Town of Fairview Park,
Minutes of the November 9th, 2016 Council Meeting
The Town Council held their regular meeting on Tuesday November 9th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building. The Pledge to the Flag was recited. Roll call was taken with council members Jim Hall, Larry Natalie, Tonya Smith, Larry Wilson and Jim Moore, all present. Attorney, Henry Antonini was absent. A motion was made by Tonya Smith and seconded by Larry Wilson to accept the minutes of the October meeting and financial report. The motion carried by voice vote.
The neighborhood watch update was not done due to no one here to speak on the subject. Larry Natalie did review what had been said at the last meeting about the watch program. Mike Strader was in another meeting in Terre Haute, IN. he had said he would try to make it to the town board meeting if he could.
Mike Strader had dropped off copies of the county’s solicitation ordinance for the board to look at. Larry Natalie ask the board to look the ordinance over and make any recommendations for a solicitation ordinance for the town
Larry Natalie mentioned that they are waiting for Curtis Stoffel to deliver the letter that was issued to the property owners on Cherry St.
Larry Natalie also mentioned the ordinance for the sale of surplus cars attorney Henry Antonini is going to send a draft for this ordinance and it should be ready by the next meeting.
Larry Wilson asked about the railroad crossing on Fourth St. If any of the brush had been cut back yet, Leonard Akers said he had spoken to CSX workers and they explained to him what their responsibilities was and what the county’s responsibility was. Thane said he believes the City of Clinton had cut some of the brush back on the east side of the tracks also Phil mentioned the railroad sign on the east side of the tracks still needs set back up.
Leonard Akers informed the board about an area on Second & Parke streets that needs repaired, Sue told the board that some patching is going to be done soon.
Jim Spendal asked about the sewer shut off rate, he wanted to know why there is a charge for the sewer when the water has been shut off. Larry Natalie explained that there is a base rate, Pat Callahan helped draft the ordinance for the cost with Rural Development’s requirements and approval, Larry said the reason for the base rate for everyone is because of the residents that go to Florida for a few months or those that move, he also explained there is a hardship clause such as a death and the rate can be waived. Larry said that this was part of the agreement when the town received the grant money for the sewer project he stated this is a base rate not a user fee. After much discussion Larry said he would speak to Pat Callahan about this to see what other options the town may have. Mike Kelley made a suggestion to raise the sewer rate so this problem doesn’t keep coming up Larry said he would bring this idea up to Pat, Larry said he would have no idea what a rate increase would look like, whether it would be a flat rate or so much per gallons he also explained how costly repairs can be to the plant and the money has to come from somewhere.
Phil Bennett had some bills from the fire department that he told the board what they was for before he turned them over to the clerk/treasurer.
Leonard Akers ask about the acoustics problem in the town hall, if there was any updates on it, Larry Natalie said he had done some research on it and found a couple of options for the hall but no company to do the work or how much it would cost.
Appropriation Reduction Resolution 2016-6 was read aloud in full and also by title only, Milisa explained the reduction was from the DLGF and that it was money the town was not going to get from the state and it will also help towards the 2017 budget. Tonya Smith made the motion to accept and Jim Moore seconded, motion carried by voice vote.
Larry Wilson ask about the town marshals phone number on the water bill, why it was on the wrong side, Sue & Mary Kay explained why it was on that side of the bill, its due to the program the water utility uses, after some discussion it will be looked into to see if we can have the number moved to the part of the bill the customer keeps.
A motion was made by Jim Hall and seconded by Tonya Smith to pay the town claims in the amount of $9,252.37 the water department claims in the amount of $10,464.06 and the wastewater claims in the amount of $62,207.00. The motion carried by voice vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m. with a motion by Tonya Smith and seconded by Jim Moore. The motion carried by voice vote.
Attested to by:
Milisa Carty, Clerk-Treasurer
November 9th, 2016