Village of Oblong

September 7, 2011


September 7th, 2011

The Village of Oblong Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011, in the Farley Room of the Municipal Building.

Members Present:
Mayor Randy Rich, Clerk Ladora Boyd, Trustee Rick Catt, Trustee Joe Campanella, Trustee Rick Houdasheldt, Trustee Ken Russell, Trustee Tony Madlem, Trustee Debi Wilson and Treasurer Jan Miller.

Others Present:
Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Police Chief Chad Pusey, Tom Compton (Daily News), Chris Forde (WTYE/WTAY), Mike McReynolds and Sheryl Fritchie.

1. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Rich.

2. The Regular Board Meeting minutes of August 3rd, 2011 were approved with a motion by Debi and a second by Ken. All ayes; motion carried.

3. There was one addition to the agenda this month. Mike McReynolds came before the Board to report that the Alzheimer’s Group collected over $800 on August 20th. He stated that the group would like to use the 4-way stop again next year on the Saturday after the Antique Tractor and Engine Show weekend. Randy stated that the group will need to come to the Board Meeting next year to make the request.

4. There was one water bill customers at the meeting this month. Sheryl Fritchie came
to see if the Board would give her an additional extension on her delinquent water bill. It was discussed and the Board decided to have the water shut-off because there was only one payment made since the July Board Meeting and no definite payment schedule.

5. Randy stated that the Village has appropriated $1,457,670.00 and is levying for
$ 106,600.00. Motion by Rick C., with a second by Rick H., to adopt Ordinance 2011-O-537 “Tax Levy Ordinance”. All ayes, motion carried.

6. Randy asked the Police Chief if he has had anymore contact with the property
owner of 305 South Range Street. Chad stated that he had not, but that the junk in the yard has been cleaned-up and the yard has been mowed. Chad stated that he has taken pictures of the house before Gary boarded up the lower level windows that broken panels and that the doors are secured.

Randy stated that there was an issue of back taxes on the Lawhead property. There was some discussion on this matter. Motion by Debi, with a second by Rick C., for the Village to go ahead and pay the back taxes on the property of $995.86. Roll call vote as follows: Rick C.-Aye, Joe-Aye, Rick H.-Aye, Ken-Aye, Tony-Aye, and Debi-Aye. Motion carried.
7. Under Mayor’s Comments:
1. Randy stated that John Provine had contacted him and wants to come and check the speaker system, two weeks before the Fall Follies to make sure everything is up and running.

2. Randy stated that the Village has received the Halloween Parade Permit for October 29th, from IDOT.

3. Randy mentioned that the Fall Clean-up is scheduled for October 13th, with Republic. One appliance per paid-up household and everything else needs to be bagged, bundled or boxed.

4. Randy stated that WTW Salvage wants to do scrap metal, appliances, TVs and tire rims pick-up this fall. The Board suggested to let WTW Salvage decide wither they wanted to come the day before or day after October 13th. It was also discussed that if WTW Salvage does not do what they say they are going to do; then the Village will be looking for someone else to do the scrap metal, appliances, TVs and tire rims pick-up.

5. Randy stated that the Village has received some letters from MediaCom this past month. The first letter, dated August 5th, states that there will be some changes to the line on or about September 9th. The second letter, dated August 12th, states that they will not longer have WTHI DT2 Cool TV in their line-up. The third letter, dated August 17th, states that they will no longer have the Tennis Channel in their line-up.

6. Randy read a THANK YOU card from the family of Don Russell which read as follows “Thank you for the memory stone & plant. Your thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated.” The card was signed Ken and Nancy Russell.

7. Randy stated that the Village’s IML/RMA Loss Control Specialist Jim Closson had stopped by to do his annual inspection. Randy stated that he had left a packet of information and a suggestion about some signage out at the Village Park.

8. Reports of Committees:

A.Police: Joe read the August Monthly Report. Joe stated that the new squad car is in service and that he had contacted two other agencies about purchasing the 2007 squad car, but have not heard back from them. Joe stated that there is Patrol and Rifle Training this month and that Officer Gabe Lowrance and Joe Gunn will be attending the training. Chad stated that the building on West Indiana Street that is owned by Monte Eagle Mills is being torn down.

B. Building and Park: Gary stated that there is a new floor in the Musgrave Shelter and the new playground equipment for ages 3-5 year olds has been installed. Ken, on behalf of the Playground Equipment Committee wanted to thank everyone who came out and helped put the new playground equipment up especially Nash Electric, in the use of the auger.

C. Sidewalks and Lights: Rick H. stated that 50% of the sidewalk projects have been completed. Rick wanted to thank Gary and the guys for helping Maxwell Concrete so that the projects that were completed were done now instead of later in the year.

D. Street and Alley: Tony stated that there was nothing to report this month. Gary stated that later this month the Chip and Seal will be done on the streets.

E. Water and Sewer: Ken stated that there was nothing to report this month. Gary stated that the right-of-ways have been cleared off ready to start laying some more water line and soon as the street project is finished.

F. Finance: Rick C. stated that the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission was planning to have a seminar on grants. He asked if anyone was interested in going. Jan stated that she might if nothing else comes up. Ladora stated that Jan and she would be going to their quarterly SECICTA Meeting tomorrow (September 8th).

G. Development: Randy stated that there has been some interest and that he will
look into seeing if there is anything the Village could offer.

9. Motion by Rick H., with a second by Tony, to pay the bills that were on the warranty
list and any utility bills, bills that will incur a late charge or reimbursements to employees. All ayes, motion carried.

10. There was one other item of business this month. Ken asked about the generator
for the municipal building. Randy stated that he has not heard anything from John LeFever.

11. Motion by Rick C., with a second by Tony, to adjourn the meeting at 7:32 pm.
All ayes, motion carried.

Respectfully submitted


Ladora C. Boyd