Bremen Town Council Meeting 01/26/2015by Bremen Town Council on February 10, 2015
The Town Council of the Town of Bremen, Indiana, met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Bremen Town Hall pursuant to notice previously published. Council members Michael Leman, Rick Graverson and James Leeper were present. Also present were Trend Weldy, Director of Operations; Jay Stoneburner, Superintendent of the Electric Department; Alex Mikel, Superintendent of the Street and Water Department; Chief Matt Hassel, Police Department; Brian Main, Superintendent of the Park Department; Steve Ervin, Cemetery Sexton; Janet Anglemyer, Clerk-Treasurer; and Anthony Wagner, Town Attorney.
MINUTES: Mr. Graverson made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 12th, 2015 meeting, which was seconded by Mr. Leeper and carried by a vote of 3 ayes, 0 nays.
CLERK-TREASURER: Ms. Anglemyer presented the docket without amendment. Mr. Leeper made a motion to approve the claims, which was seconded by Mr. Graverson and carried by a vote of 3 ayes, 0 nays.
ATTORNEY: Mr. Wagner presented a new ordinance, 1-2015, regarding the regulation of solicitors, salespersons and other similar activity. He explained that he, Mr. Weldy and Ms. Daily had discussed the proposed revisions before drafting the version presented. He also encouraged the proposed revisions. Mr. Leeper made a motion to pass Ordinance 1-2015 on first reading, which was seconded by Mr. Graverson and carried by a vote of 3 ayes, zero nays.
Mr. Wagner informed the Council that a recent opinion from the State Board of Accounts had indicated that moving traffic violations could no longer be enforced by ordinance and that all funds collected from ordinance violations would be subject to scrutiny. The Council discussed the existing ordinances regarding moving violations, and Mr. Wagner suggested that the ordinances be left in place but that the Police Department should refrain from issuing any tickets based on the ordinances for moving violations. Chief Hassel added that the Police Department already instituted a moratorium for that type of ticket, and that he would try to discuss the matter with officials from other towns at an upcoming convention.
Mr. Wagner informed the Council that the Town's insurer had altered its stance regarding non-employee use of the Town shooting range, and that a new policy and waiver form should be available before the next meeting.
Mr. Wagner added that the release for the Biotower dispute was still pending.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Jerry Chavez presented the Marshall County Economic Development Commission's Strategic Plan as well as an update on activity occurring around Marshall County.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: Mr. Weldy asked if the Council was prepared to adopt the proposed Tax Abatement policy. The Council asked Mr. Wagner to prepare a formal resolution to do so at the next meeting. Mr. Leeper made a motion to approve the abatement policy as proposed, which was seconded by Mr. Graverson and carried by a vote of three ayes, zero nays.
Mr. Weldy asked the Council to approve an evaluation of the donated Brown building by the town engineer, in order to determine whether to keep any part of the existing structure. The Council asked the town engineer to examine the building and submit a recommendation.
Mr. Graverson asked why Mr. Weldy had inquired with the State regarding the closure of Plymouth Street. Mr. Weldy and Mr. Mikel explained that a water leak had developed near Plymouth Street but ultimately proved to be located elsewhere. Mr. Weldy reminded all present that the Town trash removal day would take place on May 15 & 16 this year.
DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS: Jay Stoneburner submitted his monthly report on behalf of the Electric Department and informed the Council that he would be attending IMPA's Legislative Day.
Mr. Mikel informed the Council that the public meeting regarding the water plant project would be scheduled for February 9. He noted that the powerhouse roof project was finished, and asked the Council to hire Dixon Engineering to draft the specifications for the new project to paint the east watertower. He estimated that Dixon's cost would be $20,010 for their services, and that the project should cost approximately $160,000.00. Mr. Leeper made a motion to approve the contract with Dixon Engineering, which was seconded by Mr. Graverson and carried by a vote of three ayes, zero nays.
Police Chief Matthew Hassel informed the Council that the Traffic Commission had met and recommended the creation of a 2 hour parking/no overnight parking zone to west side of one half of the 100 block of North Jackson Street and the 200 block of North Street. Mr. Graverson made a motion to approve the proposed parking restrictions, which was seconded by Mr. Leeper and carried by a vote of three ayes, zero nays. Chief Hassel also noted that he would be attending the annual state police chiefs convention.
Mr. Main informed the Council that he had attended the Parks and Recreation conference, and that it had gone well. He also explained that he had met with a fencing contractor regarding the development of Karen's Bark Park. Mr. Leman asked where the park would be located, and Mr. Main answered that it would be located near the new football field. Mr. Main added that he would be meeting with Ben Baker, German Township Trustee to discuss the Township's annual contribution to the park department.
Steve Ervin submitted his report for the Cemetery Department.
Mr. Graverson made a motion to approve the department head reports, which was seconded by Mr. Leeper and carried by a vote of 3 ayes, 0 nays.
Mr. Jones informed the council that the new Permit regarding Universal Bearing's discharge had been filed, and that his office may help develop the Town paving plan. He also added that he had spoken to a contact in the USDA regarding the availability of certain grants.
No Council comments were submitted.
ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Graverson made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Mr. Leeper and carried by a vote of three ayes, 0 nays.