Remington Town Council, December 5, 20161/9/2017



Remington Town Council Meeting



Date:   December 5, 2016

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Place:  Remington Town Hall, 24 South Indiana St.


Members Present


Susan Sigo, President; Pat Berger; Charles Illingworth; Bob Braaksma.


Others Present


Mark Jones, Luke Neidlinger, Mike Martin, John Schuetzenhofer, Sara DeYoung, Barb Lawson, Jacob Taulman, Zachary Lanning, Kevin Kelly, Douglas McGill, Jonathan Cripe, Terri Budde.


Susan Sigo opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.


Minutes of the November 7, 2016 Council Meeting reviewed. Pat Berger made a motion to approve minutes. Bob Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.


CITIZEN COMMENTS - Douglas McGill thanked the Remington Volunteer Fire Department for their speedy response to a fire that occurred at Caboose Campground.


RWCDC - Sara DeYoung reported the Young Professionals event was held on November 22, 2016 with twenty (20) people in attendance.  It was a good group with good discussion.  There is a local resident who is interested in completing a curb appeal project.


JCEDO - Prospect activity regarding new businesses has picked up a bit; big projects from several county businesses are being completed.  Jasper County Economic Development will be hosting a Christmas Open House on December 21, 2016, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Remington time.




Wastewater: None



Mark Jones reported the following:


1)      The water tower has been inspected. The report was issued that the interior was good and the company recommended blasting and repainting within three (3) years.  Mark would like to see this accomplished sooner rather than later due to yearly price increases.

2)      Mark passed his WT3 test and is now licensed.

3)      The new water treatment plant is coming along with the anticipated switchover being end of January 2017 or beginning of February 2017.

4)      A BIG thank you to Schneider Electric who loaned the bucket truck to Mark Jones so he could put up the Christmas lights downtown this year.



Zachary Lanning reported the following:


1.      As of now there will be no more leaf pick up due to inclement weather conditions.  The Street Department may readdress the leaf issue to see if it will be done again in 2016.

2.      The snow plows are ready and Luke Neidlinger obtained sand today for the roads.

3.      The railroad crossings at Indiana Street and Illinois Street are complete.

4.      The gravel around the new park road will be spread this week.

5.      Luke performed the water meter readings for Mark this month.

6.      The stick pick-up for 2016 will be completed as of December 12, 2016.

7.      The snow fence will be put up as soon as the ground is solid enough to hold the fence up.

8.      The chipper is done.

9.      Wiseman Tree Service will be in town to trim trees this week.

10.  There are trees at the cemetery that iMi can't get by/around due to the size of the trees and the size of the cement trucks.  The Street Department will work on cleaning up the trees at the cemetery to make access for the cement trucks easier.




Mike 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 a slower month.  They held Officer elections in November and have completed 2 training classes.  The Fire Department held its annual pork burger chili dinner on December 3, 2016 in conjunction with the Remington Christmas Parade.




John Schuetzenhofer presented the police report to the Council.  A copy of this report is on file in the Clerk-Treasurer's Office.  The Town Marshall assisted Newton County Drug Task Force and Jasper County Drug Task Force with a methamphetamine arrest recently.  Applications for Deputy Marshall will be accepted through December 14, 2016 with the goal to fill the position January 2017.




Jonathan Cripe presented the following:


1.      The Downtown and Park Master Plans expire at the end of next year and he will get quotes to update those plans.

2.      Thursday he will be traveling to the Marion Flood Plan Class.

3.      Regarding the Water Treatment Project, Amendment #4 from Wessler moving $40,000 from inspection to construction administration was presented.

4.      Documents to proceed with the purchase of the railroad depot were presented, to-wit:  A Bill of Sale and a Lease for the ground on which the depot rests which will include parking on both sides of the railroad.  The railroad will invoice us yearly for the payment of Eight Hundred Dollars ($800.00) to lease said land.  If the Bill of Sale is approved and the claim approved for payment at the December 19, 2016 meeting, the purchase will take effect by the end of December and the railroad will have until the end of January to remove their property from the depot.    Pat Berger made a motion to approve the Bill of Sale to purchase the railroad depot for the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00).  Bob Braaksma seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.  Charles Illingworth moved to approve the land lease in regards to the railroad depot.  Pat Berger seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.

5.      The Town Manager will travel to Bose McKinney in Indianapolis in January regarding the TIF amendment.





Attorney Jacob Taulman presented an amended to Ordinance 01-10-01 regarding the Town Manager's payment of Town purchases via credit card.  Discussion heard.  Bob Braaksma moved to approve the amendment to Ordinance 01-10-01.  Pat Berger seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.


Attorney Jacob Taulman presented an amendment to Resolution 2011-08-01 regarding cellular telephone allowances.  The amendment allows for a one (1) time payment of Four Hundred Eighty Dollars (480.00), paid out in the month of December commencing 2016, and said payment shall not be taxed as income to the recipient due to the payment being a minimal fringe benefit.  Discussion held.  Bob Braaksma moved to approve the amendment to Resolution 2011-08-01.  Charles Illingworth seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.




There was no old business discussed.




Pat Berger moved to pay Mark Jones a $1,000 salary bonus for his new water certification.  Bob Braaksma seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.





Clerk-Treasurer, Terri Budde, presented October's Bank Reconciliation and Financial Statement which was signed by all Council members present.


A list of possible dates for 2017 was presented with no action taken.


Bob Braaksma moved to accept the claims to pay the monthly bills.  Pat Berger seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.


Terri Budde presented the resignation letter of Charlene Brown/Char's Accounting at the accountant's request due to Council's adoption of Amendment to Resolution 2011-08-01.  Charles Illingworth moved to accept the resignation of Charlene Brown/Char's Accounting effective December 31, 2016.  Bob Braaksma seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.


The Clerk-Treasurer requested permission to seek/retain a replacement accountant which was granted.


There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:22 p.m.

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