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Minutes for October 6, 2020 - Council Meeting

Council Meeting

October 6, 2020

6:00 p.m

Town Hall

101 W North Street

Present: Council President: Michael Johnson Other:

Council Vice President: Cameron Emond Robert Bellucci

Council Member: Jerry Lietz Robin Foley

Council Member: Mary Green Kris Schultz

Council Member: Darwin Miller George Blissett

Clerk Treasurer: Pamela Bennett Kelly Gardner

Deputy Clerk: Breanna Wood Daryl Orns

Town Marshal: James Herre Lori Bussell

Town Attorney: Jacob Ahler Heather Vandemark

Fire Chief: Kenneth Burns Dawn Blissett

Water/Street Superintendent: Robert Thomas Chad Reynolds

Wastewater Superintendent: Mitch Michal Joe Rogers

Donna Whitaker

Sharon Allie

Craig Oberlander

Theresa Oberlander

David Loveall

Marilyn Young

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

Council President Michael Johnson introduced Mary Green as a new Council Member. She will be filling in for the remainder of Richard Lynn?s term.

Wastewater Superintendent Mitch Michal presented a proposal for a new town truck. The new truck will replace the Town?s previous dump truck.

Fire Chief Kenneth Burns asked the town about the distribution of a Windmill Grant that the town had previously received. He requested that the Town keep the Fire Department in mind for the next grant due to the Fire Department needing new flooring.

Park Board President Lori Bussell announced that the park is working with NIPSCO to make some electrical improvements to the park. The park is also still working on the ballfield lights.

George Blissett announced that Mainstreet will be hosting an October Fest on Market Street. After much discussion Council Vice President Cameron Emond made a motion to close Market Street on Saturday October 17th. Council Member Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion passed 4-0 due to Darwin?s nepotism.

Joe Rogers presented a resolution about subdivisions in White County. Council Vice President Cameron Emond made a motion to approve the resolution. Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 5-0

Council President Michael Johnson read Ordinance #2020-07 for new rates and charges concerning the utility bills. The ordinance states that the meter deposit rate for renters will change from $150 to $200. There will also now be a meter deposit of $150 required for home owners. The ordinance also stated that the penalty rate of 10% will be changed to a flat fee of $15. The reconnection fee for customers who get their water turned off, will change from $25 to $50. Council Vice President Cameron Emond made a motion to pass Ordinance #2020-07. Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 5-0. Council President Michael Johnson asked for the Council to approve the budget for 2021. Council Member Jerry Lietz made a motion to approve the 2021 budget. Council Member Cameron Emond second the motion. Motion carried 5-0. Council President Michael Johnson then asked the council to pass the September minutes. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to pass the September minutes. Council Member Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

Kris Schultz presented a service called Servline to the Council. Servline is water insurance for residents. In the event that a resident has a leak, the resident could be completely covered under Servline. Servline would require a monthly payment to be paid by the Wolcott residents in order to be covered under Servline. The Council is going to discuss this some more and come to a decision at a later date.

Theresa Oberlander brought to the Council?s attention that there are residents that have not been picking up their animal waste around town while on walks. She stated that there are issues with dog waste being in the middle of the road, on the walking path, and on sidewalks. The Town is going to ask their residents to start picking up their animal waste while on walks.

Craig Oberlander told the Council that he is wanting to put a garage on his property. Craig wanted to know if there was any way to move some waterlines on his property in order to make his plans possible. Rob Bellucci, Michael Johnson, and Robert Thomas made plans to go to Craig?s property the following Thursday to take a look.

Robert Bellucci announced that the Wastewater bids will open on October 28th. Commonwealth also has plans to relocate two hydrants in the near future.

Donna Whitaker and Sharon Allie came to the meeting to inquire about removing liens that were put on properties from the last housing grant. Town Attorney Jacob Ahler is going to look into this issue further.

Council Vice President Cameron Emond made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

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