Minutes 9/18/19

Meeting Minutes – September 18, 2019


The Churubusco Town Council met on September at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Members present were Council President Mark Pepple, Council Member Bruce Johnson, and Clerk-Treasurer, Madalyn Sade-Bartl. Also in attendance were area residents Wayne Yager and Pat Liggett; Nicole Manier, Churubusco News; Town Marshal Mike Engle; Deputy Marshal Dustin Papenbrock; and Wastewater Superintendent Bob Gray.


Council President Mark Pepple called the meeting to order, welcomed visitors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called by the Clerk. Council member Nathan Van Horn was absent.


Approval of August 21, 2019 and September 4, 2019 meeting minutes:

Mr. Johnson made a motion to approve the minutes from August 21 and September 4. President Pepple seconded, and the motion carried 2-0.


Approval of Claims and Payroll Vouchers:

Claims Vouchers dated for September 18, 2019 in the amount of $169,746.68 were presented and approved.


Public Comment:

Wayne Yager brought to the Council’s attention numerous maintenance issues throughout town. They included the following:

  • Banners on the light poles downtown still were the spring banners.
  • An overflowing trashcan downtown and an overflowing trashcan in the Promenade.
  • Weeds in the Promenade.
  • Pothole in the middle of 205 & 33
  • Large pothole at Eagle Dr. and Washington.
  • Pothole at Washington and 33.
  • Unfinished pavement in front of Michelle’s
  • No drinking fountain at the Park.
  • Two chunks of concrete at the Ranney’s corner.
  • Dead trees at the Park near the skate park
  • Whitley & Mulberry- temporary stop sign and permanent stop sign lying next to it.
  • Full dumpster at the Park full of playground equipment.
  • Took 2 months to get a water leak fixed on Greenwood and the equipment is still lying there.


President Pepple stated he would talk to Jeremy about these issues.



Old Business:

  1. AED Purchase: Dep. Papenbrock presented the attached quote for ten AEDs. Ms. Bartl stated there was money in the public safety LOIT fund for the purchase. Mr. Johnson made a motion to purchase ten AEDs from Cardiac Science. President Pepple seconded and the motion carried 2-0.
  2. Brooks pay request #2: Ms. Bartl presented the attached pay request. She explained there was some discrepancy between the engineer’s estimate and Brooks’ invoice that Chad from DLZ was clearing up. Mr. Johnson made a motion to approve pay request #2 for $49,272.24 with consideration that it may be less. President Pepple seconded and the motion carried 2-0.

New Business:

  1. 2019-06- Broadband Ready Ordinance: President Pepple presented Ordinance 2019-06: Broadband Ready Ordinance. He stated it was a county wide ordinance that all the other communities within the county was passing to allow the county to be eligible for grant money. Mr. Johnson made a motion to approve Ordinance 2019-06. President Pepple seconded and the motion carried 2-0.


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 all monthly paperwork was in. He also stated they had just had an inspection and a couple of minor issues were found. He also reported wastewater assistant, Zach Geiger, had recently passed his operator’s license test.


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 Mark Pepple:

President Pepple stated he would be meeting with Smith-Green soon to try to figure out an arrangement with the crossing guard.


Bruce Johnson:

Mr. Johnson stated he had attended the solid waste meeting and the rates for taking electronics would be increasing as costs to dispose of the items was increasing.


Nathan Van Horn:

Mr. Van Horn was not present.


Madalyn Sade-Bartl:

Ms. Sade-Bartl stated she was busy preparing for the garage sale to benefit the Park. The sale had to start early due to the donated items overflowing into the lobby area. Because she was taking on the garage sale, she asked the Council for permission to donate the proceeds to the project of her choice. The Council asked which project she was considering. She stated she was looking at donating towards a dog park or security system. The Council agreed to allow this designation by consensus.


Ms. Sade-Bartl also reported the Town Wide Garage Sale would be held the following weekend and Junk Day would be October 5th.


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




Council President, Mark Pepple



Council Member, Bruce Johnson




Council Member, Nathan Van Horn






Madalyn Sade-Bartl, Clerk-Treasurer

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