August 17th Town Meeting Roundup

In what turned out to be a lengthy Aug 17th Town Meeting, dozens of items were discussed.

All Town Council members were present.

Giving Hope

Top billing at the meeting went to the Giving Hope Foundation with a Public Hearing for a rezoning request.

After a presentation by the foundation the floor was turned over to residents to comment on the rezone.

A few individuals asked questions about the Giving Hope Foundation and the services they would provide although no one questioned the rezone from agricultural to general industrial.

The Town Council members all voted YES to approve the rezone.

Utility Rate Study

Jeremy Callahan presented the Town Council with a Gas and Water Rate study. In a lengthy presentation, he felt that the Town was undercharging the gas utility with a shortfall of up to $123,700, while the Water Utility was deemed to be adequately funded.

The Town Council took the Gas Rate Study under advisement and will decide about raising Gas Rates at another meeting. 

Trash Price Increase

Due to an increase in Tipping Fees this year CGS is now charging the Town of Lapel more money than previously to collect Trash Cans. The Town Council discussed the cost increase and noted it was part of the contract that was signed between the Town of Lapel and CGS.

The Town Council voted to increase Trash Fees paid by residents by 50 cents from $12.25 per month to $12.75.

The Trash Contract is up for renewal in 2018.

Utiilty Department Employee

The Town of Lapel will be looking for a new Utility worker, preferably with a CDL.

Gas Management

The Town Council heard a presentation from Ron Ragan about switching to his companies Gas Management services. He believed his company Utility Gas Management could potentially save the Town money.

Building Permit Fees

The Town Council approved a Building Permit Fee increase that will see above ground pools and spas now have a $50 permit fee. Residential curb cuts will also now cost $25 in permit fees.

Trinity Church Bill Negotiation

Ron Stephenson representing Trinity Church successfully negotiated down an overdue bill for work conducted by Culy on pipes at Trinity Church.

It was also mentioned and agreed to have Culy provide a better itemized bill in future to allow the Town to correctly bill all involved parties.

Drainage Issues at Montgomery Farms / Brookside

A new drain is expected to be installed and run to the retention pond to help with drainage problems. Although other options are also going to be investigated such as cleaning out swales and ditches.

Pay Increases

President Michael Cates noted that he wanted to reward Town employees that have been doing a good job for the Town.

The Town Council then voted YES to approve a $2 per hour pay increase for Paula Lee, a $1 per hour increase for utility worker Holly Kelly and a $1 per hour increase for utility worker Cameron Clawson.

 

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Bulldog Park Developments

The Park Board primarily discussed Bulldog Park progress at the regular Park Meeting (postponed until August 16th).

Bulldog Park is being built using a matching fund grant from DNR with the "matching" part from the Town of Lapel based on the value of the Land. The grant is worth $200,000. The Town pays for work, and is then re-imbursed from the DNR Grant within 35 days.

The Park Board has done its best to minimize out of pocket expenses for the project and for the most part has received a lot of donated or discounted goods and services from many local businesses and supportive individuals to complete the project.

This weekend members of the Park Board and volunteers will be trenching some electrical and sanitary lines at the park.

The footer for the central concession building may also be getting blocked over the course of the next few days.

Bill Hutton (President) informed the board that he expects to receive a large lumber donation for the construction of the concession building / toilet block.

Hutton also noted that they are in discussions with a company to build the fields, to the correct standard needed.

Original plans called for a total of four softball diamonds, however a recent change will see this revised to three softball diamonds and one baseball diamond.

The Park Department is hoping to have the new building framed out soon, but will likely need the assistance of able bodied carpenters and/or those with construction experience.

Completion of the Park is still expected in 2017.

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August 10th Planning Meeting Roundup

The Planning Commission met at Lapel Town Hall on August 10th for a regular meeting.

Planning President Gary Shuck, members Tony Hewitt and Trefin Luker were present.

 Planning Meeting August 10th 2017

Pleasantview Moving Forward

Adam D`Angelo presented a complete set of plans for his proposed Pleasantview development on the South-East side of Town.

D`Angelo is no longer asking for any variances. His development will feature approximately 30 apartments split between 3-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 1-bedroom layouts.

The 1187sq ft 3-bedroom apartments will feature two bathrooms, as well as an attached garage. All apartments will have a two-hour firewall which adheres to residential building code.

His plan is to power the development using solar panels which will be installed on the roofs of the apartment units and in an area designated non-drainage acreage.

The plans still feature retention ponds to help improve and control the drainage issues that already plague that part of Town.

The plans will be reviewed by the Town Building Inspector.

15 Acres Off 5th and 6th St

Tony Dargo the owner of 15 acres of farmland East of Lapel connected to 5th, 6th and 7th St asked for help and thoughts on his plan to help drainage on his property by installing a pond or wetland to hold much of the water that sits on the property.

He also hopes to split the land up into at least two parcels and build a home on one and sell the other.

Gary Shuck and Michael Cates (Town President) seemed interested in the idea and suggested he contact DNR to see if there were any grants or financial aid available to assist in such a project as DNR is supportive of developing wetlands.

Shuck suggested it may be possible for the Town to help with the construction of the Pond as it would improve drainage for all of the property owners in that area of Central Avenue.

Lapel Carwash

Adam D`Angelo asked the committee whether they had any objections on him turning one of the storage buildings at the Lapel Laundry/Carwash into either an apartment or office space.

The committee favored the idea of office space.

D`Angelo suggested that Police and Municipality vehicles will get a free pass for car washes at the Lapel Carwash.

Building Inspector

Gary Shuck raised his concerns about the current building inspector not being able to or not wanting to do many of the tasks outlined in the new building ordinances. 

The committee discussed options for hiring a part time employee that would be available at least two days a week to handle building inspector duties.

A suggestion was made that new Utility Manager Chris Hobbs could be trained as a building inspector. He has over 10 years of building experience.

Cates suggested he would research the training necessary for Hobbs to become a Building Inspector.

Gary Shuck raised a recent case of someone submitting plans for building something then completing the work but with the building in a totally different place to where they indicated. He suggested this was a prime example as to why they need a part time or full-time inspector that lives locally and can deal with these matters.

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Common Questions Answered

The purpose of this post is to answer some common questions.

  • Do I need a Building Permit?
    • While not every project requires a Building Permit, you should call Town Hall and check 765-534-3157.
  • My Trash did not get picked up on Wednesday?
    • Try to have your trash can(s) on the street Tuesday evening for Wednesday pickup. Call CGS directly and inform them if your trash was not picked up 800-453-5575
  • Can we still leave tree limbs at the Utility building for the Town to chip and destroy?
    • No, you should not take your tree limbs to the Town Utility Building.
  •  Do I need to book a Park Shelter at Woodward Park?
    • People can book a Park Shelter online at the Lapel Parks website at http://lapelparks.org - you should use this site to check whether a Shelter is booked on a certain day/time and to request a booking. Shelter bookings are currently FREE!!!
  • A street light is out, who do I call?
    • Call Duke Energy with the pole inventory number listed on the side of the pole 800.343.3525.
  • Who is responsible for cleaning storm drains?
    • You are advised to do your best to keep storm drains clear of junk and debris.
  • Who do I report potholes to?
    • There are lot of potholes and the Utility Department is doing its best to patch them as and when they can. The Town is also trying to get a matching fund grant to make lasting repairs to town streets.

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Roundup of News from July Town Meeting

This is a short round-up of some of the topics discussed at the July Town Meeting held on July 20th at the Eagles building on 9th St.

All council members were present for this meeting.

The Town Council may want to review the fees for some building permits. This may see increases on some fees and the lowering of others.

 

The Town of Lapel has hired Chris Hobbs for the new position of Town Utility Manager. He starts in August.

Hobbs will handle the management side of the Utilities department while Utility Superintendent Marlin Johnson and the rest of the utility department will be focused on getting the utility jobs completed.

 

There was some discussion on whether it is necessary for yards that require mowing to come before the Town council and whether that is a simple enforcement issue.

 

Some concerned residents spoke up about drainage issues in the new additions. President Michael Cates said "We will do what we can to fix it. But we cannot do it overnight."

Some drainage areas in the new additions have trees and plants growing in them that may be hindering the correct flow of water. They need to be removed and the correct flow of water restored.

 

There was a brief presentation by the Giving Hope Foundation about their plans for a 40-acre development near Don Smock Auctions.

 

Cates asked pet owners to clean up behind their pets.

 

Chief of Police Ryan Daniels asked for the policy on take home Police cars to be amended. The new policy is that you have to live 5 miles or less from Lapel to take your patrol car home. The previous rule was 25 miles. Existing officers have been Grandfathered into the old rule. The new rule will reduce wear and tear on the cars and potentially save thousands of dollars in maintenance and fuel bills for the Town.

 

There was a lengthy discussion on the Planning Board and whether the board can legally do some of the things that were granted to it in the 2015 Ordinance review. In the new ordinances, several tasks that needed Town Council approval were re-written in such a way that the Planning Board could approve them without the final authority of the Council. Town Attorney Bill Byer will review the ordinance to check whether it is legal.

 

 

 

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Town of Lapel Website to Offer Local News

Starting "SOON" the Town of Lapel website will offer local news.

Former Stony Creek Lifestyle reporter and Lapel resident Daniel Paull will be writing news articles solely for the Town of Lapel via the Official Website at www.lapelindiana.org and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LapelIndiana/?ref=br_rs.

Daniel will be attending all of the regular Town, Park and Planning Meetings and posting stories on what happened.

 

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Heavy Trash Pickup May 10th 2017

Heavy Duty trash pickup will be May 10th.

May 10th, 2017 PICK UP DATE
TOWN OF LAPEL
Bi-Annual RESIDENTIAL HEAVY TRASH SERVICE

Heavy/Bulk Trash pickup Spring & Fall
• Town Hall to publicize confirmed heavy pickup dates – see Town Hall Website
• See the attached for acceptable household heavy/bulk items (list A)
• All items to be placed at curb in a neat orderly fashion
(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 Include:
• Microwaves
• Fans
• Lamps
• Lawn Furniture
• Gardening Tools
• Children’s toys
• Blinds
• Hot water heaters
• Household furniture – No sofa over 80” and no hide-a-bed/sleeper sofas
• Mattresses 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
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
• 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
scrape metal collecting, remodeling services etc.)

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2017 Notice to Taxpayers

NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS

The Notice to Taxpayers is available online at www.budgetnotices.in.gov or by calling (888) 739-9826.

Complete details of budget estimates by fund and/or department may be seen by visiting the office of this unit of government at TOWN HALL AT 825 MAIN ST. 

Notice is hereby given to taxpayers of Lapel Civil Town, Madison County, Indiana that the proper officers of LAPEL CIVIL TOWN will conduct a public hearing on the year 2017 budget. Following this meeting, any ten or more taxpayers may object to a budget, tax rate, or tax levy by filing an objection petition with the proper officers of LAPEL CIVIL TOWN not more than seven days after the hearing. The objection petition must identify the provisions of the budget, tax rate, or tax levy to which taxpayers object. If a petition is filed, LAPEL CIVIL TOWN shall adopt with the budget a finding concerning the objections in the petition and testimony presented. Following the aforementioned hearing, the proper officers of LAPEL CIVIL TOWN will meet to adopt the following budget:

 

Date of Public Hearing

Thursday, September 01 2016

Date of Adoption Meeting

Thursday, September 15 2016

Time of Public Hearing

7:00 PM

Time of Adoption Meeting

7:00 PM

Public Hearing Place

LAPEL EAGLES AT 110 E 9TH ST

Adoption Meeting Place

LAPEL EAGLES AT 110 E 9TH ST

 

Estimated Civil Max Levy

$ 285,339

Property Tax Cap Credit Estimate

$ 23,588

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Heavy Trash Pickup May 11th 2016

Heavy Duty trash pickup will be May 11th.

May 11, 2016 PICK UP DATE
TOWN OF LAPEL
Bi-Annual RESIDENTIAL HEAVY TRASH SERVICE

Heavy/Bulk Trash pickup Spring & Fall 
• Town Hall to publicize confirmed heavy pickup dates – see Town Hall Website
• See the attached for acceptable household heavy/bulk items (list A) 
• All items to be placed at curb in a neat orderly fashion
(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 Include:
• Microwaves
• Fans
• Lamps
• Lawn Furniture
• Gardening Tools
• Children’s toys
• Blinds
• Hot water heaters
• Household furniture – No sofa over 80” and no hide-a-bed/sleeper sofas
• Mattresses 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
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
• 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
scrape metal collecting, remodeling services etc.)

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LPD Accepting Applications for Full Time Officer

The Lapel Police Department is accepting applications for a full time police officer. Applicants should be in good physical condition, prepared to work any shift, weekends and holidays.

Requirements:

Be a U.S. Resident
High School Graduate/GED
Certificate of Birth
Valid Drivers License
Good driving record


Applications are available at the Lapel Town Hall located at 825 Main Street.

Applicants must submit applications and resume to the Lapel Town Hall or the Lapel Police Department by

5:00PM March 14th, 2016.

Applications/Resumes must be delivered in person, no electronic submissions will be accepted.

 

 

 

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Accepting Applications for Police Chief

The Town of Lapel is seeking applications for the position of Police Chief. Applications must be received by 5 pm, January 29, 2016, at the Lapel Town Hall, 825 North Main, Lapel, 46051. The position of Police Chief will be filled no later than April 7, 2016. The hiring of a Police Chief will be on the agenda for the April 7, 2016 regular meeting. The applicant must live within a 25 mile radius from Lapel or in Madison County. The minimum requirements for the position of Police Chief are listed in IC 36-8-4-6.5.

IC Code Resource: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/incode/36/8/4/36-8-4-6

Town Hall can be reached by telephone on 765 534 3157 or via email at info@lapelindiana.org

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October Heavy Trash Pickup

OCTOBER 14, 2015 PICK UP DATE

TOWN OF LAPEL

Bi-Annual RESIDENTIAL HEAVY TRASH SERVICE

 

Heavy/Bulk Trash pickup Spring & Fall

  • Town Hall to publicize confirmed heavy pickup dates – see Town Hall Website
  • See the attached for acceptable household heavy/bulk items (list A)
  • All items to be placed at curb in a neat orderly fashion      (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 Include:

  • Microwaves
  • Fans
  • Lamps
  • Lawn Furniture
  • Gardening Tools
  • Children’s toys
  • Blinds
  • Hot water heaters
  • Household furniture – No sofa over 80” and no hide-a-bed/sleeper sofas
  • Mattresses 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

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
  • 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

     scrape metal collecting,  remodeling services etc.)

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Town of Lapel Announces New Zoning Ordinances

After an extensive process started several years ago the Town of Lapel now has a complete set of new Zoning Ordinances.

These ordinances were signed into power last night at the Town Meeting.

Existing homes and structures will be grandfathered in to the old ordinances but new development will need to adhere to the new ordinances.

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Picture by Daniel Paull / Stony Creek Lifestyle

For a complete list of our new ordinances please visit http://www.mccog.net/Lapel_Zoning/

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Town of Lapel Employment Opportunities

The Town of Lapel currently has two employment opportunities. 

The Town of Lapel is taking applications for Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator. Must have valid driver’s license and be able to pass drug testing. Applications are available at the Town Hall.


The Town of Lapel is looking for a part time worker for general maintenance. Applications to be submitted at Lapel Town Hall on Ford St. Deadline May 31st - Drivers License Required. Must pass drug testing.

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Heavy Trash Pickup May 2015

 

HEAVY TRASH PICK UP

Wednesday May 13th, 2015

ACCEPTABLE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

ONE HEAVY TRASH ITEM PER

HOUSEHOLD

FURNITURE (NO HIDE A BEDS)

APPLIANCES WITH NO REFRIGERANT

HOUSEHOLD TRASH/OTHER MATERIAL/ITEMS

MUST BE BROKEN DOWN TO FIT IN A 30 GALLON BAG,

A 30 GALLON CONTAINER OR A TIED & BUNDLED 3’ X 4’

MATERIAL(S) NOT ACCEPTABLE:

 AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES

NO BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

NO CONCRETE, BLOCKS, BRICKS OR AGGREGATES

NO ELECTRONICS

NO HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE – FLAMMABLE

NO PAINT, MOTOR OIL, PROPANE TANKS, TIRES

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT PICK UP PLEASE CALL 1-800-453-5575

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Tree Limb Pickup

Please call Town Hall on 765-534-3157 if you have limbs that you need picked up.

Alternatively you can haul your limbs down to the Town Utility Building on Vine St where the Town has a special limb storage area. (watch for signs)


Heavy Trash Pickup will likely be in May around May 13th .... the date has not yet been 100% confirmed. 

Alternatively you can call CGS using the telephone number printed on your trash can to arrange to have one of your heavy trash items collected once a week.

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Trash Pickup As Usual

Trash Pickup will be on Wednesday as usual.

The only Holidays for 2015 for CGS Services are:

  • May 25th – Monday – Memorial Day – service will be one day late – Thursday
  • July 4th – Saturday – no change in service
  • September 7th – Monday – Labor Day – service will be one day late – Thursday
  • November 26th – Thursday – Thanksgiving – no change in service
  • December 25th, Friday – Christmas – no change in service 

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Town of Lapel Now Accepting Online Payments

The Town of Lapel now has the ability to accept Online Credit or Debit Card Payments for Utility Bills, Fines and Building Permits.

Visit the Home page for the website and click on this button in the left bar:

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You can then select your type of payment AND be redirected to the Secure Gov Pay website which will handle all of our transactions.

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For further assistance dial the number found in the top right hand corner of the Gov Pay website. Do not call Town Hall!

Note: Additional fees apply when using Credit / Debit Cards for payment at Town Hall, over the Phone or via the Internet.

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