The Lapel Town Council met in regular session this date, at the Lapel Eagles, at 7pm, with the following members in attendance – Michael Cates, President; Lindsay Washmuth, Vice President; Dave Taylor, Deb Wainscott and Tony Pearson, Members; Bill Byer, Attorney and Dennis Molina, Clerk/Treasurer.

Washmuth moved, seconded by Wainscott to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Carried unanimously.

Wainscott moved, seconded by Taylor to approve and pay the claims as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

Byer gave the 2nd reading of the bicycle ordinance. Cates moved to wave the 3rd reading, seconded by Washmuth, motion carried unanimously to pass.

Byer gave the 2nd reading of the golf cart ordinance. Cates moved to wave the 3rd reading, seconded by Washmuth, motion carried. Voting yes – Cates, Washmuth, Taylor and Wainscott. Voting no – Pearson.

Optimist Club football – Cates moved, seconded by Taylor to close the west side of Main Street to parking from 14th Street to SR 32 during game times to alleviate congestion and for the safety of those attending. Voting yes – Cates, Taylor, Washmuth and Wainscott. Voting no – Pearson. Motion carried.

Halloween trick or treating hours will be on Monday October 31st from 6:00-8:30. Taylor moved, seconded by Wainscott, unanimously approved.

Wainscott gave an update from planning including inquiries into the possible purchase of Salvage Sisters for an upscale eatery and brewery, the progress being made in the planning of Pleasantview and Weihe Constructions interest in a location on SR13.

Police: Michael Porters pay should increased according to the salary ordinance to reflect his completion of courses to become an officer in Indiana. Chief Barnes updated the council on current lease offers for patrol cars. Wainscott and Pearson expressed concern about the new phone system stating that they have received complaints in regards to the amount of time being taken to return calls to residents. Chief Barnes is looking into ways to remedy the situation.

Old Business: Wainscott moved, seconded by Taylor and motion carried unanimously to pay $2715.00 for the cleaning of the water tower. Cates moved, seconded by Washmuth and motion carried unanimously to provide town employees with dental coverage from Dental Health Options at a monthly cost of $31.90 for employee only, $65.40 for employee + 1 and $115.10 for employee + family. Town pays ½ of the premium and the employee is responsible for the remaining ½. Wainscott moved, seconded by Taylor to accept the quote from SafetyTech totaling $15,646.00 for an emergency generator for the Town Hall. Voting yes – Wainscott, Taylor, Cates and Washmuth. Voting no – Pearson. Motion carried.

New Business: Stan Kilburn wanted to compliment Marlin Johnson and the Utility Dept for the excellent work they have been doing and hoped that the council would increase the towns employees pay accordingly going into the new year because they all do an excellent job and he would like for the employees to stay with the town. Cates inquired about a new pole for the flasher on Main Street. Owens reported that a steel pole would cost $3000.00 or they could consider using the old storm siren pole. Cates prefers metal and Owens is checking on a price for one with an extension arm.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.


Posted at Thursday, September 15, 2016