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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Terri Budde, presented October's Bank Reconciliation and Financial Statement
which was signed by all Council members present.
list of possible dates for 2017 was presented with no action taken.
Braaksma moved to accept the claims to pay the monthly bills. Pat Berger seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
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.
Clerk-Treasurer requested permission to seek/retain a replacement accountant
which was granted.
being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:22 p.m.