Minutes 8/15/18

Meeting Minutes – August 15, 2018


The Churubusco Town Council met on August 15, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Members present were Council President Frank Kessler, Council Member Mark Pepple, and Clerk-Treasurer, Madalyn Sade-Bartl. Also, in attendance were Mackenzie DeGroot, Post & Mail Nicole Minier, Churubusco News; Officer Dustin Papenbrock; Jeremy Hart, Town Supervisor; and Mike Engle, Town Marshal.


Council President Frank Kessler called the meeting to order led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called by the Clerk. Council member, Bruce Johnson, was absent (Mr. Johnson arrived at the meeting during Ms. Bartl’s report).


Approval of August 1, 2018 meeting minutes:

Mr. Pepple made a motion to approve the minutes from August 1, 2018. President Kessler seconded, and the motion carried 2-0.


Approval of Claims and Payroll Vouchers:

Claims Vouchers dated for August 15, 2018 in the amount of $98,431.25 were presented and approved.


Public Comment:

There were no public comments.


Old Business:

There was no old business.


New Business:

  1. Appointment to BZA: President Kessler stated there was a vacancy on the BZA with Jason Bartl’s resignation. Kessler spoke with Brenda Saggars and she had agreed to fill the vacancy. President Kessler made a motion to appoint Brenda Saggars to the BZA. Mr. Pepple seconded, and the motion carried 2-0
  2. Approval to hire an ICE student: Ms. Bartl stated she and Mr. Hart had interviewed a prospective ICE student, Eli Foote. Foote came highly recommended by the school’s ICE coordinator and both Hart and Bartl agreed he would be a great addition. Mr. Pepple made a motion to approve hiring Eli Foote as a part-time ICE student. President Kessler seconded, and the motion carried 2-0.
  3. Approval to hire a part-time police officer: Marshal Engle approached the Council and requested permission to hire another part-time officer. Engle explained that one part-time officer had cut back on his availability and asked the Council to consider hiring A.J. Westerman to help fill the schedule. President Kessler asked if Mr. Westerman was aware of the hour requirements. Marshal Engle said he had spoken to him and explained the shifts that were difficult to cover. Officer Papenbrock stated with Mr. Westerman working 2nd shift at the Sheriff’s Department, Westerman anticipated picking up a lot of 3rd shift openings. Mr. Pepple made a motion to approve hiring A.J. Westerman as a part-time officer. President Kessler seconded, and the motion carried 2-0.


Department Reports:

Jeremy Hart, Town Supervisor:

Mr. Hart presented the attached report. Mr. Pepple requested an update on the Mulberry Street construction and asked about if the end date had been moved. Hart stated that there were some issues concerning unforeseen changes and the engineer and contractor were currently negotiating a price for completing those changes. Hart also stated there had not been an updated end date yet, but if a price could not be negotiated and the contractor needed to stop construction until a price is agreed upon, that could push back the end date.


Bob Gray, Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor

Mr. Gray was not present, but Mr. Hart reported things are running smoothly and employee, Zach Geiger, was reviewing the smoke test results. President Kessler asked if any action plans had been formulated and MR. Hart stated they were waiting to formulate a plan as they were trying to find one more area of infiltration. Their thought was that residential drains are connected to the storm system and once their research is complete, they would develop something and how much the Town will do to help residents rectify those issues.


Michael Engle, Town Marshal:

Marshal Engle had nothing to 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 stated he was making efforts to meet with another company to provide internet services to the town.


Bruce Johnson:

When Mr. Johnson arrived at the meeting, he reported the Turtle Days leadership efforts had been solved.


Mark Pepple:

Mr. Pepple had nothing to report.


Madalyn Sade-Bartl:

Ms. Sade-Bartl presented the attached report.


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




Council President, Frank Kessler



Council Member, Bruce Johnson




Council Member, Mark Pepple






Madalyn Sade-Bartl, Clerk-Treasurer


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