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Minutes
 
Town Council Meeting - November 6, 2002
 
Present: Mayor Sam Pierce, Council Members Ed Palsgrove, Neal Roop and Terry Petry, Town Clerk Cindy Welker and Attorney Michelle Ostrander. There were 14 people in attendance.
 
Call to Order: Mayor Pierce called the November 6, 2002 Monthly Town Council Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
 
Recording and Agenda Policies: Mayor Pierce stated that the Town Meeting is recorded by electronic means and that the meeting will follow an Agenda. Anyone who wished to have a matter placed on the Agenda needs to submit the topic to the Mayor in writing by the last Wednesday of the month by the close of the business day, which is 3:00 p.m. These items will be reviewed for approval.
 
Previous Meeting Minutes: A motion to accept the October 2, 2002 Monthly Town Council Meeting minutes was made by Councilman Roop and seconded by Councilman Palsgrove. Motioned passed 3-0.
 
Mayor's Report: Mayor Pierce stated that he had several things to report just for the Council's information. His first item was that the Dennings Wells Project was going well and that the contractor hopes to have this project completed by Thanksgiving.
 
The Mayor's next item was to report that Trooper Childress has the Town citation books. These will be used for citation on code violations around the Town.
 
Next, Mayor Pierce gave an update on the Booster Pump Station. He stated that the developers were still dragging their feet on this project. The drawings were submitted to the Town's engineer about three weeks ago and returned to the developer with some comments. The Town is still waiting for the developer to return the plans with the corrections to the Town's engineer for final approval.
 
His next item on his report was the new water rates. These new rates will take effect October 1, 2002. The first billing will come out January 2003. He stated that in mid December the Town would be sending out a copy of what the new bills will look like with an explanation of the different areas on the bill.
 
Committee Reports:
 
Finance - Councilman Roop stated that he would like the other Council Members to begin thinking about items they would like put in the budget for the next fiscal year. Also he suggested that in the next month or two to begin looking into exactly what needs to be done for GASB34. He thought maybe the Town might need to bring in someone from outside to help. Mayor Pierce stated that the Town would begin July 2003.
 
There were no other committee reports.
 
 
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
 
NONE
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Dickerson Run Habitat Restoration Project: Mayor Pierce stated that several years ago the DNR in conjunction with the SHA and Federal Government came up with a plan to do stream stabilization. This project was not implemented at that time do to the lack of funds. DNR came to the Town at their last work session to discuss this project again. This program would cost about $ 80,000.00, but would be no cost to the Town. It is completely funded by DNR, SHA and a Federal Grant.
 
Mayor Pierce stated that Union Bridge has done something similar to this project and went on to explain what would be done in New Windsor.
 
Mayor Pierce stated that he would contact the neighbors that are along this streamline and inform them as to what the Town is planning to do.
 
Councilman Petry made a motion to proceed with the project and Councilman Roop seconded it. Motion passed 3-0. Mayor Pierce stated that he would contact DNR and inform them of the Council's decision.
 
Mayor Pierce's next item of new business was that at the Council's last work session they had invited a gentleman to come and talk to them about being able to get the Town some grant money for projects that the Town is looking into doing. He stated that this gentleman has worked with Union Bridge and has gotten them several grants for projects in their Town. Councilman Roop felt that this person being hired was long overdue.
 
Councilman Roop made a motion to have Mr. Jim Schumacher be the Town's Grant finder and Councilman Palsgrove seconded it. Motion passed 3-0.
 
The next item of new business was the introduction of an ordinance for maintaining and construction of sidewalks. He stated that the Main Street Committee needed this ordinance to continue with the Main Street Project.
 
Attorney Michelle Ostrander went on to explain this ordinance. She stated that the Council could introduce this ordinance tonight and than it would be advertised and a Public Hearing would be scheduled for this ordinance. Michelle stated that the ordinance would give the Town the right to repair the sidewalks.
 
Councilman Petry made a motion to introduce Ordinance #11602 and Councilman Palsgrove seconded it. Motion passed 3-0.
 
Resident's Concerns:
 
NONE
 
Announcements: Next Council Work Session will be November 18, 2002, which will be devoted completely to the Zoning Ordinances that the Planning Commission has been working on for years.
 
The transfer of the school land to the Town is still in the works.
 
A newsletter will be going out at the end of November with a lot of Christmas events that are going to happen around town.
 
The Christmas tree lighting will be Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 6:30 with the Elmer A. Wolfe chorus entertaining. After the tree lighting, everyone is invited to the Fire Hall for refreshments and the Monthly Town Council Meeting will follow.
 
The web page is steadily being updated.
 
Community Thanksgiving service will be held at St. Paul's Church on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 7:45 p.m.
 
Councilman Palsgrove introduced his dad who was visiting from California.
 
Adjournment: With no other business before the Council, a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Councilman Petry and seconded by Councilman Palsgrove. Motion passed 3-0.
 
Meeting was adjourned at 7:33 p.m.
 
Cindy L. Welker
Acting Town Clerk
 
 
 
 
 
 

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