Minutes- 7/5/18

Meeting Minutes- July 5, 2018


The Churubusco Town Council met on July 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Members present were Council Members Mark Pepple, Frank Kessler, and Bruce Johnson; and Clerk- Treasurer, Madalyn Sade-Bartl. Also, in attendance were area residents Coleen DeLong and Brandon Rittenhouse; and Rick Krider, Park Superintendent.


President Kessler called the meeting to order, welcomed visitors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called by the Clerk-Treasurer. All members were present.


PUBLIC HEARING- Vacation of alley petition:

President Kessler opened the public hearing for the recent petition filed by Brandon and Tara Rittenhouse to vacate an alley adjacent to their property on Mill Street. Mr. Rittenhouse was present and notified the Council all the proper filings and notices were complete per state statute. He also informed the Council that he and his neighbor had worked out an agreement that a quitclaim deed would be filed should the Council approve the request. Hearing no other comments about the subject, President Kessler closed the public hearing.


Approval of June 20, 2018 meeting minutes:

Mr. Johnson made a motion to approve the minutes for the meeting of June 20, 2018. Mr. Pepple seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.


Approval of Claims and Payroll Vouchers:

Claims Vouchers dated for July 5, 2018 in the amount of $137,816.84 were presented and approved.


Public Comment:

There were no public comments.


Old Business:

Ordinance 2018-06: An Ordinance to Vacate a Public Right-of-Way:

After holding a public hearing concerning the vacation of the public right-of-way on Mill Street, Ms. Bartl presented Ordinance 2018-06 to the Council. She stated she had forwarded the ordinance to both Mr. Rittenhouse’s attorney and the Town’s attorney and both parties approved. Mr. Pepple made a motion to approve Ordinance 2018-06 as presented. Mr. Johnson seconded, and the motion carried 3-0. Ms. Bartl informed Mr. Rittenhouse she would get the document recorded within the next couple of days and send him a copy once it was recorded.


HVAC Replacement Quotes for Government Center: Ms. Bartl had been working on obtaining quotes for HVAC replacement at the Government Center over the last few weeks. She had finally obtained three bids. She explained that while she tried to get apples to apples comparisons and had requested one of the contractors change the size of equipment and the number of returns, she was unable to get an updated quote from him. Mr. Johnson stated that since the bids were not apples to apples and the contractor with the lowest bid was not responsive to supplying the Town with an apples to apples comparison, he moved to accept the next lowest bid from Wheeler Mechanical for $8,666. Mr. Pepple seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.


New Business:

SRO Contract: Ms. Bartl informed the Council that the SRO contract for the 2018-2019 school year was on the School Board’s agenda for their Monday meeting. She anticipated it would be approved on Monday and on the agenda at the Council’s next meeting.



Department Reports:

Jeremy Hart, Town Supervisor

Mr. Hart was on vacation.


Bob Gray, Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor

Mr. Gray was not present.


Michael Engle, Town Marshal:

Marshal Engle was on vacation.


Rick Krider, Park Supervisor:

Mr. Krider reported that the Youth League’s regular season was over, and All-Stars had begun practicing. He also reported that he had been busy patching some areas that were torn up from Turtle Days and mulching trails. Jeremy had also discussed with him the possibility of tying the Splash Pad runoff to the new tile behind Otto’s. Mr. Krider and Mr. Hart felt that would eliminate some of the standing water at the Park.


Ron Felger, Town Attorney:

Mr. Felger was not present.


Council Reports:

President Frank Kessler:

Mr. Kessler reported the walls were going up at Kyler Ridge and the exterior was on track to be closed in by early fall. He also reported that Main Street had commissioned the new banners that had been placed on the poles downtown. Main Street was also partnering with the Rotary and sponsoring a Tincaps game on July 22. A buffet was included in the $30 ticket price and Main Street would be receiving a portion of each ticket sale.


Bruce Johnson:

Mr. Johnson stated the Town was looking very nice.


Mark Pepple:

Mr. Pepple had nothing to report.


Madalyn Sade-Bartl, Clerk-Treasurer:

Ms. Sade-Bartl presented the attached report. She stated Franklin Promenade was getting its finishing touches and the grand opening was Saturday. She hoped all the Council members would join her in the dedication. She also stated she hadn’t heard any more on the playground construction or Mulberry Street construction. She would try to get an update on both before the next meeting.


Having no other business and after all proper papers were signed, President Kessler adjourned the





Council President, Frank Kessler



Council Member, Bruce Johnson




Council Member, Mark Pepple





Madalyn Sade-Bartl, Clerk-Treasurer

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