WALKERTON TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MAY 1, 2006 EXECUTIVE SESSION 6:30 P.M. The Town Council discussed a personnel matter in Executive Session. REGULAR MEETING A meeting of the Walkerton Town Council was held on May 1, 2006 at the Walkerton Town Hall, 510 Roosevelt Rd., Walkerton, Indiana. 1. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by President Gene Reese. Pastor D.O. Van Dyne offered the opening prayer and President Gene Reese led the Pledge of Allegiance. 2. ROLL CALL: Roll call was taken by the Clerk-Treasurer: Council President Gene Reese Council Vice President Glenn Jerrell Council Member Walt Heil Council Member Karol Jackson Council Member Lee Morton Town Attorney Fred Jones Clerk-Treasurer Penny Perry present present present present present present present
The Clerk Treasurer noted there were 9 other people present. 3. MINUTES: Council President Gene Reese declared the Minutes of April 17, 2006 approved as presented. 4. CITIZENS INPUT: A. CORN BURNERS: Mr. Mark Kickbush brought to the Town Council his concerns about the corn burner located behind his house. His concerns are smoke, offensive odor and possible rodent problem. Council President Gene Reese addressed the issue by informing Mr. Kickbush, Superintendent Jeff Zehner and the Plan Commission have been working on this with Town Attorney Fred Jones. When the ordinance is ready, Superintendent Jeff Zehner will see to it Mr. Kickbush gets a copy. B. HUMMER HOMECOMING: Mr. Gerry Brown introduced Mr. John Lamblin who informed the Town Council about the 3rd Hummer Homecoming which is to take place in South Bend/Mishawaka the week of June 19th through June 23rd. Mr. Lamblin came to let the Town Council know there is going to be a Hummer Motorcade, Tuesday the 20th of June, should be in this area around 4:00/4:30 P.M. This motorcade will come through Walkerton.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: A. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 1. Chamber of Commerce President Phil Buckmaster thanked Police Chief Hockett for speaking at the Chamber meeting about the problems concerning Meth (VERY INFORMATIVE). Council President Gene Reese thanked Chamber of Commerce President Phil Buckmaster for putting together this meeting and for his interest in our community. 2. The issue of the sale of fireworks has been brought to the Chamber of Commerce President’s attention. Council Vice President Glenn Jerrell will provide the new House Bill (HB) 1099 which there is a section pertaining to fireworks. Chamber of Commerce President Phil Buckmaster also told the Town Council someone came to him about not being able to get insurance on their building, because it is so close. B. LICENSE BRANCH: Representative Vic Heinhold contacted Council President Gene Reese to inform him, the Walkerton License Branch is doing so good, not only is the State going to keep this branch open, but it is going to add two more stations. C. MAJOR MOVES: Representative Vic Heinhold also reported the Town of Walkerton will receive $302,000.00 out of the leasing of the toll road (Major Moves). D. THANK YOU NOTE: John and Judy McGovern sent a card to the Town Council to say Thank you so much for the beautiful planter sent in Mom’s (Lois Cover) memory. 6. OLD BUSINESS: A. ORDINANCE 41 & ORDINANCE 68: Town Attorney Fred Jones informed the Town Council the two (2) Ordinances were not typed complete. Town Attorney Fred Jones will have them retyped, and add times 8 – 6 to Ordinance 41, for the next meeting. B. VERKLER PROPOSAL: Council Member Walt Heil made the motion to have Verkler Farm Drainage and Excavating demolish 1409 Ohio St, with the demolition fee to be paid from the CCD fund (391). Council Member Lee Morton seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 5 – 0. 7. NEW BUSINESS: A. FUNERAL SERVICES: Council Member Karol Jackson made the motion to allow the employees to attend the funeral of the Clark Family (Keith, Alice and Kelsey). Council Vice President Glenn Jerrell seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 5 – 0. B. BUILDING COMMISSIONER MEETING: Superintendent Jeff Zehner asked the Town Council if anyone would like to attend the meeting with Don Fozo on May 11th. This meeting was requested by town officials to discuss improvements that can be made to the permitting process. Council Member Karol Jackson said she could be there.
C. HSA: Council President Gene Reese congratulated Superintendent Jeff Zehner for the hard work he has done in investigating and explaining what a HSA (Health Savings Account) is and how it works. D. SUMMER HELPER: Superintendent Kent Van Dyne asked for approval to hire Chris Walls as a summer helper. Council Member Walt Heil made a motion to approve the hiring. Council Member Walt Heil seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 5 – 0. 8. REVIEW PROJECTS IN PROGRESS: A. UMBAUGH CONTRACT: Clerk-Treasurer Penny Perry will compare Utility Contracts for 2005 vs. 2006 for the next meeting. 9. CLAIMS: All claims were approved on a motion by Council Member Karol Jackson and seconded by Council Member Walt Heil. Motion carried with a 5-0 vote. 10. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, President Gene Reese declared the meeting adjourned at 8:15 P.M. ______________________________ Council President Gene Reese ATTEST: _______________________________ Penny Perry, Clerk-Treasurer