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					                                 CITY OF WHITING
                           MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
                         THE REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
                         OF THE CITY OF WHITING, INDIANA
                                 OCTOBER 13, 2010

I.    Call to Order
The Redevelopment Commission of the City of Whiting met for a regular meeting on
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Whiting City Hall Conference Room.

II.    Roll Call
The following members were in attendance: Mayor Stahura, Mr. Kompier, Mr. Lowry, Mr.
Progar and Mr. Wajvoda. Whiting School Board Representative, Tony Borgo was present. Staff
present: Attorney Sejna, Redevelopment Director Kark and Redevelopment Clerk Giancola.
Concerned citizens were also in attendance.

III.   Minutes
Mayor Stahura asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the September
8, 2010 regular meeting and the minutes of the September 8, 2010 executive session. Mr.
Wajvoda made the following corrections to the minutes of the September 8, 2010 executive
session minutes: In the first paragraph, fourth line, after staff present, add “Redevelopment
Director Kark”. Mr. Lowry moved to approve the minutes of the September 8, 2010 executive
session as corrected and the regular minutes of the September 8, 2010 meeting as submitted. The
motion was seconded by Mr. Progar and passed unanimously.

IV.    Accounts Payable Vouchers
Mayor Stahura announced that the Commissioners have before them the accounts payable
voucher register numbers 779 to 811. He asked if there were any questions regarding the register.
Mr. Kompier moved to approve accounts payable voucher numbers 779 to 811. The motion was
seconded by Mr. Wajvoda and passed unanimously.

V.    President’s Report
Mayor Stahura reported on the following communications:

A Notice of Award and a Notice to Proceed to Hennessey Construction for the façade
renovations on 1510-1512 119th Street.

An e-mail from Brian Lowry, regarding a progress report on the Bull Dog Brewery. Mayor
Stahura reported that progress is being made and they are awaiting information regarding their
SBA loan application.

Letters addressed to Mr. Stolman, Mr. Castelan and Mr. Sinal dated September 8, 2010 regarding
the approval of their applications for the Commercial Exterior Improvement Assistance Program.

A letter dated September 27, 2010 From Mr. Carlos Gonzalez, 1747 Standard Avenue, regarding
the sale of his property.
VI.   Secretary’s Report
Mr. Lowry had nothing to report at this time.

VII. Attorney’s Report
Attorney Sejna said that she will be reporting under new and unfinished business.

VIII. Redevelopment Director’s Report
Mr. Kark reports will be given under new and unfinished business.

IX.     New and Unfinished Business
Attorney Sejna reported that at the last meeting of the Redevelopment Commission,
authorization was given to solicit quotes for renovation to the Schrage Family home. She said
that the quotes Mr. Kark received were all over the $150,000 threshold.

Mr. Lowry moved to authorize the Mayor and Redevelopment Director Kark to work with the
architect and reduce the scope of work for this phase of renovations to the Schrage Family
Home. The motion was seconded by Mr. Progar and passed unanimously. Attorney Sejna said
that once the quotes are received and a contractor is chosen a project agreement can be
negotiated along with a notice of award and a notice to proceed.

Attorney Sejna presented a real estate contract by and between the City of Whiting
Redevelopment Commission “Buyer” and Richard M. and Joan Kienzl “Seller” for the property
located at 1708-119th Street. The purchase price, $148,250, is the average of the two appraisals.

Mr. Kompier moved to authorize the Mayor to execute the real estate contract for the purchase of
1708-119th Street in the amount of $148,250. The motion was seconded by Mr. Progar and
passed unanimously.

Attorney Sejna presented an agreement to purchase the business Gametime Incorporated d/b/a
Gametime. She mentioned that the value of the business is separate and distinct from the value of
the real estate. The purchase price would be $401,750 which represents $376,750 for the assets
based on the residual method and $25,000 for the liquor license. The agreement to purchase the
business is contingent upon purchasing the real estate. Attorney Sejna said that the acquisition of
this property is necessary in order to complete the Standard Diamonds Baseball Field.

Mr. Progar moved to approve the agreement to purchase the business, Gametime, for $401,750.
The motion was seconded by Mr. Progar and passed unanimously.

Mr. Kark presented a letter dated September 27, 2010 from Zoning Administrator Harbin, on
behalf of the City, to the Redevelopment Commission requesting the use of the Sherman’s
Building (1326-119th Street) for the Hi Rail Modular Train Club through the end of this year. He
explained that they would like to continue their display through the upcoming Christmas Holiday
Season. An updated insurance certificate naming the Commission as an additional insured has
been provided.




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Mr. Lowry moved to approve the request from the City to use the Sherman’s building for the
remainder of the year for the Hi Rail Modular Train Club. The motion was seconded by Mr.
Progar and passed unanimously.

Mr. Kark reported that on July 20th & 27th request for development offers were published in The
Times for the property located at 1642 Sheridan Avenue. After thirty day no offers were received
for the development of that property. Mr. Kark presented a letter dated September 29, 2010, from
Hennessey Development, Inc. Mr. Hennessey is proposing to buy the property and build a new
residential home and a garage. He also provided plans that represented the Rochester Model
Home.

Mr. Wajvoda moved to authorize Mayor Stahura to negotiate a real estate contract and a
development agreement with Hennessey Development, Inc. for the property located at 1642
Sheridan Avenue. The motion was seconded by Mr. Kompier and passed unanimously.

Mr. Kark presented a proposal from Delgado Construction, Inc. to build a spec house on the
newly vacated lot at 1620 Cleveland Avenue. He reported that he has also received an e-mail
from an individual who is interested in constructing a single family home on that lot.

Mr. Lowry moved to authorize the Mayor to evaluate both proposals for the development at 1620
Cleveland Avenue and present his recommendations to the Commission for its consideration at
their next regular meeting in November. The motion was seconded by Mr. Progar and passed
unanimously.

Mr. Kark said that he has three applications for the 2010 Revitalization Area Commercial
Exterior Improvement Assistance Program.

Date of Application: September 8, 2010
Name of Property Owner: Rebeca Unate
Location of Property: 1544-119th Street
Description of Improvements: Renovate front façade and install siding on the west side of the
building.
Estimated cost of total work to be completed $63,528.15
Approved by Historic Preservation Commission: Yes

Mr. Kark introduced Lance Dabrowski, of K&D Development, who drew up the specifications
for the proposed renovation. Mr. Dabrowski distributed drawings of the renovations to the front
façade. The siding on the front would be removed and replaced with brick veneers. New
storefront windows and entry doors will be installed. The windows on the second floor will
remain. A new roof would be installed (not included in the estimate) along with new siding on
the west elevation. Mr. Dabrowski asked if there were any other programs offered through the
City that could provide additional funding for this renovation. Attorney Sejna replied that the
Commission has one program available for renovations to commercial facades. The maximum
reimbursable is $7,500 for the façade and an additional $7,500 if the side of the building is on a
corner or exposed. At this point in time, the maximum amount reimbursable would be $15,000
since the Commission would allow an additional $7,500 for the west elevation. Mr. Progar asked



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if anything would be done to the windows on the second floor. Mr. Dabrowski said that they
would add new trim or rewrap the windows. Mr. Kark mentioned that Mr. Dabrowski has met
with the Historic Preservation Commission and Mr. Vavrek would be working with him
regarding color choices.

Mr. Kompier moved to approve the façade improvement grant submitted by Rebeca Unate for
the property located at 1544-119th St. up to $7,500 on a $15,000 investment per side, with a
maximum of two sides. The maximum amount reimbursable would be $15,000. The motion was
seconded by Mr. Wajvoda and passed unanimously.

Date of Application: 9/9/2010
Name of Property Owners: Angelica Moor and Lidia Cornejo
Location of Property: 1400 119th Street
Description of Improvements: Tuckpoint, install new windows, doors, power wash all bricks and
stone.
Estimated Cost of Improvements: $17,900
Approved by Historic Preservation Commission: Yes

Mr. Lowry moved to approve the application submitted by Angelic Moor and Lydia Cornejo, for
the property located at 1400-119th Street, maximum amount reimbursable $7,500. The motion
was seconded by Mr. Wajvoda and passed unanimously.

Date of Application: 10/11/2010
Name of Property Owner: Ann Peters
Location of Property: 1255-119th Street
Description of Improvements: Power wash brick & stone, repair stone, tuckpoint building, repair
& replace all damaged stone & bricks.
Estimated Cost of Improvements: $32,200
Approved by Historic Preservation Commission: No
Mr. Kark reported that this building is located on a corner therefore; it clearly qualifies for two
sides.

Mr. Wajvoda moved to approve the application submitted by Ann Peters for the property located
at 1255-119th Street, maximum amount reimbursable $15,000. The motion was seconded by Mr.
Kompier and passed unanimously.

Mr. Kark reported that he has received a letter dated October 1, 2010 addressed to Mark Harbin
from Gloria Gollnick. Ms. Gollnick currently rents an apartment at 1510-119th Street which is
owned by the Commission. She informed Mr. Harbin that she has paid her rent through the
month of October and will be out of the apartment by the end of the month. Ms. Gollnick has a
friend, Rachel Holtz, who is interested in renting the apartment. Mr. Kark announced that Ms.
Holtz is present. She said that she would be able to move in to the apartment on the first of
November. Mayor Stahura explained that currently, the City owns the building but, a purchase
agreement for the sale of this property is in place. He expects the property to be sold within the
next 60 to 90 days. At this time he said that the City could lease the apartment on a month to
month basis until it is sold.



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Mr. Lowry moved to authorize Mayor Stahura to execute a month to month tenancy lease with
Ms. Holtz subject to the terms of the purchase agreement pending on the property known as
1510-119th Street. The motion was seconded by Mr. Kompier and passed unanimously.


X.    Public Discussion
None.

XI.    Adjournment
There being no further business, Mr. Wajvoda moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was
seconded by Mr. Progar and passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 7:02 P.M.

___________________________________
Respectfully Submitted
Jennifer Giancola, Recording Secretary




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