Boil Water Advisory Lifted

JUNE 9th

THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR THE TOWN OF LAPEL HAS BEEN LIFTED.  YOU NO LONGER NEED TO BOIL WATER BEFORE COOKING/DRINKING.

JUNE 4th/5th

Due to a water main break at 7th Street & Brookside Road the Town of Lapel is currently under a boil water advisory until further notice. - Lifted on June 9th.

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JOB - Seasonal / Full Time Labor

The Town of Lapel Utility Department is a full-service department that integrates traditional operational services, infrastructure maintenance, capital projects, engineering, community development and planning services. Employees work within the operational services divisions of the Lapel Utility Department, including street and sidewalk maintenance, gas, water and sewer utility maintenance, and grounds maintenance.

Job Responsibilities

  • Grounds keeping
  • Assist street and sidewalk maintenance crews
  • Assist gas maintenance crews
  • Assist water and sewer maintenance crews

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or general education degree strongly preferred
  • Valid driver’s license
  • CDL preferred

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Constant lifting and/or moving up to 65 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds
  • Frequent walking and standing (sometimes on uneven surfaces), talking, listening, and operating computer (with or without reasonable accommodation)
  • Walking, grasping, lifting and carrying objects; reaching, operating hand controls and small tools, operating foot controls (such as driving a light-duty vehicle)
  • Work time is performed outdoors in all weather conditions and in a variety of environmental conditions, including (but not limited to) heat, cold, humidity, wind, rain, snow, dust and conditions normally associated with working outdoors and using hand tools and power equipment
  • Strong emphasis on workplace safety

Salary

Full-time utility labor position is $15.00 - $15.15 per hour, 40 hours per week. Operating hours are Monday thru Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm, occasional weekends & holidays.

Part-time seasonal labor position is $11 per hour. Operating hours are Monday thru Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm June 1, 2021 thru August 31, 2021.

How to Apply

Applications can be picked up at the Lapel Town Hall Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm. The position will remain open until filled; resumes will be reviewed as received. 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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Press Release: February Gas Event

The Town of Lapel Gas Utility is one of 32 (thirty-two) small gas utilities in the State of Indiana. On February 13, 2021 the Town asked its residents to do their part to help conserve gas by reducing temperatures in their homes and businesses. This request was based on increased demand across the country due to a far-reaching polar vortex. This cold was devastating to much of the southern states, Including Texas. This cold caused power outages that not only disrupted millions of lives in Texas but also caused shutdowns at oil refineries and natural gas wells across the state.

Many gas utilities, including the Town of Lapel, work with suppliers to purchase gas in advance at a discounted rate. This rate averages somewhere in the $2-$3 per unit (Dekatherm) range. Once this pre purchased amount is used, then incremental purchases are made at the current market rate.

During this event natural gas pricing spiked as high as $1,100 per unit. This was the first time in history that an event like this has produced a spike of this magnitude in the price of natural gas. We and several other communities across the country feel the actions taken during this weather emergency by the gas suppliers equates to nothing less than price gouging during an emergency. We have shared this concern with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC). In addition, we have been in contact with the State Attorney General’s office to investigate potential price gouging by the gas suppliers. Nationally this is being investigated by Congress and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

As a result of this predatory pricing the bill the town receives from the gas supplier for the month of February alone was nearly $500,000. This is nearly $200,000 more than was projected for all of 2021. The town is currently working with several different agencies to secure funding to cover this unexpected expense.

What does all this mean for the town of Lapel and its residents? Unfortunately, this means if you are a Lapel Gas Customer, you will see some uncomfortable numbers when you open your newest bill. We understand that many of our residents and businesses will not have the means to pay this bill on the due date. As a result, we will allow any resident or business the opportunity to arrange a payment plan for this month’s gas bill. This payment plan is for the Gas Portion of your bill ONLY. All other utilities will need to be paid on time as well as all future billings. Gas customers utilizing automatic withdrawal will need to contact town hall and set up a payment plan and manually make their payment. All gas customers will receive in the mail a copy of the information I have shared with you tonight along with specific information for of the steps necessary to make payment arrangements for your account.


Ultimately our goal is that the state and federal agencies, along with our legal team, will be successful and a settlement will be reached that allows us to issue refunds to all customers affected. While this is our goal, there is no guarantee that this will happen.

We have been working diligently to determine the best course of action for this situation. This decision was not made lightly. After consulting with several advisors, we chose what we feel is in the best interest of all residents. This plan allows you to have control over how you will pay your bill and adjust your personal budgets. Everyone’s financial situation is not the same and it would be wrong for us to make this choice for you.

Again, all gas customers must contact town hall to set up your payment plan. If you do not make arrangements for your account, then we do expect the balance due in full on he due date.

We welcome your comments. We expect them to be both good, and bad.

There are financial aid options available if you qualify. Please contact Town Hall for more details.

We would like to thank the following for all their assistance in this matter up to this point and going forward:

  • Indiana Bond Bank
  • Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
  • Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
  • Indiana Attorney General’s Office
  • Utility Gas Management
  • Graham, Hopper, Farrer, and Wilson
  • Taft Law Offices, Indianapolis

We want to thank all of you as well. Please work with us and together we can all get through this.


Thank You.
Chad Blake
President, Lapel Town Council

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Gas Utility Updates

Many of you will notice a big increase in your gas utility amount. We understand this may cause a hardship on some. We are offering a payment plan of up to 9 months for the GAS portion of your MARCH bill only. You are still required to make your monthly payment for water, wastewater, gas, trash, and stormwater on time for each bill.

We will not setup this payment plan automatically. You MUST contact Lapel Town Hall no later than 3/29/2021 to setup your plan.

(765)534-3157 or info@lapelindiana.org

Financial Assistance may be available for those that qualify:

  • Stony Creek Township Trustee (applications at Lapel Town Hall)
  • Energy Assistance Program (www.icapcaa.org, (765)298-8086

Budget Customers

It is crucial that you look at your actual total of your gas utility. The polar vortex caused a spike in gas prices, which could impact your budget. We can NOT change your budget amount, but you CAN pay more towards your budget every month. Paying more towards your budget will help prevent a heavy settle up in July.

Example: If your gas budget is normally $50/month but you notice you are behind in your budget, you can start paying $100/month towards gas if that fits into your financial situation.

ACH Customers

DUE TO THE POLAR VORTEX CAUSING AN INCREASE IN GAS PRICES, AND DELAYING THE PROCESS OF SENDING OUR UTILITY BILLS ON TIME, WE HAVE SUSPENDED AUTOPAY FOR THIS MONTH ONLY! YOU WILL NEED TO MANUALLY MAKE YOUR PAYMENT FOR THE MARCH BILL DUE ON 3/25/2021.

  • DROP PAYMENT IN DROPBOX
  • PAY ONLINE AT LAPELINDIANA.ORG
  • MAIL IN PAYMENT
  • USE DRIVE-THRU

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Special Planning Meeting

AGENDA

Call to order

Abor Homes/Hallmark Homes housing addition

New business/old business

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

YOU ARE HEREBY notified there will be a Special Meeting of the Lapel Planning Commission held at the Lapel Eagles, 110 E 9th Street, Lapel, Indiana on the 25th day of February, 2021 at 6:30pm.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions this meeting will be held virtually, and in person.

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 Clerk/Treasurer of the Town of Lapel, Indiana as soon as possible, but no less than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

 

                                                                                    /s/ Gary Shuck

                                                                                         Gary Shuck, Planning Commission President

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Lt. Gov. Crouch announces $8 Million federal grant fund recipients

Lt. Gov. Crouch announces 12 communities to 
receive more than $8 million

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 17, 2020) – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs today announced 12 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $8 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure.

“These grants are vital to Indiana’s economic success as these projects should improve the quality of life in these rural communities,” Crouch said. “Collaborations between federal, state and local partners as they invest in the state’s water infrastructure is a win for Hoosiers as we work toward a stronger Indiana.”

The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities which assist units of local government with various community projects such as: infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.

“Ensuring rural communities have the necessary infrastructure in place has never been more crucial as we continue to cope with COVID-19,” said Denny Spinner, Executive Director of OCRA. "Indiana's rural communities must have a foundation to build on to enable them to be on the road to recovery, and water projects such as these are essential as leaders focus on the health and safety needs of their residents. This is another example of state and local leadership coming together to improve the quality of life for Hoosiers across the state.”

For this round’s grantees, OCRA will delay the start of the administration process until after the holidays. The first round of the 2021 CDBG program will open March 29, 2020. Additionally, the suspension of Main Street Revitalization Program and Public Facilities Program will continue. All eligible programs for 2021 were included in the OCRA calendar and additional information will be provided in March.

Funding for OCRA’s CDBG programs originates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and is administered for the State of Indiana by OCRA. For more program information, visit in.gov/ocra/cdbg.htm.

The Stormwater Improvement Program strives to reduce flooding, to cut stormwater treatment and energy costs, to protect rivers, lakes and vital landscape and generate jobs to spur economic revitalization. Types of activities that are eligible for this grant funding include stormwater improvements, as well as demolition and/or clearance. The following communities are the beneficiaries of this program:

The City of Lawrenceburg is awarded $600,000 for flood drainage improvements. This project will rehabilitate storm drainage infrastructure in a high-flood prone area adjacent to Doughty Road. By replacing the sluice gate, backflow valve, and pump to the current systems and rehabilitating ditches in the area, it will prevent future flooding to the Doughty Road area.

The City of Sullivan is awarded $600,000 for flood drainage improvements. This project will install new storm sewers along Price Street starting at State Street and extending across Section Street. Inlets will be added to each intersection along this route and as needed along the existing shallow ditches. Once complete, this project will help to reduce flooding during and after rain events.

The Town of Edinburgh is awarded $600,000 for flood drainage improvements. This project will replace dry wells and install a new storm sewer system along High School Drive with an outlet that will be treated and then feeds out to the Big Blue River.

The goals of the Wastewater/Drinking Water Program are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements. The following communities are the beneficiaries of this program:

The City of Beech Grove is awarded $600,000 for wastewater system improvements. This project will reline approximately 15,652 linear feet of wastewater mains that continue to fail. These wastewater lines are collapsing and causing sinkholes and poor sewer service to residents.

The Town of Carbon is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will rehabilitate the town’s original water infrastructure and components by elevating the water tank, complete a booster station rehabilitation and install water main upgrades.

The Town of Dana is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project is a system-wide comprehensive rehabilitation of system components upgrades/improvements: wellfield, water treatment plant, storage facility and distribution system. This project will allow the Town to provide necessary emergency back-up power at the Town’s wellfield and water treatment plant, improve water supply, transmission and treatment, increase water storage capacity and provide accurate water metering to cut down water loss/unbilled water usage.

The Town of Lapel is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. Project components include installing 10,550 linear feet of water main, complete well improvements, and water treatment and storage improvements.

The Town of Leavenworth is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will deliver improvements to the Leavenworth Water Utility, including a new, 60,000-gallon elevated storage tank with a tank mixing system. It will also demolish of the existing tank, install a new security fence around the tank site and build a new control building.

The Town of New Market is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will install more than 1,100 linear feet of water main replacing 1930s cast iron water mains. Along with these water main improvements, the town will add a media filter to the water treatment plant to a help alleviate residential water issues.

The Town of Spurgeon is awarded $700,000 to construct a wastewater system. This project will construct a new wastewater collection system, since no system currently exists. The town will install 71 grinder pump stations to serve one or more households, and the connect more than 19,000 linear feet of force main lines throughout the town. The collection system will then connect to a main owned by the Town of Lynnville, which will then provide treatment.

The Town of Thorntown is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will install a new wastewater lagoon adjacent to the current lagoon to increase capacity by 33 percent. Additional project elements include installing 2,400 linear feet of piping to connect the lagoons, six control valves, two blowers and diffusers, as well as a building a new lagoon.

Putnam County is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements to the Van Bibber Lake conservancy district. This project is a full-system rehabilitation and upgrade of all original, 1970s water distribution system components and the construction of a new water treatment plant. This project will also increase water main sizes to improve system-wide pressure, flow and flushing capabilities, and enhance isolation capabilities during future leaks.


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Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as the Secretary of Rural Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. For more information, visit ocra.in.gov.

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Town to Receive $700,000 Grant for Water Project

Yesterday Town Council President Chad Blake received a call from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs informing him that the Town of Lapel has been awarded a $700,000.00 grant for our water project. Many thanks to Mike Kleinpeter of Kleinpeter Consulting, Jeremy Van Erman, Robert Bellucci and the staff of Commonwealth Engineering for their hard work, faith, and perseverance, in our journey to capture this grant. The OCRA grant is only one part of the funding for this project, the remaining three million plus dollars in funding will be procured from the Indiana Bond Bank. A BIG thank you to the community of Lapel who have supported our cause through your letters, phone calls and emails regarding our water. With the grant and the funding from the Indiana Bond Bank we will begin a project to revamp our water mains, improve our Ford Street Well and State Road 13 Well, and make enhancements to our treatment facility and tower. One final thank you to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs for awarding us the grant, we are excited about the project and the upcoming improvements to our water system.

https://events.in.gov/event/lt_gov_crouch_announces_12_communities_to_receive_more_than_8_million

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Town Hall Closed Until Further Notice

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:            November 20, 2020

 

Lapel Town Hall to Remain Closed to Public

LAPEL, IN – As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, Lapel Town Council has extended the closure of Town Hall until further notice. In Madison County, during the past 60 days, there have been 43 COVID-related deaths. People are strongly encouraged to adjust their holiday plans and take precautions to avoid exposures.

State and county officials may elect to close the businesses and limit streets to essential travel only if infections continue to spiral upward, however, the Lapel Town Council hopes that drastic restrictions won’t become necessary.

The Lapel Town Council will continue to closely monitor the situation and determine if Town Hall can safely be reopened to the public in the coming weeks. In the meantime, all town services will continue and meetings will be held virtually unless specifically noted otherwise. Business can be done at the Town Hall by utilizing the drop box, the drive thru, by phone, or by appointment.

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Heavy Trash Pickup October 7th 2020

TOWN OF LAPEL
RESIDENTIAL HEAVY TRASH SERVICE
WEDNESDAY – OCTOBER 7, 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 will no longer be picked up by CGS, as well as 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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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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