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					WALKERTON TOWN COUNCIL MEETING DECEMBER 18, 2006 ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING 6:00 P.M. The Town Council discussed with Steve Carter (from Umbaugh) the possibilities/needs to increase Utility Rates for Electric and Wastewater. ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING 6:30 P.M. The Park Board brought the issue of the Park Bond back to the Town Council for discussion and possible resolution. REGULAR MEETING A meeting of the Walkerton Town Council was held on Monday December 18, 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 Sean Kelly offered the opening prayer and President Gene Reese led the Pledge of Allegiance. 2. ROLL CALL: A silent 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 11 other people present. 3. MINUTES: There being no other additions or corrections Council President Gene Reese declared the Minutes of December 4, 2006 approved as presented. 4. CITIZENS INPUT: A. PLAN COMM-PHIL BUCKMASTER: Phil Buckmaster Vice President of the Plan Commission announced Bill Bouse and Lee Morton agreed to take a position on the Plan Commission, leaving two (2) more positions available. B. BEAUTIFICATION FUND: Phil Buckmaster explained the trees along main street need to be replaced in the spring. He stated this type of tree needs to be replaced every 10 years. 5. CORRESPONDENCE:

A. THANKS: The Town Council received a Thank-You card from Attorney Fred Jones for the gift certificate. B. CHRISTMAS CARD: Bob Stevens of Prime Development sent a Christmas card to the Town Council. C. WALT HEIL: Walt Heil sent a card and a note to the Town Council saying, A Big Thank-You to: President Gene, Judge Roger and the Town Council Members for the breakfast, plaque and your successful efforts in honoring me with the Distinguished Hoosier Award. It has been a privilege for me to serve the Town of Walkerton with all of you. Sincerely Walter “L” Heil. 5. OLD BUSINESS: A. BUILDING PERMITS/PHONE: Phil Buckmaster has accepted the position of Building Inspector for the Town of Walkerton. Phil Buckmaster informed the Council he would present Building Permit Rates at a future meeting. The Town Council authorized Phil Buckmaster to have a Town Cell Phone. Town Attorney Fred Jones will send a letter informing the County the Town of Walkerton is going back to their own Building Inspector. B. INDIAN TRAILS: A letter from Town Attorney Fred Jones explained the costs in the Indian Trails Subdivision. The property, tax abatement, paving and sidewalk pricing for each lot ( 13 lots). 6. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS: A. AMBULANCE: No Report B. CODE ENFORCMENT: Code Enforcement Officer Tom Fox reported the Humane Society is looking at adopting a new ordinance that will be consistent to all Townships. Council Vice President Glenn Jerrell made a motion to approve the Humane Society Contract for 2007. Council Member Lee Morton seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 5 – 0. Code Enforcement Officer Tom Fox will contact animal control and ask them to come on January 15, 2007 to explain to the Town Council the changes that will be taking place. Council President Gene Reese asked Code Enforcement Officer Tom Fox to check on 1420 Ohio St. C. COMPUTER SERVICES : Computer Analyst Craig DeMyer explained the services he provided in November, and also provided a list of software/licenses with prices needed yearly. D. ELECTRIC/WATER: 1.Superintendent Kent Van Dyne informed the Council the water softener repair should be complete by the end of the year. 2. The Electric Department will need a total of 4 trucks by the end of 2008. 3. Superintendent Kent Van Dyne then reintroduced the Utility GIS Mapping System. Council Member Lee Morton made a motion to purchase the Mapping System. Council Vice President Glenn Jerrell seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 5 – 0. E. FINANCE: 1.Clerk-Treasurer Penny Perry asked if there were any questions concerning her report. Council President Gene Reese asked where the money in the Rainy Day Fund was spent. Clerk-Treasurer Penny Perry said she would look it up.

2. Clerk-Treasurer Penny Perry presented the 2007 Salary Ordinance. Council Member Karol Jackson commented she would like to discuss a couple changes. There was a meeting set for Thursday December 28, at 8:30 A.M to adopt Ordinance 2006S11. F. FIRE: Report observed G. PARKS: Park Superintendent Brittnie Whitaker reported to the Council the Park Board would like use the money left from the Sesquicentennial Fund to put up a clock in Urey Park. Bring back in January. H. POLICE DEPT: 1. Police Chief Bob Hockett thanked the Town Council for donating to Shop With a Cop. Everything ran smooth and they were able to help more families this year. 2. Patrolman Shayne Landry letter to Town Council: To The Town of Walkerton Board: I would like to sincerely thank you on behalfof myself and my family for extending to me the courteous use of “sick bank” hours to see me through my medical emergency. It is most appreciated and I can not express enough how much it meant for you to take care of us during this time. I feel very fortunate to work in this Town and be under the care and guidance of such generous people, such as you. Again, thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Respectfully PTLM Shayne Landry I. STREET/WASTEWATER: 1. Interim Superintendent John McGovern reviewed his report with the council. 2. As incoming Superintendent Josh Rice presented a list of things he plans to do in the coming year. 3. As incoming Superintendent Josh Rice, he recommended Dave Fletcher to fill the role as Assistant Superintendent. Council Vice President Glenn Jerrell made the motion to appoint Dave Fletcher as Street and Wastewater Assistant Superintendent. Council Member Karol Jackson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 5 – 0. J. WAEDC: Report from Steve Heim. One of the issues was about a partial mortgage release for Lot 13 ($3,300.00) in the Industrial Park. Town Attorney Fred Jones sent a letter to Steve Heim referring to a Mortgage Release for Lot #3 of Walkerton Industrial Park Northeast. The plat map indicates Lot #3 consists of 4.73. Thus the required payment to the Town would be $7,095.00 for Partial Release of Mortgage for Lot #3. 7. REVIEW PROJECTS IN PROGRESS: A. MEMBER /PLAN COMMISSION : PB B. CIRCUIT BREAKER/TRENDING: LM C. TAX PROPERTY: TF

D. INDIAN TRAILS: Realtor Jim Christie approached Council President Gene Reese about purchasing the 12 lots left in Indian Trails Subdivision. Get with Steve Heim about developing this subdivision. E. RECOGNITION PLAQUE: GR F. MERIT BASE PAY- BH & PP 1/15 G. AMBULANCE BOND – LM ½ H. WAEDC:JOB RETENTION PROJECT & START UP CO.- SH 1/15 I. LETTER SURVEY:STRTEGIC PLAN – GR J. 1100 & 1420 OHIO ST. – TF 1/15 K. WALNUT CROSSING – SH 1/15 L. RES/COM/IND RATES – 1/15 M. MAPPING PROGRAM – 1/15 N. UTILITIES SUB DIVISION ORDINANCE – SH/KV/JR 8. CLAIMS: All claims were approved on a motion by Council Member Karol Jackson and seconded by Council Vice President Glenn Jerrell. Motion carried with a 5-0 vote. 9. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Council President Gene Reese declared the meeting adjourned at 9:14 P.M. ______________________________ Council President Gene Reese ATTEST: _______________________________ Penny Perry, Clerk-Treasurer


				
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