Minutes- 2/5/2020

Meeting Minutes – February 5, 2020


The Churubusco Town Council met on February 5, 2020 at 6:00 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 was Kevin Rothgeb, Churubusco Chamber of Commerce; Kellie Robertson, GRW Engineering; Pat Liggett; Town Marshal, Dustin Papenbrock; Park Superintendent, Rick Krider; 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. All members were present.


Approval of January 15, 2020 Minutes:

Mr. Johnson made a motion to approve the minutes from January 15, 2020. Mr. Johnson seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.


Approval of Claims and Payroll Vouchers:

Claims Vouchers dated February 5, 2020 in the amount of $222,863.11 were presented and approved.


Public Comment:

There were no public comments.


Old Business:

  1. 1.      Chamber of Commerce Marketing update: Kevin Rothgeb, president of the Churubusco Chamber, updated the Council of new things going on with the Chamber. He also pressed the Council as to their decision concerning updating the Oscar the Turtle logo used by the Town as recommended by the recent marketing plan that was completed by the town and Chamber. President Pepple stated he liked the new logo and the other members agreed and the change was approved by consensus. The logo would be changed on all new items effective immediately and phase in existing structures/signs/etc.
  2. 2.      RFQ Opening: The Council had received seven proposals for preliminary engineering for the prospective upgrades to the sewer plant and sewer line extension. The Council opened the bids (tabulation sheet attached). The Council decided Mr. Johnson, Mr. Hart, Ms. Bartl, and Mr. Gray would serve as the review committee and they would bring their suggestion back to the Council later. 


New Business:


There was no new business.


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 reports were in. He also informed the Council he had been running high since October but had not violated.



Dustin Papenbrock, Town Marshal:

Marshal Papenbrock reported he would be interviewing candidates next week. He also stated he was getting the police blotter back in the paper and Deputy Marshal Jones had started a department Facebook page.


Rick Krider, Park Supervisor:

Mr. Krider stated everything was going fine at the park. He also informed the Council something needed to be done about the Scout Building restroom floors. He was researching putting tile done or poly like the front room of the building.


Ron Felger, Town Attorney:

Mr. Felger was not present.


Council Reports:

President Mark Pepple:

President Pepple stated the RSD had signed a contract with Columbia City.


Bruce Johnson:

Mr. Johnson had nothing to report.


Nathan Van Horn:

Mr. Van Horn stated he and Ms. Bartl had attended Newly Elected Official’s training the previous week and he learned a lot.


Madalyn Sade-Bartl:

Ms. Sade-Bartl stated she had been working diligently on the CCMG grant and a grant for Marshal Papenbrock. She was also working on asset log updates so she could get the annual report in by the 29th.


Having no other business and after all proper papers were signed, President Pepple 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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