Minutes- July 3, 2019

Meeting Minutes – July 3, 2019


The Churubusco Town Council met on July 3, 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 Liggett and Theresa Green; 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.


PUBLIC HEARING- ORDINANCE 2019-03: An Ordinance Amending the Sewer and Stormwater rates and charges for the Use of Services Rendered by the Town of Churubusco:

President Pepple opened the public hearing. Hearing no comments, President Pepple closed the public hearing.


Approval of June 19, 2019 meeting minutes:

Mr. Van Horn made a motion to accept the minutes from June 19, 2019. Mr. Johnson seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.


Approval of Claims and Payroll Vouchers:

Claims Vouchers dated for July 3, 2019 in the amount of $171,953.01 were presented and approved.


Public Comment:

Pat Liggett applauded the speed at which South Street was getting done.


Old Business:

  1. 1.       Ordinance 2019-03: An Ordinance Amending the Sewer and Stormwater rates and charges for the Use of Services Rendered by the Town of Churubusco:  President Pepple stated that since he was still negotiating the wholesale rate with Blue Lake, he would like to amend the Ordinance to exclude the wholesale increase. Mr. Johnson made a motion to approve Ordinance 2019-03 as amended. Mr. Van Horn seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.


New Business:

  1. Town Marshal Appointment: Marshal Mike Engle notified Council last month that he would be retiring at the beginning of 2020 and the Council had posted his position internally. The Council received two internal applications and had conducted interviews with those candidates. President Pepple made a motion to appoint Dustin Papenbrock as Marshal Engle’s replacement. Mr. Johnson 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 someone had been dumping grease and/or soap. It had cleared up but recently started again. He had talked with the school and was sampling the west end of town to try to get a better idea of where is was coming from.


Michael Engle, Town Marshal:

Marshal Engle had nothing to report.


Rick Krider, Park Supervisor:

Mr. Krider distributed a trail extension map to the Council. He was interested in extending the trail from US 33 near Otto’s Ice Cream to John Krieger Drive and behind Otto’s and Monarch Manor Apartments to John Krieger Drive near the fire station entrance. President Pepple stated he would like to meet with Mr. Krider the following week to see the plans in person and discuss it further. Mr. Krider argued that he would like an answer as to if the Town would contribute funds to the project because he had secured a DEKKO grant for the project and they had promised additional matching funds. President Pepple stated he was not comfortable with constructing trails at this time because he felt that funds were going to be tight at the end of the year but would further discuss it with him the following week. Mr. Krider then asked about the old playground and why it needed to come out. He voiced his displeasure in not being asked his opinion about tearing out the playground. President Pepple stated he would also discuss that topic next week as he didn’t want to discuss operational issues during the Council meeting.


Ron Felger, Town Attorney:

Mr. Felger was not present.


Council Reports:

President Mark Pepple:

President Pepple had nothing to report.


Bruce Johnson:

Mr. Johnson had nothing to report.


Nathan Van Horn:

Mr. Van Horn had nothing to report.


Madalyn Sade-Bartl:

Ms. Sade-Bartl presented the attached report. She stated trash rates would be going up by $1.00 on August 1st.


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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