Minutes- 4/5/17

Meeting Minutes –April 5, 2017

The Churubusco Town Council met on April 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Members present were President Mark Pepple, Council Member Frank Kessler, and Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl. Also in attendance was area resident Pat Liggett; Lana Beregszazi, BLS Management; Rachael Rosfeld, Post & Mail; Nicole Minear, Churubusco News; Wastewater Superintendent, Bob Gray; Park Superintendent, Rick Krider; and Town Marshal, Mike Engle.

President Mark Pepple called the meeting to order, welcomed visitors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called by the Clerk. Bruce Johnson was absent.

Approval of March 15, 2017 meeting minutes:
Mr. Kessler made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Pepple seconded and the motion carried 2-0.

Approval of Claims and Payroll Vouchers:
Claims Vouchers dated for April 5, 2017 in the amount of $138,419.33 were approved.

Public Comment:
There were no public comments.

Old Business:
Lana from BNS Management presented the Council with Resolution 2017-07 stating the Town was aware and supported the County’s petition and formation of a County Sewer District. Mr. Kessler made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-07, President Pepple seconded and the motion carried 2-0.

Lana also stated the County was creating a Regional Sewer District Board and would need a representative from Churubusco. Mr. Kessler stated he would like to serve on the Board. President Pepple agreed and the appointment was made via acclamation.

New Business:
Ms. Bartl presented an updated Employee Manual which she had forwarded to the Department Heads and Council. Mr. Kessler stated he felt there should be further discussion on some of the proposed changes and moved to table approval until the next meeting. President Pepple stated he was ok with that and suggested they discuss it at a special meeting prior to the April 19th meeting.

Department Reports:
Jeremy Hart, Town Supervisor:
Mr. Hart was not present.

Bob Gray, Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor
Mr. Gray stated the Plant was running well and all reports were in. They were still trying to land apply, but they probably would not get to do it in time and will end up hauling it out. Mr. Kessler asked about overflow during the recent heavy rains. Mr. Gray stated he had just cleared the basins from the last rain and they were now starting over.

Michael Engle, Town Marshal:
Marshal Engle reported the new car would be done by next week, minus the camera from the Prosecutor’s Office. Engle was unsure of when the camera would be in, but wasn’t complaining as the camera was a gift from the County.

Rick Krider, Park Supervisor:
Mr. Krider stated the Park was running alright. He had mentioned at a previous meeting the possibility of adding trail cameras. He had spoken with John Forker and he had suggested digging a trench and running cables underground with the cameras being secured on poles along the trail. He had not obtained estimates yet.

Ron Felger, Town Attorney:
Mr. Felger was not present.

Council Reports:
President Frank Kessler:
President Kessler reported he had attended a county summit that was organized by the three schools. The intent was to prepare students for college and technical programs and a Lilly grant was being sought to fund the project. He also stated he had spent a portion of the day with Jon Myers showing him empty buildings and buildings that would be empty soon.

Bruce Johnson:
Mr. Johnson was not present.

Mark Pepple:
Mr. Pepple stated he had an EMA Advisory meeting the following week.

Madalyn Sade-Bartl:
Ms. Sade-Bartl stated she was working on the Stellar Letter of Interest as it was due the 28th. She asked the Council if they were still interested in submitting the letter. Mr. Kessler stated he was in favor as it didn’t cost anything to apply and much of the groundwork had been done. Ms. Bartl also stated she had finally received the grant agreement from the DNR and an RFP would be sent out within the next few days. Finally, she had numerous meetings set up to discuss Stellar, right-of-ways, and other projects that were in the works for this summer.

Having no other business and after all proper papers were signed, President Pepple adjourned the regular meeting.

Council President, Mark Pepple

Council Member, Bruce Johnson

Council Member, Frank Kessler


Madalyn Sade-Bartl, Clerk-Treasurer

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