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May 9, 2011 Regular Town Council Meeting

May 9, 2011

The Santa Claus Town Council met in regular session on May 9, 2011 at the Town Hall.  The meeting was called to order by Ron Smith at 5:30 P.M.   Christensen announced that the meeting was being recorded

Present:  Ron Smith, Kevin Burke and Elmer Dilger

Absent:  Dennis Della Morta and Michael Johannes

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

MINUTES: 

Dilger moved to approve the April 11, 2011 regular session minutes and April 15, 2011 special session minutes as submitted.  Burke seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR: 

No business to come before the Council.

PARKS & RECREATION/COMMUNITY CENTER:

O’Brien stated that everything was up and running at Yellig Park.  Baseball, softball and soccer have started.  Need to install the light pole at the volleyball court.  Will be purchasing more playground equipment with the money from the County.  Will be converting the pony league field to a Babe Ruth field.  Have put up a new Jay Cutler sign.

Everything is going good at the Community Center.

PLANNING AND ZONING:

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

There was discussion concerning property that had been broken into.  P. Brown was asked to send a letter to the property owner and ask that the premises be secured.

POLICE DEPARTMENT:

J. Brown informed the Council that Faulkenburg was doing well at the Academy and that Dunsworth had started working for the Town part time on Saturday.  Would be applying for the COPS grant again.

STREET DEPARTMENT:

Luthy stated that he did not have the new crack seal quotes, but would have it for the next meeting.

WASTEWATER:

PMR:  Luthy presented his monthly report to the Council.

WATER PLANT:

Luthy stated that there had been a lightening strike at the water tower and the antennae had to be replaced.

INDUSTRIAL PARK:

No business to come before the Council.

TOWN ATTORNEY:

Ordinance 2011-03:  Patmore presented Ordinance 2011-03, which makes changes to the zoning and subdivision control ordinance.  Patmore reviewed the changes that were reflected in the Ordinance.  Dilger moved to approve and adopt with the second reading Ordinance 2011-03, an ordinance amending Town of Santa Claus, Indiana zoning and subdivision control ordinance.  Burke seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

Patmore stated that he would have an ordinance amendment for the next meeting concerning stray animals.  He informed the Council that Dilger and himself had gone to Vincennes to a meeting regarding funding for the trail from Yellig Park to the entrance of Christmas Lake Village.  There are 3.7 million projects submitted with 1.125 million available.  The project could be segmented.

He said that he would publish for a public hearing next month for the street vacation requested by Koch Development and the lateral inspection/utility deposit ordinance.

Burke mentioned that he had been asked by several Santa Claus businesses about the refund of the deposits that had been spoken about at the October 2010 meeting.  The Council will address this issue with the new ordinance regarding lateral inspection and utility deposits.  Christensen mentioned that there are some businesses that have not met the 5 year on time pay that is required to receive the deposit refund.

CLERK-TREASURER:

Nationwide Retirement:  Christensen stated that at the last meeting she had provided the Council with documents requiring signatures concerning the Town’s previous deferred compensation provider.  The Town Attorney had been asked to review the documents and give his recommendation.  Patmore stated that he didn’t think the Council wanted to pay him to do a line by line comparison, but that this is being requested because of Federal regulation changes.  He recommended that the documents be signed.  Burke moved to authorize the Council President to sign the required documents regarding the deferred compensation.  Dilger seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

FIRE DEPARTMENT:

Computer quotes:  Hagedorn had received quotes from three companies for an apple computer: Apple Store – $1,567.95; Buy.com – $1,608.11 and Best Buy – $1,795.95.  The Council questioned getting an apple computer.  Hagedorn stated that he felt that they were prone to fewer viruses.  There was discussion concerning trying to stay with the

same type of computer as the rest of the departments.  Smith moved to approve up to $1,600.00 for a computer.  Dilger seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Dilger

Nays:  Burke

Motion carried.

Fire station:  Hagedorn stated that he had supplied the engineers with additional information regarding the new fire station.  There will be a meeting to review the changes and hopefully will then be ready to bid the project.

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further business to come before the Council, voucher were approve and signed.  Dilger moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:18 p.m.  Burke seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.