Town Council Meeting Minutes

SYNOPSIS OF THE MEETING FOR FEBRUARY 4, 2016

Rex Amburn, Aaron Stephens, and Jason Wright were all present

Rex made a motion to accept the synopsis of the January 7, 2016 meeting, and January 15, 2016 special meeting, Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

Rex made a motion to accept the payroll claim docket, Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

Rex made a motion to accept the claim docket for all other claims, Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

Rex made a motion to accept the leak adjustment for Leah Stevens in the amount of $365.29 Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

An amendment for GAI was presented, the amendment was incomplete. Rex made a motion to table the amendment until the next meeting, Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

There was a discussion on a possible water rate increase. The water funds are not in good shape and, there hasn’t been an increase since 2008. It was discussed that we drop the minimum usage from 3,300 gallons to 2,000 gallons plus an increase of 5%. We will be discussing this with our rate consultant Scott Houser.

Aaron read the first reading by title of Ordinance 2016-2 An amendment to ordinance 118-59 authorizing stop signs and fixing penalty for violation thereto, Rex made a motion to read by title and suspend the rules for passage with Jason seconding the motion, all voted in favor. Aaron read Ordinance 2016-2 by title, Rex made a motion to read by title and to consider the ordinance for adoption, Jason seconded, all voted in favor. Aaron read Ordinance 2016-2 by title, Rex made a motion to read for adoption and a motion to adopt Ordinance 2016-2 Jason seconded, all voted in favor. Ordinance 2016-2 states that Residence St. shall stop for High St.

Fred Ludington was here to submit a bill for the material portion of the sidewalks that he had replaced on the north and west sides of his property. Rex made a motion to release funds to pay for half of the material cost of the sidewalks, Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

Jimmy presented a 1-year Data Hosting Services contract in the amount of $1140.00, and an Annual Calibration Services contract in the amount of $1320.00 from GRIPP, Inc. They installed the flow meter on the school line and will continue collecting data for from the meter. Rex made a motion to sign the contracts and release the funds for the contracts, Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

Jimmy Wyman discussed the need for new radio read water meters. The new meters would allow for the reading of all meters each month without errors to the readings, and would allow us to see data on possible leaks to help the homeowner determine when the leak occurred, and would help us to notify them sooner. Two other towns are preparing to also purchase radio read meters from the same supplier and we could purchase at the same time and lower the cost per meter. Jimmy presented a proposal to the town to retrofit 188 meters plus software and training for the clerks in the amount of $50,000.00. Rex made a motion to release the funds, Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

DeWayne Taylor was here to discuss the blight that is going on here in town. There some mobile homes in his area that are in need of repairs and upkeep. He was asking the town what was going to be done about this situation. Matt Snyder as the town ordinance enforcer will be contacting our town attorney to see what the town can do about the situation.

Sara Criswell was here asking the town to place stop signs at Division St. and Oak St. She stated that there were several children in the area. Rex made a motion to place stop signs on Division St. at Oak St. , Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

Sam Mauller were here to discuss the fact that he is taking EMT Basic classes. The cost of the class is $800.00 He has been on the PVFD for the past two years, and the Parker City First Responders for the past 13 months. He went on 125 runs with the First Responders and went 80% of the PVFD runs for 2015. He currently attends Wapahani H. S. and participates in their Intern Program. His internship is M-F here with our water, sewage, and maintenance. Sam has been a great asset to our town during his internship. Rex stated that in the past the town has paid for individuals to attend classes and then they don’t continue to serve here. Sam stated that he plans to stay in the area and continue to participate in the PVFD and Parker City First Responders for 5-6 years while he attends IVY Tech to get his degree in general studies, and then he plans on attending a paramedic program in Fort Wayne, In. Rex stated that he has really proven himself the way he has worked with Jimmy Wyman and Mike Gordon. Mike stated that he feels that this would be an investment for the town to pay for his EMT schooling. Sam has been an asset being here during the daytime hours to help cover First Responder calls. Rex made a motion to release the funds in the amount of $800.00 to pay for Sam Mauller’s EMT schooling, Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

Harry Lawrence was here to discuss the trash portion of the Parker Masonic Lodge water & sewage bill. He stated that the Lodge doesn’t use the trash service. He was under the assumption that tenant Linda Hays paid her own water, sewer and trash bill. Jimmy stated that there was only one meter for the building and that the lodge is being billed for the whole building. Harry is to check with Linda Hays to verify this statement and to see if she uses the trash service.

Jimmy stated that as the town we would like to see a business occupy the Main St. building, but not sure if that is going to happen. The topic of the possibility of a community center occupying the building was discussed. Aaron stated that a representative from a bank had toured the current Parker City Municipal Building and would look over the past records and he would let us know their decision on about 3 months. Aaron stated that the Main St building is big enough to put the clerks office and police department on one side and a community center on the other side. We have talked to Parker Healthcare and they stated that they would be willing to help with a community center. Pastor Chris Nelson was here from the Parker City United Methodist Church. He stated that he feels that a community center would be a source of pride for the community. With the size of the building he believes that there are a number of possibilities for the community such as meals for seniors, storm shelter, and possibly a red cross shelter if a disaster were to occur. He stated that he would like to see us give it a try and he would like to be a part of it. Rex stated that he has mixed emotions on the building, he feels that we need to get rid of one of our buildings and he feels that the building on the highway would be easiest to market. He would not be in favor of leasing the downtown building. Sam Mauller stated that from a teenager standpoint he believes that it would benefit youth, seniors, and families to all use one facility. If a committee is formed Sam would like to be on it and possibly get with a few student council member from both Wapahani and Monroe Central to discuss options for youth. A sign up list will be available if anyone would like to work on the possibility of a community center. Rex made a motion to go with the community center idea in the downtown building unless we get a bite on that building before we do the current Municipal Building Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

Rex made a motion to adjourn, Jason seconded, all voted in favor.

MINUTES APPROVED MARCH 3, 2016