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 and Tony Pearson, Members; Bill Byer, Attorney; and Dennis Molina, Clerk/Treasurer.  Deb Wainscott was not in attendance.

Cates moved, seconded by Pearson to approve the minutes from Dec 22nd and Jan 5th .  There were not enough members in attendance to approve Dec 22nd – Washmuth and Taylor did not attend that meeting.  Motion carried to approve the Jan 5th minutes.

Cates moved, seconded by Washmuth to pay the claims as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.

Owens is setting up a meeting with USDI to present the council with a proposal to oversee the gas company.  Molina spoke with Pat Callahan in regards to our current gas tracking factor and Lee will put together a report for review.  Cates would like to hold off hiring Callahan to do a rate study until after the council speaks with USDI.

Parks – no update.

Planning – Shuck presented the council with a letter from the planning commission in regards to the rezone of the Pleasantview property and also stated that D’Angelo is revamping his initial plans.  Weihe Construction will be giving more details about their proposed maintenance facility.  Shuck also stated that the 20 acre parcel on 650 where the Giving Hope Foundation intends to build is owned by Shelby Materials and they have plans for a redi mix business in the future at that site.

Old Business:  Waiting on an estimate on the backhoe to turn in to the insurance company.

New Business:  Advertise for bids on the towns insurance coverage that is up for renewal April 1st.  Advertise that the council meetings will be held at the Eagles on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm.  Cates would like to investigate USDA grants for solar panels to help reduce the towns electric bills.  Porter presented a receipt for reimbursement on boots he purchased – this was tabled until Cates could meet with the PD.  The council was made aware of the numerous complaints regarding internet issues with Swayzee Communications.  The new welcome signs are both now completed and Cates would like to have solar lights mounted to them – Pearson moved, seconded by Cates – motion carried unanimously.

There being no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned.

Posted at Thursday, January 19, 2017