Minutes for the September 3, 2019 - Council Meeting9/3/2019
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TOWN OF WOLCOT COUNCIL MEETING

 

The Council of the Town of Wolcott met Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in the Community Room of the Wolcott Town Hall immediately Public Hearing to provide citizens and taxpayers an opportunity to question or express their views on the proposed Budget for Year 2020.

 

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, Deputy Clerk Pam Bennett, and Wastewater & Stormwater Supt. Chad W. Reynolds, Wolcott Town Marshal James M. Herre and White County Economic Development Wolcott Representative Karen Evans. Also present were: White County Area Plan Executive Director Joe Rogers, Robert Bellucci and Sara Prizio of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., Heather VanDeMark of the Monticello Herald Journal, Darwin Miller, Camren Emond, Daryl Orns, Renee Anker, Jerry Lietz, David Sutton, Elysia Fowler, Taylor Doty, Sandra Gloss, Luke Ulrich, Ski-lei Darrall, Kiara Harris, and Brandon Shellcrosslee.

 

Renee Anker, representing Wolcott Main Street Committee, requested to have Market Street closed on Halloween Night, October 31, starting possibly at 3:30 pm until 9 pm; Main Street will have a Trunk or Treat activity and small festival. Discussion ensued. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to closing Market Street per the hours needed for Wolcott Main Street Committee Halloween Festival; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Mrs. Anker asked Wolcott VFD Chief Ken Burns if the Committee could hold a wiener roast during the festival, probably near the corner of Wolcott Farmers Co-op. Chief Burns stated to keep in mind, that time is harvest time, so the Committee needs to be mindful of the semis coming in.

 

Mrs. Anker stated that she has a concern of where the entrance drive is being located on US24 for the proposed Dollar General. White County Area Plan Executive Director Joe Rogers stated that her comments could be heard at the September 9th rezoning meeting, which begins at 6 pm.

 

George Blissett, representing Wolcott Main Street Committee, that he is actively seeking grant funding for murals for the Town of Wolcott downtown area. Mr. Blissett stated that Tippecanoe Arts Foundation stated that consideration will be given to Wolcott for funding of the murals.

 

Cameron Emond stated that he has a concern on how the new water meters were being installed as many meters are being installed crookedly or above ground. Wastewater Supt. Chad W. Reynolds stated the installation of new meters should not differ more than a quarter of an inch higher that the old meter pits. Mr. Emond approached the Council to show pictures of what he is talking about. Discussion ensued. Chad Reynolds and Bob Thomas have been inspecting the installations, and will continue to do so, but will check on the meters that Mr. Emond is referencing.

 

White County Area Plan Executive Director Joe Rogers presented amendments to White County Area & Zoning ordinances as follows:

a)      Ordinance No. 2019-06, Amendment #A51, Which Includes Amending: Chapter 3 ? Specific Use Requirements & Performance Standards ? 3.10 Wireless Support Structures and Wireless Facilities: 3.10.2 New Wireless Support Structures and Wireless Facilities, 3.10.3 Existing Wireless Support Structure and/or Wireless facility (Substantial Modification), 3.10.4 Application and Approval Procedure-Collocations & 3.10.5 Construction, Placement or Use of Small Cell Facilities. The purpose of this amendment is to adapt zoning ordinance standards and requirements for wireless structures and facilities to Indian Code passed in 2016 and 2017. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve Ordinance No. 2019-06, Amendment #A51, as read; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

 

b)      Ordinance No. 2019-07, Re: Amendment to Zoning Ordinance #A58; This amendment, identified as Amendment #A58, which includes amending: Chapter 3 ? Specific Use Requirements & Performance Standards ? 3.16 Special Exception Use Criteria & Requirements: 3.16.10 Category 9; Event Barn; and Chapter 8 ? Parking & Loading Standards ? Table 8.6 Required Off-Street Parking Spaces; and Appendix A: Official Schedule of Uses. The purpose of this amendment is to accommodate celebratory activities such as weddings, family reunions, anniversary parties, etc., are currently not covered by the current zoning ordinance. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve Ordinance No. 2019-07, Re: Amendment to Zoning Ordinance #A58 as read Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

c)      Ordinance No. 2019-08, Re: Amendment to Zoning Ordinance #A60, which includes amending: Chapter 9 Landscaping Standards ? 9.6 Fencing: The purpose of this amendment is to add a level of review (permit requirement) for fence construction/location any time within a municipality?s limits. In addition, more restrictive standards have been developed for fences when proposed for front yards and within front yard setbacks along with clarification of standards for non-residential uses. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve Ordinance No. 2019-08, Re: Amendment to Zoning Ordinance #A60, which includes amending: Chapter 9 Landscaping Standards ? 9.6 Fencing as read; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

d)      Ordinance No. 2019-05, Amendment #A38, Which Includes Amending: Chapter 4 ? Specific Use Classification & Provisions-4.3 Accessory Use Provisions: 4.3.2 Domesticated Animals, 4.3.3 Exotic Animals & 4.3.4 Livestock Animals & Bees; and Chapter 14 ? Definitions. (The purpose of this amendment is to satisfy the statutory requirements of Senate enrolled Act No. 529 and provide allowances for 4-H animal projects. Short discussion ensued; no Council action was taken.

 

 

Minutes/Memoranda

 

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

         June 4, 2019 Non-Quorum ? No Meeting

         June 7, 2019 Council Meeting

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

 

Departmental Reports

 

Wolcott Water & Street Supt. Robert G. Thomas stated that the waterworks project had a few hiccups last month, but is progressing well.

 

Wastewater & Stormwater Supt. Chad W. Reynolds stated that the wastewater plant is taking on an excessive amount of dirty water, and he will contact AccuDig for flow meters to investigate this more thoroughly.

 

Wolcott Town Marshal James M. Herre presented the August 2019 report for the Police Department. Discussion followed regarding a resource officer for Tri-County Schools. Town Attorney Jacob Ahler had prepared a draft of a Memorandum of Understanding. Marshal Herre stated that he will have specifics next month.

 

White County Economic Development Wolcott Representative Karen Evans stated EggLife will be hosting an open house in October, tba. Also, EggLife has employment opportunities for those interested in third shift. Mrs. Evans stated that Census 2020 will soon be upon us and Census has employment opportunities, and White County will be hosting a substance abuse and the workforce awareness class on October 10 from noon to 1pm at Ivy Tech, Monticello.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt presented EMC Insurance renewal rate of $16,970, an increase of $907 than last year?s premium.. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve EMC Insurance renewal rate of $16,970, effective September 13, 2019. Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt presented IPEP renewal rate of $6479.00, an increase of $109, for Workman Compensation and Employers Liability Insurance. Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve IPEP renewal rate of $6479.00, an increase of $109, for Workman Compensation and Employers Liability Insurance, effective September 13,2019. Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt stated that the Clerk?s Office will be closed on September 10th for training on the Beacon and Keystone software.

 

 

Old Business

 

Renee Anker?s building was then discussed. Council Member Patrick M. Powell stated he had inspected the building and is trying to ascertain all pertinent information so that the Council can make a knowledgeable decision to fix the building properly. He stated that there appears to be no damage or need for repair at the roof, but can see holes and the outside wall needs to be sealed. Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn stated that he would like to call Summer Chase to repair what appears to be their work that did not. Two companies who specialize in renovations of old buildings will be contacted and obtain quotes from them. No action was taken at this time.

 

Sarah Prizio of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc.  presented the following pay requests for the Waterworks Construction Project - PPA 7:

A.     Request approval to pay the following Waterworks Construction Project pay requests 7):

         TGB Unlimited, Inc. ? PPA No.7 - $149,012.05 Contractor; $7,842.74

         Reynolds Unlimited, Inc. ? PPA No.7, $326,936.80; Contractor; $17,207.20 Retainage

Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve Pay Request No. 7 as presented; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Sarah Prizio of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc.  stated that the waterworks projects going well. On Winter Street, four-inch line will be change out for a 6-inch water line, then the crew will work on Lee Street and finish up on North Fourth. She reported that the water treatment plant is looking sharp.

 

Robert Bellucci of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. presented Change Order No. M-1, Large Diameter Meters in the amount of $8,097.00 for the remote meter project; Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve Change Order No. presented Change Order No. M-1, Large Diameter Meters in the amount of $8,097.00 for the remote meter project; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

Council Member Fred A. Young moved to approve Memorandum of Understanding Between the Town of Wolcott and White County Pertaining to Financing the Town of Wolcott?s Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project; Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

 

 Council President Michael J. Johnson stated that he would like to schedule a ?Meet & Greet? gathering with the Council candidates sometime in October. No action was taken at this time.

 

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

 

Accounts Payable

 

General Fund

USDA Rural Development Grant

$27,775.44

595,819.91

Motor Vehicle Highway Fund (MVH)

2,931.02

Park & Recreation

540.75

Cumulative Capital Improvements

150.00

CEDIT

0

Water Operating 

Water Meter Deposit

20,954.70

300.00

Wastewater Operating

Ambulance

Waterworks Construction

10,164.38

7,352.32

23,024.75

Payroll

16,596.10

Payroll Federal W/H

1,934.02

Payroll FICA/Medicare W/H

3,189.98

Payroll State/County W/H

1,919.53

Payroll Perf W/H

2,205.11

Payroll PERF Corp Share

2,166.71

Payroll Health Savings Account

230.00

Payroll Medical

1573.92

Payroll Liberty Nat?l

 

286.16

GRAND TOTAL

$719,114.80

 

 

Utilities Adjustments

$-531.04

 

Council Vice President Stephen B. Schemerhorn moved to adjourn the meeting; the motion was seconded by; Council Member Fred A. Young 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:  

                                                                                     

/s/ Patrick M. Powell                                                 

Patrick M. Powell, Council Member                          /s/ Linda S. Bajzatt                            

                                                                                   Linda S. Bajzatt, IAMC, CMC

Clerk-Treasurer  

 

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