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February 3, 2011 Town Council Meeting Minutes

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February 3, 2011





The February 3, 2011 Town of North Salem Council Meeting was called to order by Council President Mike Selch at 6:03 pm.



Mike Selch – Present           ____________________________

Becky Compton – Present  ____________________________

Mike Russell – Present        ____________________________



Mike S. asked if there were any additions or corrections for the January minutes; there being none Mike S.  made motion to approve as written; Mike R. seconded; motion passed unanimously.  



a.  Several citizens in attendance very much appreciate the posting of the hours the Town Hall is open.  Also comment was made on how much it is appreciated the way that Mark and Doug take care of clearing the streets and also the sidewalks down town.  Gary Harris mentioned that the Town Board should consider doing something extra for Mark and Doug for all the hard work and extra time they put in.    Gary also wanted to know if the town had plans to purchase a salt\sand spreader for the town truck so the guys don’t have to shovel by hand in the bad weather.  Mike S. said we are looking into some getting some new or used equipment.   Tom Lyle mentioned looking at items the DNR may have available.

b.  Gary Harris also wanted to comment on his dealings with our past and current part time Marshal.  He has some situations that need to be dealt that have been dragging on. 


Mike then asked for any additional citizens input.  There being none, he wanted to state that with the weather conditions and Mark having put in long hours, he asked Mark to stay home.  Our town attorney was unable to be in attendance tonight as well.  Any legal matters will be tabled until next month.



a.  Mike S. brought up discussion of bringing on Doug Frazier full time to assist Mark.  He stated that we received word from the county that our general fund was reduced by a little over $5,000.00 which is not as much as has been reduced in the past; also our MVH fund was reduced by a few hundred dollars.  However, already budgeted for 2011 is salary and benefits for a full time marshal so we have room to work with.  Mike also mentioned that we are still up in the air with regards to paying Donnie unemployment.  The Town contested the unemployment claim for Donnie.  Therefore he had to participate in a telephone hearing regarding the matter on Tuesday, February 1st.  We should know the outcome in a couple of weeks.  

After discussion with the Clerk Treasurer and Donna Astin, retired State Board of Accounts Auditor, we feel confident that we have the funds to bring Doug on full time.    Mike S. made a motion to make Doug full time, Mike R. seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.  An amendment to the salary ordinance will be written up and advertised as required.



a.   Mike S. discussed IACT – Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.  We feel that with a new Clerk Treasurer and a new Board Member, we could benefit from the services that being a member of  IACT offers Municipal Government.  Membership dues for 2011 are $616.00.  After much discussion, Mike S. made a motion that we re-join  IACT,  Becky Compton seconded; motion passed unanimously.














February 3, 2011 Town Council Minutes – page 2





a.  Mike S. spoke about the workshop they held to work on police and department guidelines, etc.   Harold Blake has been sent everything and we hope to have more information at the March meeting.

b.  Tri West Post Prom Committee is asking for donations again this year.  We normally give them $100.  Mike R. made a motion to continue with this amount, Mike S. seconded; motion passed unanimously.

c.  Discussion was held on the accident that happened in town a few weeks ago where a Bane Equipment truck carrying a large piece of machinery caught an electrical line and pulled in down and also caused damage to the pump house.  Repairs were made and the invoice faxed to Bane Equipment.  Their insurance carrier contacted us via fax to sign a release and  acknowledgment of payment of the claim, however, there was no payment received.  After some discussion, it was unanimous that no release would be signed until payment was received.  Mike S. is going to contact their insurance company.

d.  Mike S. read into the record a written report for the month of January submitted by Heath Kerns, interim Marshal (who was not in attendance).   Mike mentioned that he would like a more specific report with dates, times, and more detailed information  and will speak with Heath within the next few days.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:25 pm.


The next Council meeting will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm.






Beth Russell




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