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, Jack Mell, Mary Ann Swope, Tim Kaminski, Mary Countryman, Jill Doll, Jamie Middlebrook, Davey Doll, Jason Quirk, Carol Middlebrook, Bob Middlebrook, Josh Schweizer, Ken Davis and Augie Mauer. Amy and Benjamin Radcliffe entered the meeting late.
Council Member Vojtko moved to accept the minutes of the
Recognition of Visitors
President Colpitts asked that the Council consider a change in the agenda to hold Public Comments at the agenda point where Recognition of Visitors is currently held. All Council Members were in agreement that this would be a good change. Chuck stated that the Council President can set the agenda as long as all members are in agreement.
Mary Ann Swope
· Commented that Vice President Higgins has several times stated her opinion that the Town should get out of the cemetery business and asks what her idea is for the cemetery.
Vice President Higgins explained to Mary Ann that she feels that it should be an Olive Twp. cemetery instead of Town as the Town’s tax base pays each year to support the cemetery. She feels the same about the parks we have in town as these are supported solely by the tax base of the Town.
Mary Ann asked how this could be done. Chuck explained that it is a trend in a lot of places to allow the tax base to mirror the users.
General Meeting –
Roger recommended to the Council that this section of sidewalk be removed
from the Sidewalk Project this year to allow for further research into options
for the brick sidewalk at
President Colpitts asked for a motion to amend the sidewalk project plan
Council Member Vojtko moved to exclude the section of sidewalk at
· Asked for any opinions on the two replacement lights being considered.
Both Council Member Vojtko and Council Member Carter felt the light at the
Jason reported that the comments he received were all in favor of the
light at the
Vice President Higgins asked which would be the better long term investment and Jason explained that both offer a 10 year warranty with efficiency the same as well. The selection is solely preference in look. The Council expressed preference for the dimmer light 3-2.
Presented quotes for the new SCBA packs that were discussed at the January Intgovernmental Meeting.
They went to the two manufacturers that they deal with in the area, Hoosier Fire and 5 Alarm and asked for quotes. The department then went into an evaluation period by using each type of pack. Following evaluation, they went to both manufacturers and got a new quote for exactly what they want. The best quote received was from Hoosier Fire for $120,000. There is some equipment they would like to have in addition to what was quoted and that would bring the total cost to $122,173.
Josh recommends that the Hoosier Fire quote be accepted.
Vice President Higgins moved to accept the quote from Hoosier Fire at a
cost of $122,173.00. Chuck asked about
the bidding process that was used for this quote. It was explained that the Town will be
purchasing half of the packs at a cost of$61,086.50 and
The SCBA pack purchase was tabled for review.
General Meeting –
· Review of the Marshal’s Department SOP is nearing completion and will be forwarded to Chief Roseboom soon.
· Requests Council approval for advertisement of the 2012 Sidewalk Project with bids to be opened at the April 24th meeting.
Council Member Vojtko moved to authorize Roger to accept bids for the 2012
Sidewalk Project as well as the West End Project. The motion was seconded by Vice President
Higgins and passed unanimously.
The Council held a Work Session for discussion of disposition of
Pat obtained the following quotes for demolition of
Baily Excavating $7,900.00
Vice President Higgins feels that demolition allowing for a green space area in this part of town would be good.
President Colpitts questioned whether the park board would be responsible for maintenance and upkeep of this if it were green space. Pat replied that it would fall under the Parks Department.
Vice President Higgins moved to accept the bid from K-Fex for demolition
of the house at
Council Member Vojtko stated that there was a party interested in purchasing this property who claims that there is lead in the soil.
President Colpitts stated that there is a motion on the table. Council Member Vojtko seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
A brief discussion on using the structure for fire department training prior to demolition was held. Chief Josh Schweizer explained that use of the house would offer valuable training such as forced entry and give them an opportunity to practice with the ladder truck.
General Meeting –
The next scheduled fire department training is April 16th. They will work with Pat Cummings to schedule the training prior to demolition.
President Colpitts asked that all neighbors be notified prior to the training.
Council Member Gelow
· Questioned what would happen if someone were to purchase all of the remaining gravesites at the Cemetery.
There would be nothing to stop someone from doing this although a Quit Claim Deed would be necessary to transfer each grave as it was sold.
Council Member Carter
· Is trying to put together an idea for a Taste of New Carlisle that was brought to him by a local businessman. He would like to use Town Council Promotional Funds for advertising of the event.
Vice President Higgins
· Recently met with Ken Davis regarding the Emergency Plan that they are working on.
· Recently attended the Area Plan meeting and reports nothing pertaining to New Carlisle. Meeting paperwork has been filed with the Clerk’s Office.
Bills to be Paid
Council Member Vojtko moved to pay all bills as presented. The motion was seconded by Council Member Gelow and passed unanimously.
Upon a motion from Vice President Higgins and second by Council Member Carter, the meeting was adjourned at .
Ronald Colpitts, Town Council President
Susan I. Moffitt, Clerk-Treasurer