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June 3, 2010 Town Council Minutes

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JUNE 3, 2010



The June 3, 2010 Town of North Salem Council Meeting was called to order by Council President Mike Selch at 6:00 pm.



Mike Selch – Present           ____________________________

Billy Woodrum – Present   ____________________________

Mike Russell –  Absent      ____________________________



Billy made a motion to approve the May 2010 minutes as written; Mike S. seconded; motion passed. 



a.  John Berry discussed the need for a new warning siren at fire department.  He researched a grant available through the FDA, but they told him Eel River Township was not eligible because we had too much money in our community.  He has been talking with a man who has a used siren which is electric and would rotate around and provide increased coverage to the town that they could mount on a pole at the fire department and the cost would be around $9,000.00.  John is wondering if the Town and the Township and Fire Department could split this cost.  We could keep the siren on the water tower as well.  He also said he was still researching possible grants.  Mike S. mentioned that he has heard that several people in town cannot hear the present siren when it goes off.  Harold Blake asked if need be, could the cost be split between this year’s budget and next year’s budget.  After much discussion it was suggested that John follow up with the Township Trustee and bring information back to the Board next month.    John also mentioned that there is a meeting on June 9th regarding the new communications center.


b.  Brian Barker was in attendance and spoke about a situation (criminal offense)  he was involved in on April 22 that still has not been resolved.  He asked the Board Members if something could be done to assist him; Billy said that they would look into this.   On a different note, Brian also asked who was responsible for the broken concrete (sidewalk) in front of his house.  He was told that this is the homeowner’s responsibility but that the town will pay up to $500.00 for new concrete and the property owner does the work or hires it done.


c.  Tom Lyle asked who was responsible for the street lights because there were a couple out on State Road 75 south of town.  Mark said it was Duke Energy and that he would call them to report the outages.


d.  Beth Russell asked if the town would be open to having an ordinance on file regarding fines for individuals who let their animals use the bathroom on other people’s property and don’t pick it up.  Billy  said he did not see why not and said that other towns and cities require owners to pick up after their animals use the bathroom.



a.  Codification update – nothing to report at this time.


b.  Update Ordinances – all squared away at this time.


c.  Insurance Alliance Risk recommendations update – Mark said there is no way to put a bottom in the existing merry-go-round without substantial cost; it would probably be cheaper to buy a new one.  He’d like to keep it because the kids love it.  Mike S. will send a letter to the insurance company explaining the situation and see what they say.


d.  Waste Water Grant update – North Salem was not among group that was approved for this grant.


e.  Swimming Pool Ordinance 2nd Reading – Billy made a motion to accept ordinance as written; Mike S. seconded.







June 3, 2010 Minutes – Page 2





a.  Water and Waste Water Budgets update – budgets look good and are on track.


b.  Mike S. would like to hold Executive Session on the salary ordinance.  Date was set for June 28th at 6:00 pm; Cheryl will advertise.  Regular meeting to be held July 1st.


c.  175 Committee will have meeting June 7th.


d.  Plans for the “Old Fashion Street Fair” are progressing; Harold mentioned that he did see it advertised.



a.  Mark said that Wabash Valley will be paving sometime this month.  Also, the new playground equipment has been put up at the park. 


b.  Mike S. said there is a grant available now to “bring back the 4th of July” to small towns.  You can go online and answer trivia questions to earn points to go towards your town. 


c.  Billy mentioned there were some issues with golf carts in town and kids driving them recklessly.  Also, there are speeders on the north end of town – usually the same three or four trucks.  He also asked about the minutes posted on the window of the Town Hall each month.  It was decided to add “proposed minutes” to these until they are passed at the next month’s meeting.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6.41 pm.  The next Council meeting will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm.





Cheryl Russell




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