The Planning Commission held a regular meeting on December 13th from 6pm at Lapel Town Hall.
Keith VanWienen from Precise Land Surveying presented plans to replat 20 acres on CR 800 West with 3 acres remaining with the current land owner and the remaining land to be sold to David Bodenhorn.
Rod Forrest a local realtor, talked to the board about plans for a 14-acre parcel of land off Central Avenue. He stated there is interest from a metal fabrication business to build a facility on that land. The commission members thought with it being a residential zone and with limited access for delivery vehicles to enter the property it would not be a good fit. Forrest asked what other developments the commission would like to see in that spot and most people thought a 100 or so home development would be a good fit.
Forrest also asked what kind of housing needs were in demand in the area in general and Gary Shuck (Planning President) thought that affordable housing in the $180,000 to $280,000 range would be a good fit or a senior living development
The commission then reviewed and approved permits and the meeting ended.
The Town Council held a re-scheduled Town Meeting at Town Hall last night from 7pm.
Deb Wainscott (President), Tony Pearson (Vice President), Dave Taylor and Tom Marvel were present.
The Town Council read a "missing" ordinance from 2016 that has now been updated concerning road weight limits.
The ordinance declares Main St a "no truck" zone excluding vehicles with a weight of 26,000lbs or more.
- Farm and Grain Vehicles
- Local deliveries to business on Main St
- Public Safety Vehicles
There are fines for violating this ordinance.
All members present voted yes except for Tom Marvel who voted no. The council accepted the ordinance.
The Town of Lapel and Vectren are engaged in talks to discuss serving the Shelby Materials Concrete plant that was put in along 650 S, which is inside Town limits on the far south side.
Vectren has installed hardware to facilitate providing gas to that location, but the Town of Lapel was not offered first refusal to do so.
The Town has just discovered that Shelby is expecting gas service by December 14th which would be impossible for the Town of Lapel to do given they still have several miles of gas line to run.
Gas line was ordered months ago to expand the gas line all the way to near 700 S but work was put on hold when the legal dispute was discovered. Residents may have noticed the spools of yellow line sitting outside the utility building for the last few months.
Deb Wainscott was not happy that USDI stopped work on installing the line and wants them to resume.
Dave Taylor commented "USDI should do the work and Shelby Materials can wait until it is done".
Most council members agreed that Shelby Materials should have known the property was in Lapel and asked us for service.
Tom Marvel suggested "someone needs to talk to Shelby Materials".
Furthermore, messages have been received by some residents in Lapel that are building in the additions that Vectren is the only gas service provider for the Town.
The Town Attorney is in talks with Vectren to clear up these and some other disputes.
The Town Council asked the utility department to get pricing and then we can order the final section of pipe that would run from the 4-inch gas line onto the property as well as the 2-inch meter and regulator.
In the meantime it sounds like USDI will be asked to resume installing the gas line from 400 S so that Lapel can start supplying potential customers including Shelby Materials.
The Town of Lapel's budget has gained approval via a 1782 Notice. Everything the Town asked for has been approved. Except the Town will not know exactly what they are getting because the "circuit breaker" will be applied to this amount. https://itep.org/property-tax-circuit-breakers-in-2018/
New Park Updates
Work on the concession stand is expected to be finished this week, DNR is to do a final inspection.
- Officer Whisler has resigned and the 15th will be his last day. He has been asked to repay the cost of his training as he did not stay with the Town two years after graduating, which is in Town policy for Police Officers.
- Reserve Officer Biddle has resigned.
- Part Time Officers Owens and Ricketts have resigned as they are moving to work for IMPD.
- New Part Time Officer Jason Thomas will be joining the department.
- Chief Naselroad is still reviewing 12 candidates for Full Time hires.
- The Council approved buying a Dodge Durango 2019 Pursuit rated Police Vehicle for $31,528.
- The Council want Chief Naselroad to come back with quotes to install a half-cage in this vehicle and all the other used Police vehicles to provide safety to officers when transporting prisoners.
- One of the Police vehicles being driven by Officer Whisler was involved in a crash with a semi, the insurance of the semi is expected to pay the $13,000 repair bill.
The plan that was presented to the Town Council at the December 5th meeting is now available for residents to review.
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In a busy night the Town of Lapel held three meetings consecutively to discuss and vote on both a Lapel Economic Development Area and the creation of a TIF District.
Meeting 1 - Redevelopment Commission
The Redevelopment Commission which is currently comprised of the Town Council but will later be made up by members of the Public, voted to accept resolution 1-2018 creating a designated development area.
The Commission also voted to accept resolution 2-2018 which establishes a legal TIF area and details the parcels that are within the TIF area.
Redevelopment Commission Members present - Deb Wainscott, Lindsay Washmuth, Tom Marvel, Dave Taylor.
Deb Wainscott was approved as President of this board, Lindsay Washmuth as vice president and Tony Pearson (absent from meeting) as Secretary.
The first meeting of the Commission in 2019 will be January 17th at 6:30pm at the Eagles.
The Commission also approved using Wabash Scientific, Inc to develop a plan, strategies and act as advisors regarding the development area at a cost expected to be less than $10,000.
Reedy Financial Group was also approved to act as financial advisor to the Redevelopment Commission after receiving high praise from Jeff Graham (Town Attorney) who stated he had dealt with them in the past with other towns and they were "absolutely fabulous" and would treat Lapel as if it were their only client.
Mike Shaver from Wabash Scientific, Inc presented the Town with a draft Economic Development Plan and discussed possible uses for TIF funds such as matching money for OCRA and Community Crossing grants.
The initial TIF resolution details the 40-acre agricultural parcel that was turned into a Shelby Materials concrete plant earlier this year.
Using TIF allows the Town to capture for itself additional tax money, for example if a piece of land is valued at $50,000 and is within the TIF area and is redeveloped with a $1,000,000 development the Town of Lapel alone will receive the additional tax revenue from that $1,000,000 development for 25 years while all other taxing entities will still receive their original tax draw at the $50,000 amount prior to development. At a 3% tax rate a $1,000,000 development would give the Town an additional $30,000 per year in tax revenue.
Meeting 2 - Planning Commission
Planning members Gary Shuck, Tony Hewitt and Lindsay Washmuth then voted on resolution 1-2018 and 2-2018 which approved the Development Area and TIF district declaration.
Meeting 3 - Town Council
The Town Council then voted on resolution 5-2018 and 6-2018 to approve the Development Area and TIF district declaration.
A draft copy of the Economic Development Plan will be made available on the Town website in the coming days.
A Public Meeting was held at Lapel Town Hall on November 19th concerning the OCRA Water grant project with the meeting led by Mike Kleinpeter of Kleinpeter Consulting Group.
This was the third public hearing concerning this round of OCRA grants and started with news that Lapel can now claim as much as $600,000 in matching funds from OCRA.
The Town of Lapel has to provide a local match of $160,000 (which is 20% of the total amount, with OCRA providing 80%) but if successful would mean Lapel has $760,000 to spend on the tasks outlined in the grant.
Water Grant Tasks
- Ford St Well House Renovation
- Rehab Elevated Storage Tank - Silt build up, rusting issues.
- Replace Asbestos Cement Mains
Kleinpeter stated that "We have done all we can do" and "this is a good project".
The application will need to be submitted by November 30th and if awarded the Town of Lapel would not be allowed to apply for another water grant for 5 years but could still apply for a Sewer and Storm Water grant.
Typically, 12 - 13 projects are funded through this OCRA grant so there is no guarantee Lapel will be approved as many other communities will also be applying for funds.
If approved, you are only allowed to use the grant money for the tasks outlined in the application.
The Town should find out early 2019 if it is successful, and work could begin July/August 2019.
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The Town Council met for a regular meeting on November 15th at 7pm at the Eagles. Members present Dave Taylor, Tony Pearson (Vice President), Deb Wainscott (President) and Lindsay Washmuth.
Mike Kleinpeter from Kleinpeter Consulting Group held a Public Hearing for the Town's Master Plan for improving the Storm, Waste and Drinking Water systems.
A grant from OCRA is being used to fund the cost of the $50,000 plan. With the town having to pay $5,660.
OCRA has approved the plan.
RQAW revealed the list of projects under consideration:
Waste Water System
- V Notches, Clarifier Cleaning System - Replace the iron teeth that are not securely fastened and install a cleaning system.
- Prevent Algae Growth in Clarifiers - Add covers to reduce light.
- Life Station Safety Improvements and General Electrical Improvements
- Sewer Relocation at School and 12th St - Sanitary sewer running thru a storm sewer at this location.
Drinking Water System
- Ford St Well House Renovation
- Upgrade Water Treatment Plant Equipment - Dehumidifier needed.
- Repair Elevated Storage Tank - Silt build up, rusting issues.
- Replace Asbestos Cement Mains - need to locate them first.
- Loop Water System - Loop system where it currently dead ends.
- Water Main to Fishersburg - 12-inch water main with 8 inch branches.
- New Well Construction
Storm Water System
- Work on problem areas such as 3rd and John St, Central and 5th/6th St, 13th and Eerie and a few others. - Likely solution is to add bigger pipe.
Now that the Town has a plan, they can apply for an OCRA grant to help fix some of these issues. The grants are usually a 80%/20% split with the Town paying 20%.
The Town Council voted in favor of creating a Redevelopment Department/Committee.
The committee will initially be composed of the Town Council but will later be formed from residents of Lapel.
The purpose of this department initially is to look at establishing Tax increment financing (TIF) districts to bring additional property tax revenue to the Town of Lapel.
By using TIF districts the Town can highlight areas that they expect to see growth, such as the SR13 corridor and capture future property tax growth from these developments.
TIF cannot be established on houses, it only applies to businesses and does not raise anyone's taxes.
The first meeting of the Redevelopment Committee will be Tuesday 20th at 6pm at Town Hall.
Pleasant View Apartments
Gary Shuck (Planning) informed the Town Council of a change in plans for the Pleasant View Apartments project currently under construction. There will now likely be 4 2-inch water meters on the Pleasant View property and not a single meter in the easement as originally planned.
There was some discussion about this and whether the Town should be responsible for restoring any damage on the property if they must dig up the meters. For example asphalt driveway/parking lot.
It is likely they will ask Pleasant View Apartments for a legal document laying out who is responsible for what in regards the location of the meters.
- Approved paying USDI $3,000 to loop a gas line near 300 South and at 11th and Vine St.
- Approved buying a new gas locator tool at a cost of $4,000 the current one is broken and needs repairing, once repaired the Town will then have two.
- Discussed replacing the Dump Truck purchased a few years ago at auction which has cost the Town a lot of money in repairs and is not as versatile as originally believed. - Pearson asked the Utility department to get prices.
The Town Council held a regular Town Meeting at the Eagles on November 1st 2018 from 7pm.
Members present Dave Taylor, Tom Marvel, Lindsay Washmuth, Tony Pearson (Vice President), Deb Wainscott (President).
The Town Council approved the October 4th and 18th minutes.
The Town Council signed a new agreement with RQAW for Inspection On Call. The old agreement was for a year and had expired.
The Town Council discussed a Road Weight Limit ordinance that was written up in 2016 and read twice but was not read the third and final time. New Town Lawyer Ashley Hopper will go through a box of papers given to her from Bill Byer to look for the ordinance.
Kelly Naselroad (Police Chief) discussed updating the Tagged Vehicle ordinance which seems to be based off an old 1980's or older state statue and needs to be repealed and replaced. Hopper to investigate and write new ordinance.
The Town Council discussed Basketball Goals and will come up with a new ordinance to prevent them being placed on streets and impeding the right of way.
Town Hall will be closed Friday November 9th for Training.
Chief Naselroad informed the Council that the Police Department is actively seeking a new full-time officer to replace the departing Jon Hosier, the PD may also be losing one further officer and several part time officers who are looking at moving to IMPD.
Officer Porter the current K9 officer may leave and in the event, he does the Town will likely try to sell the dog to another department that needs a K9 unit.
The Lapel Town Council held a special meeting at the Eagles on November 1st 2018 at 6pm.
The topic of the meeting was to discuss how to spend the $315,000 (approximately) money that will be dispersed this year from a generous fund setup by Olevia Cascadden.
Members present, Dave Taylor, Tom Marvel, Tony Pearson (Vice President), Deb Wainscott (President).
The Council briefly discussed the progress of the new Bulldog Park but stopped short of offering to use some of the new money to complete work on the park.
Teresa Rutherford suggested the Town use the money on projects to improve the Town such as sidewalk replacement, or anything that makes it look better.
Gary Shuck and Deb Wainscott commented that they were looking at adding Park and Road Impact Fees and they might need some of the money to help pay for studies.
Gary Shuck then had the following comments and suggestions.
- We need to look at doing things people can see.
- Sidewalk Replacement
- Fix Main St Sidewalk and near Myers/Post Office
- Use it for matching grant money and maybe turn $315,000 into millions.
- Fix an issue with rain water penetrating into the sewer system that has existed for years, perform an infiltration study.
- Use some of the money to fix the shelters at Woodward Park and improve the parks.
- Projects that enhance the quality of life
- Use it for amenities and to attract people and businesses here.
- Also let people know where we are spending the money, so they know it is not being wasted.
- Projects that improve and appreciate the value of what we have.
- Save some of it back for a rainy day.
Daniel Paull informed the Town Council that people on Facebook had asked for the following:
- Save it in the Rainy Day Fund.
- Build a Grocery Store
- Install an Active Shooter Defense System at the school.
Paull also offered a suggestion that in the future (the Town is expected to get similar gifts from the Cascadden Fund every other year) the Town could use the money to entice a better internet company to Lapel to bring Fiber optic speeds. Which could help the Town grow and attract residents and businesses instead of the largely inferior internet we have now.
Deb Wainscott commented that Bulldog Park needs to be finished and she thought that there were going to be more than four fields at the Park. She would like to see both Baseball and Softball play at the same Park and thinks there is room enough for them to build more ball fields at that location.
Dave Taylor added "They need to finish the first one first."
Deb Wainscott added "We need someone more responsible to get it done."
Wainscott also commented that they could move the lights, fence and sod from the old baseball park to the new one which would reduce costs.
Teresa Rutherford suggested saving it and using it for grants.
Dennis Molina agreed with her and commented "don't piss it away".
Getting water and gas down SR13 to the new annexation area was also discussed.
Gary Shuck suggested buying 4 acres of land south of 38 to put in a new Well, it would be on the same well field as the well on 13 but he thought it would be able to handle it.
Dave Taylor suggested installing filtration so that they didn't need to pump the water from SR13 well to Town to filter and send back to utility customers on SR13.
Gary Shuck commented that you would have to spend around $3.5million to build a new Water Plant for that.
The Council then discussed Police Cars and the immediate need for a new car.
Deb Wainscott suggested "we stop buying other people's junk" and that the last two deals we had gotten on used vehicles had all been junk.
Tony Pearson noted that not enough Tax Dollars were coming in for the Police Department which made it hard to buy new vehicles.
At the end of the hour long discussion nothing was decided and for now the money will not be used for anything specific.
The Town of Lapel held a regular meeting on October 18th from 7pm at the Eagles on 9th St.
Members present Dave Taylor, Lindsay Washmuth, Deb Wainscott (President).
The start of the meeting consisted of a public hearing for the OCRA Matching Grant (75%/25%) for Water/Storm Water improvement.
The Town is looking to get $500,000 total but has to provide around $160,000 in matching funds.
The three projects the Town would like to complete with this money are:
- Replacing Asbestos/Cement Pipe
- Replace Ford Street Well House
- Repair the elevated Water Tank on Vine St
The meeting was then turned over to the public for comment.
Gary Shuck stated that "work on the water and sewer system has been going on since the 1980's and 1990's and that they have tried to get grants in the past."
Previous attempts to get grants in 2001, 2002, 2011 and 2012 which were supposed to replace the asbestos lines had to be scaled back and the line replacement removed.
Shuck is "all in favor of the OCRA grant".
The public hearing was closed, and a resolution to apply for the OCRA grant was passed.
The Town still needs to receive about 20 surveys from people to help with the grant process, so if you receive a survey from the Town or Kleinpeter please complete it and return it.
Storm Water Fee Ordinance
The Town Council approved the new Storm Water Fee which will go up from $2.50 per month to $3.05 and take effect January 1st 2019.
Training for Todd Bryant and Brandon Hutchison
Town utility employees Todd Bryant and Brandon Hutchison are to be certified to perform some repairs to the Town's Gas Detection Meters.
The cost to get certified will be $200 which will pay for itself quite quickly as it currently costs $200 to send the meter away to be repaired whenever it breaks.
Trick or Treat 2018
Trick or Treat hours for the Town of Lapel will be 6pm to 8pm on October 31st
Hershel Hinkle (LCA) and Chad Blake (W.C. Signs) presented the Town a plan for replacing approximately 22 sign poles with new poles on Main Street at a cost of a little over $10,000 to be paid for using a $5,000 matching grant and money from the Lapel Community Association.
The Town is to review the plan and get back with the LCA.
The Town Lawyer Ashley Hopper has sent a letter to Vectren over its failure to give the Town of Lapel first right of refusal to put gas lines into the newly annexed area along SR13 towards I69.
The Planning Board held a regular meeting at Lapel Town Hall on October 11th from 6pm.
Norris Teeters asked for advice about turning a residential and commercial property at 635 Main Street into either one large residential lot or two residential lots. Gary Shuck says more research is needed.
Stephanie and Derek Evelo asked the planning board about rezoning the old Church building at 210 W 9th St. The Evelo's bought the building at auction and although it is currently zoned residential they wondered if it would be possible to rezone as commercial.
They want to either fix the structural issues and keep some elements of the existing building such as the bell as a focal point, or tear it down and rebuild if the structural issues are too much.
Stephanie stated that there are a lot of ideas for what to do with that property, including:
- Coffee Shop
- Something like "Bonge's".
- Consignment Shop
- Antique Shop
If they can keep the integrity of the building and the old Bell involved in the project they plan on calling it the "Bell of Lapel" or the "Lapel Bell".
The Planning Board asked the Evelo's to figure out what exactly they want to do with the property and come back with a specific plan.
The Lapel Park Board held a regular meeting at Lapel Town Hall on October 9th 2018.
With under 3 months left to finish Bulldog Park the main topic tonight was the completion of the new park.
Bill Hutton (Park Board President) had received concrete bids to concrete the main area around the concession building, the parking lot, the shelter and the basketball court.
After one of the bids came in at over $70,000 it was decided to try a different approach.
The Park Board will now table the original bids and ask for bids to concrete around the concession stand only and look at asphalting the other areas.
- The fencing will be done this year, but the fence contractor does not know when.
- Dennis Miller Construction will likely be siding the concession stand before it gets much cooler.
- Toilets, Sinks and other misc. plumbing supplies for the concession building have been generously donated and will be installed as soon as possible.
- Neal Whisman has installed the meter base and panel, Duke is putting in the meter on Friday.
theRiver Work Day
The River Church is holding a work day to help complete some projects at Bulldog Park this Saturday the 13th.
The Park Board is hoping to get the roofs on the dugouts, grade part of the fields, paint some block, clean up some trash, electrical work and anything else they can get done.
Members present Dave Taylor, Tom Marvel, Lindsay Washmuth, Tony Pearson (Vice President).
There will be a public hearing on October 18th at 7pm during the regular Town meeting at the Eagles concerning the CDBG Block Grant - Water Program.
There will be a Council Member only Executive session on November 1st at 6pm also at the Eagles to discuss the Cascadden money.
The Town Council discussed radio read replacements for residents that repeatedly break them. The Town Council decided that where possible they will attempt to lower, or relocate the meter to prevent repeat damage to radio reads where the problem could be fixed by the Town.
Chief Naselroad discussed an issue with one of the Police cars that may need to get fixed or the car sent to auction. The Town Council suggested waiting a little longer with the implication that a new car might be bought using the Cascadden money.
Chad Blake from W.C. Signs discussed proposals from the Lapel Community Association to replace the sign posts and signs on Main Street using $5,000 of grant money and $5,000 matching funds from the LCA.
He thought W.C. Signs could get the job done for less than $10,000 but was still finalizing the price.
He also stated that while most of the road safety signs such as "STOP" signs were up to code in appearance, many of them were not up to code in terms of the location of the sign, either being too close to a junction or too far away. He added that many of the street signs were not correct and were the wrong size and not located correctly across Town and not just limited to Main Street.
According to Federal Guidelines the Town had until January 22nd this year to bring the signs up to code, and he does not know what penalties the Town may face.
There was a regularly scheduled Town Meeting held on September 20th at the Eagles on 9th Street from 7pm. Council members present Dave Taylor, Tom Marvel, Tony Pearson, Deb Wainscott (President).
Kenny Bourke Sr (Olevia's Nephew) and Sally Devoe (Madison County Community Foundation) revealed to the Town Council that due to the generosity of Olevia Cascadden who with the assistance of the Madison County Community Foundation established a fund consisting of around $2.5million upon her death in 2015, the Town would be receiving a windfall this year..
Cascadden loved the Town of lapel and made sure that this money would stay in Lapel.
The interest and earnings on the fund are to be paid to the Town of Lapel every other year, with the alternate year interest going to the School. This would be the second payout from the fund, with the first going to the School last year.
This year the Town of Lapel will receive around $315,000, and although there are no guarantees the Town will receive the same amount every other year, this fund will run for 25 years and at the end of that time period whatever is left in the fund will be given to the Town in its entirety.
Bourke Sr stated "He was not going to tell the Town how to spend the money."
Wainscott stated "We appreciate it, she was a very nice lady."
Devoe added "It is not all that common, so this is a great gift to your community".
She also noted that this was the largest fund the Madison County Community Foundation had dealt with in 25 years, and also the largest payout.
"Olevia loved Lapel and Teaching, she wanted the students to benefit from this" - said Devoe.
The money will be wire transferred to the Town of Lapel.
Mike Kleinpeter opened a Public Hearing regarding plans for $500,000 of OCRA grant money, on a 75%/25% match split. The Town would be putting up $160,000 if they get the grant.
RQAW, explained the three projects the Town hopes to complete with the money are:
- Rehab the Ford Street Well House which is in bad shape.
- Replace an asbestos water main.
- Rehab and repair of Water Tower.
The public was then asked for questions:
Gary Shuck asked, "if this would be a partial grant or all or nothing".
Kleinpeter responded "all or nothing"
All documentation for the grant has to be submitted by Nov 30th.
REQUEST FOR SPEED BUMP ON 3RD ST BETWEEN JOHN AND WOODWARD
A local resident requested the Town install a speed bump on 3rd St between John and Woodward. She stated she had young children and she was concerned at the speed people drive down the street.
In particularly people use 3rd Street heavily when there is a ball game and some even drive the wrong way down the Street which is "ONE WAY".
The Town Council discussed the request, and due to issues with plowing they voted to approve a temporary speed bump that could be used during spring, summer and fall and removed for winter.
UTIILITY - WATER TANKS
The Town Council discussed and approved spending $3,600 to clean the Water Tower tank and the on-ground water Tank.
UTILITY - GENERAL
Tony Pearson requested the Town purchase a new Chevrolet Silverado from Stanley Chevrolet at a cost of $24,000 for the utility department.
Pearson stated it was needed as an employee is currently using their own vehicle.
Tom Marvel motioned to table the discussion until after the wire transfer from South Madison Community Foundation goes through.
The board voted 3 to 1 to table the request. Tony Pearson voted no, all others voted yes.
FIRE DEPARTMENT GRANT
The Lapel Stony Creek Fire Territory has received a grant of $130,000 which will mostly be used to purchase new Air Packs and to replace the system currently in use.
$17,000 of the grant will also go towards the new ambulance.
WINTER GAS PURCHASE
The Lapel Town Council voted yes to pre-purchasing gas for December 2018, January and February 2019. The cost to not exceed $2.65 per unit.
TOWN HEALTH INSURANCE
The Lapel Town Council voted to stay with Anthem health insurance, with a cost increase of $900 per month over current rates.
COMMUNITY CROSSINGS GRANT NEXT ROUND
The Lapel Town Council is pursuing a new round of grant money for road paving.
The Town is looking for $500,000 in grant money with the Town having to put up $125,000.
The Council wants to spend approximately $261,000 to fix 950 West between 300 and 400.
The Town Council also wants to fix 700 South between SR13 and 1000 with most of the remainder of the grant, and with whatever is left to re-pave approximately 1/8th of a mile of 500 South close to SR13.
The Planning Board held a regular meeting at Lapel Town Hall from 6pm on September 13th.
The Board discussed a request from Chad Renbarger on behalf of the Likens family to convey 13 acres of the former Hall property to the former Jarett property. This will allow them to put in a private access road and split the property into 5 lots.
The property in question is across from the new Ball park on Brookside Rd.
Neil Stevenson from Madison County Council of Governments had been contacted for his opinion and he had said it was okay.
The Board approved the conveyance.
PLEASANT VIEW APARTMENTS
The Planning Board reviewed a list of issues RQAW (Town Engineers) had given concerning the Pleasant View apartment plans.
Gary Shuck (Board President) believed the list to be relatively minor issues and he had discussed the issues in a meeting with representatives of development firm Forza CRE and RQAW.
The development is now okay to apply for a building permit.
The Board approved adding all inspection fees onto the cost of the permit.
The Lapel Park Board held a regular meeting at the Station from 7pm on September 10th.
Tyson Priest from the River church proposed holding a River Church work day at Bulldog Park to help complete it.
The proposed dates are October 13th, 27th and November 3rd (several dates in case one is rained out).
The Park Board discussed what theRiver could help with and came up with a list and approved the proposal.
The Park Board discussed their budget for 2019.
If you would like to help the completion of Bulldog Park donations of help and money are very much welcome.
Contact the Park Department at email@example.com
The Lapel Town Council met at Lapel Town Hall on September 10th at 6:30pm for a Special Budget Meeting to discuss the budget for 2019.
This was the year that the Town expected to see more money come in from the annexation south to County Road 700 along SR13 but the Town is not going to see an increase in budget and although the Town of Lapel will ask for more money they are unlikely to receive it due to a tax cap.
The Town Council discussed bringing new Business to Lapel to bring in much needed tax revenue, Dennis Molina (Clerk-Treasurer) commented that "one business is worth 500 homes".
The Town Council met on September 6th at the Eagles for a regular Town Meeting.
The Town Council passed a motion to adopt the recommendation of the planning board and deny ordinance rezone for the Keller Crematorium proposal. All Council members voted YES to deny the rezone.
The Health insurance used by the Town of Lapel for its employees is up for renewal shortly and the Town was presented with the increased cost as well as a different plan they could switch to. The discussion was tabled until the next meeting on September 20th.
The Town Council solicited bids to replace the roof of Town Hall and received a single bid from Five Star roofing company. The Town Council voted yes to spending $10,800 to replace the roof with a 20-year roof system which includes a 3year labor warranty.
The Town Council gave the owner of 304 W 8th St until the 20th of September to get a demolition permit for the old home on their property or they would start to impose fines.
Representatives of the company doing construction work for the Pleasant View apartment development asked the Town for permission to bore a water line through an easement to connect it to a water line at the corner of old SR132 and Central Avenue. The Town will install a meter on the easement, but this company will be responsible for installing the line.
Council member Tony Pearson announced they have hired John Daniels as a new part time employee.
COMMERCIAL TRUCK DISCUSSION
The Town Council discussed at length a proposal to prohibit trucks from the West end of 12th St. The concern by a resident is that trucks using 12th St are destroying infrastructure and School St which is made up of bricks. Town attorney Ashley Hopper from Graham, Regnier, Farrer & Wilson, P.C. had prepared a new ordinance to prohibit commercial trucks based on a certain weight from using 12th St from Main to Eerie.
Chad Pilkington who owns Lapel Truck and Trailer on 11th St and a lot now used as a base for Asplundh trucks which connects to 12th St was present and asked the Town Council to reconsider the plan. He stated that he "owns a growing business and would hate to have to move out of Town". He also questioned why this proposal was up for discussion when other trucks such as trash trucks which could weigh 73,000lbs use those streets all the time without problem.
He added that the Asplundh trucks are not very heavy and that typically if any trucks are coming to or from his property they are usually empty because they are going to be worked on. It is very rare that a truck will be fully loaded and heading to his property.
Tony Pearson moved to table the discussion for further investigation, Deb Wainscott seconded. Wainscott and Pearson voted yes, Washmuth and Taylor voted no with Clerk Dennis Molina voting No to settle the deadlock.
Washmuth asked that the Town figure it out tonight.
Police Chief Kelly Naselroad stated he thought that the Police Department would not be able to enforce the ordinance based on weight because they would have no way to know the weight of a truck and be able to hand out tickets accordingly. His recommendation would be a to either have no ordinance or to have a ban on all commercial trucks.
Dave Taylor stated that "School St is a problem" and made the motion to prohibit commercial trucks on School St and not 12th, with a fine of $100 per violation. Buses are excluded under Indiana law as will be delivery trucks such as UPS/FedEx etc. All council members voted YES to this motion.
The Police Department has new uniforms.
Officer Whistler is almost done at the Police Academy.
Chief Naselroad asked for permission to start requesting applications for a new full-time officer to replace Jon Hosier who resigned but will still be involved with the Lapel PD.
Pearson asked Dennis Molina to come up with a way to account for all of the grant money received from DNR for the grant to build Bulldog Park.
The Town Council approved a proposal from Regal Computer Services to make the Ordinances more easily accessible on the Town website with a search system and the posting of ordinances passed since 2007.
Chris Hobbs Town utility manager will be going to classes for 8 months in Muncie to add the role of "building inspector" to his responsibilities.
Sgt Ed Bollman who died earlier in the year in a tragic ice fishing accident and was a DNR officer will have a procession pass thru town on September 14th around 11:30 am along 53rd St/300 S to the Cemetery.
The Town of Lapel would like to raise the Storm Water fee to $3.05 to give it a better chance for a grant to improve storm water infrastructure. A special hearing will be set for September 20th from 6:30pm at the Eagles.
The Planning Board met for a Special Meeting on August 23rd from 7pm at Lapel Town Hall.
Members present Gary Shuck (Board President), members Trefin Luker and Lindsay Washmuth.
Approximately 35 people were in attendance.
After some opening comments from Gary Shuck explaining the reason behind the meeting, he opened the floor to the public.
A number of people spoke against the request to either grant a variance for permitted use or rezone the property.
Betsy Hampton who has lived at her home directly across SR13 from the proposed location for a number of years raised a number of issues with the request. Here are some of her points.
- Just because it is zoned to potentially allow for the development doesn't mean it should go there.
- Regardless of the intent you representatives need to do due diligence (referring to the planning board).
- What you can't see, or smell can hurt you.
- Some states regulate crematories to prevent one from within 1,000 to 3,000ft of a school or home. Indiana is not one of those states.
- EPA does not regulate them.
- Crematory owners are expected to self-report negative incidents to IDEM.
She summed up her speech by saying "A crematory is not right for my neighborhood or the Town of Lapel and why would I want something like that next door to me."
Several other people spoke against the development. Some comments have been summarized below.
- Don't have any problem with a crematory, if it is out of Town not next to my house.
- Not happy to have it in town. Go buy some farm land and build it there.
- Don't want smoke in my home.
- Hopefully they wouldn't burn more than one body at a time.
Nate Wood, an employee of Keller Mortuary, spoke on the "pro" side. He stated that he is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and worked previously for a funeral home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Fort Wayne funeral home was around houses and close to the downtown district and cremated both pets and humans. He stated that there is the most odor from cremating pets due to the hair, and that there is not much odor or smoke from humans.
Wood stated you may see some smoke when the box the body is transported in is first consumed by fire but the scrubbers in the chimney reduce the smoke. The type of structure of the building will determine the amount of noise you hear, with a concrete block building having less noise than some other types of construction. He also replied to an earlier comment that it is against the law to do more than one body at a time unless you have special permission.
Mike Keller, owner of Keller Mortuary added that he has no plans to perform pet cremations and that a different machine or setup would be needed to do so. He stated that he could potentially cremate other bodies and not just fulfill an IU contract if his existing clients requested it. He would cremate around 425 bodies per year as part of the IU Medical contract.
Brent Embrey attorney for Keller commented that nobody regulates crematories, and that all that is expelled from the process now is hot air due to the way the scrubbers work. The attorney stated that one-way Keller could do this is to not apply for a permit and simply do what he wanted but he has come to the town to petition for a special use.
Washmuth made the motion to deny the special use permit, seconded by Luker. All three members voted in favor of the motion, the motion passed.
Next the board discussed the request to rezone the property.
Shuck stated that the new plan seems to have seen more controversy and objection than the original request for the downtown location that was previously denied.
Shuck stated that he could not vote to send the request for rezone to the Town Council with a favorable recommendation as he "can't vote against all my neighbors."
Embrey stated that there was no factual evidence given at the meeting against the project and that Keller had been at the current location as a funeral home only for 6.5 years and had 19 employees.
He added that the glass factory and hog farm give off more pollution than the crematory would.
In closing Embrey added "Keller loves this Town" and "somewhere like Fortville would be glad to have his business."
Shuck wished he had come back with a plan to build the crematory on farm land south of Lapel in the proposed industrial district.
Luker added that there are a lot of unknowns. Will it affect property value? There probably will not be a smell. But it is near homes. As a member of the Lapel community I have to vote with the community.
Washmuth added her input on the plan. She stated that in her opinion a lot of things that building has been used for over the years have been more dangerous. She would not expect to see body parts as some people had questioned online. A lot of the complaints are simply people do not want it here. You may have valid concerns over emissions but something else might go in there that has worse emissions.
However, she stated that she has a job to do what the people in the community want, personally she would have no problem living next to it but she is going with what the town residents want.
Washmuth motioned for an unfavorable recommendation to be sent to the Town Council. All three members voted yes.
Next step the Town Council will vote on the request to rezone at the September 6th meeting at the Eagles on 9th St from 7pm.
The Town Council met at the Eagles on 9th St for a regular Town Meeting on August 16th.
The Council discussed the need to redo the income study that was conducted earlier in the year. A new study needs to be conducted that does not include residents from Fishersburg.
This is time sensitive and needs to be completed by November. The Town Council is asking if anyone receives a new survey in the mail please complete it and return it ASAP.
The results will help the Town apply for grants with an 80/20 match. Meaning the Town puts up 20% and they receive 80% from the grant.
The grant money can be used to upgrade, repair or improve Storm Water, Drinking Water or Sewer systems. Discussed at an earlier meeting.
As of the August 16th Meeting the Town Council hopes to work on the Water Tank, and Ford St if they get the grant.
The grant can be applied for every year, so it could be the start of some long term infrastructure improvements.
NEW MAIN STREET SIGNS
Herschel Hinkle from the Lapel Community Association presented to the Town proposals from the LCA to replace the street signs on Main St with new signage. The signs would be more ornate. The total cost of the project is $18,000 and the LCA is applying for a $10,000 grant from the South Madison Community Foundation with the balance to come out of the LCA's funds.
The Town Council approved the plan and offered to piggy back with the LCA grant application for a better chance of winning the grant.
LCA member Margo Sink requested that if the project moves ahead could there be a plaque or sign put up on Main St to indicate the project was completed by the LCA and Town of Lapel. People do not know or understand what the LCA does for the Town of Lapel and what it does with the money it generates from the Lapel Village Fair, so they hope to remedy that.
Dave Taylor (Council Member) requested the poles for the signs be "break away". If they are hit by a vehicle the pole breaks to reduce damage and injury.
Picture of similar signs in Yorktown, Indiana.
RQAW BILL QUERIES
The Town Council and Treasurer Dennis Molina queried a bill received from RQAW for the month of July for $13,000 and discussed another bill for $5,000 from RQAW.
The latter bill was for Building Inspection work and Gary Shuck (Planning Board President) announced they were limiting the number of projects they send to RQAW for planning approval to hopefully reduce the cost to the Town.
Shuck also informed the Town Council that with their blessing he was going to investigate getting outside help for the planning approval from either the Madison County Planning Board or another local Town.
He also discussed briefly his goal to establish an Area Planning Council that would link Ingalls, Pendleton, Fortville and Lapel together to help better plan out the I69 corridor and ensure all communities and municipalities knew what was going on.
- Approved paying Gaylor $2,700 to repair 4 lights and an exhaust fan at the Waste Water Plant.
- Gary Shuck informed the Town Council that Keller Mortuary was coming back with new plans for a Crematorium at a different location in Lapel.
- Discussed a request from the Pleasant View apartment developers for the Town to move a 4inch gas line.
- Approved crediting James Sunday for waste water usage after an extended water leak.
- Approved either applying a weight limit to 12th St or prohibiting commercial trucks on 12th St. An ordinance will be drafted for the next Town meeting.
- Officer Hosier has handed in a resignation from his position as full time officer, he still hopes to stay on in a part time or reserve capacity. Chief Naselroad is looking to bring an additional part time officer on in the mean time.
- The Town Council voted to retire Dennis Molina's old service weapon and give it to Molina. Molina retired from the Town Police Department several years ago after 29 years of service.
At a regular Park Board meeting last night Bill Hutton informed the Park Board of some major progress at the new park.
The Concession Stand is now framed in, although a further $6,000 will be needed to add ADA compliant windows and doors to the building and more money will be needed to complete the roof.
Help is still needed to finish the interior of the building; an electrician and plumber are required.
Concrete work for paths from the parking lot to the building and between the fenced diamonds is expected to cost somewhere in the region of $35,000.
E&B paving is still on schedule to build the walking path around the new park.
The Town Utility Workers are expected to install several 4-inch drain lines.
The Planning Board met on August 9th at Lapel Town Hall.
Mike Keller from Keller Mortuary presented a change in location for his proposed crematorium.
Keller wanted approval from the board to purchase the Mr Fence building on SR13 near Brockway and operate his mortuary from the current location he rents on Main St but have the crematorium at the new location.
He thought it would ease some of the concerns the board raised about the Main St location.
- Not near any restaurants.
- Closer to Brockway
- Better parking and access for drop-offs
Keller has investigated raising the smoke stack higher and have a decorative finish so that it looks nicer.
The higher stack should limit the amount of smoke and odors that reach the ground.
There would be no change to the footprint of the building, he would only need to take down some internal walls and reconfigure some things inside the building.
The Planning Board seemed to appreciate the change in location but wanted time to discuss the change and would schedule a special meeting on August 23rd to discuss it further.
Chris Hobbs (Town Utility Manager) wanted to confirm how many chickens are allowed on a property. Trefin Luker (Planning Board member) stated that it is six chickens and no roosters.
The Planning Board confirmed they want to start enforcing fines on people that commit work without building permits or who complete the work in violation of ordinances. The fine allows the Board to charge up to three times the cost of the permit. This means people who do not get fencing permits which are $35 could be fined $105.
They are also planning to crack down on people who get low cost permits but do other work not detailed under the permit.
The Lapel Town Council held a regular meeting at the Lapel Eagles last night from 7pm. Members present Deb Wainscott (President), Tony Pearson (Vice President), Lindsay Washmuth.
The Town Council presented Bill Byer with a thank you gift for his service to the Town of Lapel. Byer has resigned as Town Attorney.
The Town Council introduced Ashley Hopper from Graham, Regnier, Farrer and Wilson the Town's new legal firm.
The Town Council approved purchasing 50 new water meters to have in stock to either replace broken ones or to use for the final stages of the water meter replacement program.
The Town Council denied a request to install a traffic bump on an alley near John St.
Police Chief Kelly Naselroad informed the Council he is looking into the current golf cart ordinance and updating it. Right now, the only part of the current ordinance being actively enforced is ensuring all golf carts are registered.
Naselroad also received approval from the Town Council to use a Glock weapon upgrade program to trade in the Police departments now five-year old-guns at a cost of $129 per weapon, get additional magazines and both duty and practice ammo. The total cost is $1,315.99 and will be taken out of existing funds in the Ammo budget. The deal will save the Town about $1,000.
Naselroad also received approval to bring on three part time officers to provide relief to the existing Police Department while Officer Porter recovers from a foot injury and Officer Whistler is at the Academy.
The part time officers will end up saving the Town hundreds of dollars per week that is currently being paid as overtime to the existing officers who are each having to work 16 hours of overtime.
The Council waived the requirement for background checks as the three officers are already working for Police departments in Edgewood, Elwood and Pendleton.
The Town Council agreed to have the outside of Town Hall painted at a cost of $4,800 primarily to stop the deterioration of the stucco on the south side of the building.
The Town Council read a letter from resident Stan Kilburn concerning the use of 12th St and School St for trucking and discussed possibly closing 12th St at the City limit. Any action was put on hold until further research could be conducted.
The Lapel Park Board met in a special meeting on Friday July 20th to review bids received for the completion of the concession stand at Bulldog Park.
Bids were requested from D. Miller Construction, Wolf Construction and Hallmark Homes.
The D. Miller Construction bid was the lowest and was approved as the winning bid.Continue reading
The Lapel Town Council held a regularly scheduled meeting at the Eagles on 9th St on July 19th from 7pm.
The main topic of discussion was plans by the railroad to bring in four passenger cars and a locomotive by rail to be unloaded and trucked to Atlanta, Indiana.
The Town Council approved the request to close 9th St from John to Woodward during the day until the project is completed.
This project could take as long as a few weeks to complete and will start early August although you may see these railroad cars on a siding near the grain silo as early as Monday.
Access to the Eagles will still be open.
The contractor working on the project may trim some low hanging limbs on trees along 9th St and will take down the four-way flasher at 9th and Main to allow the nearly 18ft tall cargo to leave Town once it is unloaded.
If any of you remember the transformer that was unloaded at the same location last year, this project is BIGGER.
EMPLOYEE DRUG POLICY
The Town Council approved a new employee drug policy.
The Town Council voted to approve hiring the firm of Graham, Regnier, Farrer & Wilson, RC out of Elwood, Indiana to represent the Town of Lapel.
Current attorney Bill Byer who has worked for the Town of Lapel since 1990 is moving on to a county position and is no longer able to represent Lapel.
The new firm has agreed to charge the same rate as Byer this year, and then pay will be re-negotiated in 2019.
The Town of Lapel paid Byer & Byer, $4,600 per year plus $200 per hour for any additional work.
The Town Council interviewed two firms for the job and felt that Graham, Regnier, Farrer & Wilson were interested in helping the Town grow.
FORD ST WELL
The Town Council approved spending $16,000 (step 1) to perform a cleaning on Ford St well by Peerless Mid-west. This includes cleaning the well casing and the Pump.
The Town Council also approved spending up to an additional $12,610 more in parts to repair the pump depending on the outcome of step 1.
The Town Council acknowledged that there are still some issues with water supply.
Complaints of discolored water are from all over town and not isolated to any location.
Dennis Molina to contact Water Plant company to have them help investigate the issue.
TOWN HALL AIR CONDITIONING
The part to fix the AC at Town Hall has been shipped and will be installed under warranty.
GOLF CART CRACKDOWN
The Town Council instructed Police Chief Kelly Naselroad to make sure seat belt laws are enforced for people riding in golf carts.