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July 11, 2011 Regular Town Council Meeting

July 11, 2011

The Santa Claus Town Council met in regular session on July 11, 2011 at the Town Hall.  The meeting was called to order by Kevin Burke at 5:30 P.M.   Christensen announced that the meeting was being recorded

Present:  Kevin Burke, Elmer Dilger, Michael Johannes

Absent:  Ron Smith, Dennis Della Morta

Also present were Town Attorney, Kevin Patmore; Clerk-Treasurer, Kim Christensen; and Utilities Superintendent, Russ Luthy.

COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR:

Joyce Zook, Spencer County Animal Control, was present to update the Council on the new Animal Control building being constructed in Spencer County.  The building is in Chrisney beside the county highway garage, west of the Chrisney recycle center.  The site will be manned by part-time county employees.  They have figured an annual operating budget of $30,000.00.  Zook presented a breakdown of the donations that they are asking for from each municipality figured on population.  Johannes felt that they should just keep with the donation amount that they have been giving every year.  The Council thanks Zook for updating them on the building construction.

PARKS & RECREATION/COMMUNITY CENTER:

Update:  O’Brien informed the Council that Kyle Lambeck was doing an internship with the Parks Department.  He is helping to take care of the baseball and softball field and with scheduling.  The Park Board is looking into replacing the flooring in the daycare bathroom.  The sign for the Community Center was destroyed during a storm and they are going to get quotes for replacement.

Patmore explained about the changes with the wage scale and that any projects until the end of the year, no matter what the cost, would be subject to the wage scale statute.

O’Brien stated that St. Nicholas Church would be having their summer social on July 30th.  Dilger asked about enrollment at the daycare.  O’Brien stated that the numbers were increasing.

O’Brien said that new playground equipment and fencing had been constructed at Yellig Park.  She also stated that the volleyball court was completed.  The Park Board is hoping to work on the washed out areas of the trail and trim trees.

PLANNING AND ZONING:

Monthly Report:  P. Brown presented his monthly report to the Council.

The Council was informed that a letter had been received from the Christmas Lake Village Board President regarding the property located on Blitzen Lane.  They are asking that the Town enforce Indiana Code and the Town’s Municipal Code concerning unsafe buildings.  After discussion Johannes moved that the Building Administrator issue and order to remediate the unsafe building conditions.  Dilger seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Burke, Dilger, Johannes

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Faulkenburg’s raise:  J. Brown informed the Council that Faulkenburg had graduated from the academy and he would like to request a $.50 an hour raise for him retroactive to Friday, July 8, 2011.  Johannes moved to approve the $.50 raise retroactive to July 8th.  Dilger seconded the motion.  Burke stated that he would like the police to dress in uniform.

Ayes:  Burke, Dilger, Johannes

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

STREET DEPARTMENT:

Patmore updated the Council regarding Kaspar Drive.  The information concerning the passing blister is in INDOT’s hands for review.

WASTEWATER:

PMR:  Luthy presented his monthly report to the Council.

WATER PLANT:

Luthy stated that there would be an open house at the Water Treatment Plant on July 16th.

INDUSTRIAL PARK:

No business to come before the Council.

TOWN ATTORNEY:

Patmore presented Ordinance 2011-05, amending chapter 5.02 of the Municipal Code of the Town of Santa Claus, Indiana concerning stray animals.  Dilger moved to approve the second reading and adoption of Ordinance 2011-05.  Johannes seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Burke, Dilger, Johannes

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

CLERK-TREASURER:

Worker’s Compensation Renewal:  Christensen presented the Worker’s Compensation renewal for the Council’s approval.  The Council requested that other insurance agencies be contacted to quote.

Budget session:  The Council scheduled a special session for July 25, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. to review budgets and other business.  They stated they could do the worker’s compensation that evening if the information is available then or it could be done at the August regular session.  Burke would check with SCB Insurance and Christensen would contact Middleton.

FIRE DEPARTMENT:

Hagedorn stated there was a meeting scheduled with Midwestern Engineers for Wednesday to review the plans for the new fire station.

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further business to come before the Council, voucher were approve and signed.  Johannes moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:27 p.m.  Dilger seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.