Remington Town Council Meeting
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Remington Town Hall, 24 South Indiana St.
Susan Sigo, President; Pat Berger; Charles
Illingworth; Bob Braaksma.
Ryan Byrd, Mark Jones, Luke Neidlinger, Mike Martin,
John Schuetzenhofer, Sara DeYoung, Barb Lawson, Jacob Taulman, Jean May, Tracy
May, Greg May, Bruce Culver, Jonathan Cripe, Terri Budde.
Susan Sigo opened the meeting
with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Minutes of the September 6, 2016
Executive Meeting, October 3, 2016 Council Meeting, October 24, 2016 Public
Budget Hearing, and October 24, 2016 Executive Meeting reviewed. Pat Berger
made a motion to approve minutes. Bob Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion
CITIZEN COMMENTS - Bruce Culver inquired about the signs on the entrances into Town,
the annexation, the handbook policy of employees for the Town residing in the
Town of Remington, the purpose of the flow meter that's been placed on the
bridge by the sewage plant; and the progress at the water plant. Tracy May and Greg May inquired about sewage
issues at 818 Missouri Street/Remington, Indiana.
RWCDC - Sara
DeYoung reported there will be a young Professional's Meeting on November 22,
2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 Eastern time at Carpenter Creek Cellars; she has met
with Bob Hall from Seeds of Promise regarding the building that housed the
Treasure Keepers Daycare. Seeds of
Promise is very invested in the Remington Community. They would like the building to remain a
daycare, but want whoever takes occupancy to remain useful to the Remington
area. Remington Main Street - Sara is
hoping to attract more people through the Young Professionals Meeting.
Byrd reported the following:
1. He has been busy with
generators in the past month and both are running again;
2. The pump was down at the
Advance lift station plant but is now running well with 98% removal;
3. Ryan helped with vacuuming
leaves on Monday and Friday;
4. Chlorination has been shut off
for the year.
Jones reported the following:
1) The hydrants were flushed in
2) Last Monday he emptied the
west water tower and it was inspected on Wednesday. He took a sample today and will take another
sample on Tuesday;
3) The water plant is coming along
ahead of schedule. It is hopeful to
switch over to the new plant at either the end of January or first of February;
4) An IDEM Inspector stopped to
talk with Mark and Mark took him on a tour of the new water plant;
5) Mark has completed his water
classes and will take his test this Thursday.
Neidlinger reported the following:
1. The Streets Department spent
a great deal of time tearing out the park road the last few weeks. Ryan Byrd
helped remove the asphalt and the concrete was poured last Friday. Wednesday
the road can be opened;
2. The Streets Department is
picking up leaves now which takes them all day every day. They are also picking up branches, and the
leaves will be picked up as long as the weather holds out;
3. The Streets Department is
hoping to take Mark Jones out to get the snow fence put up in the right place
4. The Streets Department is
going through the snow removal equipment;
5. Wiseman Tree Service is
coming either Thursday or Friday of this week or early next week;
6. Susan Sigo requested that
the Streets Department clean from the bridge to the dump and into the cemetery
better next year.
Martin presented the fire report to the council. A copy of this report is on
file in the Clerk-Treasurer's Office. Mike stated that they have had an average
month and I-65 is still challenging.
They did a fire prevention program at the school and held an open house
at the fire station. The painting at the
fire station has been completed. The
annual pork burger/chili dinner will be December 3, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to
3:00 p.m. Mike inquired about the
possibility of applying for a grant for a lighted sign at the Fire
Department. Council advised Mike to get
a design and price so we have a goal to work towards and that it may be a
possible joint project with the Mainstreet Committee.
Schuetzenhofer presented the police report to the Council. A copy of this report is on file in the
Clerk-Treasurer's Office. The street
speed radar signs are in and one was present for Council to view. One sign will be placed on Maine Street and
the other site will be determined. John
recently assisted the Newton and Jasper County Drug Interdiction Teams with a
meth lab arrest in the Town of Remington.
Cripe presented the following:
1) Quotes for the purchase of a
new park truck were opened and read as follows:
DeFouw Chevrolet quoted a 2016 Silverado 1500 2WD for $21, 158.48
Hubbard Chevrolet (same make and model) $22,056.48; and Mann Chevrolet (same
make & model), $22,049.48. Bob
Braaksma moved to accept the bid for DeFouw Chevrolet in the sum of $21,158.48
and to purchase that vehicle for the Park.
Pat Berger seconded the motion.
Motion passed unanimously.
2) Jonathan presented a change
order from Wessler Engineering regarding an environmental review for the trails
in the sum of $3,200.00. Pat Berger
moved to accept the change order and submit payment to Wessler Engineering in
the sum of $3,200.00 for the environmental review for park trails. Bob Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
3) Jonathan presented an
engagement letter from Bose McKinney to be able to modify our use of TIF
money. Charles Illingworth moved to
approve and execute the engagement letter to Bose McKinney for the purpose of
modifying the use of TIF money. Bob
Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion
4) Jonathan stated he and
Kristie Taulman, Utilities Manager, will attend the Keystone Annual User
Meeting this Thursday in Wabash, Indiana.
The part-time person is not available that day, so Town Hall will be
closed at approximately 10:00 a.m. for the remainder of the day. Town Hall is closed Friday in observance of
5) Jonathan spoke with Jasper
County Commissioner Kendall Culp. They
have found someone to run the recycling trailer from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
every Saturday. The trailer must be
locked other than those hours, and the area must be kept up. Pat Berger requested that Jonathan check into
the best rate for curbside recycling.
Jacob Taulman informed the board it had been a quiet month. Jacob reported there are several properties
that need cleaned up which he will be addressing with the property owners in
hopes of avoiding filing lawsuits. Jacob
has mailed collection notices to property owners that are delinquent in the
payment of utility bills and the Utilities Manager has reported a good
response. Jacob will be addressing the
issue of several unplated vehicles in Remington and will have an amendment to
the credit card ordinance at the next meeting.
Susan Sigo requested Jacob looked into how to address the issue of
people not removing their trash bins off the streets so the streets can be
plowed in bad weather.
KIRPC - Pat Berger advised that
KIRPC will be raising the grant administration fee but will still charge member
counties 5 ½%. The Brownfield Assessment
Project is moving along and is having issues coordinating with the railroad. There is a new grant option - Crowd Granting
Program - a method of raising money for grants.
The State will match dollars in each leg of giving up to $10,000. Pat is to provide the Town Manager with
was no old business discussed.
Charles Illingworth moved to accept
the resignation of Christopher Cain as Deputy Town Marshall effective November
7, 2016. Pat Berger seconded the
motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Bob Braaksma moved to
reappoint Rick Siela to the library board for 4 additional years starting January
1, 2017. Charles Illingworth seconded
the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Terri Budde, presented September's Bank Reconciliation and Financial Statement. Pat Berger made a motion to approve the financial
statement, with Charles Illingworth seconding the motion. Motion passed
unanimously. Susan Sigo signed the September
Bank Reconciliation and Financial Statement.
held as to retaining an outside source to complete monthly bank reconciliation and
financial statements for internal control purposes. Bob Braaksma moved to retain Char's
Accounting as an outside source to complete monthly bank reconciliations and
financial statements as an internal control.
Pat Berger seconded the motion.
The vote was: Pat Berger aye; Bob
Braaksma aye; Susan Sigo aye; and Charles Illingworth nay. Motion passed.
Berger moved to accept the claims to pay the monthly bills. Charles Illingworth seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:56 p.m.