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					WALKERTON TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
JANUARY 15, 2007

ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING 5:30 P.M.

The Town Council discussed Park issues with Steve Carter from Umbaugh.

REGULAR MEETING
   A meeting of the Walkerton Town Council was held on Monday January 15, 2007,
  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 Steve Cunnington 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            present
   Council Vice President Glenn Jerrell    present
   Council Member Karol Jackson            present
   Council Member Lee Morton               present
   Council Member Kathryn Chrapliwy        present
   Sub- Attorney Derek Jones               present
   Clerk-Treasurer Penny Perry             present

   The Clerk Treasurer noted there were 11 other people present.

   A. APPOINTMENT: The Town Council appointed Tom Fox as Code Enforcement
   Officer on January 2, 2007.Tom Fox was not here at that meeting, so Council
   President Gene Reese swore Tom Fox in as Code Enforcement Officer at this time.

3. MINUTES: There being no other additions or corrections Council President Gene
   Reese declared the Minutes of December 28, 2006, January 2, 2007 and January 8,
   2007 approved as corrected.

4. OLD BUSINESS:

   A. PARK BOND: Steve Carter from Umbaugh presented to the Town Council an
   explanation of the Proposed General Obligation Bonds of 2007 for the Town of
   Walkerton Park District. Steve Carter also presented a Proposed Building Corporation
   Lease Rental Bonds of 2007 (Option 1, Option 2 and the estimated Annual Tax
   Impact. Council President Gene Reese asked the Town Council members if they
   wanted to go for the whole bond. By general consent the Town Council agreed since
   it would only be about .01 difference on the Tax Impact, we should go ahead with the
   whole bond. By General Consent the Town Council asked Steve Carter to have Curt
   Pletcher to work up figures at the higher figure.
  B. PERF: Clerk-Treasurer Penny Perry brought back to the table a PRE-TAX PERF
  RESOLUTION that Council Member Lee Morton had presented in 2004. Council
  President Gene Reese asked Council Member Lee Morton to review this resolution
  and the reason why it wasn’t approved at that time. Bring back to the February 5th
  Meeting.
  C. RESOLUTION 2007-2: This is a Resolution Approving Adoption of Health
  Savings Accounts (HSA). Council President Gene Reese then read Resolution 2007-2
  Council Member Lee Morton made a motion to approve Resolution 2007-2. Council
  Vice President Glenn Jerrell seconded the motion. The motion was passed with a vote
  of 5 – 0.
  D. RESOLUTION 2007-3: This is a Resolution to Transfer Fund Balances by the
  Walkerton Town Council. Council President Gene Reese then read Resolution 2007-
  3. Council Member Kathryn Chrapliwy made a motion to approve this Resolution.
  Council Member Karol Jackson 2nd the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 5 –
  0. Council Member Lee Morton pointed out there needs to be an amendment to
  CEDIT Resolution for 2006. Clerk-Treasurer Penny Perry will find the previous
  Resolution and copy it for Council Member Kathryn Chrapliwy to make an
  Amendment for the next meeting.


5. CORRESPONDENCE:

  A. COMMUNITY PANTRY LETTER:
      Dear Friends,
              On behalf of the Christian Community Pantry I want to thank you for your
  recent monetary donation to the Panty. For more than 20 years the Pantry, supported
  soley by donations, has operated in the Walkerton, North Liberty, and surrounding
  area to provide food staples to community members who need a helping hand. In
  December thanks in part to your generosity, we assisted 170 families.
              Please remember our efforts in your prayers, and if you have any ideas or
  comments, we would certainly welcome your input.
              Thanks for being a blessing to your community and helping others to have
  a brighter holiday.

     Sincerely
     Barb Osowski
     Secretary


6. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS:

  A. AMBULANCE: No Report
  B. BUILDING COMMISSIONER: Building Commissioner Phillip Buckmaster
  presented a report showing the Council how his report will be structured. Each report
  will have a Year To Date (YTD) revenue in the bottom right corner. There were also
  two (2) letters from Town Attorney Fred Jones, 1.Letter to Don Fozo at St. Joseph
County Building Dept. stating the Town Council has approved Phillip Buckmaster to
take the Building Commissioner Position on a full time basis. 2. Town Attorney Fred
Jones needs to discuss the proposed amendments to the Building Code with Building
Commissioner Phillip Buckmaster before preparing the amendments.
C. CODE ENFORCMENT: Code Enforcement Officer Tom Fox reviewed his
report with the Town Council pointing out the condemned properties and stating he
will work with the Building Commissioner to contact the owners of these properties.
The properties were purchased in a tax sale and the purchaser may not know the
property is condemned. Code Enforcement Officer Tom Fox informed the Town
Council that people has been dumping trash on the Welco property. Council President
Gene Reese asked if the Town cleaned up Welco and file a tax lien against the
property.
D. COMPUTER SERVICES: Computer Analyst Craig DeMyer reported for the
month of December, he did general maintenance. He is expecting the upgrade from
the Software Assurance Program Office any day and will install it himself.
E. ELECTRIC/WATER: 1.Superintendent Kent Van Dyne reported the water
softener work is coming along smoothly and looking at completion in about 10 to 14
days if there are not any more problems. 2. Superintendent Kent Van Dyne and
Superintendent Josh Rice will meet with WTH on Thursday. The Town received a
check in the amount of $2500.00, from IMPA to go towards the Mapping Project. 3.
Superintendent Kent Van Dyne presented a list of vehicles to the Town Council.
Council President Gene Reese asked which vehicles he was planning to replace.
Superintendent Kent Van Dyne would like to replace a Digger Derrick ($130,000.00)
and a 4X4 Truck with plow for about $32,000.00. Superintendent Kent Van Dyne
stated to save money he would like to replace the bucket on the 2000 International
Lift-All Bucket with a two (2) man bucket.
F. EXECUTIVE TEAM: No Report
G. FINANCIAL: Clerk-Treasurer Penny Perry presented a new month end report.
Council President Gene Reese asked Clerk-Treasurer Penny Perry to print out all
revenue and expenditure reports for 1st meeting of each month. When the Town
collects the money for the sale of Industrial Park lots, it needs to be put in the
Economic Development Fund.
H. FIRE: Fire Chief Kenny Eggleston explained the year end reports. Fire Chief
Kenny Eggleston asked to schedule an Administrative Meeting at 6:30 P.M. on
March 5th, in regards to replacing fire apparatus.
I. PARKS: Report Only.
J. POLICE DEPT: Police Chief Bob Hockett asked if there were any questions
concerning his report. Police Chief Bob Hockett explained the rotation of vehicle
replacement, need two (2) vehicles. Would need to increase budget. Council President
Gene Reese asked Police Chief Bob Hockett to bring a year end total for each officer.
K. STREET & WASTEWATER: Superintendent Josh Rice reviewed his report
and then asked if there are any questions. Allied Waste will not be picking trash up in
the alleys. It will be advertised so the citizens will know when this is changing.
Superintendent Josh Rice asked for approval to allow Stone Excavating to empty into
the ponds, currently LaBere is emptying in it. This was approved by general consent.
   L. WAEDC: WAEDC Director Steve Heim reviewed his report with the Town
   Council (highlighting): 1. The meeting Steve Heim and Glenn Jerrell had with Sandi
   Seanor from MACOG. 2. Utility Policy- working with Kent and Josh on an Utility
   Policy for residential developers. Council President Gene Reese asked to have it
   ready the 2nd meeting in February. 3. Professor Segedy will be working on the draft
   comprehensive plan for a few more weeks. 4. There are two (2) companies that would
   like to enlarge their businesses. The TIF boundary lines need to be moved. 5. The
   agreement for Walnut Crossing was to pay the material costs in six payments.
   Council President Gene Reese asked Director Steve Heim when Bob Stevens was
   going to start paying. Director Steve Heim said to send them a bill. 6. Indian Trails
   has 12 vacant lots. Council President Gene Reese asked Director Steve Heim if he
   could find a developer for that area.

7. NEW BUSINESS:

   A. PURCHASE ORDERS: Council President Gene Reese said the Clerk- Treasurer
   should look at the budgets before signing any purchase order.

8. REVIEW PROJECTS IN PROGRESS FOR NEXT MEETING:

   A. CYBERLINK
   B. LETTER SURVEY: STRATEGIC PLAN – GR
   C. RES/COMM/IND UTIL RATES
   D. TRASH – PP
   E. UTIL BUB DIV ORDINANCE – SH/KV/JR
   F. CIRCUIT BREAKER – KC
   G. YEAR END POLICE REPORT - BH

9. CLAIMS: There were questions and answers about a couple claims, after which
    Council Member Karol Jackson made a motion to pay the claims and seconded by
    Council Member Lee Morton. The motion carried with a 5-0 vote.

10. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Council President Gene Reese
    declared the meeting adjourned at 9:30 P.M.

                                                   ______________________________
                                                   Council President Gene Reese
ATTEST:

_______________________________
Penny Perry, Clerk-Treasurer

				
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