Remington Town Council, March 6, 20174/4/2017
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Remington Town Council Meeting



Date:   March 6, 2017

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Place:  Remington Town Hall, 24 South Indiana St.


Members Present


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


Others Present


Mark Jones, John Schuetzenhofer, Kaleb Sanders, Zachary Lanning, Ryan Byrd, Carol Burns, Vera Kurtz, Jim Ziolkowski, Tim Casey, Beverly Bushman, Robin Bushman, and Terri Budde.


Minutes of the February 6, 2017 Council Meeting reviewed. James Stewart made a motion to approve the February 6, 2017 minutes. Charles Illingworth seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.




Local business owners were present to discuss the food supplement being shipped in by rail and unloaded at the elevator.  They report they do not know what the supplement contains but it is for animals at Fair Oaks Dairy Farm; that it sticks to everything, has a foul smell, and blows through the downtown area.  Susan Sigo reported the Town has been in contact with Russ Hammer, manager at the Remington elevator.  Discussion was held as to what exactly is contained in this supplement.  Susan Sign and James Stewart will schedule a meeting with the manager at the elevator to try to obtain a timeline of how long these shipments can be expected and exactly what is contained in this supplement and will report back to the business owners.


Discussion was held regarding why a downtown business was allowed to expand and why the hours of the recycling trailer were set as they were. 


Local residents were present to bring to Council's attention several unkempt properties and abandoned vehicles within the Town limits.  Council will discuss these issues with the Town Attorney, and will also check to see if there is an occupancy limit to single family dwellings.




FIRE - No report was given.


WATER - Mark Jones reported a leak was fixed at the Town Park, the new water treatment plant should start up March 13, 2017; Mark has moved his office to the new water treatment plant; Mark met with surveyors last Thursday for the new water line to Meadow North.  Mark is attempting to get that project shovel ready.


WASTEWATER -. Ryan Byrd reported things are going well at the Wastewater plant.  Ryan has been performing spring cleaning, and he has discussed some big upcoming projects with the Town Manager.


STREETS - Zachary Lanning reported he has replaced twelve of the 120 + stop signs that need to be replaced in the Town due to current regulations; the bathroom at the Service Building has been demolished; Zach recently attended class with Ryan Byrd in Lafayette; leaves and sticks have recently been picked up; the park road is almost completed; and Zach will be contacting Wiseman Tree Service to inventory dead trees and replace them.


POLICE - Town Marshal Shuetzenhofer presented his written report.  A copy of said report is on file at the Clerk-Treasurer's Office.  The Deputy Town Marshal, Kaleb Sanders, completed pre-basic training and will attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy starting June 27, 2017 for sixteen (16) weeks; quotes for updating the current laptop computers were presented.  Council requested Marshal Shuetzenhofer to obtain prices on refurbishing the two laptop computers currently in the Marshal's possession.  The laptop reburbish/purchase issues was tabled to the April Council meeting.




Due to illness, the Town Manager was not present at the meeting.  Council did discuss the Town Manager's completion of CPM classes.  Susan Sigo reported that Town Manager Cripe has requested his One Thousand Dollar ($1,000.00) bonus.  Pat Berger moved to approve the payment of the One Thousand Dollar ($1,000.00) bonus to Town Manager Cripe for obtaining his CPM certification.  James Stewart seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously upon Town manager Cripe providing a copy of his certification.




A proposal to renew/update the Park Plan was presented and read.  The proposal was tabled to the April Council meeting.  The Clerk-Treasurer was directed to check to see where the funds for the update study would be paid from.




No report was given.




There was no old business discussed.






Quotes for a newer big dump truck were opened and read as follows:  Lindco Equipment Sales in Merrillville submitted a bid on a 2006 used International Truck with a new equipment package with a price of $83,988.00.  This was the only quote received.  The quote was taken under advisement.


Lender financing bids for the payment of the big dump truck were opened and read as follows:


         Bank of Wolcott - finance for 5 years at 2.25% fixed rate financing 60% of the purchase price, or $63,000, with annual payments of $13,465.00.

         Main Source Bank - finance for 5 years at 2.45% fixed rate financing 100% of the purchase price financed with an annual payment of $17,650.00.

         Lafayette Bank & Trust - finance for 5 years at 3.99% fixed rate.

All financing bids were taken under advisement.




The Clerk-Treasurer presented the February 2017 financial statements.  James Stewart moved to approve the February financial statement.  Pat Berger seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.


Clerk-Treasurer Terri Budde informed Council that the Clerk Treasurer and the Utilities Manager would be attending Excel computer classes in Lafayette, Indiana on March 7 and March 8, 2017.


James Stewart moved to approve the claims as presented for March.  Pat Berger seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.


There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m.


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