Rossville Town Council Meeting Minutes

September 12, 2017
 
This is a report of the regular meeting and Public Hearing for the 2018 Budget of the Rossville Town Council on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rossville Town Hall.

On call of the roll: David Severt and Jack Fingerle. Bill Croto was absent.

Also present were Chad Colby, Travis Harris, Robert Shaffer, Gavin Herrera and Sarah Brehm of Liberty National.

Dave Severt called the meeting to order and minutes from the previous meeting were approved as presented.

Sarah Brehm and Gavin Herrera of Liberty National Insurance appeared before the Council to discuss offering supplemental insurance to Town employees. A minimum of three employees would need to sign up for the coverage for the Town employees to be eligible for coverage.

The Public Hearing for the 2018 Budget was opened and discussed. There were no public comments. The adoption meeting is set for October 10, 2017. Jack Fingerle made a motion to close the Public Hearing for the 2018 Budget, seconded by Dave Severt, and passed by Council.

Travis Harris discussed HB 1555 that is to go into effect at the end of the year. Towns will be required to provide insurance coverage for reserve officers should they become ill, injured, and die while volunteering. MBAH Insurance has been contacted concerning this matter. Travis has been evaluating a traffic data computer. This is a portable unit that can monitor both speed and traffic. The street department would also be able to use the unit to determine vehicle count for future paving projects. The current unit is a demo unit with a one year warranty. The purchase cost is $2550.00. If purchased new, the cost would be $3195.00. After much discussion, Jack Fingerle made a motion to purchase the demo unit, seconded by Dave Severt, and passed by Council. The fireworks ordinance was discussed. This was tabled until the October meeting to give the Town attorney time to write the ordinance.

Chad Colby discussed several issues. He discussed modifying the drainage for the tower and filter at the park. The retention pond could then be filled in and the fencing would be moved closer to the tower. They will be dismantling the overhead fill station and capping it off at the AGRICO. The High School lift station upgrades are currently on hold waiting for Duke Energy to install power to the station. The Phase II strategy meeting will be September 26th. A copy of the pay application #4 was presented to Council for approval. Jack Fingerle made a motion to accept pay application #4 with the contingency that original signed applications are presented before payment is remitted, seconded by Dave Severt, and passed by Council. There was discussion of purchasing a UTV to replace the blue golf cart. This was tabled until the next meeting. He also stated that we may not hear anything from the Community Crossing Grant until next month.

Clerk Treasurer presented to Council a premium summary for the Town’s insurance policy. There was continued discussion of the draft of the Town’s Code of Ordinances. It was decided to request an extension.

Voucher Register was signed.

There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned to Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rossville Town Hall.

October 10, 2017
 

This is a report of the regular meeting of the Rossville Town Council on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rossville Town Hall.

On call of the roll: David Severt, Jack Fingerle, and Bill Croto.

Also present were Gene Remaly, Chad Colby, Robert Shaffer, Patty Owens, and Jerrad Blacker.

Dave Severt called the meeting to order and minutes from the previous meeting were approved as presented.

Patricia Owens appeared before the Council to request an adjustment on the wastewater portion of her bill due to children leaving a garden hose running. After discussion, Bill Croto made a motion to give her the summer sprinkling credit that she received during the summer as a one-time only credit, seconded by Dave Severt, and passed by Council. Jack Fingerle abstained from the vote.

Brian White requested to be placed on the agenda; however, he was a no show.

Travis Harris was absent from the meeting due to a personal conflict; however, an email was reviewed that was sent to Council members. He submitted a draft ordinance establishing long term parking regulations. Robert Shaffer was instructed to draft an ordinance.

Chad Colby stated the new lift station was running well and demolition of the old lift station would begin next week. An update was given from the strategy meeting on September 26th for Phase II at the wastewater plant. A new quote was received from Rodkey/New Holland for a Kubota UTV that was $1000.00 less. Purchase price would be $18,150.00. Jack Fingerle made a motion to accept the quote with delivery later this year, seconded by Bill Croto, and passed by Council. An award from the Community Crossings Matching Grant was discussed. The grant for Gaddis St. was denied this round. The remaining 3 grant applications were approved. There is a meeting on October 23rd concerning the process to receive the funding.

Ordinance 2017-08, an ordinance regulating consumer fireworks, was presented to Council for review. After review and discussion, Jack Fingerle made a motion to approve Ordinance 2017-08 on first reading, seconded by Bill Croto, and passed by Council.

The trash and recycle ordinance was reviewed. Amendments were made and will be reviewed at next month’s meeting.

The 2018 Budget was presented to Council. Jack Fingerle made a motion to approve the 2018 Budget, seconded by Bill Croto, and passed by Council. Salary Ordinance 2017-07 was presented to Council for review. Bill Croto made a motion to suspend the rules and approve Salary Ordinance 2017-07 on all three readings, seconded by Jack Fingerle, and approved by Council.

Darryl Sanders from the Clinton County EMS contacted Jack Fingerle regarding the installation of a generator to power the tornado siren. Clinton County EMS will provide the generator and the Town would be responsible for the installation. . The generator would power both the siren and the police station. A proposal from M.E. Baker Electric for the electrical installation in the amount of $1800.00 was presented to Council for review. After discussion, Bill Croto made a motion to approve the proposal, seconded by Dave Severt, and passed by Council. Jack Fingerle abstained from the vote.

Pat McIlrath informed the Council that Rene McKee had filed for unemployment since her father closed his business. Even though it was her decision to leave the employ of the Town, we are going to be responsible for paying unemployment benefits.

Council approved allowing Liberty National to speak with Town employees regarding supplemental insurance. Clerk Treasurer was instructed to contact the representative to set up a meeting when all employees could be present.

Voucher Register was approved and signed.

There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned to Tuesday, October 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rossville Town Hall.

November 14, 2017
 

This is a report of the regular meeting of the Rossville Town Council on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rossville Town Hall.

On call of the roll: David Severt, Jack Fingerle, and Bill Croto.

Also present were Chad Colby, Travis Harris, Jesse Mann, Adrian Tedder, Gregg Jackson, Andrea Longenecker, Skyler Miller, Alicia Montgomery, and Sam Schiery.

Dave Severt called the meeting to order and minutes from the previous meeting were approved as presented.

Skyler Miller and Andrea Longenecker appeared before the Council to discuss the possibility of placing Tiny Libraries at the Town Park, the Rossville Library, and Flour Mill Bakery. They are Rossville High School seniors working in cooperation with the Art Department, AG Department and High School Library. The theory is to take a book/leave a book. The books placed in the tiny library are for all ages. After discussion, Jack Fingerle made a motion to approve the placement of a Tiny Library in the Town Park, seconded by Bill Croto, and passed by Council.

Adrian Tedder, Tailored Construction, appeared before the Council to discuss removing and replacing the current canopy over Dan The Man’s front entrance with a new all-weather canopy. After discussion, Jack Fingerle made a motion to give a favorable recommendation to proceed with the replacement of the canopy over Dan The Man’s front entrance, seconded by Bill Croto, and passed by Council.

Gregg Jackson, Milner Community Health Care, appeared before the Council to discuss the construction of additional assisted living units on the campus. After discussion, Jack Fingerle made a motion to charge for three (3) water and wastewater tap fees, three (3) water and wastewater capacity fees, and $543.17 for materials for the fourth (4th) unit for what is currently under construction plus three (3) water and wastewater tap fees for the four (4) future units and $543.17 for materials for the 4th future unit. Three (3) water and wastewater capacity fees will be charged when the future four (4) units are constructed and occupied. The Town will provide the meters for the four (4) future units when constructed. Bill Croto seconded the motion and passed by Council.

Alicia Montgomery appeared before the Town Council to ask for relief on the wastewater portion of her current bill due to a toilet left running while she was in the hospital. Jack Fingerle made a motion to reduce the current wastewater portion of the bill in the amount of $87.70 on a one time basis, seconded by Bill Croto, and passed by Council.

Jesse Mann, Friendly Market and Mann Brothers Holdings, appeared before the Council to discuss renovating the old Regions Bank building on S. Plank St. into a convenience store/gas station. The store hours would be from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. There will be no alcohol sales at this location. He gave current locations they currently own and operate if the Council wanted to do a site visit. There was concerns expressed pertaining to the traffic congestion, lighting, buffer yard, entrance/exit on the alley, and turning radius of fuel trucks. Bill Croto made a motion to send a letter of support to the Clinton County Area Plan with the contingency that the lighting grid does not exceed property lines and there is no entrance/exit to alley along the north side of the property to the property line, seconded by Jack Fingerle, and passed by Council.

Sam Schiery appeared before the Council expressing concerns of the sewage/drainage issues occurring at 57 W. Merrill St. Chad Colby stated that he would video the line for a possible blockage. He suggested that a check valve could be installed in the home.

Ordinance 2017-08, an ordinance regulating consumer fireworks, was presented to Council for the second and third readings. Jack Fingerle made a motion to suspend the rules and approve Ordinance 2017-08 on second and third readings, seconded by

Bill Croto, and passed by Council.

Ordinance 2017-09, an ordinance amending the Trash and Garbage Collection Ordinance, was presented to Council for review. Jack Fingerle made a motion of approve Ordinance 2017-09 on first reading, seconded by Bill Croto, and passed by Council.

Ordinance 2017-10, an ordinance restricting residential parking, was presented to Council for review. Jack Fingerle made a motion to approve Ordinance 2017-10 on first reading, seconded by Bill Croto, and passed by Council.

A proposal was presented to Council in light of the recent power outage on October 4th causing the Town Hall to close. The proposal from M.P. Baker would supply at a cost of $4,920, a 12KV Briggs & Stratton Fortress Generator with block heater, 100 amp transfer switch, battery warmer and battery, pad for generator, and diagnostic light. After discussion and consideration, Bill Croto made a motion to accept the proposal from M.P. Baker in the amount of $4,920.00, seconded by Dave Severt, and passed by Council. Jack Fingerle abstained from the vote.

Town Council signed their annual certification nepotism policies involving direct line of supervision and contracts.

Jack Fingerle made a motion to transfer $42,639.75 to the Community Crossings Matching Grant Fund as the Town’s match portion, seconded by Bill Croto, and passed by Council.

Voucher Register was approved and signed.

There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned to the Executive Session held following this meeting.

The next Town Council meeting will be Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the Rossville Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

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