Minutes June 19, 2019

Meeting Minutes – June 19, 2019


The Churubusco Town Council met on June 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Members present were Council Members Mark Pepple, Bruce Johnson, and Nathan Van Horn, and Clerk-Treasurer, Madalyn Sade-Bartl. Also in attendance were area residents: Pat Stanford,  Don Greve, Mary Davis Wyne, Jim Davis, Steve Griebel, and Theresa Green; Jon Myers, Whitley County EDC; Rob Marr, C&A Tool; David Fenker, Churubusco News; Bob Gray, Wastewater Superintendent; Rick Krider, Park Superintendent; and Mike Engle, Town Marshal.


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


Approval of June 5, 2019 meeting minutes:

Mr. Van Horn made a motion to accept the minutes from June 5, 2019. Mr. Johnson seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.


Approval of Claims and Payroll Vouchers:

Claims Vouchers dated for June 19, 2019 in the amount of $130,755.18 were presented and approved.


Public Comment:

There were no public comments.


Old Business:

  1. 1.       Ordinance 2019-05: An Ordinance Establishing Responsibility for Utility Accounts for the Town of Churubusco:  Mr. Johnson made a motion to approve Ordinance 2019-05 with an effective date of August 1, 2019. Mr. Van Horn seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.


New Business:

  1. C&A Tool Tax Abatement: Jon Myers and Rob Marr were present to request a ten-year tax abatement for C&A Tool. They stated the new project the machines for which the abatement was for would add fifteen new jobs to the Churubusco facility. Mr. Marr expanded on how C&A’s parent company wished to make further investments in Churubusco, the current employment levels, and hiring woes. Mr. Johnson made a motion to accept Resolution 2019-06. Mr. Van Horn seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.


Department Reports:

Jeremy Hart, Town Supervisor:

Mr. Hart was not present but left the attached report.


Bob Gray, Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor

Mr. Gray stated the Plant was running normally.


Michael Engle, Town Marshal:

Marshal Engle stated Turtle Days went smooth and no major issues to speak of. He also reported that January 6, 2020 would be his last day working before retirement. He asked the Council’s thoughts on appointing his replacement so the new chief would be available to hire the next full-time guy, be trained on certain aspects, and assist in the 2020 budgeting process. Mr. Johnson made a motion to post an internal job opening for a Town Marshal and post a full-time deputy marshal position. Mr. Van Horn seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.


Rick Krider, Park Supervisor:

Mr. Krider reported Turtle Days went well, apart from the rainy weather.


Ron Felger, Town Attorney:

Mr. Felger was not present.


Council Reports:

President Mark Pepple:

President Pepple had nothing to report.


Bruce Johnson:

Mr. Johnson stated Turtle Days had the best festival ever. Ride revenue was equal to last year, even despite the poor weather on two of the days. He stated he only heard great things about the layout and festival.


Nathan Van Horn:

Mr. Van Horn applauded those involved with Turtle Days. He also stated South Street was looking good.


Madalyn Sade-Bartl:

Ms. Sade-Bartl presented the attached report. She also stated she had recently been elected Secretary-Treasurer of ILMCT and would not be at the July 17th meeting due to attending the APT National Conference.


Having no other business and after all proper papers were signed, Mr. Johnson adjourned the meeting.




Council President, Mark Pepple



Council Member, Bruce Johnson




Council Member, Nathan Van Horn






Madalyn Sade-Bartl, Clerk-Treasurer

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