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
ABSENT: Heather James
OTHERS PRESENT: Craig Allebach, Kent Adams, Joe Hawn, Tom Miller,
Holly Hummitch, Kevin Gelbaugh, Adam Turner,
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.
· August 22, 11:30 a.m. lunch & Shotgun start 1:00 p.m. - FOP Golf Outing at Stonehenge.
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.
· 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.
· 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.
· 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.
RICK SWAIM KENT ADAMS