Town Meeting Roundup November 1st 2018

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updating the Tagged Vehicle ordinance which seems to be based off an old 1980's or older state statue and needs to be repealed and replaced.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.

Town Meeting November 1st 2018

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Cascadden Gift Special Meeting

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.

 Cascadden Gift Meeting

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Town Meeting Roundup October 18th 2018

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:

  1. Replacing Asbestos/Cement Pipe
  2. Replace Ford Street Well House
  3. 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

Street Signs

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.

Vectren Dispute

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. 

Town Meeting October 18th 2018

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Planning Meeting Roundup October 11th 2018

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
  • Apartments

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. 

Planning Meeting October 11th 2018

 

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Park Meeting Roundup October 9th 2018

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.

Park Updates

  • 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.

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Town Meeting Roundup October 4th 2018

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.

Town Meeting October 4th 2018

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Town to Benefit from Generosity of Olevia Cascadden

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).

GENEROSITY

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.

PUBLIC HEARING

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:

  1. Rehab the Ford Street Well House which is in bad shape.
  2. Replace an asbestos water main.
  3. 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.

September 20th Meeting 2018

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Planning Meeting Roundup September 13th

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.

 Planning Meeting September 13th

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Park Board Meeting Roundup September 10th

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 parks@lapelindiana.org 

Park Meeting at the Station on September 10th

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Budget Meeting September 10th 2018

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".

 

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Town Meeting Roundup September 6th

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.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

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.

OTHER TOPICS

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.

Town Meeting September 6th 2018

 

 

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Special Planning Meeting Concerning Crematorium Request

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.

Crematorium Planning Meeting Aug 23rd

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Town Meeting Roundup August 16th 2018

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. 

Town Meeting August 16th 2018

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.

Yorktown, Sign Post

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.

OTHER NOTES

  • 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Concession Stand Progress at Bulldog Park

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.

Park Meeting August 13th 2018

 

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Planning Board Discusses Revised Crematorium Plan

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.

CHICKEN LIMIT

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.

NO-PERMIT FINES

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.

Planning Meeting August 9th

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Town Meeting Roundup August 2nd 2018

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.

Town Meeting 8th August 2018

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Special Park Meeting July 20th 2018

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.

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Town Meeting Roundup July 19th 2018

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.

NEW ATTORNEY

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.

WATER ISSUES

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. 

Town Meeting Roundup July 19th

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Planning Board Discusses Crematorium Plan

The Lapel Planning Board met at Town Hall on July 12th for a regular meeting.

Mike Keller from Keller Mortuary was asked to present his proposal for a Crematorium at 801 N Main St to the Planning Board by the Town Council.

Keller was asking for a special use permit to build a Crematorium in the building he currently rents which is next to the Post Office.

The system Keller Mortuary wants to use is designed to be odor and smoke free, but he could not guarantee either when questioned by the Planning Board. The general noise level was expected to be around that of an air conditioning unit, but the noise levels may go up or down depending on what stage of the process the system was executing.

After presenting his case a number of restaurant owners voiced their concerns, they did not want the Crematorium and feared it would detract people from eating.

The Board expressed their desire to find a solution but recognized they could not give a favorable outcome to the Town Council for this development.

Several board members suggested finding another location in Lapel that could be used for a Crematorium which was not so close to restaurants.

HALLMARK HOMES

Hallmark Homes owner Paul Schwinghammer discussed with the Board his recent findings that the current development at Montgomery Farms is being held to the latest building ordinances when they should be based on the ordinances that were in effect when the addition was first developed.

He said that existing houses already built only have 6ft setbacks while RQAW the Engineering firm now responsible for building inspection in Lapel is using the new rules for the current round of development which require 10ft setbacks. This means a lot of their existing home plans no longer work on the lots and they are having to develop new plans.

Schwinghammer also questioned the recent increase in tap fees, with the impact fees the Town of Lapel already has ($2000 each for water and storm) it now costs more money in fees to build in Lapel than many other Towns. 

The Planning Board may discuss Impact fees at the next meeting in August.

Finally Schwinghammer would like to see the permit process in Lapel get simplified as he thinks it is taking too long to get permits. He stated that in other Towns he can usually get a permit the same day, but it can take a lot longer in Lapel.

Planning Meeting July 13 2018

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Park Board Meeting Roundup July 9th

The Park Board met for its regularly scheduled meeting at Lapel Town Hall on July 9th.

New playground seats for all but the small child swings have been installed at Memorial Park and Woodward Park. The small child swing seats are on order and will be fitted when they are available.

The Movie in the Park will be Saturday July 14th at Woodward Park, from around 9pm.

Parts are still on order to repair the Splash Pad. It is still "working" but has to be turned on and off manually until the part has been replaced.

Park Board voted NO to a request from theRiver church to hold a "Farmland Games" event at Woodward park.

Bulldog Park Progress

Work is wrapping up to finish the fences around the ball fields at Bulldog Park.

E&B is on schedule to build the trail later this year and may donate some asphalt.

Dennis Miller Construction submitted a quote to build the Concession stand. Bill Hutton (President) will have to request bids from other companies before choosing a winning bidder as the  DMC amount exceeds Town limits for non-bid work.

There may be a special meeting next Monday to review bids. - To be confirmed.

 

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Town of Lapel to Seek Gas Utility Expansion

The Town Council held a regular Town Meeting on July 5th at the Eagles, Council members present Deb Wainscott (President), Tony Pearson (Vice President) and Lindsay Washmuth (Member).

The Town Council reviewed a document provided by RQAW concerning a request to build a crematorium at Keller Mortuary.

Owner Mike Keller answered several questions from Council Members as well as local businesses owner Scott Hersberger and Loose Funeral Home owner Rob Loose.

Hersberger had concerns that there could be an odor or smoke factor that might detract business at local restaurants.

Loose noted that at his crematorium there is sometimes an odor and smoke as automated systems are not necessarily able to combat such things immediately and the system can be noisy. He also noted that if the bodies come in a body bag there is smoke associated with burning the bag compared to a box.

The request to build the crematorium will now go to the Planning Board, they will meet next Thursday (12th) at 6pm at Lapel Town Hall (or the Police Department at the same time if the AC is still out at Town Hall).

GAS UTILITY EXPANSION

Deb Wainscott and Dennis Molina met with a representative of USDI to discuss expanding the Gas Utility south to 700.

An initial quote puts the price at $240,000 and may take 5weeks to 2months to complete.

The Town Council voted yes to this plan if they can find the money to do it.

TAP FEE FOR NEW HOMES

The Town Council voted to raise the Tap fee for new homes to the following amounts:

  • Gas $750
  • Water $1000
  • Sewer $1250

These fees are still lower than many other local Towns.

TOWN WATER

A brief discussion was held over the state of the "brown" Town water.

It is believed to be caused by the SR13 well which is being used more heavily at the moment as the Ford St well water level dropped.

The Town is still working on resolving the discoloration.

Town Meeting July 5th 2018

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Town Meeting Roundup June 21st 2018

The Lapel Town Council met at the Lapel Eagles on 9th St on June 21st 2018 for a regularly scheduled Town Meeting,

TOM MARVEL

New Council Member Tom Marvel (3rd from left in photo) was introduced.

CREMATORIUM

Mike Keller from Keller Mortuary presented to the Town on a request for a special use permit to allow the installation of a crematorium in his business on Main St.

He stated that the system is smoke and odor free and sounds like an air conditioning unit when running.

Deb Wainscott (President) wanted to see construction plans on changes to the interior and have the building inspector look things over before granting the request. 

An IDEM permit will be necessary later on in the process.

The system will always be monitored and will require a 2-inch gas line.

SPLASH PAD

The cost to fix the Splash Pad is now believed to be $895.55 in parts. The Council approved using Park funds to pay for the parts and have the Town Utility Workers install them.

POOL FILL REFUND

The Town Council denied a request to reimburse residents for refilling swimming pools after discoloration in the Town water system.

ATT INTERNET FOR BUSINESS

Amy Speaks and representatives from ATT discussed bringing fiber internet to the Town of Lapel for Businesses only. Next week they will be going to the 92 businesses in Town to ask them if they are interested in high speed internet from ATT and to possibly sign a "Letter of Intent" - while there will be no build out cost to the businesses the end monthly cost of the service is likely to depend on the number of businesses that are interested.

NEW EMPLOYEE

The Town Council voted to give new employee Greg Lucas a pay raise, he will now receive $12 per hour.

GAS LINE FOR FUTURE GROWTH

The Town Council discussed the expected cost to install a gas main to 650 South to allow the Town to be positioned to provide gas services to new developments along the SR13 corridor.

USDI has given an estimate of $240,000 for materials, equipment and labor to run the gas line from 400 South to 650 South.

Due to the high cost the Town will need to bid the project out and hopes to space construction out over several years.

Town Meeting June 21st 2018

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Planning Board Public Hearing Leads to Plan Change

The regular Planning Meeting held at Town Hall on June 14th was also a public hearing for plans to rezone a 5-acre lot of agricultural land off 700 South to industrial for use as outside storage.

A representative of the land owner started out the meeting by informing the board that the proposal had changed, and he no longer sought to use the land for outside storage but planned to use it for personal storage and to park his three semi-trucks and trailers over the weekend, he no longer wanted to rezone the property either due to concerns from neighbors.

The board insisted that a house must be built before an accessory building such as a pole barn could be built.

Gary Shuck (Planning Board President) stated "the ordinances say house first, accessory structure later."

Shuck said that in the past the board has allowed certain developments to go ahead with stipulations that were never met, and he didn't want the board to do that anymore.

Clay Parkison (resident) stated that he thought when they bought the property with plans to build a house that they should do "what you agreed to. Build a house, then put your pole barn up."

Lindsay Washmuth (Board Member / Council Member) said that "You might agree to build a house today, but circumstances beyond your control might prevent you from doing so later". 

After concluding that the owner would essentially be running a trucking business out of that lot the board asked that they rethink their plans and come back with plans to build a house.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The board approved an in-ground pool for a resident on 7th St if better plans are submitted to Town Hall.

The board agreed to allow Alice Bodenhorn to add an extension to her home with the caveat that the land the home sits on is re-plotted into a larger lot and the re-plot must be started within 30 days.

The board suggested anyone that wishes to complain about the algae on the retention pond off 300 S contact the Madison County Drainage board.

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The board discussed setting up a schedule to have the new Building Inspector from RQAW come to do building inspections every Wednesday, with the option of the property/home owner paying a rush fee if they wanted the inspection done sooner than that.

Planning Meeting June 14th 2018

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Park Board Meeting Roundup June 2018

The Lapel Park Board met at Town Hall on June 11th.

The Park Board discussed movie choices for Movie in the Park on July 14th during the Lapel Village Fair. Top two choices were Up and Sing. The movie will start around 9pm (depending on sunset).

Bill Hutton (President) confirmed new seats for the swings at the parks in Lapel are on order.

BULLDOG PARK UPDATES

Work is still ongoing on the new park:

  • Work on building the dugout roofs is on hold until enough volunteers can be found to complete the work. If you, your organization or group wants to help with this contact the Lapel Parks Department.
  • The Concrete pad for the Concession stand building has been completed.
  • Construction of the building to be completed by Dennis Miller Construction.
  • Grass at the park is looking better, but Park Board not happy with the number of weeds.

The Park Board has now spent all of the $200,000 grant money they received and will be spending Park Budget money to complete the estimated $30,000 of further work required to complete the project.

Donations, and offers of help by residents and local businesses are welcome.

SPLASH PAD

The Splash Pad has a broken part, which may cost up to $6,000 to fix and needs to be sourced from Canada. No ETA on a long-term fix.

Splash Pad

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Community Crossings Paving Projects

Attention Residents: Beginning the week of May 21, 2018 our paving project is scheduled to begin. The following roads will have paving crews working on them so please be cautious when driving. Thank you.

  • Vine St. from Dead End to 7th St.
  • 4th St. from SR 13 to Woodward St.
  • 5th St. from Central St. to Vine St.
  • 6th St. from Woodward St. to Dead End
  • 5th St. and 6th St. from Brookside Rd. to Brookside Rd.
  • 9th St. from SR 13 to Erie St.
  • 10th St. from Vine St. to Walnut St.
  • CR 500 S from CR 1000 W to SR 13

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