The Town Council of Winona Lake, Indiana met in a regular session on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, in the Town Hall at 6:00 p.m.


COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:             Rick Swaim, Dennis Duncan, Theila Banta and

                                                            James Lancaster


ABSENT:                                           Heather James            


OTHERS PRESENT:                         Craig Allebach, Kent Adams, Joe Hawn, Tom Miller,

                                                            Holly Hummitch, Kevin Gelbaugh, Adam Turner,

                                                            Aaron Carl



Opening - Dennis opened the meeting with prayer and The Pledge of Allegiance.


Approval of Minutes - Rick called for additions or corrections to the July 16, 2019 regular session minutes. Motion made by Dennis and James Lancaster seconded. Hearing no addition/corrections, the minutes stand approved as presented.


Approval of Claims - Kent presented for approval for July 16, 2019 End of Month claims, in the amount of $145,437.09 and August 20, 2019 claims in the amount of $1,009,157.92. Motion made by James Lancaster and Theila seconded. Motion passed.


“Winona Happenings”

·         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.


Watershed Foundation Update

·         Lyn Crighton talked about the Walnut Creek-Tippecanoe Watershed Management Plan that was completed in the fall of 2018. Lyn gave an update on the Healthy Shoreline Project. Holly presented Lyn with the Limitless Park Award.


2019 – 2020 Budget Comparative

·         Kent presented the Council with a preliminary 2020 Proposed Budget Comparative vs 2019 Budget. The 2020 Budget shows a 4.6% decrease from the 2019 Budget. The Net assessed value of Winona Lake increased just under $12 million dollars. The 2019 Tax Rate was 0.7249 and the Estimated 2020 Tax Rate is 0.6992 – a decrease of 3.5% which is good for taxpayers. The next Council meeting on September 17 will be the Budget Review & Public Hearing.


Resolution 2019-8-1 Dormant Fund

·         Resolution 2019-8-1 was created to abolish a dormant fund and transfer its remaining fund balance to the Rainy-Day Fund. The Redevelopment fund has been dormant for some time.

·         Dennis made motion to approve Resolution 2019-8-1 and James Lancaster 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.

·         Last month the first reading was approved but the second reading did not pass unanimously. Ordinance 2019-7-1 is up for final passage.

·         Motion made by Dennis to approve Ordinance 2019-7-1 in the final reading and Theila seconded. Motion passed.


Travel Authorization

·         Craig requested permission to attend the 2019 AIM Ideas Summit (conference) in French Lick, August 27 - 29.

·         Motion made by James Lancaster and Dennis seconded. Motion passed.


Report from Town Engineer – Aaron Carl

·         Working on some storm drainage projects.


Report from Town Attorney – Adam Turner

·         Working on the Stonehenge project.

·         Working on the capital asset policy.


Reports from Supervisors

·         Police Dept./Joe Hawn – David Swain attended Fire Arms training. He is now a Fire Arms instructor.

·         Street Dept./Tom Miller – Two trees will be cut down next to tennis courts to clear way for pickleball courts.

·         Fire Dept./Kevin Gelbaugh – Pancake Breakfast will be held October 5 7:00 a.m. to 10:00am to benefit the Grace Women’s Soccer Team. It is also Grace Homecoming Weekend.

·         Park Dept./Holly Hummitch – Summer programs went well.


Floor Topics

·         Jennifer &Vinay Tikka have standing water on sidewalk at 1505 Park Ave.

·         Kerry Robinson wanted to say Thank You for the work done on Boys City Dr.

·         Nick Hauck complemented Tom and his crew on the new structure holding the stained glass. It was wood before and now powder coated steel.


Reports from Council

·         Theila Thanked Holly and everyone involved with the Family Festival. It was wonderful.

·         Rick gave an update on the Artwork. The Potawatomie & Miami Indians Sculpture will be placed sometime soon. A bench has arrived and is waiting on signage. Grace College will be placing a sculpture by Beta Hall.


Meeting was adjourned – Theila made the motion to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting was adjourned at 6:27 p.m.


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RICK SWAIM                                                           KENT ADAMS

PRESIDENT                                                              CLERK-TREASURER