The Town Council held their regular meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building. Roll call was taken with council members James Hall, Larry Natalie, Tonya Smith and David Crane and Attorney Henry J. Antonini present.
The minutes of the July meeting and financial report were approved with a motion by Jim and seconded by Tonya. The motion carried by voice vote.
Lon Gardner, Hannum, Wagle & Cline advised that all the punch list items still need to be done. It was decided to advertise a cut off date of August 30, 2002 for Town residents to forward any issues to the town officials and in turn B & T will be given approximately 2 weeks to address these issues. Lon presented an approved change order and pay request for B & T. A motion was made by Tonya and seconded by David to approve the change request. The motion carried by voice vote.
Laterals that were put on empty lots were an agreement between the landowner and B & T; the town was not involved. Lon will check with RD to see if those owners should be charged the $1300 hook-up fee or if they can be charged a base rate from the time of initial installation to the actual hook-up.
It was decided that apartment owner Mick Mack will be charged for two 1 " meters for sewer rates.
A complaint was received about the bushes and phone box blocking the view at 4th & Lincoln for south bound traffic. Rick will talk with Ameritech about moving the box and with the property owner about trimming the bushes.
Leonard Akers advised that the stripes were painted and he has received 100% positive comments. The parade is coming along great.
Mike Kelley asked about Parke Street. He was advised that estimates received were $13,000 for chip and seal and for additional $4,500 could pave. With funds being low, it was decided to apply calcium chloride to hold down the dust.
Loretta Smith asked about erosion control on Towwe Street The Council advised that they would consider for future project, as there are no funds now. Bill Foster questioned drainage problem on the west side of Plum Street Larry advised him that a cost estimate of $111,000 was received for that project. He has been in contact with State Officials for funding and was advised that there is a freeze on funds at this time.
Pat Callahan answered questions about opting out of the IURC, advising that the IURC was a cumbersome process to evaluate rates and supported the withdrawal. Public comment was accepted from the floor with several residents commenting, both in opposition and in favor.
Ordinance #2002-5 AN ORDINANCE REMOVING THE TOWN OF FAIRVIEW PARK, INDIANA, MUNICIPALLY-OWNED WATER UTILITY FROM THE JURISDICTION OF THE INDIANA UTILITY REGULATORY COMMISSION FOR THE APPROVAL OF RATES AND CHARGES AND OF THE ISSUANCE OF STOCKS, BONDS, NOTES OR OTHER EVIDENCE OF INDEBTEDNESS PURSUANT TO I.C. 8-1.5-3-9.1 was read for the third time in its entirety. A motion was made by Tonya and seconded by David to accept said ordinance. The motion carried by voice vote.
A special public meeting to pre-adopt the budget and discuss sewer business was set for August 29, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.
Leonard Akers presented an Executive Order of Proclamation for the State of Indiana in honor of Fairview Park's centennial.
A question was raised about putting a 4-way stop sign at 3rd and Plum streets. It was advised that the area had been looked at two years ago. It was decided to look into placing "Children Playing " signs there and on 7th street between Towne and Lincoln.
The Police Log was turned in for July.
A motion was made by Tonya and seconded by David to pay the Town claims in the amount of $38,374.11, the wastewater claims of $268,858.78 and the water department claims in the amount of $8,600.90. The motion carried by voice vote.
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. with a motion by Jim and seconded by David. The motion carried by voice vote.
Attested to by:
Teresa Baker, Clerk-Treasurer
August 13, 2002
Town of Fairview Park
Minutes of the August 29, 2002 Special Meeting
The Town Council held a special meeting to pre-adopt the 2003 budget and sewer business on Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building. Roll call was taken with council members Jim Hall, Larry Natalie, Tonya Smith, David Crane and Norma Snedeker present.
The 2003 Budget was reviewed and questions answered. There were no public comments.
It was decided to ask Henry to send letters to all homeowners with permits advising them that they have until October 31, 2002 to be hooked on and inspected. Henry will also send letters to those without permits advising them that they have until October 31, 2002 to get permit, hook on and be inspected or they will be charged the $1300 hook on fee.
We will ask Henry to check with IDEM on how to handle people that have no water, aren't hooked on to sewer, but are living in the house.
Contractor's tapping onto the main line must be insured and bonded. It was also clarified that the $1300 fee is a hook up fee for sewer usage only and does not include any of the work involved in tapping onto the sewer by the homeowner.
Henry will be asked to write a letter to Larry Perry advising him he is in violation of our ordinance concerning contractor's installing hook ups to laterals.
Larry Natalie will check with Eric on the White tap fee.
A motion was made by Tonya and seconded by David that all apartment complexes must have a minimum of a 1" water meter. The motion carried by voice vote.
A motion was made by Jim and seconded by David that all apartment complexes with 1 1/2" meters will be charged for 1" rates for wastewater beginning with the October 1, 2002 bill. The motion carried by voice vote.
Sue advised that the lawn mower needs a new engine. The cost of a new motor would be $400 and a new mower similar to the one we have would be $1,000. After discussion the Council decided to purchase a commercial grade mower from M & M for about $4,500.
Sue advised that Dan Hoke requested that his trailer be removed from paying sewer rates as he is using the trailer for storage only. Larry will talk with him for further details.
The meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m. with a motion by David and seconded by Norma. The motion carried by voice vote.
Attested to by:
Teresa Baker, Clerk-Treasurer
August 29 , 2002
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
I, Dan Hoke, resident of Fairview Park, would like to request from the Town Board to kindly consider to discontinue charging a minimum rate for the sewage when a water meter is shut off for any reason. When the water meter is returned to service, the sewage rate starts at that time without paying a reconnection fee of any sort. The reason for this request is due to the unfairness of paying for a service that is not being used. Also. when a building or an existing mobile home that has had a sewer service on the same property and is replaced within a year's time, should not have to pay a reconnection fee.
I sure would appreciate your consideration and understanding.