Special Town Meeting June 4th 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

            YOU ARE HEREBY notified there will be a Special Meeting of the Lapel Town Council held in the Lapel Town Hall, 825 N Main Street, Lapel, Indiana on the 4th day of June 2020, at 7:00pm.

            It is the policy of the Lapel Town Council that all public meetings and events comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and are accessible to people with disabilities.  Individuals with disabilities, as defined under the ADA, who may need auxiliary aids, services or special modifications to participate in a public meeting or event should contact the office of the Clerk/Treasurer of the Town of Lapel, Indiana as soon as possible, but no less than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

 

                                                                                    Dennis Molina

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Main Street Repaving Project 2020

Update on Main St Closure. Starting today, 13 May 2020, the crews have begun the Main St work project. The project covers the area of Main St between 14th St and Pendleton Ave. Crews will begin by cutting out sections of the road and sidewalk and follow that with pouring new concrete. Weather dependent, the concrete work is scheduled for 12 days. Upon completion of the concrete work, crews will begin prepping the roadway surface for new asphalt and will complete the project by resurfacing the roadway. During this project, Main St parking will be prohibited. We are asking for the assistance and patience of all residents. To preclude any delays to the project, please refrain from parking along Main St. If a vehicle is parked along Main St and halts the project, the Police Department will attempt to contact the owner and citations may be issued or if the owner can not be located, the vehicle may be towed. Thank you for your understanding and assistance during this project to improve and beautify our Town and community. 

Chief Naselroad

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Heavy Trash Pickup

TOWN OF LAPEL

RESIDENTIAL HEAVY TRASH SERVICE

WEDNESDAY – MAY 20, 2020

· See BELOW for acceptable household heavy/bulk items (list A)

· All items to be placed at curb in a neat orderly fashion by 6:00 A.M.

(Small loose material must be in trash bags or containers for service).

· See attached of material/items that cannot be taken at any time (list B)

LIST A: Example of Typical Household HEAVY/BULK Items:

· Lamps, Fans, Blinds

· Lawn Furniture, Gardening Tools

· Children’s toys

· Hot water heaters, microwaves

· Household furniture – No sofa over 80” and NO hide-a-bed/sleeper sofas

· Mattresses (MUST BE WRAPPED IN PLASTIC & DUCT TAPED), Queen size or smaller and box springs, bed frames

· Rugs (MUST be rolled and tied – no larger than 8’ x 10’)

· Bikes

· Extra bagged trash

· Other acceptable items that will not require more than one person to lift due to weight or size of the item

“Please contact CGS Services to make arrangements for any item

which requires special handling”

Appliances – Refrigerators/freezers must be tagged by license technician that Freon has been removed. Any item that cannot be lifted by one individual due to weight and/or size of the item

LIST B: ITEMS THAT WILL NOT BE TAKEN:

· No construction debris

· No remodeling material

(such as carpet, roofing material, wood, insulation, plumbing materials, concrete, bricks, drywall, etc.)

· No liquid material

· No hazardous materials

· No tires

· No hide a beds/sleeper sofas/King Size Matresses

· No tenant household move outs

· No small loose trash that could be bagged for service

· No small business operating out of home with additional trash from other sources such as scrap metal collecting, remodeling services etc.

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Notice of Special Meeting 3/30/20

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF LAPEL TOWN COUNCIL


There will be a Special Meeting of the Lapel Town Council on Monday, March 30, 2020, at 6:00 pm, in the Lapel Town Hall, 825 N. Main Street, Lapel, Indiana 46051.


The public is invited to attend. The Council may impose reasonable restrictions on the number of attendees to control audience density in consideration of the existing COVID-19 national emergency. This Special Meeting will be transmitted electronically by “Facebook Live” or other social media, to allow public viewing and comments. Further specific instructions for interaction with the Special Meeting can be found on our Facebook page or our website at http://lapelindiana.org/ .


It is the policy of the Town of Lapel, that all public meetings and events comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and are accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities, as defined under the ADA, who may need auxiliary aids, services, or special modifications to participate in a public meeting or event should contact the office of the Lapel Town Clerk, as soon as possible, but no less than forty-eight (48) hours before the scheduled meeting or event.


Dated this 26th day of March, 2020.


Lapel Town Council President


Chad Blake

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Heavy Trash Pickup May 20th 2020

TOWN OF LAPEL

RESIDENTIAL HEAVY TRASH SERVICE
WEDNESDAY – May, 20th 2020
 See BELOW for acceptable household heavy/bulk items (list A)
 All items to be placed at curb in a neat orderly fashion by 6:00 A.M. (Small loose material must be in trash bags or containers for service).
 See attached of material/items that cannot be taken at any time (list B)


LIST A: Example of Typical Household HEAVY/BULK Items:
 Lamps, Fans, Blinds
 Lawn Furniture, Gardening Tools
 Children’s toys
 Hot water heaters, microwaves
 Household furniture – No sofa over 80” and no hide-a-bed/sleeper sofas
 Mattresses (MUST BE WRAPPED IN PLASTIC & DUCT TAPED), Queen size or smaller and box springs, bed frames
 Rugs (MUST be rolled and tied – no larger than 8’ x 10’)
 Bikes
 Extra bagged trash
 Other acceptable items that will not require more than one person to lift due to weight or size of the item


“Please contact CGS Services to make arrangements for any item that requires special handling”

Appliances – Refrigerators/freezers must be tagged by license technician
that Freon has been removed. Any item that cannot be lifted by one
individual due to weight and/or size of the item


LIST B: ITEMS THAT WILL NOT BE TAKEN:
 No construction debris
 No remodeling material
 No liquid material
 No hazardous materials
 No tires
 No hide a beds/sleeper sofas/King Size Matresses
 No tenant household move outs
 No small loose trash that could be bagged for service
 No small business operating out of home with additional trash from other sources such as a scrap metal collecting, remodeling services etc.)

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JOB - Certified Gas Operator

The Town of Lapel is looking to hire a full-time certified Gas Operator. Benefits include medical, vision, and dental coverage, paid time off, PERF, and paid holidays. Working hours are Monday-Friday 7am-3:30pm, rotating holidays, weekends, and evening on calls.

Applications can be picked up at the Lapel Town Hall Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm, and must be submitted by Monday March 23, 2020. Persons requiring reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act are asked to contact the Town Hall Office at (765)534-3157.

The Town of Lapel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Town Meeting November 21st 2019

The Lapel Town Council held a regular Town Meeting at the Lapel Eagles on November 21st, from 7pm.

Council members Deb Wainscott (President), Tom Marvel (VP), Lindsay Washmuth, Jason Kleinbub and Chad Blake present.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

A resident on 7th Street complained about brown water, and that Fort Lapelton has got too many cars on their lot.

Town Council members thought the agreement was for 10 cars but there are 15+ on the property.

RQAW / 300 S ROAD WIDENING

The Town will pay RQAW approximately $10,000 to investigate widening CR 300 S and one would assume fixing the problems with the road base that have been an issue for many years.

Dennis Molina (Treasurer) thought it would make sense to hold off on this project until some of the other road projects have been completed.

The Town Council led by Deb Wainscott thought it would make more sense to have the study done now for the possibility of synchronizing it with a round of INDOT Community Crossings grant money. 

Once the study is done the Town can hold off on making a decision on bidding out the work until later.

APPROVE 2020 BUDGET

The Town Council approved the 2020 Town budget.

Town Meeting November 21st 2019

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Planning Meeting November 14th 2019

The Lapel Planning Board met on November 14th from 6pm.

PUBLIC HEARING

Beth Honormandian (President) opened a Public Hearing concerning the request to rezone Lot 1 from agricultural to light industrial.

Several residents expressed their concerns that rezoning from agricultural to light industrial goes against what they were originally told those lots would be used for.

One property owner purchased a lot nearby to build a large home with the understanding the adjoining lots would be kept agricultural or residential and is dismayed that the information they were given when buying the lot appears to no longer be true.

Mike and Brian Robertson are interested in using lot 1 as a base for their trucking business which would require the rezone to light industrial. Approximately 13 trucks would be kept on site at night, with trucks departing empty in the morning and coming back in the afternoon empty.

None of the residents that were present had any complaints with regards that plan, but they were all concerned about the precedent this would set. 

The Planning Board voted 3 - 1 for offering a favorable recommendation, which was not enough votes for the motion to pass.

The Planning Board will hold a special meeting at 6pm at the Eagles on Thursday 21st of November to vote on recommending the rezone to the Town Council. Ultimately the Town Council will then decide on if it goes ahead.

Public Hearing / Planning Meeting

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Public Hearing / Regular Town Meeting November 7th 2019

The Lapel Town Council held a public hearing starting at 6:30 PM on November 7th at the Lapel Eagles, followed by a Town Meeting at 7:00pm at the Lapel Eagles.

Members present - Deb Wainscott (President), Tom Marvel, Jason Kleinbub, Lindsay Washmuth and Chad Blake.

Public Hearing

Mike Kleinpeter from Kleinpeter Consulting presented an explanation on the score for the OCRA grant that the Town failed to secure the last go around.

The Town is trying to get the grant again this month and voted to up the amount of money the Town puts in from $160,000 to $250,000 using an additional $90,000 loan from a Sewer fund.

The additional funds will hopefully secure approximately 9 more "points" in the scoring system that OCRA uses to assign grant winners.

If the Town receives the $600,000 grant it hopes to perform the following:

  • Rehab the Ford St Well.
  • Make improvements to the Above ground Water Tower.
  • Replace asbestos/concrete water lines.

Regular Meeting

The Town opened the floor to the public for comments.

Residents on Eerie St and 500 South asked if there was anything that could be done to fill potholes on their streets.

Vice President

Council member and council VP Tony Pearson resigned earlier in the year; Deb Wainscott nominated Tom Marvel to act as VP for the remainder of the year until the new Town Council can pick officers at the start of the year.

The Town Council voted in favor of this action.

300 S Lift Station

The Town Council discussed the 300 S Lift Station which has had numerous problems this year with strange items clogging up pumps and costing the Town thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements.

Currently the town is using a grinder pump on loan that has been doing a great job of cutting up whatever items were previously clogging the pumps.

The Town Council discussed and approved buying two grinder pumps at a cost of $7490 each, and $800 installation each.

Tom Marvel also mentioned that he was informed by a utility worker that they believed it to be a member of the Utility Department or someone with access to the keys to the pit that is putting mop heads, painters rags, baby wipes and other items directly into the pit causing the problem.

An attempt to catch whoever was responsible in the act using a camera failed after someone covered the camera.

The Town Council would like to change the way access to the keys to the lift station are assigned, and possibly change the locks.

Answering Service

The Town Council approved using an answering service to handle calls to Town Hall outside of normal hours, this answering service will be manned by a human and they will determine if it is an emergency and notify whoever the on-call utility worker is for that day. If it is not an emergency the caller will be asked to call back during regular hours or another appropriate response.

This change was determined necessary due to the amount of out of hours calls the on-call utility workers receive for things like "trash not being picked up" or billing questions.

Remote Support Contract

Regal Computer Services owner Daniel Paull presented the Town of Lapel with a proposal to provide remote support service to Town Hall, a vote was tabled.

Regal Computer Services also presented a proposal to make changes to the Town of Lapel's Time Clock system at a cost of $350 and add additional features to the Town of Lapel's Utility Software at a cost of $300. Both were approved.

Bills

The Town Council discussed and approved using BOYCE (the makers of the software currently used to handle billing) to mail out utility bills.

The cost savings per month will run around $400 and the new bill will be on a sheet of paper and in an envelope and present a lot more information to the resident.

This change will also include the option for "Auto Pay" so residents can setup automatic payment of the utility bill and set it and forget it.

Setting up this new service will cost several thousand dollars, but the monthly savings should pay for itself within the first six months.

November 7th 2019 Meeting

 

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Planning Meeting October 10th 2019

The Lapel Planning Board held a regular meeting on October 10th 2019 at 6pm.

Paula Lee (Deputy Clerk/Treasurer for the Town of Lapel) read the minutes from the last meeting.

REZONE REQUEST

The owners of Lot 3 of the land sold by the Likens family on the west side of Town asked the Planning Board about rezoning the property from Agricultural to Residential.

The Planning Board stated if you were seeking to build a house on the property that is allowed under agricultural and they would not need to rezone the property.

300 SOUTH / COUNTY ROAD 950 WEST

Beth Honormandian (Planning President) discussed contacting the owner of the farmhouse and barn on 300 South that is advertising for storage and ask them to apply for a variance for that use or rezone the property.

There was also some discussion on the zoning of the other lots for sale from that original property.

Tony Hewitt stated the board is "backing the lots as residential" which is what the original plan was for the lots between the railroad line and 300 South. After lot 3 was sold to be used for residential, the other lots have seen interest for either commercial or light industrial.

Lawyers representing the owners of one of the lots have requested a public hearing for the petition to rezone the property to commercial.

CHICKENS

After a complaint from a resident on Oakmont Drive in Lapel that someone had too many chickens, planning board member Lindsay Washmuth will contact owners of chickens in the area to discuss bringing them into compliance with Town ordinances.

PERMITS

The Board approved permits 2339 thru 2365.

October 10th 2019 Planning Meeting

 

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Town Meeting October 3rd 2019

The Lapel Town Council held a regular meeting at the Eagles on 9th St from 7pm on October 3rd.

Members present Deb Wainscott (President), Tom Marvel, Lindsay Washmuth and Jason Kleinbub.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Chuck Phillips on Walnut St asked the Town to do something about his neighbor's water line that runs 8ft into his property.

The Town will look into what can be done.

Chad Blake informed the Town that the end of his driveway is torn up from vehicles failing to use the detour to get around SR13 being closed and he would like it added to the list of things INDOT will need to fix once the road reopens.

SPENCER DULANEY SWEARING IN

Officer Spencer Dulaney was sworn in as a Full Time Police Officer for the Town of Lapel.

Officer Dulaney, Chief Naselroad

Welcome to the Town of Lapel Officer Dulaney and family.

APPROVE MINUTES

The Town Council voted separately to approve September 5th, 19th and 26th meetings.

CROSS CONTAMINATION ORDINANCE IDEM

The Town Council read and approved on 1st reading (no second or third reading required) a cross contamination ordinance.

JOHN DOCKREY - WHATS UP 247

John Dockrey made a presentation to the Town of Lapel about replacing the Town website Calendar with his system WhatsUp247.com 

The Town Council made a motion to use WhatsUp247 pending recommendation from Town IT Consultant Daniel Paull of Regal Computer Services after he raised potential concerns.

FIX BRIDGE ON 200 S

After requesting proposals from three companies to fix the bridge on 200 South the Town of Lapel received a single quote of $4,170 from Watson Excavating and voted to approve the quote.

Work is likely to take place during fall break to minimize disruption.

PARK BOARD

After a lengthy discussion about the Park fund being negative the Town Council voted to use $25,000 out of the Cascadden fund to correct the negative and return the balance to a positive.

Bill Hutton (Park Board President) voiced his concerns that in 2019 the Park fund did not get any money aside from the Cascadden money and the grant used to finish the Park. The usual draw did not take place because the General Fund was not going to balance.

Wainscott asked for the Park Board Secretary and the Town to talk more so that there was a better understanding of the park budget and the amount of money available to them to spend on improvements.

Hutton is optimistic the new park can generate funds for the park board by hosting tournaments.

TRICK OR TREAT

Official Trick or Treat hours will be Thursday 31st from 5pm to 8pm.

POLICE UPDATES

The money from the sale of the Police dog has been used in part to buy 5 new sets of stop sticks.

These can be used to slow down vehicles and bring pursuits to a planned conclusion.

The Police Department has also purchased better drug testing kits.

UTILITY SUPERINTENDENT

Jason Kleinbub made the motion to terminate the Utility Superintendent, no one seconded the motion. The motion failed.

MONTGOMERY FARMS

Lindsay Washmuth gave an update on the Montgomery Farms addition and informed people that after updating the covenants with restrictions to ensure a crawl space or basement and similar architecture to existing homes in the addition the builder Arbor Homes may be backing out from the project.

Town Council Meeting October 3rd 2019

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Public Hearing / Special Meeting September 26th 2019

A public hearing was held at the Eagles on 9th St on Thursday September 26th at 6:30pm concerning the OCRA Water Grant.

Mike Kleinpeter from Kleinpeter Consulting presented the basic plan for the WATER GRANT from OCRA. The Town is hoping to get funds of $760,000 which includes a local match of $160,000 and OCRA funds of $600,000.

This will be the third time the Town of Lapel has tried to get this grant the prior two times the Town was not successful.

There is a limited amount of money available and funds are distributed to projects based on a score system.

Typically, the Town of Lapel scores well but not as high as it could, there are a few factors that could improve our score such as the Town providing a larger amount of money.

Funding is sought to renovate the Ford St Well, Repair the Elevated Water Tank and replace asbestos water lines.

 

 Hearing September 26th 2019

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Town Meeting September 19th 2019

There was a public Town Meeting held on September 19th 2019 at the Lapel Eagles from 7pm.

Members present Deb Wainscott, Tony Pearson, Lindsay Washmuth, Tom Marvel.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Herschel Hinkle wanted to thank the Town for putting up the new street signs.

He also asked the Town for help taking down flags and putting up wreaths and lights on the light poles on Main Street in November.

Deb Wainscott thought it wouldn't be a problem.

APPROVE 2020 BUDGET

The Town Council voted to approve the 2020 budget. All members present voted yes except for Tom Marvel who abstained.

650 S UPDATE

Work is still ongoing to figure out how much it will cost to repair 650 S after it was damaged due to detour traffic using it earlier in the year.

The Town is to get an estimate and be reimbursed for the repair work by INDOT.

There were some concerns as to exactly how much money INDOT would reimburse the Town.

Town Attorney Jeff Graham, GHFW suggested they make the quote dependent on INDOT and Town Council approval.

ATTENDANCE / TIME KEEPING SOFTWARE

The Town Council approved a proposal by Regal Computer Services to develop a Time Keeping / Attendance system to be used at the Utility Building by workers and at Town Hall by office staff at a cost of $800.

MEETING CHANGES

Lindsay Washmuth proposed moving the Planning Meeting to the 6pm time slot before the 3rd Thursday of the month (Second Town Meeting at 7pm). Which would effectively limit the Planning Meetings to about one hour and allow whatever topics were discussed at the Planning Meeting to roll over into the subsequent Town Meeting saving time and consolidating Council member resources. The Planning Board discussed this change at the last Planning Meeting and had no issue with it. If approved, it would likely take effect at the start of 2020.

Washmuth also proposed something similar for the Park Board, but the Park Board would like to discuss the request.

FIRE DEPARTMENT HYDRANT RENTAL FEES

The Town Council discussed the $9,000 a year rental fees for hydrant use the Town of Lapel charges the fire department.

Dennis Molina suggested "doing away with it".

The Town Council agreed and with the exception of Tom Marvel who abstained voted YES to scrapping the fee.

SPECIAL MEETING

There will be a special meeting / public hearing on September 26th from 6:30pm at the Eagles to discuss the OCRA grant.

WATER PLANT / BROWN WATER

The near two year brown water issue investigation has now switched from a localized problem to a problem with the way the water plant is running after several engineers and the original manufacturer of the water plant have both informed the Town of Lapel that the plant is more than capable to handle the iron coming from the SR13 well.

The new plan is for the Town of Lapel to have someone from the company that built the plant come out and train Town employees on how to run the water plant and hopefully eliminate the problem.

HALLMARK HOMES

Paul Schwinghammer owner of Hallmark Homes announced that the investor behind the Montgomery Farms addition has sold all the remaining lots of section 3 (12 lots remaining) and section 4 (22 lots undeveloped) to another builder effectively cutting Hallmark Homes out of the development. They have two homes to finish and sell but after that they will no longer be involved in the Montgomery Farms addition.

He stated that Arbor Homes the new builder typically makes homes in the $200,000 to $250,000 price range and may be considered more of an entry level home.

Several residents present at the meeting that live in that neighborhood were concerned at the effect this might have on their property values.

Schwinghammer offered to pay the investor more money for the lots but said their offer was rejected and wanted the facts to be known before people started jumping to conclusions.

Town Meeting September 19th 2019

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Park Board Meeting September 9th

The Lapel Park Board held a regular meeting at Lapel Town Hall on September 9th.

Members present:

  • Travis Forrest
  • Linda Hormell
  • Bill Hutton (President)
  • Steve Tipps
  • Tammy Hersberger

SCOREBOARDS

Bill Hutton informed the Board that the School had notified him on Tuesday that they could take their old Softball and Baseball scoreboards which were being replaced that day as a donation.

After investigating Hutton discovered it would have cost around $6,000 to repair the scoreboards which were broken and a few thousand dollars to install them at Brookside Park.

At that time Hutton declined the offer due to the cost.

 

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Town Meeting September 5th 2019

The Lapel Town Council held a regular meeting at the Eagles on 9th St on September 5th 2019. 

Members present Deb Wainscott (President), Lindsay Washmuth, Jason Kleinbub.

Deb Wainscott opened public comments.

A resident on West 7th St has an issue with standing water and drainage and has reported problems with it in the past. He would like the Town to come up with a solution.

Public Hearing 2020 Budget

A public hearing for the 2020 budget was opened. The requested budget is close to the prior two year(s).

There were no public comments.

OCRA Grant Update

Mike Kleinpeter from Kleinpeter Consulting informed those present that the Town had for the second time of trying not been successful in receiving grant money to help pay for important infrastructure projects.

He thinks the only way we can improve our "score" which determines which projects are awarded grant money is to put more matching funds into the pot.

The Town Council voted in favor of applying for the grant again, there will be a Public Hearing on Thursday 26th of September at 6:30pm. 

CCI Fund Lowering

The Town Council voted to accept a resolution to lower the Cumulative Capital Improvement (CCI) fund by $13,000 next year to put additional money into the Park budget.

Transfer Money to Parks

The Town Council tabled a vote to transfer $25,000 of the Cascadden Gift to the Park Department. 

The Park Budget is a little over $20,000 in the red and needs to be brought back to positive.

The Town Council would like to talk with the Park Board about this before voting.

The Parks do not generate any revenue, yet still have costs and the addition of Brookside Park has added to costs without bringing in a revenue stream yet.

Election Administration Costs

The Town Council voted to approve a $3,500 cost to administer the election.

Chad Pilkington Brown Water Issues

Pilkington was unhappy that he has had numerous issues with brown/rust water over the last few years and has spent several thousand dollars on trying to fix the issue.

There is rusty water in his pool. He had all his metal water lines replaced with PEX and he still has rust.

He wants the Town to investigate the issue and reimburse him for the expenses he has incurred trying to keep his water clear.

The Town Council will ask Culy Construction to help investigate the issue.

Tree Trimming and Stump Removal

The Town Council approved paying $1,475 to remove four trees and grind the stumps at Memorial Park.

These trees took a lot of damage in the recent storms and could be a danger to people using the park.

INDOT Roundabouts

Wainscott announced that INDOT is looking to turn SR13 and 32 (currently a flashing light) into a roundabout, as well as SR32 and County Road 925 West into a single lane roundabout.

This is to improve road safety; the work would not start for many years and not be completed until 2025.

Cascadden Street Naming

Wainscott suggested they name S 900 W (the street that goes to the High School) after Olevia Cascadden. The recommendation was to use her family name so the street would likely be called Cascadden Boulevard.

An ordinance will be drafted for approval at the next meeting.

September 5th 2019 Town Meeting

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Heavy Trash Pickup October 9th 2019

TOWN OF LAPEL
RESIDENTIAL HEAVY TRASH SERVICE
WEDNESDAY – Oct, 9th 2019

See BELOW for acceptable household heavy/bulk items (list A) 
All items to be placed at curb in a neat orderly fashion by 6:00 A.M.
(Small loose material must be in trash bags or containers for service). 
See attached of material/items that cannot be taken at any time (list B)

LIST A: Example of Typical Household HEAVY/BULK Items:
• Lamps, Fans, Blinds
• Lawn Furniture, Gardening Tools
• Children’s toys
• Hot water heaters, microwaves
• Household furniture – No sofa over 80” and no hide-a-bed/sleeper sofas
• Mattresses (MUST BE WRAPPED IN PLASTIC & DUCT TAPED), Queen size or smaller and box springs, bed frames
• Rugs (MUST be rolled and tied – no larger than 8’ x 10’)
• Bikes
• Extra bagged trash
• Other acceptable items that will not require more than one person to lift due to weight or size of the item

“Please contact CGS Services to make arrangements for any item
that requires special handling”
Appliances – Refrigerators/freezers must be tagged by license technician that Freon has been removed. Any item that cannot be lifted by one individual due to weight and/or size of the item

LIST B: ITEMS THAT WILL NOT BE TAKEN:
• No construction debris
• No remodeling material 
(such as carpet, roofing material, wood, insulation, plumbing materials, concrete, bricks, drywall, etc.)
• No liquid material
• No hazardous materials
• No tires 
• No hide a beds/sleeper sofas/King Size Matresses
• No tenant household move outs
• No small loose trash that could be bagged for service
• No small business operating out of home with
additional trash from other sources such as a
scrap metal collecting, remodeling services etc.

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Special Planning Meeting August 15th 2019

The Planning Board held a special meeting on August 15th 2019.

Members present: Lindsay Washmuth, Jeff Keith, Dan Paddock, Tony Hewitt, Trefin Luker, Beth Honarmandian.

The Board approved the July meeting minutes.

REZONE INTEREST

Chad Renbarger asked if it would be possible to rezone agricultural lots 1 and 2 along Brookside Road into light industrial/commercial. A potential buyer wants to buy them and put in a business park and asphalting business but will not do so unless they know they can be rezoned.

Trefin Luker was concerned that an existing lot already sold for residential use might not appreciate the change.

Jeff Graham (Town Attorney) stated that there is no protection from rezoning when you buy land.

The Planning Board stated they would be open to the rezone but that it would need a buffer. They recommended the current landowner petitions for the rezone so that it would be granted (or denied) before the lot is sold so that whoever buys it would know what they were getting.

210 W 9TH ST

The Planning Board will send a letter to the property owners to have the property tied up and weeds taken care of.

408 FORD ST

Resident David Baugh and family issued a complaint with the Town over the fact they have two motorhomes parked behind a 6ft privacy fence and have received letters warning of violations and possible fines due to the fact the current ordinance restricts you to parking one motorhome on your property.

Baugh stated "he believes the Town doesn't have the right to tell us what we can or can't park on our property"

He also feels that other people in Town are not getting letters asking them to move motorhomes/RV's that may be in violation of the ordinances.

The Planning Board stated they would get with Neil from the Madison County Council of Governments who helped write the current codes to see if there was anything that could be done and that for the time being no fines would be issued.

LIFT STATION INVESTIGATION

Investigations into who is putting mop heads and other items into the sewer line(s) at the Brookside/Montgomery Farms additions which are causing damage to Town infrastructure is still ongoing. The current working theory is that it might be getting added to the lines during new home construction.

UNLAWFUL RESIDENCE

A homeowner on Main St asked the Planning Board what could be done to address a home behind his that was converted from a single-family home into multi-family use without any permits or approval from the Town.

He stated that the home has now been converted into three residences with the garage now a single bedroom studio.

People are using the alleyway, there are speeding motorists and loud noises.

The Town Council and attorney are already dealing with the issue.

MADISON COUNTY COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

The MCCOG presented the planning board with its goals for the County Comprehensive Plan and asked Lapel/Madison County residents to fill in a survey available at http://www.forwardmadisoncounty.com/goals_objectives

PLANNING BOARD OFFICERS

The new officers are as follows:

  • Beth Honarmandian (President)
  • Tony Hewitt (Vice President)
  • Trefin Luker (Secretary)

Planning Meeting August 15th 2019

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Town Meeting August 14th 2019

The Lapel Town Council held a rescheduled regular meeting at the Eagles on August 14th from 7pm.

Members present Deb Wainscott, Tony Pearson, Tom Marvel, Lindsay Washmuth and Jason Kleinbub.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

The Meeting was opened to the public.

Timothy Barker a resident on 500 South asked what the $3.05 bill was for that he now receives from the Town of Lapel.

Tom Marvel stated that it is a small amount that the Town needs to use to build up funds to help pay for future drainage/storm water improvements and that all residents of the Town of Lapel are now paying the same fee.

TAP FEE PAYMENT

The Town Council voted to allow the $750 Gas Tap Fee to be split over 12 monthly payments for a resident that wanted to receive gas service from the Town of Lapel.

The Town Council was open to extending that offer to other residents that wanted to receive gas from the Town of Lapel.

K9 RESOLUTION

The Town Council approved a resolution (#10-19) to allow the "Exchange of Property between the Town of Lapel and the City of Indianapolis" concerning the planned sale of the K9 to IMPD.

SOUTH MADISON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Town Council voted 3 to 2 in favor of splitting $1,062 from the SMCF between the Band and High School Football Team.

GAS PURCHASE

The Town Council approved purchasing 70% of the average gas usage for December 2019, January 2020 and February 2020 at a rate of no higher than $2.63 per unit. 

EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK

The Town Council discussed the Handbook and some more changes, no vote on the handbook was held.

PLANNING BOARD UPDATE

The Town Council discussed two new members to join the planning board. Jeff Keith and Angie Callaway were approved. Deb Wainscott also appointed Dan Paddock to take Gary Shucks vacated position after he resigned.

The first Planning Board meeting is August 15th 2019 at 7pm at Town Hall.

NEW INTERNET FOR TOWN BUILDINGS

The Town Council was presented with a proposal to provide internet to Town Hall, the Police Department, Utility Building and Water Treatment Plant from OnRamp Indiana. The proposal was for $300 a month with a $300 installation fee. The proposal was approved.

Speeds proposed:

  • Town Hall:  100/100 mbps dedicated internet connection with 1 static IP   
  • Police Department:  50/50 mbps dedicated internet with 1 static IP
  • Water Treatment plant: 15-25 mbps 
  • Utility building by water tower: 10-25 mbps 

Town Meeting August 14th 2019

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Park Board Meeting August 12th 2019

The Lapel Parks Department held a regular meeting at Town Hall on August 12th from 7pm.

Members present Bill Hutton (President), Linda Hormell, Steve Tipps (Vice President), Travis Forrest.

NEW BUSINESS

Kelly De La Bastide asked the Park Board to connect the walking trail at Woodward Park to Conrad Drive.

The Board is going to investigate getting it done this year, and also look into connecting the trail to Kerr Drive and Busby Road in the future.

OLD BUSINESS

Forrest has been spraying RoundUP at Brookside Park to help try to keep the weeds under control.

He thinks they need to "stay on top of the weeds" this year so it isn't an overgrown mess next year.

The trail at Brookside Park is now finished.

The Park Board is hoping to buy a Gator or other piece of equipment to make dragging the fields easier.

GIRL SCOUTS

The Lapel Park Department would like to thank Girl Scout Troop 03600 for their community service at Brookside Park.

Recently the girl scouts painted the dugouts, water sealed benches in the dugouts and built two park benches at the playground.

The paint was donated by Ben Rowland, and about 4 girl scouts and 6 family members helped a total of 17 hours to complete the work.

August 12th 2019

 

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Town Meeting August 1st 2019

The Lapel Town Council held a regularly scheduled Town Meeting at the Eagles on 9th St on August 1st, starting at 7pm.

All members of the Town Council were present.

The Town Council opened the floor up to public comment, no member of the public present wished to speak.

VACATE ALLEY AT 125W 9TH ST

The Lapel Town Council approved vacating an alley at 125 W 9th St.

TOWN COUNCIL MEETING GUIDELINES

Guidelines for the Lapel Town Council Meetings were read out and accepted by the Town Council.

Some highlights:

  • Public to be allowed 15 minutes to speak at the start of the meeting.
  • People must approach Town Hall to be put on the agenda no later than 72 hours before the meeting for all other matters.

These will be published in full later on the Town Website.

ADA TITLE VI DOCUMENTS

The Town Council approved a resolution to adopt ADA Title VI to allow continued compliance with Community Crossing grants for road improvements.

SOUTH MADISON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT

The Town Council discussed a yearly $1,000 grant the Town receives from the SMCF. A vote was tabled until next meeting to decide what to do with the money.

RQAW / COMMUNITY CROSSINGS

RQAW confirmed the next round of Community Crossing grants closed tomorrow and that the Town is seeking $420,000 to repave Main Street from SR13 to 9th Street and 9th Street to 14th Street with repairs to sidewalks and curbs included.

This grant will also allow the repaving of Ford Street from SR13 to 3rd Street and on 9th Street from Main Street to Ford Street.

This is a 25/75% split grant so the Town has to come up with $105,000 and the grant will provide the rest.

The Town will then seek to get a larger grant next year to repave 300 S and widen the bridge.

300 S LIFT STATION

An ongoing problem with string mop heads getting into the sewer system at Montgomery Farms / Brookside Additions is continuing to cause damage to grinder pumps at the lift station on 300 S. 

After replacing pumps several times this year at a cost of $6,000 per pump the Town is now looking to install metal nets around the pumps to prevent the mop heads from damaging them.

The cost of the nets is expected to be $1,200 per pump (there are two pumps).

These nets will need to be cleaned periodically by Town employees.

Please stick to flushing regular human waste, and toilet paper through the sewer system and nothing else. Thank you!

413 WOODWARD ST

A single-family home on Woodward St has been converted or is in the process of being converted to a duplex without planning approval.

The Town will send a notice of violation to the owners.

TOWN MEETING CHANGE

The next Town Meeting will be held on August 14th at the Eagles on 9th St from 7pm due to a scheduling conflict.

HANDBOOK UPDATES

Jason Kleinbub explained his recommendations to change the employee handbook.

  • Employees will no longer get time and a half for coming in for up to two hours on Saturday/Sunday to do required maintenance unless they have already reached or exceeded their straight time 40 hours.
  • On Call Employees will be expected to be able to get to Lapel within 20 minutes.
  • Employees will now be able to carry 80 hours of time over each year (up from 3 days).
  • Employees cannot carry over personal days. "Use them or lose them"

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

The Back to School Bash on Ford St has been confirmed for August 18th 4pm - 7pm. Some street closings expected.

PARK MAINTENANCE

Jason Kleinbub informed the Town Council that Brookside Park is not being maintained as well as he would like, and he has asked Travis Forrest (Park Board member) to look at taking care of some park maintenance.

POLICE UPDATES

The sale of the K9 to IMPD is currently on hold due to the fact IMPD has an approved list of K9 vendors and will not buy from anyone else. Ashley Hopper (Legal) and Chief Naselroad will try to find a solution to allow the sale of the K9 for $5,000.

The hail damage to one of the Police vehicles exceeds $3,000 and over 300 dents were reported. Insurance should pay for the damage.

Town Meeting August 1st 2019

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Town Meeting July 18th 2019

There was a regular Town Meeting held at the Eagles on 9th St on July 18th 2019. All Town Board members were present.

The Town Board approved the Minutes from the July 2nd meeting and approved the claims.

PLEASANT VIEW TIF DISTRICT

The Town Board reviewed and approved a resolution concerning adding the Pleasant View development to the TIF district established by the Lapel Redevelopment Committee. Final approval will be made by the Lapel Redevelopment Committee at a later date.

BRIDGES AND ROADS

The Town Council discussed various ongoing projects with a representative from RQAW.

A resident has donated culvert to be used in a 700 South road repair. E & B paving provided a quote to cut out, install the new culvert, add stone and asphalt at a cost of $6,650 with the work to be completed this Saturday.

The Town Council approved the quote.

A better plan concerning repairs to the bridge(s) on 200 S and 300 S was formulated during the meeting with the Town Council wanting to make the culvert at the bridge at 200 S bigger, and fix the bridge on 300 S so that it can last another 50 years.

The Town Council will also seek to improve Main St from SR13 to 9th St, repair sidewalks and curbs and improve the road as part of the Indiana State Community Crossings program.

PLANNING GOES OUT THE WINDOW

Plans to add two new members to the Lapel Planning Board bringing the total up to 7 are on hold due to the fact new guidelines require members from multiple political parties and right now the Planning Board is stacked with Republicans.

The Town of Lapel will seek to find Democrats willing to serve on this board and help the Town of Lapel.

MEETING PROCEDURES

The Town of Lapel will now have a 15-minute window at the start of each meeting to allow members of the public to speak about issues. Also, it is recommended that anyone wishing to address the board contacts Town Hall 72 hours before a meeting to be added to the agenda.

USDI STILL FIXING YARDS

Yards that were tore up during gas line expansions south of Town are yet to be fixed by USDI.

POLICE UPDATES

Chief Naselroad announced that unfortunately the Police Department would have to let the K9 go. They were looking at selling the dog to the IMPD Drug Task Force for around $5,000.

The K9 has gone through several handlers in its brief but productive time at the Town of Lapel as employees have moved on to other departments.

Sadly, Captain Buffington could not take on the K9 as planned due to the long list of other responsibilities he already has.

Obviously this is a huge disappointment to the Town of Lapel, the Police Department and likely the residents and businesses of the Town of Lapel that helped purchase the dog but the silver lining is that the dog will still be in active use in Central Indiana and helping to stop criminals.

Town Meeting July 18th 2019

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Town Meeting July 2nd 2019

The Town Council held a Town Meeting at the Eagles on 9th St. The meeting was rescheduled from July 4th.

All members of the Town Council were present.

UTILITY DEPARTMENT

The Utility Department has hired a new full time employee and promoted Steve Selby from part time to full time. Both employees will receive a starting salary of $12.50.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

John Reeder representing the Lapel Stony Creek Township Fire Territory asked the Town Council for approval to seek a loan of up to $300,000 for a new ambulance for the Fire Department.

The current two ambulances are 2001/2007 models and have suffered mechanical breakdowns.

Except for Tom Marvel who abstained the Town Council voted in favor of the Fire Territory seeking a loan.

There is a public meeting on July 10th at the Fire Station from 6pm to discuss this further.

3RD ST PAVING

The Town sought quotes from additional companies regarding widening and paving a short section of 3rd St to connect to Brookside Park.

After seeking quotes from 4 companies the Town received two quotes and voted YES to accept E&B's quote for approximately $15,600.

RANSOMWARE PROTECTION

The Town of Lapel approved a proposal by Regal Computer Services to offer "air gapped" backups of their important data in case of ransomware attacks. The total cost was $200 for hardware and $100 a month for two on-site manual backups of the server and a workstation.

PARKS

Brookside Park hosted a Babe Ruth State Softball Tournament this past week and it was very well executed by all people involved and visitors were extremely impressed with the handling of the event and the venue.

Jason Kleinbub expressed his thanks for everyone involved in making the event and the park happen especially the Park Board, Softball League, the local community and the Town of Lapel utility crew.

Plans are already in motion to host the competition again in 2020.

OFFICE UPDATE

For clarity and legal reasons Deb Wainscott (President) announced that in May Jill Zeller who interviewed for the vacant full-time office position declined the offer, that led to an offer being made to Kourtney Krabbe who accepted and started on 5/6/19 at $16.22 per hour.

At the same time Paula Lee was promoted to Office Manager with no salary increase.

ROAD DAMAGE

It was announced that there could be some funds available to the Town of Lapel from INDOT to repair damage made to the Town roads due to SR38 being closed and people deviating off the official detour.

The Town of Lapel needs to provide INDOT an assessment of road damage to further that discussion.

ORDINANCE DISPUTE

There was a complaint and discussion started by a resident concerning a possible business being run out of a home on Birmingham Boulevard. The Town Council said they were going to monitor the situation and review the ordinances.

300 SOUTH REQUEST

Local resident Travis Forrest asked the Town to look at repairing 300 South from Brookside Rd to SR13.

Deb Wainscott said they are still looking at repairing the bridge on 300 S and any road paving would have to wait on that.

Town Meeting July 2nd

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Town Meeting June 20th

The Lapel Town Council held a regular Town Meeting at the Eagles on 9th St, starting at 7pm on June 20th.

Members present Deb Wainscott (President), Tony Pearson (Vice President), Jason Kleinbub and Lindsay Washmuth.

The Town Council voted YES to approve the new employee handbook.

The Town Council voted YES to approve splitting two parcels of land into 8 lots to complete two sub-divisions north of Brookside Road. Neil Stevenson from the Madison County Council of Governments stated the split met all the guidelines in the zoning ordinance.

The Town Council approved allowing resident Amanda Paddock to close Hawthorne Drive for a July 4th party.

The Town Council discussed renewing the Swayzee Cable Contract but held back on approving it for another 15 years to look at a shorter term. This issue will be addressed again once a new contract is provided.

The Town of Lapel needs more members to serve on the Lapel Planning Commission. To increase the members from five to seven due to a change in state rules.

The next Town Meeting was scheduled for July 4th and has been moved to July 2nd at 7pm at the Eagles (if available).

STORM WATER

Ashley Hopper who represents the Town on legal matters discussed the legality of the storm water fee and stated after reviewing all of the documents that legally the fee was allowed and applied to "any owner of a lot or parcel in the Town of Lapel" which included the annexed area from 2014/2015.

The same rules and ordinances do not lay out a timeline for getting services to those locations, merely that they will be provided eventually as future budgets allow for it.

Some concerned residents thought they were being double dipped because they pay the County for ditch maintenance and now the Town of Lapel for storm water fees and felt it was unfair.

Chad Blake (resident) thought after reviewing the state laws that perhaps the Town of Lapel should ask Madison County to give it all or a portion of the money people in the annexed area pay for drainage and ditch maintenance. Although it was noted that then the Town of Lapel would have to provide ditch maintenance to the area 

Town Council members Tony Pearson, Deb Wainscott and Jason Kleinbub all spoke of the need to start charging this $3.05 fee to help raise money to get grants and pay for future improvements.

Kleinbub added that he pays school taxes but has no children going to Lapel schools. You don't want to pay the tax, but it will help the Town. It may not be tomorrow or even five years from now but we are trying.

 

OTHER DISCUSSIONS

  • A resident thought the Town of Lapel needed to fix culverts in the area before road paving projects begin.
  • A resident of John St complained about drainage problems in the area since the Town of Lapel put stone in an alley and would like the drainage issue resolved.
  • Jon Hollingsworth and Michelle Hollingsworth complained about warning letters they had received from the Town of Lapel regarding possible ordinance violations. They felt that the code enforcement officer Chris Hobbs is unfairly targeting them. 

Town Meeting June 20th.

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