The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Colpitts called the meeting to order with Vice President Higgins, Council Member Gelow, Council Member Vojtko, Council Member Carter and Clerk-Treasurer Sue Moffitt present. Also in attendance were Roger Nawrot, Chuck Leone, Pat Cummings, Mary Ann Swope, Tim Kaminski, Mary Countryman, Jill Doll, Jason Quirk, Cal Dittmar, Carol Middlebrook, Bob Middlebrook, Mike Shilts, Ken Davis, Jack Daly, Kim Van Slager and Augie Mauer
Council Member Gelow moved to accept
the minutes of the
· Continues work on issues relating to vacant properties.
Has completed preliminary plans for the 2012
Sidewalk Project as well as the walkway from Thunderbird to
· Has received input on the snow removal plan from the Fire Chief and changed the wording to read “all fire department buildings”.
· Chuck and Pat have reviewed the “emergency” portion that Pat has added. He suggests that as a supplement we go ahead and add details of declaring an emergency in the plan. Also that we include, in an ordinance, the order of who would have the authority to declare an emergency.
Council Member Vojtko moved to adopt the snow removal police as written. Following a second by Vice President Higgins, the motion passed unanimously.
Pat was asked to work on emergency plan ordinance preparation for the next meeting.
· Reports that the TE Project is still on hold. He and Roger have discussed that it may be necessary to postpone the work on the downtown area until 2013 if we are unable to begin as originally planned. Work on the west end would still begin in the fall of 2012.
President Colpitts stated that he would prefer see the project done properly and not interfere with various functions in the downtown rather than rushing to get the project done in 2012.
General Meeting –
· Has obtained pricing from two printers for website decals for town cars he was asked to have made by President Colpitts.
Pat asked for approval of the lowest quote he received to prepare 20 of these at a cost of $240.00 from C. Gelow Signs.
Vice President Higgins moved to
approve the purchase of website decals for town vehicles at a cost not to exceed $240. Council Member Vojtko seconded the motion
which passed 4-0.
Council Member Carter: Aye Vice President Higgins: Aye
Council Member Vojtko Aye President Colpitts: Aye
Council Member Gelow: Abstain
· At the March 27th meeting Pat will be asking to let bids for the sidewalk project. Roger projects bid openings for April 24th.
President Colpitts stated that Pat has a busy year and Roger has helped him obtain a program that will help him with scheduling.
President Colpitts proposes the Council hold a work session to sit down with Chuck or Andrea to work out details of how to handle disposition of this property. The Council set the work session for March 13th at .
Vice President Higgins
· Reports that Bob Middlebrook initiated a meeting last week to discuss the current sign ordinance. In attendance were members of the NCBCA, Historic New Carlisle and a representative of Area Plan. Both she and Bob would like to have a committee that would work together to update this ordinance. She would like to see a business owner from the west end of town included on the committee.
· Inquired about Marshal’s Department bike patrols. Officer Cal Dittmar reports that one bike has been worked on and the other is currently in the shop in preparation for bike patrols.
Council Member Vojtko
Recently discussed the situation regarding the
General Meeting –
· Attended the recent Area Plan Commission meeting and reports nothing concerning New Carlisle.
· The Main Street Steering Committee has selected the name “Discover New Carlisle” and has also elected a six month board.
Director – Lou Ann Dixon
Assistant Director – Dana Groves
Treasurer – Pam Weaver
There will be a public meeting
coming up for anyone interested in
· President Colpitts asked each council member to think of a goal pertaining to their commission for the next meeting.
Vice President Higgins stated her
goal is to sit down monthly with the supervisors of her respective commissions,
police, fire and
· Spoke about President Colpitts’ goal for better communication between the Council and the citizens and her disappointment as she feels this goal is not being met. She referenced the notice that was required by IDEM to be published in the South Bend Tribune because the Town failed to perform one of the two required Coliform tests in the month of December. She feels that this issue should have been addressed at a Town Council meeting and should also have been published in the New Carlisle News. She stated that she feels the lack of acknowledgement of this issue by President Colpitts is the type of action that causes the public to lose confidence that the Council is conducting business for the good of the community.
· Belongs to St. Joseph County Concerned Citizens, a group of citizens currently trying to work on the shredder issue. It has been suggested we try to establish a citizen’s advisory committee to work with the shredder company and any others that might be interested in
coming to our community, such as the proposed natural gas plant. He asked if there are any definite plans for the proposed natural gas plant at this time.
General Meeting –
President Colpitts stated that he expressed to Mr. Rovito that the Council and the citizens of New Carlisle are very concerned about our aquifer and that we would like to stay as informed as possible in their exploration of the possibility of building their plant here.
Mr. Daly suggested that regular contact be establish with the citizens before the fact as opposed to after the fact.
Pat Cummings stated
that a Citizens Action Committee was in place when Allegheny was initially
planning the plant on
Mr. Daly feels that it would be a good idea to start discussion on how to do this now rather than later so that the citizens have input on anything that is being considered.
Mr. Daly works at
Vice President Higgins will speak with Chief Roseboom about the training being offered.
· Stated that because he runs the water plant he feels he should comment on the water reporting issue. He met all IDEM requirements regarding this issue and had the WTP phone number included in the legal ad in the paper. The three people who contacted Mrs. Countryman did not contact him and in reference to this issue he has received just one email. Sue Jones did print the information in the New Carlisle News but used an incorrect telephone number.
President Colpitts stated that everyone involved took this issue very seriously and a plan of action is now in place to insure that this does not happen again.
Bills to be Paid
Vice President Higgins moved to pay all bills as presented. Seconded by Council Member Vojtko, the motion passed unanimously.
General Meeting –
Upon a motion from Vice President Higgins and second by Council Member Vojtko the meeting adjourned at .
Ronald Colpitts, Council President
Susan I. Moffitt, Clerk-Treasurer