michael J. Johnson and Council Member Fred Young stated that, in their opinions, the fees need to be waived.

 

Jeff Rowe stated the Council can eliminate, reduce or stay at the current system development charges. Council Member Fred A. Young stated that he felt the Council needed to recalculate the fees as he felt the fees seem steep. Mr. Young asked John Heimlich if Wolcott will be able to recoup the system development charges from the County?s $6 million.

 

Dan Zuerner stated that Remington has a 30-year agreement to supply water to EggLife who needs 600,000 gallons of water a day.

 

At this point, Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn entered the meeting.

White County Economic Development Executive Director Randy Mitchell stated that this is what the County is looking for:

1.      Help with the development fees for EggLife.

2.      Have George Loy, White County?s attorney, to draft an agreement drawn up saying that the Town is not responsible for any repairs or service for the lines. The Town is to forward all bill to White County.

3.      Waive all development fees; charge only tap fees to EggLife.

Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve the above request; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Randy Mitchell stated that with the White County Commissioners? approval and the Wolcott Council?s approval, he will have George Loy draft a maintenance agreement between the two agencies. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve having George Loy draft the maintenance agreement between White County and Town of Wolcott; the motion was seconded by; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Council Member Fred A. Young moved to adjourn the meeting; the motion was seconded by; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

 

 

 

 /s/ Michael J. Johnson                                                /s/ Stephen B. Schemerhorn                               

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

 

 

 

/s/ Fred A. Young                                                        Not in attendance                                             

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

 

                                                                                    Attest:  

                                                                                     

Not in attendance                                                              

Patrick M. Powell, Council Member                                                                                                                                                                             Pamela D. Bennett

                                                                                    Deputy Clerk

 

 

 

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