The Town Council of Winona Lake, Indiana met in a regular session on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in the Town Hall at 6:00 p.m.


COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:             Rick Swaim, Dennis Duncan, Heather James, Theila Banta


ABSENT:                                           James Lancaster                                 


OTHERS PRESENT:                         Craig Allebach, Kent Adams, Joe Hawn, Tom Miller, Holly Hummitch, Michael Raymer, Adam Turner, Aaron Carl


Tribute to Pete O’Connell

·         Tom Miller shared some memories of Pete O’Connell. Pete passed away July 8, 2019. Pete was the former project manager for the Street Department and was Tom’s predecessor.


Opening – Heather opened the meeting with prayer and The Pledge of Allegiance.


Approval of Minutes - Rick called for additions or corrections to the June 18, 2019 regular session minutes. Motion made by Theila and Heather seconded. Hearing no addition/corrections, the minutes stand approved as presented.


Approval of Claims - Kent presented for approval for June 18, 2019 End of Month claims, in the amount of $159,582.30 and July 16, 2019 claims in the amount of $296,881.01. Motion made by Heather and Dennis seconded. Motion passed.


2020 Budget Calendar

·         Kent presented the 2020 Budget Calendar. Information only, no action needed at this time.


“Winona Happenings”

·         July 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Hometown Community Chat at Senior Center held by Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

·         July 27, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Village Jazz Festival at the Amphitheater.

·         July 26th & 27th, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. – The Lake Games – Grace College and Trails.

·         August 3, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Dinner at 5:30 p.m. – Free Family Festival in the Park.

·         August 17, Sidewalk Sale in the Village at Winona.

·         August 22, 11:30 a.m. lunch & Shotgun start 1:00 p.m. - FOP Golf Outing at Stonehenge.

·         August 24, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Canal Days in the Village at Winona. Cardboard Boat Fest proceeds go to Fellowship Missions. Arts & Craft vendors will be present.


Resolution 2019-7-2 Appointment of Police Reserve

·         Police Chief Joe Hawn is recommending the hiring of Charles “Evan” Smith as a Police Reserve. Evan had worked at Grace College in Security. Evan went to the reserve academy program while working at Grace.

·         Theila made the motion to approve Resolution 2019-2-1 and Heather seconded.

Motion passed.






Swearing in of Reserve Police Officer

·         Adam Turner swore in Evan Smith as a Police Reserve.


Resolution 2019-7-3 Comprehensive Plan

·         The Resolution adopts The Imagine Winona Lake 2030 Comprehensive Plan as the guiding local plan for the future of Winona Lake.

·         Heather made the motion to approve Resolution 2019-7-3 and Dennis seconded. Motion passed.


Ordinance 2019-7-1 Rental Registration and Inspection Program

·         The Ordinance establishes a Rental Registration and Inspection Program. The Ordinance would require a building permit. The Inspection Program would allow for periodical inspections of rental units.

·         First reading of Ordinance 2019-7-1: Dennis made motion to adopt Ordinance 2019-7-1, a Rental Registration and Inspection Program Theila seconded.

·         Second reading of Ordinance 2019-7-1: Dennis made motion to pass Ordinance 2019-7-1 in the second reading and Heather seconded. Theila opposed the motion. The Rental Registration and Inspection program will have another vote at next month’s meeting.


Approval for Fire Chief

·         The Winona Lake Volunteer Fire Department recently held an election on July 2nd to vote on a new Fire Chief. Kevin Gelbaugh was elected to be the next Fire Chief.

·         Theila made the motion to approve and Heather seconded. Motion passed.


Approval for Fire Hose

·         The fire department recently had fire hose inspections. The inspection found that eight sections of a 5-inch supply line of fire hose failed the test. The fire hose will cost $5,460 to replace the eight sections. An emergency replacement.

·         Dennis made the motion to approve the purchase of the fire hose and Theila seconded. Motion passed.


Fire Station Garage Doors

·         The fire station needs four new garage doors. We received two quotes for new doors - one from Superior Garage Door Service LLC for $12,725.88, and one from Mike’s Garage Door Sales & Service for $12,386.28. Craig recommends the low quote.

·         Theila made motion to approve the purchase of fire station garage doors from Mike’s Garage Door and Heather seconded. Motion passed.


Backhoe Repair

·         Tom Miller requested an estimate to perform a full service and to check some loose pins and bushings on the loader and the backhoe boom. The quote obtained was from RPM Machinery for $8,292.58. There could be some additional costs once maintenance starts, not to exceed $10,000.

·         Theila made the motion to approve the maintenance on the backhoe and Dennis seconded. Motion passed.





Report from Town Engineer – Aaron Carl

·         Working on some drainage projects.

·         Working on some street issues.



Report from Town Attorney – Adam Turner

·         Working on the Stonehenge project.

·         Working on the rental ordinance.

·         Working on code enforcements with Police Department.

·         Attended the Indiana Municipal Law Conference.


Reports from Supervisors

·         Street Dept./Tom Miller - The yard waste and brush pick-up is getting out of control. The brush pile maximum (6’ x 3’) is specific regarding the size of waste to be put out. A one- time per year botanical waste dumpster can be requested. We need to reduce unnecessary workload, be organized. Please keep it out of the street!

·         Fire Dept./Kevin Gelbaugh - Big “Thank You” to the Police Department for their help with the recent fire.

·         Park Dept./Holly Hummitch – Summer programs going well, 2 1/2 weeks left of summer programs. Hosting a cooling station on Thursday and Friday.


Reports from Council

·         Rick reported that two of the art pieces had been vandalized in the last couple of weeks.


Floor Topics

·         Nick Hauck wanted to Thank the Supervisors for their help with the Touch a Truck Event.

·         John Teevan Thanked Donny Ritsema of MACOG for his work on the Comprehensive Plan.


Meeting was adjourned –  Rick closed the meeting.  Meeting was adjourned at 6:52 p.m.



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RICK SWAIM                                                           KENT ADAMS

PRESIDENT                                                              CLERK-TREASURER