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Minutes for March 2, 2021 - Public Hearing/Council Meeting

Council Meeting/Public Meeting

March 2, 2021

6:00 p.m

Town Hall

101 W North Street

Present: Council President: Michael Johnson Other:

Council Vice President: Cameron Emond Rick Bennett

Council Member: Jerry Lietz Robert Bellucci

Council Member: Rex Pearson Sandy Miller

Council Member: Darwin Miller Marilyn Young

Utility Clerk: Breanna Wood Michelle Earney

Clerk Treasurer: Pamela Bennett Robin Foley

Town Marshal: James Herre George Blissett

Fire Chief: Kenneth Burns Leroy Simon

Janell Hofstetter

Daryl Orns

Council President Michael Johnson opened the Public Hearing with the Pledge to the flag.

Council President Michael Johnson read Ordinance 2021-5, concerning the rate changes for water, stormwater, wastewater, and trash charges. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to approve Ordinance 2021-5. Council member Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Council President Michael Johnson read Resolution 2021-4 to approve a new food pantry for Wolcott. The food pantry will be located at Wolcott Christian Church. After much discussion, Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to authorize Resolution 2021-4. Council Member Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Council President Michael Johnson closed the Public Hearing, and opened the Council Meeting. Michael reported on behalf of Wastewater Superintendent John Emond and Water Superintendent Robert Thomas, that everything is going well at the Water Plant. They are still getting some plugs at the Wastewater Plant from cornstalks.

Fire Chief Kenneth Burns reported that they are in the process of getting new pagers for the Fire Department.

Sandy Miller reported that she will be working with the Backpack Program. The next RWCDC meeting will be on Tuesday, March 9 at 6 pm.

Council President Michael Johnson reported that he has joined White County Economic Development. He had his first meeting and reported that it went well.

Council Member Jerry Lietz reported that White County Area Plan is looking for volunteers who are interested in housing.

Michelle Earney reported on behalf of the Fourth of July committee. Excise told the committee that they would have to have a written approval from the Town in order to have a beer garden at the festival.

George Blissett reported on behalf of the Mainstreet Committee. Mainstreet is waiting on a Warranty Deed for the old liquor store building. Mainstreet will meet with the White County Commissioner?s Office to discuss what they can do with the building. They are trying to figure out some issues regarding the parking for the building, as well. Mainstreet will also be starting up Market Street Days, again, in May.

Clerk Treasurer Pamela Bennett requested that the Council approve spending $350 on ILMCT training in March. Council Vice President Cameron Emond made a motion to approve the training. Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Clerk Treasurer Pamela Bennett presented a proposal to buy a new copier for the Clerk?s Office, rather than continuing to lease the current copier. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to approve the purchase of a new copier. Council Member Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Council President Michael Johnson requested the approval of the February Council Meeting and Public Meeting minutes. Council Vice President Cameron Emond made a motion to approve the minutes. Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Robert Bellucci reported that the tapping of the Scott Street valve is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3. The contractor will be onsite on Wednesday to deliver fill material and prep the worksite. Once the tap is completed, the contractor will begin installation of the 4-inch line.

Council Member Darwin Miller stated that he would like the Council to come up with a plan to improve some of the sidewalks in town.

Council Vice President Cameron Emond made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

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