Minutes- 4/19/17

Meeting Minutes –April 19, 2017

The Churubusco Town Council met on April 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Members present were President Mark Pepple, Council Members Bruce Johnson and Frank Kessler, and Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl. Also in attendance were area residents Pat Liggett and Wayne Yager; Rachael Rosfeld, Post & Mail; Nicole Minear, Churubusco News; Wastewater Superintendent, Bob Gray; Town Supervisor, Jeremy Hart; 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. All members were present.

Approval of April 5th and April 12th, 2017 meeting minutes:
Mr. Kessler made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Pepple seconded and the motion carried 2-0 with Mr. Johnson abstaining.

Approval of Claims and Payroll Vouchers:
Claims Vouchers dated for April 19, 2017 in the amount of $88,345.55 were approved.

Public Comment:
Wayne Yager stated there were two trees located at the entrance of the Park that needed to be taken down. Mr. Hart stated that was intended to be a winter project, but they did not have time to complete the task. Hart hoped the trees would be down by the first week of May.

Old Business:
Employee Handbook: Ms. Bartl stated the issues that had been addressed during the special meeting had been agreed upon and added. Mr. Kessler made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-06 adopting the amended employee handbook. Mr. Johnson seconded and the motion carried 3-0.

New Business:
There was no new business.

Department Reports:
Jeremy Hart, Town Supervisor:
Mr. Hart reported there was a large infiltration issue that had been identified at Sheets Funeral Home and at Holiday Park. Sheets had been fixed and he had a plan to address the Holiday Park issues. He also reported he had contact Ken Dunn concerning the placement of a cell tower. Dunn had wanted to put the tower on the Town’s right-of-way, which Mr. Kessler stated he was ardently against. Mr. Hart had asked Dunn to consider a compromise of placing the structure on the communications tower by the Town Hall.

Bob Gray, Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor
Mr. Gray stated the Plant was running well, all reports were in, and they had successfully land applied since the last meeting.

Michael Engle, Town Marshal:
Marshal Engle reported the new car was in service and Officer Papenbrock was at instructor training in South Bend. He also reported the department had received a false report of an abduction behind Papa’s Place. They apprehended the person they believed had made the report.

Rick Krider, Park Supervisor:
Mr. Krider was not present.

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

Council Reports:
President Frank Kessler:
President Kessler reported he had spoken with Keller Development and demolition and land development was set to occur this spring and summer with building of the Kyler’s Ridge set to begin next year.

Bruce Johnson:
Mr. Johnson reported he had attended a Solid Waste meeting, but nothing to report.

Mark Pepple:
Mr. Pepple had nothing to report.

Madalyn Sade-Bartl:
Ms. Sade-Bartl reported she had been busy applying for several grants. QuIP (Quick Improvement Placemaking) was due on Friday and she was writing a proposal for wayfinding signs. The Stellar Communities letter of interest was due the following Friday. Projects included in the letter included renovation and expansion of the Library, Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation, Phase 2 of Main Street, Mulberry Street paving and sidewalks, murals, and trail signs at the Park. She stated while she was hoping the letter would not be too time consuming, she had to do a lot more research and project development due to the fact many of the projects included in last year’s proposal had been done or were in the process of being completed. Finally, she reported RFPs for the DNR grant had been sent and the Tree Board should have a suggestion to the Council at the next meeting

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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