Minutes of the March 15, 2018 Special Session3/16/2018
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TOWN OF WOLCOTT SPECIAL SESSION

 

The Council of the Town of Wolcott met in Special Session on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the Community Room of the Wolcott Town Hall immediately following the Local Road & Bridge Matching Grant Fund Additional Appropriation Public Hearing.

 

Council Members Present

Council President, Christina M. Orns; Members, Fred A. Young; Michael J. Johnson and Stephen Schemerhorn

 

Others Present:

Clerk-Treasurer Tammy L. Seward; Also present were Residents, Daryl Orns, and Janell Hofstetter; and Tri-County Jr.-Sr. High School Seniors, Kerry Wang and Owen Getz.

 

Absent: Council Vice President, Michael A. Yelton   

 

Council President, Christina M. Orns opened the Special Session by asking all present to join in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

Clerk-Treasurer, Tammy L. Seward requested approval to disburse the Fire Department FEMA Grant Funds in the amount of $70,858 to Donley Safety in payment of a portion of the invoice for 12 SCBA Air Packs for the Fire Department. Council Member, Fred A. Young moved to approve disbursing the Fire Department FEMA Grant Funds in the amount of $70,858 to Donley Safety in payment of a portion of the invoice for 12 SCBA Air Packs for the Fire Department. Council Member, Stephen Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed, 3-0.

 

Clerk-Treasurer, Tammy L. Seward requested approval to transfer $448.85 from the Rainy Day Fund to the Blight Clearance Project Grant Fund to pay the Mattox & Associates invoice in the amount of $448.85 for the asbestos inspection performed on the 129 W. Market Street building. Council Member, Michael J. Johnson moved to approve transferring $448.85 from the Rainy Day Fund to the Blight Clearance Project Grant Fund to pay the Mattox & Associates invoice in the amount of $448.85 for the asbestos inspection performed on the 129 W. Market Street building.


A lengthy discussion ensued regarding different ways to enhance the empty space left once the razing of the 129 West Market Street building is complete.

 

Council President, Christina M. Orns stated that Council, in being ambassadors of the Town and for juxtaposing purposes, asked Jeff Rowe of Umbaugh & Associates to seek additional Bond Anticipation Notes from other financial institutions. Mrs. Orns added that Mr. Rowe of Umbaugh & Associates reached out to the State Bank of Burnettsville, Demotte State Bank, Kentland Bank and Lafayette Bank and Trust (a branch of First Merchants Bank) and that all of the banks with the exception of Lafayette Bank and Trust were unresponsive. Mrs. Orns stated that it was conveyed that Lafayette Bank and Trust would not be submitting a Bid for the Bond Anticipation Note because they don't serve the Town of Wolcott. Mrs. Orns added the Bank of Wolcott confirmed that they are still holding their Bond Anticipation Note bid at the 3% interest rate and $2,000 upfront fee and Council will approve said Bond Anticipation Note Proposal during the April 3, 2018 Council Meeting.

 

Clerk-Treasurer, Tammy L. Seward presented Council with a draft of the Spring-Summer 2018 "Wolcott Wise" Town Newsletter for their perusal. Following some discussion regarding placing an article in the Newsletter asking pet owners to clean up after their pets when walking them, Council Member, Michael J. Johnson moved to approve mailing and providing The New Wolcott Enterprise a Ride-a-Long copy of the Spring - Summer 2018 "Wolcott Wise" Town Newsletter. Council Member, Fred A. Young seconded the motion; and the motion passed, 3-0.

Council President, Christina M. Orns opened discussion regarding the Town hosting a

"Spring Clean-Up Day" since the trash service is limited to the items in which they can collect due to landfill regulations. Mrs. Orns recommended renting two (2) dumpsters, and a trailer for electronics; locating them at the Water Tower where they can be managed. Council Member, Stephen Schemerhorn recommended contracting someone to collect appliances. Council President, Christina M. Orns stated that it was suggested to collect the names and addresses of those utilizing this service in order to ensure that it is only Wolcott residents. Following some discussion, Council President, Christina M. Orns stated that she will pursue finding someone with a trailer to collect electronics, while Council Member, Stephen Schemerhorn stated that he will pursue finding someone to collect appliances. Council Members agreed that "Spring Clean-Up Day" should be the Saturday following the Town Wide Garage Sale; no motion was made. 

 

There being no further business, Council Member, Michael J. Johnson moved to adjourn the Special Session; Council Member, Stephen Schemerhorn seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0. 

 

 

 

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