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April 2, 2024 - Council Meeting

Council Meeting

April 2, 2024


Present:          Council President: Cameron Emond, Vice President: Michael Johnson

Council Members: Darwin Miller, Betty Hoster, Rex Pearson

Clerk Treasurer: Judy Thomas, Utility Clerk: Breanna Plantenga, Deputy Clerk: Karie Holder

Water Superintendent: Robert Thomas

Wastewater Superintendent: Jeff Province

Town Marshal: Jared Baer

Other: Talaina Pinkerton, Sam Pinkerton, James Pinkerton, Mark Bachman, Pam Jordan, Carey Jordan, Daryl Orns, Steve Young, Ken Smith, George Mathew, Janet Gross, Kenneth Burns, Zane McAdams, Elise Donnelly, Molly Cornell, Palani Zussman, Janell Hofstetter.

Absent:           Street Department: Vince Hall

 

Council President Cameron Emond opened the council meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The March 5th and March 19th meeting minutes were presented for approval. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to approve the Council Meeting minutes for March 5th and March 19th. Council Member Betty Hoster second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Tony Cain introduced himself, and announced that he is running for White County Commissioner. Tony expressed that he wants to work on improving White County. Tony, along with Andy Federer, will be hosting a Meet and Greet at the White County Fairgrounds on April 10th at 6pm. White County Commissioner meetings are held on the first and third Monday of every month at 8:15 am.

Wastewater Superintendent Jeff Province reported that the plant is doing better. Jeff announced that he will be getting some broken diffusers repaired, by draining out the digester.

Water Superintendent Robert Thomas reported that there were some issues with the filters at the water plant, that morning. He will be working on getting this issue fixed. Robert announced that he attended an INDOT meeting about some work happening in Wolcott. INDOT will be resurfacing the highway, beginning on Monday April 15th. Robert also notified the Council that there will be some lights fixed on one of the town trucks.

Town Marshal, Jared Baer, announced that Mark Delgado donated half of the money needed for some new police department cameras. There has been a court claim filed against the Wolcott Police Department. Jared is working with Town Attorney Jacob Ahler on this issue.

Sam Pinkerton, current acting ambulance director, stated that he has received some potential new volunteers for the Wolcott Ambulance Department. Sam also reported that he is working on getting some reports finished.

Vice President Michael Johnson reported, on behalf of White County Economic Development, that they are very focused on developing Wolcott. Michael also stated that there is money that may be received from a Ready Grant.

Janet Gross, Mainstreet Committee, reported that the Egg Hunt went well. There will be a Ladie’s Tea on May 18th, at 2pm. Tickets are available for purchase.

Clerk Treasurer, Judy Thomas, announced that she has been working closely with Suzy Bass, and Suzy was able to get the 2023 year closed out, and is also helping to get the bank reconciled. Judy stated that she is behind on getting some reports submitted into Gateway. Judy is working on getting information on two loans that the town owes. One loan is a 2019 water loan in the amount of $2,130,000.00. The second loan is a 2022 wastewater loan in the amount of $1,693,000.00. These loans payments are to be made twice/year. Judy presented the annual conference for the Clerk Treasurer’s office for approval. Council Member Michael Johnson made a motion to approve the office employees to go to conference. Council Member Betty Hoster second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

The pocket park, owned by the Town, will be listed for sale.

Ken Smith presented Council President Cameron Emond with a closeout letter for the 2023 Community Crossing Grant. The Town will owe some money back rom the grant, due to not using all of the funds. Council Member Michael Johnson made a motion to accept the closeout letter from the community crossing grant. Council Member Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Council Vice President Michael Johnson asked Town Attorney Jacob Ahler, if volunteers that use town equipment need to be covered under the Town’s insurance. After much discussion, Jacob recommended that the Town at least have a waiver in place. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to get a waiver for Town volunteers. Council Vice President Michael Johnson second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Janet Gross announced that early voting is on May 7th.

Jared Baer told the Council that he got a quote for a 30 yard dumpster for the Spring Cleanup for $600, from OnPoint Waste. After much discussion, it was decided that the Town will host a spring cleanup this year. More details will be discussed closer to time. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to have a spring cleanup this year. Council Vice President Michael Johnson second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

A concerned resident expressed some concerns over a dirty ditch in town. Council Vice President Michael Johnson volunteered to go to the drainage board meeting to bring it up to their board.

Brown water issues got brought up in the meeting. Robert Thomas stated that he has changed the backwash schedule to twice a week. Robert also told the Council that he will be flushing hydrants in the coming days.

A resident expressed concern over wanting a stop sign at the corner of North St & Homer Ln. This resident also notified the Council that there is no street sign on the corner of 5th & Market St.

Town Marshal Jared Bael announced that 900 will be repaired with asphalt.

Meeting adjourned. 

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