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September 6, 2022 - Council Meeting

Town of Wolcott Council Minutes

September 6,2022

6:00 p.m.


Present:

Cameron Emond Marilyn Maxwell

Jerry Lietz Marilyn Young

Darwin Miller George Matthew

Rex Pearson Janell Hoffstetter

Michael Johnson Breanna Wood

Pamela Bennett Abby Ewen

Jacob Ahler Steve Young

Jarod Baer Betty Hoster

Kenneth Burns Matt Hall

Michelle Earney Ken Smith

Emily Albaugh Ken Remenschneider



Council Meeting:


Opened with the pledge to the flag



Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to approve the minutes or memoranda of the following meetings: August and Executive Meeting. Council Vice President Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion passed 4-0


Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to approve the financials for August 2022. Council Vice President Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion passed 4-0




1. Department Heads reports:


Jeff Province: Wastewater/Stormwater- Construction is winding down. Clean-up has begun. Everything is going well.


Robert Thomas: Water/Street-Clear wells had rust issues that has been taken care of now. Waiting on

The estimate for paving School Street. Possum Problem on personal property that Bob knows is not the

Town’s responsibility.

Marshal Jared Baer: Town Marshal-Marshall Baer is going to be advertising he Charger for sell soon. He

Turned the monthly report. Marshal Baer addressed the problem with cats and dogs not getting registered

Matt Hall: Park Board-Gave an update on what is going on in our park. The Park Board is looking into

Paving the circle and gathering estimates. They are going to be upgrading the merry go round and fencing

At the ballfield.

Steve Young Sr: Ambulance Director-No report


Kenneth Burns: Volunteer Fire Department-Has not heard from NIPSCO. Will have to file a claim

With insurance.

Sandy Miller- RWCDC and Food Pantry- August we helped to feed 109 people. Did some upgrades

To the clinic. There is a 5k and bazaar coming up to help out the back pack program.

Jenell Hofstetter KIRPC-no meeting. KIRPC did have a USDA housing workshop.


Michael J Johnson: WCEDC-There was a group formed that is helping the elderly with different needs.

Talked about the need for housing so that new jobs will come to White County.


Jerry Lietz: Area Plan Committee-Area plan would like to be kept informed about the strategic plan

The town is working on at this time. There are some work on rezoning issues.


Michelle Earney: Summer Festival Committee-planning is in the work for the 2023 festival.


George Blissett: Main St Committee- No report


Jacob Ahler: Town Attorney- needed to know where we are on the Hofstetter property and South end

Of town. The Council is waiting on the figures from the new contractor before they can proceed.


Pamela Bennett: Clerk-Treasurer- Emond Drainage Service was going to do the work at the Bloom

And Miller property’s due to state statute and nepotism, Emond Drainage Service cannot do the project.

The company had already ordered the piping for the project. The town should buy the piping from the

Company in the amount of $2369.96. Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to pay this

Invoice for Emond Drainage Service. Miller Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion

Carried 4-0.


Council Member Darwin Miller has been mowing the foreclosed properties in town. According to the

Indiana Statute Council Members can only make $250.00 above the compensation for being a Council

Member. The town owes Darwin $160.00. Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to pay

Darwin Miller for mowing. Council Member Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Council member Darwin Miller had to refrain from voting due to be on the Main Street Committee Board.


Old Business:


Robert Bellucci CommonWealth: Rob wasn’t able to make the meeting so Council President Cameron

Emond had to give his report. Cameron presented Invoice #15 in the amount of $208,017.98. Council

Vice President Jerry Lietz made the motion to pay invoice #15. Council Member Michael Johnson

Second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


President Emond also presented invoice 53-4-33 for CommonWealth in the amount of $24,807.56.

Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to pay the invoice. Council Member Darwin

Miller Second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Change order #2 in the amount of $54,912.11. The stairs that are being added for safety for the wastewater

Workers. Council Member Darwin Miller made the motion to approve CO #2. Council Vice President

Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


KDM is asking for a meeting about the final invoice.


Approval for Baker-Tilly to do a rate study for the URT tax cut. Council Vice President Jerry Lietz made

The motion to approve the rate study. Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion.

Motion carried 4-0


The town was asked to enter a contract for Tony Rodgers coming over to sign papers and consult with

The wastewater Superintendent. The contract is for $1000.00 a month. Council Member Darwin Miller

Made the motion to accept the contract. Council Member Michael Johnson second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Water Service Amendment #9-2022-6 approval: Council Member Darwin Miller made the motion to approve the amendment. Council Member Michael Johnson second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Meeting amendment 9-2022-6-2: Council member Darwin Miller made the motion to pass the amendment. Council Member Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Presented the 2023 Budget to be approved: Council Member Michael made a motion to approve the budget. Council member Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Ken Smith Municipal Civic: Introduced us to Community Crossing Grants. They open up in January and

July 2023. The match can be from 25-50%. Mr. Smith will help us with the grants. There will be a proposal presented at the October meeting.


Ken Remenschneider of Kimely-Horn and Associates: We have entered an agreement with Kimely-Horn to guide us with the Comprehensive plan. It will take 5 months to get the first part of the plan done. Will be working with area plan. Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to approve the agreement. Council Vice President Jerry Lietz second that motion. Motion carried 4-0


KIRPC: Approval of the agreement for KIRPC to be the grant administrator. Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to approve agreement. Council Member Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Additional Appropriation Resolution 2022-16: Approval of additional appropriation for the Park Fund.

Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to approve the appropriation for the Park Fund.

Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Ordinance to Reduce 2022-17: Reduction of budget 2023. Council Member Rex Pearson made the motion to approve the Ordinance to Reduce. Council Vice President Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Appointment of Library Board member: Appointment of Megan Gretencord. Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to approve the appointment of Megan Gretencord to the Library Board. Council Vice President Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


The Town is in need of a media projector, movie screen and sound barriers for the Council Room.

Clerk-Treasurer Pamela Bennett presented the quote and products. Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to buy the equipment. Council Vice President Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Trick or treat date and time: Trick or treat will be October 31,2022 6-8 P.M.


TIF District: The Reedy Group has sent a proposal to help us with the TIF District. Not to exceed $10,000.00 Council Member Michael Johson made the motion to approve the Proposal. Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Employee Phones: It has become necessary to have employee phones. The town can get a government rate of $24.99 a month. The $55.00 Monthly Stipend will end when the Phones are Delivered. Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to get 5 employee phones. Council Member Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


Members of Main Street: There is a situation in the Main Street Committee. This situation is being taken care legally. The Members do not have the money for Council representation. Town Attorney, Jacob Ahler, is willing to represent Darwin Miller, Marilyn Young, Marilyn Maxwell, Dick and Brenda Crowe, Don Gray, Marcy Robelo, and George Matthews using the Town’s retainer. Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion for the Town Attorney Jacob Ahler to represent the manes mentioned. Council Member Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion Carried 4-0


Council Member Michael Johnson made the motion to adjourn. Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion carried 4-0


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