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January 9, 2024 Meeting Minutes

SOUTH WHITLEY TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

TOWN HALL BOARD ROOM

118 E FRONT ST

SOUTH WHITLEY, IN  46787

JANUARY 9, 2024

6:30 PM

CALL TO ORDER: Meeting was called to order by Councilman Randy Cokl at 6:30 pm. Members present were as follows: Councilman Brock Waterson, Councilman Trey Weber, Town Marshal Mikel Vandevender, Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer, and Clerk-Treasurer Alyssa Knepple. 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

NEW BUSINESS

DESIGNATION OF COUNCIL POSITIONS:

·        Councilman Weber made a motion to appoint Randy Cokl as President for the year 2024. Councilman Waterson seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

·        Councilman Weber made a motion to appoint Brock Waterson as Vice President for the year 2024. Councilman Cokl seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

REGION 3A APPOINTEE: Councilman Waterson made a motion to appoint Councilman Weber as the Region 3A representative for the year 2024. Councilman Cokl seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

REDEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTEE: Councilman Cokl made a motion to appoint Councilman Waterson as the Redevelopment Representative for the year 2024. Councilman Weber seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0. 

·        Councilman Waterson made a motion to reappointed Teresa Carrano, Karen Jordan, Ryan Noll, and Bryan Rose to serve on the Redevelopment Commission for the year 2024. Councilman Weber seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

2024 INSURANCE: Tonya Warner with The Hilb Group came to discuss the changes in insurance for the year 2024. There have been some cost changes, and she is going to be looking around at other workman’s compensation companies in the year 2025 to help with the rising costs. Councilman Waterson made a motion to approve the insurance package for the year 2024. Councilman Weber seconded the motion. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

ADJUSTMENTS

 

RICHARD KREIDER

$615.71

Councilman Waterson made a motion to accept the adjustment in the amount of $615.71. Councilman Weber seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

ALLISON SMITH

$764.33

Councilman Weber made a motion to accept the adjustment in the amount of $764.33. Councilman Waterson seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

SANDRA ST. JOHN

$210.29

Councilman Weber made a motion to accept the adjustment in the amount of $210.29. Councilman Waterson seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

BRAD MICHAELSEN

$272.04

Councilman Weber made a motion to accept the adjustment in the amount of $272.04. Councilman Waterson seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

SHANIE MCMULLEN

$186.12

Councilman Weber made a motion to accept the adjustment in the amount of $186.12. Councilman Waterson seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

OLD BUSINESS

DOWNTOWN STREETLIGHTS: Cory Schipper has ordered the streetlights and said they will take about 8-10 weeks to arrive.

TOWN COMPLAINTS: There have been many complaints from people in town about the campers being parked off-street and how it makes the town look. The council is going to hold off on issuing an ordinance against camper off-street parking and readdress at a different meeting.

206 & 208 PROPERTIES: Brent Reed purchased the buildings from the Town with a lien attached. Since it has now been over a year since the closing, and the council is wanting to meet with Brent to discuss taking the properties back to remodeling them. This would also include the green parrot building and lawn space on the side. The council will have a real estate executive session with Brent Reed on a to be determined date. 

PUBLIC INPUT

JENNIFER KRIDER: With the old hotel being torn down, she would like to see that property used for something in the community. It’s a great location for a splash pad or a destination for people to come to South Whitley.

DEPARTMENT HEADS:

PARK BOARD – DAVE WARNER: The park board is working on getting a slide and swing set for White Rock Park. This is the park off Calhoun Street.

WASTEWATER/UTILITIES SUPERVISOR – KENT SLATER: Not present at meeting.

·        Stouder sent over the invoice for the upgrades and maintenance costs needed for the water plant. The amount about $17,500. Councilman Waterson made a motion to accept the invoice and expenses for maintenance and upgrades. Councilman Weber seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

TOWN MARSHAL – MIKEL VANDEVENDER: Working towards getting Lake Park Estates some repairs and upgrades. Filing ordinance violations as needed and working with Greg on how to better manage the complaints and issues.

TOWN ATTORNEY – GREGG HOCKEMEYER:

CLERK-TREASURER – ALYSSA KNEPPLE:

·        Gage Fannin has been approved to have his son added to his insurance for the year 2024, but they are asking the Town to help with some of the bills accrued in the last couple of months. The council said to bring copies of the bills to the next meeting with the total and they will vote on it then.

·        Resolution 2024-1-9 to extend the amount of time a part-time officer must work to receive a year-end bonus. Also, adding the part-time custodian position to receive the bonus as well. Councilman Waterson made a motion to accept the resolution. Councilman Weber seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

 

APPROVALS:

APPROVAL FOR DECEMBER 21, 2023 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Councilman Waterson made a motion to approve the meeting minutes from December 21, 2023. Councilman Weber seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

APPROVAL FOR JANUARY 9, 2024 APV’S TOTALING $ 995,676.13: Councilman Waterson made a motion to approve PAV’s totaling $995,676.13. Councilman Weber seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

APPROVAL FOR PAYROLL WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 25, 2023 TOTALING $ 9,263.54: Councilman Waterson made a motion to approve payroll for the week ending December 25. Councilman Weber seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

APPROVAL FOR PAYROLL WEEK ENDING JANUARY 1, 2024 TOTALING $ 9,777.93: Councilman Waterson made a motion to approve payroll for the week ending January 1. Councilman Weber seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

APRROVAL FOR PAYROLL WEEK ENDING JANUARY 8, 2024 TOTALING $ 8,897.05: Councilman Waterson made a motion to approve payroll for the week ending January 8. Councilman Weber seconded. Motion passed with a vote of 3-0.

ADJOURN at: Meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm by Council President Randy Cokl.

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