Bremen Town Council Meeting Minutes for 02/09/15by Bremen Town Council on February 25, 2015
The Town Council of the Town of Bremen, Indiana, met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2015, at the Bremen Town Hall pursuant to notice previously published. Council members Michael Leman, Heath Thornton, 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; Joe Hughes, Wastewater Department, Chief Matt Neher, Fire Department; Brian Main, Superintendent of the Park Department; Janet Anglemyer, Clerk-Treasurer; and Anthony Wagner, Town Attorney.
WATER PLANT CONSTRUCTION BID OPENING: Mr. Leman called the meeting to order and asked Mr. Wagner to open the bids for the water plant construction project. Mr. Wagner announced the following bid:
$3,866,667.00 (base bid)
$38,000.00(alternate bid #1)
$9,500.00(alternate bid #2)
$35.00 per cubic foot (alternate bid #3)
L.D. Docsa Associates:
$3,499,000.00 (base bid)
$36,000.00 (alternate bid #1)
$5,000.00 (alternate bid #2)
$30.00 per cubic foot (alternate bid #3)
$3,255,467.00 (base bid)
$41,500.00 (alternate bid #1)
$1,500.00 (alternate bid #2)
$25.00 per cubic foot (alternate bid #3)
111e Robert Henry Corp.:
$3,262,300.00 (base bid)
$36,322.00 (alternate bid #1)
$11,447.00 (alternate bid #2)
$3,447,000.00 (base bid)
$40,000.00 (alternate bid #1)
$7,000.00 (alternate bid #2)
$23.00 per cubic foot (alternate bid #3)
Mr. Leeper made a motion to take the bids under advisement, which was seconded by Mr. Graverson and carried by a vote of 4 ayes, 0 nays.
MINUTES: Mr. Graverson made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 26th, 2015 meeting, which was seconded by Mr. Leeper and carried by a vote of 4 ayes, 0 nays.
CLERK- TREASURER: Ms. Anglemyer presented the docket without amendment. Mr. Thornton inquired regarding the security light expense. Mr. Stoneburner explained that he had been able to find some better prices on the lights and purchased a number, and had replaced approximately 24 lights recently. Mr. Graverson made a motion to approve the claims, which was seconded by Mr. Thornton and carried by a vote of 4 ayes, 0 nays.
Ms. Anglemyer explained to the Council that she had one outstanding check over two years old, payable to Tim Henson in the amount of $2.72. She surmised that it was a utility deposit refund. Mr. Thornton made a motion to allow the Clerk-Treasurer to remove the check from the payable claims, which was seconded by Mr. Leeper and carried by a vote of 4 ayes, 0 nays.
ATTORNEY: The Council discussed Resolution 2015-3, regarding the adoption of the new tax abatement policy. The council discussed the application, and asked Mr. Wagner to amend it to inquire as to the number of full-time positions preserved or created by the application. Mr. Wagner also explained the changes that he and Mr. Weldy would implement as to how the abatements would be presented to the Council.
The Council discussed Resolution 2015-2, regarding the adoption of a firing range use policy and range rules. The Council asked Mr. Wagner to clarify the type of officials that could use the policy.
Mr. Wagner informed that a draft release had been circulated by Bowen Engineering in regard to the biotower project.
PUBLIC COMMENT: No public comments were offered.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: Mr. Weldy echoed Mr. Wagner's comments regarding the tax abatement policy, and submitted his report to the Council.
DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS: Jay Stoneburner submitted his report on behalf of the Electric Department and described an IMPA communication regarding the cooperative electric legislation to the Council.
Mr. Mikel informed the Council that Kellen Cripe had completed his year of probationary employment and asked that he be promoted to a Class C employee as of February 9,2015, noting that his hour wage would increase from $15.50 to $19.50. Mr. Graverson made a motion to promote Kellen Cripe to Class C employee as of February 9, 2015, which was seconded by Mr. Leeper and carried by a vote of 4 ayes, o nays.
Chief Hassel presented the Council with quotes for a 2015 Ford Police Interceptor SUV; the lowest quote, with the trade-in value of a current vehicle, was $19,571.00 from Best Ford. Mr. Thornton made a motion to accept the bid of $19,571.00 from Best Ford, which was seconded by Mr. Leeper and carried by a vote of 4 ayes, 0 nays. Chief Hassel informed the Council that the department was launching a new community outreach program called Coffee with a Cop program, and that the first event would take place on February 26 at the Community Hospital of Bremen from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. He reminded the Council that he had attended the State Chiefs of Police convention, and reported that he had been elected the director for District 2. Mr. Wagner asked if the change in the ordinance violation statute had been discussed at the convention, and Chief Hassel replied that it was not discussed but that he had spoken to Senator Mishler about it.
Mr. Hughes appeared in place of Mr. Reed on behalf of the Wastewater Department, and submitted the department's monthly report,
Chief Neher notified the Council that the fire department's insurance review was done and the results should be back in approximately six months, and that the department had filed for a grant for ice rescue and grain bin rescue equipment. He thanked Greg Welborn for his work on the grant applications. Chief Neher submitted the specifications for the new fire engine, and asked whether TIF funds could be used to defray any part of the expense. Mr. Weldy and Mr. Wagner said they would discuss the matter with Ms. Lee.
Mr. Main informed the Council that the Park Department's year-end report was pending before the Park Board but should be submitted to the Council shortly.
Mr. Leeper made a motion to approve the department head reports, which was seconded by Mr. Graverson and carried by a vote of 4 ayes, 0 nays.
Mr. Jones informed the council that the 2015 street paving plan was on hold due to the weather, but would be completed once the condition of the streets could be evaluated. He also said that the wastewater plant evaluation would be completed by the end of March 2015, and that he and Mr. Weldy had scheduled a walk-through at the Lebermuth building.
No Council comments were submitted.
ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Leeper made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Mr. Graverson and carried by a vote of 4 ayes, 0 nays.