An Ordinance of the Town of Lapel, Indiana creating a sub-fund within the Town of Lapel’s Motor Vehicle Highway Fund entitled Motor Vehicle Highway – Restricted (203)

WHEREAS, Indiana Code 8-14-1.5 sets forth the permissible uses for Motor Vehicle Highway (“MVH”) funds that cities and towns receive from the State Motor Vehicle Highway Account; and,

WHEREAS, Indiana Code 8-14-1-5 was recently amended to require at least fifty percent (50%) of all MVH distributions received after January 1st, 2019 be spent on construction, reconstruction and preservation of highways as set forth in Indiana Code 8-14-1-5(c); and,

WHEREAS, the Indiana State Board of Accounts has issued State Examiner Directive 2018-2 (“Directive 2018-2”), wherein municipalities are authorized and required to establish a sub-fund within their existing Motor Vehicle Fund to properly manage and account for the usage restrictions in accordance with Indiana Code 8-14-1-5.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Town Council of the Town of Lapel, Madison County, Indiana, that:

  1. A sub-fund is hereby created within the Town of Lapel’s Motor Vehicle Highways Fund entitled “Motor Vehicle Highway – Restricted (203)” (“MVH Restricted”)
  2. Allocations to and expenditures from MVH Restricted will be in accordance with Indiana Code 8-14-1-5.
  3. If the Town of Lapel elects to allocate more than fifty percent (50%) of the distributions it receives to MVH Restricted, the Lapel Town Council will pass an ordinance or resolution authorizing such additional allocations as set forth in Directive 2018-2.

Passed January 2019

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1-2019
Date Passed: 1/1/2019

Ordinance Establishing Fire Protection Territory Equipment Replacement Fund

IC Code 36-8-19-8.5

BE IT ORDAINED by the Lapel Town Council of Madison County, Indiana that a need now exists for the establishment of a Fire Protection Equipment Replacement Fund for the following purposes:

For all uses as set out in IC 36-8-19-8.5

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that this Board will adhere to the provisions of Indiana Code 36-8-19-8.5. The proposed fund will not exceed $0.0333 on each $100 of assessed valuation. Said tax rate will be levied beginning with taxes for 2019 payable 2020.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that proofs of publication of the public hearing held on the 21st day of March 2019 and a certified copy of this ordinance shall be submitted to the Department of Local Government Finance of the State of Indiana as provided by law. This Cumulative Fund is subject to the approval of the Department of Local Government Finance.

Duly adopted by the following vote of the members of said Lapel Town Council this 21st day of March 2019.

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2-2019
Date Passed: 3/21/2019

An Ordinance of the Town of Lapel Amending Chapter 4, Section 4-5, No Parking Zones, of the Town of Lapel Code of Ordinances

WHEREAS, Indiana Code (I.C.) authorizes a location authority to adopt traffic regulations by local ordinance with respect to highways under the local authority’s jurisdiction, and,

WHEREAS, I.C. authorizes 9-2-1-3(a)(1) authorizes a local authority to regulate the Standing or parking of vehicles; and,

WHEREAS, the Town Council of Lapel (“Lapel”) desires to regulate parking along Brookside Road, as more aptly set forth below.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Town of Lapel, Madison County, Indiana, that:

  1. The recitals are herein incorporated by reference.
  2. There shall be no parking on the pavement along Brookside Road from Pendleton Avenue (SR13) to Bulldog Boulevard (CR 300 S), except that parallel parking shall be allowed in front of the Owens-Illinois office and shall consist of six (6) total parking spaces with two (2) handicap parking spaces and four (4) non-handicap parking spaces.
  3. There shall be no parking within twenty (20) feet of the edge of the pavement along Brookside Road (CR950W) at the intersections of 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th streets; Provided however, parking in driveways of residence shall not violate this ordinance.
  4. The Town of Lapel Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4, Section 4-5, shall be amended to reflect these provisions.
  5. This Ordinance shall become effective upon the adoption and signature of the Lapel Town Council, publication as required by law, and the posting of signs.

Adopted this 4th day of April 2019.

 

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3-2019
Date Passed: 4/4/2019

An Ordinance of the Town of Lapel, Amending Chapter 4, Section 4-6, Road Weight Limits of the Town of Lapel Code of Ordinances.

WHEREAS, Indiana Code (I.C.) authorizes a local authority to adopt traffic regulations by local ordinance with respect to highways under the local authority’s jurisdiction; and,

WHEREAS, I.C. authorizes 9-20-1-3(c) authorizes a local authority, by ordinance, to prohibit the operation of trucks or other commercial vehicles and impose limitations on the weight, size, or use of those vehicles on highways within the local authority’s jurisdiction; and,

WHEREAS, the Town Council of Lapel (“Lapel”) desires to impose weight limits on roads under Lapel’s jurisdiction as more aptly set forth below.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Town of Lapel, Madison County, Indiana, that:

  1. The recitals are herein incorporated by reference.
  2. No truck or other commercial vehicle with a gross weight in excess of five (5) tons shall be permitted on Bulldog Boulevard, except for school buses.
  3. No truck or other commercial vehicle with a gross weight in excess of five (5) tons shall be permitted on Brookside Road from 5th Street to Bulldog Boulevard, except for school buses.
  4. The Town of Lapel Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4, Section 4-6 shall be amended to reflect these provisions.
  5. This ordinance shall become effective upon the adoption and signature of the Lapel Town Council, publication as required by law, and the posting of signs.

Adopted this 4th day of April 2019

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4-2019
Date Passed: 4/4/2019

An Ordinance of the Town of Lapel, Amending Chapter 4, Section 4-6, Road Weight Limits of the Town of Lapel Code of Ordinances.

WHEREAS, Indiana Code (I.C.) authorizes a local authority to adopt traffic regulations by local ordinance with respect to highways under the local authority’s jurisdiction; and,

WHEREAS, I.C. authorizes 9-20-1-3(c) authorizes a local authority, by ordinance, to prohibit the operation of trucks or other commercial vehicles and impose limitations on the weight, size, or use of those vehicles on highways within the local authority’s jurisdiction; and,

WHEREAS, the Town Council of Lapel (“Lapel”) desires to impose weight limits on roads under Lapel’s jurisdiction as more aptly set forth below.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Town of Lapel, Madison County, Indiana, that:

  1. The recitals are herein incorporated by reference.
  2. No truck or other commercial vehicle with a gross weight in excess of five (5) tons shall be permitted on the following roads:
    1. 300 South from 1000 West to SR13
    2. 400 South from 1000 West to SR13
    3. 500 South from 1000 West to SR13
    4. 650 South from 1000 West to SR13
    5. 700 South from 1000 West to SR13
  3. These weight limits do not apply to school buses or agricultural equipment.
  4. The Town of Lapel Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4, Section 4-6 shall be amended to reflect these provisions.
  5. This ordinance shall become effective upon the adoption and signature of the Lapel Town Council, publication as required by law, and the posting of signs.

Adopted this 2nd day of May 2019

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5-2019
Date Passed: 5/2/2019

Salary Ordinance – Effective January 1st 2019

Be it ordained by the Town of Lapel, Madison County, Indiana: Section #1 the salaries of the town officials, police officers, utility/park employees, and all others employed by the Town of Lapel, IN, effective for all pays after January 1st, 2019 and ending December 31st, 2019 shall be as follows, to-wit:

Clerk/Treasurer

                General Fund $1.298

                Gas Company $8.224

                Water Company $8.224

                Sewer Company $8.224

                Total $25,970

Town Council Members

                General Fund $240

                Gas Company $1.520

                Water Company $1.520

                Sewer Company $1.520

                Total $4.800

Attorney

                Annually $4,600

Janitor

                $50/weekly

Checks will be issued as follows: Council-monthly, the next pay period following the Council meeting Clerk/Treasurer weekly, Janitor-monthly, Town Attorney-semiannually, and all other employees weekly.

Specific salaries for Town of Lapel employees beginning January 1st, 2019 and ending December 31st, 2019 are:

Police Chief

                Annually $50,490

K9 Officer

                Annually $37,500

Officer

                Annually $37,500

Police Captain

                Annually $40,000

Part Time Officer

                $22.00/hour

Non-academy graduate

                Annually $33,000

Academy graduate

                Annually $34,500 (Less than 2 years experience)

Deputy Clerk

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour Office Administration

Accounts Payable

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour Office Administration

Accounts Payable

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour Part Time Utility Clerk

Seasonal Labor 1

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour Part Time General Maintenance

Seasonal Labor 2

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour Part Time Seasonal Labor

Seasonal Labor 3

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour Part Time Seasonal Labor

Wastewater Operator

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour

Contract Employee

                $40.00/hour 5hr week Water Operator/Sewer Operator

Utility Superintendent

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour

Gas Operator

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour

Gas Assistant/Labor

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour

Utility Labor

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour

Code Enforcement

                Annually $47,940

Water Operator

                $15.00 - $24.00/hour

 

Personal Days

All full-time employees are entitled to eight (8) personal days per calendar year. Bereavement days-three (3) per family member, which includes and is limited to the following: wife, husband, children, stepchildren, father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brothers, sisters; one day (1) for brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and two (2) days for grandparents.

Paid Legal Holidays

All full-time employees are entitled to the following: New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday & Friday), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Vacation/Personal Days for Full-Time Employees

All new employees will be under a probationary period for the first 90 days of their employment, starting with the first day on the job. During this probationary period the employee will not be entitled to paid vacation benefits or personal leave benefits. After six (6) months on the job the employee will receive two (2) paid vacation days, and two (2) paid personal days for the remainder of the first year of service. All full-time employees will be eligible to carry over three (3) vacation/personal days into the new year but those three (3) days must be used by March 31st.

All eligible employees will receive eight (8) Personal Days per calendar year. Absences may be subject to investigation. A physician’s statement of “fitness for duty” will be required if an employee is off work for 3 consecutive days or more. The Town also reserves the right to request a “fitness for duty” statement at any time. Personal Days, if not used within the calendar year, can be accumulated up to 30 days. Employees will be paid unused personal days upon termination of employment.

Vacations

Time worked reports must be submitted weekly to the Town Hall for all employees that are eligible for Personal Days, Paid Legal Holidays, Insurance and, Paid Vacation.

As of January 1st of the current year the full-time employee will be eligible for the following vacation schedule:

Years of Employment – Weeks of Paid Vacation

One – One

Two thru Four – Two

Five thru Nine – Three

Ten or more – Four

Following the first year of employment additional weeks will be earned on a calendar year basis beginning January 1st. All vacations are mandatory (cannot work and collect pay plus vacation). Vacations must be scheduled one week in advance with supervisor. Vacations cannot be held over until the next year. Unused vacation days will be paid upon termination of employment. Vacations days must be used before unpaid days off are granted.

Overtime

Overtime is defined for all full-time employees, except Police Officers, as the hours worked, on a daily basis, over 8 hours. Overtime hours will be paid at a 1 ½ x their hourly pay. The payroll clerk will prepare on a weekly basis, a report to the Council illustrating the amount of and who were paid overtime. It will be the job of the department supervisors to limit overtime whenever possible.

Meeting Attendance Payment

Non-council members that are authorized members of the Planning Commission, Park Board, Board of Zoning Appeals and Storm Water Subcommittee will be paid $10 per meeting attended. Disbursements of amounts owed will be semi-annually July and January.

Office Hours and Utility/Street Department Hours

Town Hall office hours are Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm. The Utility/Street Department hours are 7am to 3:30pm.

Police Officers

The workweek consists of seven (7) days from Sunday to Saturday. If a Police Officer works more than 40 hours per week, overtime will be paid. Holiday pay is calculated by annual salary divided by 260 days divided by 8 hours = holiday pay. Overtime hours x 1 ½ x hourly pay = overtime pay. Overtime must be approved by the Town Marshall or the Town Council.

The salary of a Lapel Police Officer, without academy certification is $30,000 per year. The salary of a Lapel Police Officer with less than two (2) years of experience, with an academy certification is $33,000 per year.

If a Lapel Police Officer is sent to the Police Academy, and compensated by the Town of Lapel, the Police Officer is required to remain on the department for two (2) years after graduation from the Academy. If for some foreseen or unforeseen reason the officer has to leave the department or fails to complete the academy assignment, said officer must repay all training compensation of the Town of Lapel.

Non-academy graduates will be in a probationary status until one year from graduation date.

Academy graduates will be on a probationary period of one year from hire date.

New hire without academy certification will be sent to the academy within one year of hire date.

Education Reimbursement

It is the desire of the Town of Lapel that all employees gain more education in their specific disciplines. If the employee quits a course, paid by the Town of Lapel, the employee must repay to the Town the cost of the course. This would include the tuition fees, cost of books and materials, and mileage reimbursements. If the employee completes the course work and attendance requirements, but fails the final test, reimbursement is not required. Retesting is at the discretion of the Council.

Insurance

The Town of Lapel will pay 100% of the employee’s health insurance premium; employees will have to pay dependent coverage, if desired. This benefit is available to full-time employees only. Employees who are eligible to enroll in the group medical program may choose to waive participation in the plan. Only employees covered under another group health carrier will be permitted to waive coverage. Employees are required to complete the appropriate form to waive their election and provide verification of coverage.

Options – Forms

Health Life & Vision – Health Application

Life Only – Health Application (check life only, indicate waiver/other coverage)

An optional dental insurance benefit plan is offered to all full-time employees. The premium for the insurance policy is split 50%/50% between the employee and the employer.

Utility Certificates

When a Lapel Utility employee acquires a Class 1 operator’s certification for waste or wastewater, their salary will be increased 75 cents per hour.

When a Lapel Utility employee acquires a Class 2 operator’s certification for waste or wastewater, their salary will increase 75 cents per hour.

If a Lapel Utility employee receives an initial gas operator’s certification, their salary will be increased 50 cents per hour.

Special Pay/Year End

Employees with 1 to 5 years of service will receive $100.00, employees with more than 5 years’ service will receive $250.00 at year end.

Further Information

6-2019
Date Passed: 5/2/2019

Ordinance Regulating Payment Methods to Town of Lapel Clerk-Treasurer and Other Town Agencies

WHEREAS, as fiscal officer for the Town of Lapel (the “Town”), the Lapel Clerk-Treasurer is authorized to receive payments from parties for utility services and for other financial transactions; and,

WHEREAS, Indiana Code 36-1-8-11 authorizes the Town to determine which financial instruments will be accepted by the Clerk-Treasurer or other agents of the Town; and,

WHEREAS, the Town Council hereby determines that the receipt of large amounts of unrolled coinage unduly burdens the Town and creates excessive labor cast which must be borne by the citizens of Lapel; and,

WHEREAS, in order to increase efficiency of Town government operations, the Town Council deems it proper and desirable to prohibit payment of large amounts of unrolled coinage to the Clerk-Treasurer’s office or other Town agent.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED THAT payments made in the form of large amounts of unrolled coinage to the Town of Lapel’s Clerk-Treasurer or other Town agent shall not be accepted; and,

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED THAT, for the purposes of this Ordinance, the Clerk-Treasurer or other Town Executive shall not accept an amount of unrolled coinage which exceeds the following number of the specified coin.

Coin – Maximum Acceptable Number of Unrolled Coins

Penny (1 cent) – Forty-Nine (49)

Nickle (5 cents) – Thirty-Nine (39)

Dime (10 cents) – Forty-Nine (49)

Quarter (25 cents) – Thirty-Nine (39)

Half-Dollar (50 cents) – Nineteen (19)

Dollar – Twenty-four (24); and,

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that any payment of coinage, either unrolled or rolled, shall not be considered complete and properly remitted until the coinage is counted and accepted by the Clerk-Treasurer or other agent of the Town of Lapel, which count can only be completed in the physical presence of the payor of the coinage.

So ordained 2nd day of May 2019.

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7-2019
Date Passed: 5/2/2019

An Ordinance Vacating a Certain Alley in Lapel, Madison County, Indiana

WHEREAS I.C. 36-7-3-12 authorizes property owners inside a municipality who desire to vacate all or a part of a public way contiguous to their property to file a petition for vacation with the legislative body of the municipality, and;

WHEREAS, a petition to vacate a public way was filed on the 9th day of July, 2019, with the Town Council of the Town of Lapel, Madison County, Indiana by SHIRLEY ANN WHISMAN, JAMES ROBERT WHISMAN and TIMOTHY KEITH WHISMAN, and;

WHEREAS, the petition sought the vacation of a certain alley which appears of record in Play Book 2, Page 37 and Plat Book 3, Page 41, Records of Madison County, Indiana, and;

WHEREAS, notice of the filing of a petition to vacate the public way was given pursuant to the appropriate Indiana Codes, and the legislative body of Madison County, State of Indiana, to-wit: the Town Council of the Town of Lapel, Madison County conducted a public hearing on the 1st day of August, 2019, which hearing was on said petition to vacate the alley.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LAPEL, MADISON COUNTY, INDIANA, AS FOLLOWS:

Section I. The recitals stated herein are hereby incorporated by reference.

Section II. A certain alley in Play Book 2, Page 37 and Plat Book 3, Page 41 of the Records of Madison County and specifically described as follows:

A parcel of ground being a 12.00 foot alley lying between Lot 6 and 7 in the Replat of Weight’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Addition to the Town of Lapel, the plat of which is recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 3 in the Office of the Recorder of Madison County, Indiana, being more particularly described as follows:

BEGINNING at the Northwest corner of said Lot 6; thence South alone the West line of said Lot 6, a distance of 132.00 feet to the Southwest corner of said Lot 6; thence West, a distance of 12.00 feet to the Southeast corner of said Lot 7; thence North along the East line of said Lot 7, a distance of 132.00 feet to the Northeast corner of said Lot 7; thence East, a distance of 12.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Contains 0.036 Acres, more or less.

Is hereby vacated; and title to said real estate shall devolve to and is hereby vested in SHIRLEY ANN WHISMAN, JAMES ROBERT WHISMAN, TIMOTHY KEITH WHISMAN and ROBERT W. SEDWICK and WILMA L. SEDWICK

Section III. A certified copy of this Ordinance shall be furnished to the Auditor of Madison County, Indiana as well as the Recorder of Madison County, Indiana.

Section IV. This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by the Town Council of the Town of Lapel, Madison County, Indiana.

ALL OF WHICH PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Town Council of the Town of Lapel, Madison County, Indiana, this 1st day of August 2019.

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8-2019
Date Passed: 8/1/2019

Be it ordained/resolved by the TOWN OF LAPEL that for the expenses of LAPEL CIVIL TOWN for the year ending December 31, 2020 the sums herein specified are hereby appropriated and ordered set apart out of the several funds herein named and for the purposes herein specified. subject to the laws governing the same. Such sums herein appropriated shall be held to include all expenditures authorized to be made during the year, unless otherwise expressly stipulated and provided for by law. In addition, for the purposes of raising revenue to meet the necessary expenses of LAPEL CIVIL TOWN, the property tax levies and property tax rates as herein specified are included herein. Budget Form 4-B for all funds must be completed and submitted in the manner prescribed by the Department of Local Government Finance.

This ordinance/resolution shall be in Full force and effect from and after its passage and approval by the TOWN OF LAPEL.

Date of Adoption: 9/19/2019

Adopting Entity: TOWN OF LAPEL

Fiscal Body: TOWN COUNCIL

  • 0061, RAINY DAY FUND, Adopted Budget $0, Tax Levy $0, Tax Rate 0.0.
  • 0101 GENERAL, Adopted Budget $491,579, Tax Levy $277,583, Tax Rate 0.5099
  • 0706 LOCAL ROAD & STREET, Adopted Budget $30,000, Tax Levy $0, Tax Rate 0.0.
  • 0708 MOTOR VEHICLE HIGHWAY, Adopted Budget $214,765, Tax Levy $0, Tax Rate 0.0.
  • 1303 PARK, Adopted Budget $25,616, Tax Levy $40,000, Tax Rate 0.0735.
  • 2379 CUMULATIVE CAPITAL IMP (CIG TAX), Adopted Budget $19,000, Tax Levy $0, Tax Rate 0.0.

FUNDS NOT REVIEWED BY DLGF

  • 9500, COMMUNITY CROSSING GRANT FUND, Adopted Budget $315,000.

TO PROVIDE A PROGRAM FOR PROTECTING THE PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM FROM CONTAMINATION DUE TO BACKFLOW OF CONTAMINANTS THROUGH THE WATER SERVICE CONNECTION INTO THE PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM.

WHEREAS 675 Indiana Administrative Code, Article 16, Rule 1.4 of the Indiana Plumbing Code, as adopted by the Indiana Fire Prevension and Building Safety Commission, requires protection of the public water supply from contaminants due to backflow through connections to fire protection and standpipe systems; and,

WHEREAS the Indiana Department of Environmental Management authorizes the maintenance of a continuing program of cross-connection control which will systematically and effectively prevent the contamination of all potable water systems;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Lapel Town Council of the Town of Lapel of the State of Indiana:

SECTION 1. That a cross connection shall be defined as a physical connection or arrangement between two otherwise separate systems, one of which contains potable water from the Town of Lapel water syste, and the other, water from a private source, water of unknown or questionable safety, or stream, gases, or chemicals, whereby there may be a flow from one system to the other, the direction of flow depending on the pressure differential between the two systems.

SECTION 2. That no person, firm, or corporation shall establish or permit to be established or maintain or permit to be maintained any cross connection. No interconnection shall be established whereby potable water from a private, auxillary, or emergency water supply other than the regular public water supply of the Town of Lapel may enter the supply or distribution systems of said municipality, unless such private, auxillary, or emergency water supply and the method of connection and use of such supply shall have been approved by Lapel Municipal Water and by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in accordance with 327 IAC 8-10.

SECTION 3. That is shall be the duty of Lapel Municipal Water to cause inspections to be made of all properties served by the prublic water system where cross connection with the public water system is deemed possible. The frequency of inspections and re-inspections based on potential health hazards involved shall be established by Lapel Municipal Water.

SECTION 4. That upon presentation of credentials, the representative of Lapel Municipal Water shall have the right to request entry at any reasonable time to examine the property served by a connection to the public water system of the Town of Lapel for cross connections. On request, the owner, lessee, or occupant of any property so served shall furnish to the inspection agency any pertinent information regarding the piping system or systems on such property. The refusal of access or refusal of requested pertinent information shall be deemed evidence of the presence of cross connections.

SECTION 5. That Lapel Municipal Water is hereby authorized and directed to discontinue water service to any property wherein any connection in violation of this ordinance exists, and to take such other precautionary measures deemed necessary to eliminate any danger of contamination of the public water system. Water service shall be discontinued only after reasonable notice is served on the owner, lessee, or occupants of the property or premises where a violation is found or suspected to exist. Water service to such property shall not be restored until the cross connection(s) has been eliminated in compliance with the provisions of this ordinance.

SECTION 6. That, if it is deemed by Lapel Municipal Water that a cross connection or any emergency endangers public health, safety, or welfare and requires immediate action, and a written finding to that effect is filed with the clerk of the Town of Lapel and delivered to the consumer's premises, service may be immediately discontinued. The consumer shall have an opportunity for hearing within 10 days of such emergency discontinuance.

SECTION 7. That all consumers using toxic or hazardous liquids, all hospitals, mortuaries, wastewater treatment plants, laboratories, and all other hazardous users install and maintain a reduced pressure principal backflow preventer in the main water line serving each building on the premises. The backflow preventer must be installed in an easily accessible location not subject to flooding or freezing.

SECTION 8. The reduced pressure principle backflow preventers shall not be installed below ground level.

SECTION 9. That this ordinance does not supersede the Indiana plumbing code, the IDEM Rule 327 IAC 8-10 or the Town of Lapel plumbing ordinance No. 11-99, but is supplementary to them.

SECTION 10. In addition to IDEM Rule 327 IAC 8-10-4(C), all businesses within the Town of Lapel need a backflow prevention device.

SECTION 11. That if, in the judgement of the Superintendent of Water, an approved backflow prevention device is necessary for the safety of the public water system; the Superintendent of Water will give notice to the water consumer to install such an approved device immediately. The water consumer shall, at his own expenses, install such an approved device at a location and in a matter approved by the Superintendent of Water and shall have inspections and tests made of such approved devices as required by the Superintendent of Water and in accordance with the IDEM Rule 327 IAC 8-10.

SECTION 12. This ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after adoption on second reading, the welfare of the Town of Lapel requiring it.

SECTION 13. The commissioner may issue a letter exempting a customer from the requirements if the customer can show to the satisfaction of the commissioner that the activities taking place at the customer's facility, and the materials used in connection with these activities or stored on the premises, cannot endanger the health of customers of the public water system should backflow occur. An exemption shall remain valid for no more than three (3) years from the date of issuance. If the commissioner finds that the customer facility has become a cross connection hazard, the commisioner will void the exemption and so notify the customer.

WHEREAS, the Town of Lapel and the Lapel school system has benefitted immensely from the remarkable generosity of the late Olevia Cascadden, a Lapel Citizen who passed away in 2015; and,

WHEREAS, in appreciation of Mrs. Cascadden's generosity, the Town Council wishes to honor Olevia Cascadden by renaming South 900 West, a public way in the Town of Lapel, to Cascadden Boulevard.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, that South 900 West in the Town of Lapel is hereby renamed to Cascadden Boulevard.

Be it ordained by the Town of Lapel, Madison County, Indiana: Section #1 the salaries of the town officials, police officers, utility/park employees, and all others employed by the Town of Lapel, IN, effective for all pays after January 1st, 2020 and ending December 31st, 2020 shall be as follows, to-wit:

Clerk/Treasurer

  • General Fund $1,298
  • Gas Company $8,657
  • Water Company $8,657
  • Sewer Company $8,658
  • Total $27,270

Town Council Members

  • General Fund $1,200
  • Gas Company $1,600
  • Water Company $1,600
  • Sewer Company $1,600
  • Total $6,000

Attorney

  • Annually $4,600

Janitor on Contract

  • $50/weekly

Checks will be issued as follows: Council-monthly, the next pay period following the Council meeting. 

Clerk/Treasurer weekly, Janitor-monthly, Town Attorney-semi-annually, and all other employees weekly.

Specific salaries for Town of Lapel employees beginning January 1st, 2020 and ending December 31st, 2020 are:

  • Police Chief $52,000 annually
  • Police Captain $20.50/hour /$42,640 annually
  • 1st Class Patrolman $18.30/hour /$38,064 annually
  • 2nd Class Patrolman $17.80/hour /$37,024 annually
  • 3rd Class Patrolman $17.30/hour /$35,984 annually
  • Part Time Officer $22/hour
  • Deputy Clerk $22.98/hour Office Administration
  • Accounts Payable $16.71/hour Office Administration
  • Seasonable Labor 1 $12.50/hour Part Time General Maintenance
  • Seasonable Labor 2 $16.32/hour Part Time Seasonable Labor
  • Seasonable Labor 3 $11.00/hour Part Time Seasonable Labor
  • Wastewater Operator $20.35/hour
  • Contract Employee $40.00hr/5hr week Water Operator/Sewer Operator
  • Utility Superintendent $21.00/hour
  • Gas Operator $17.22/hour
  • Gas Assistant/Labor $16.21/hour
  • Utility Labor $15.00-$15.30/hour
  • Code Enforcement $49,378.20 annually
  • Water Operator $15.97/hour
  • Full time/Part time Office Employee $16.54/hour

Section - Bereavment Days

Bereavement days- three (3) per family member, which includes and is limited to the following: wife, husband, children, stepchildren, father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brothers, sisters, immediate grandparents; one day (1) for brother-in-law, sister-in-law and immediate aunts/uncles. Aunts/Uncles and immediate grandparents amended 11/21/2019.

Section - Paid Legal Holidays

All full-time employees are entitled to the following: New Year's Day, President's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday & Friday), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Holidays are paid at the employee's current pay rate. As of January 1st 2020, Holidays will not be used in overtime calculations, or any special forms of compensation such as incentives, commissions, bonuses or shift differentials.

Vacation/Personal Days for Full-Time Employees

The amount of paid vacation benefits an employee earns each year increases with the length of his or her employment. Once employees enter an eligible employmeny classification, they earn vacation benefits according to the schedule below.

  • 90-days through December 31st of the employee's first year / 40-hours pro-rated based upon the number of months left in the year / Five-days pro-rated based upon the number of months left in the year.
  • On January 1st of the employee's first year to the December 31st prior to the employee's second anniversary / 40-hours / Five-days.
  • On January 1st prior to the employee's second anniversary to December 31st prior to the employee's fifth anniversary / 80-hours / Ten-days.
  • On January 1st prior to the employee's fifth anniversary to December 31st prior to the employee's tenth anniversary / 120-hours / Fifteen-days.
  • On January 1st prior to the employee's tenth anniversary and all subsequent years / 160-hours / Twenty-days.

Vacation benefits may be used in minimum increments of one hour. New employees are not entitled to paid vacation benefits during their first 90 days of employment. After 90 days of employment, employees will be eligible to use a pro-rated amount of vacation benefits for the remainder of the calendar year. Requests for vacation benefits will be honored on a "first come/first serve" basis. Employees should request approval from their Supervisors in writing at least 24 hours in advance of the requested time off. Approval of vacation benefits requests is the responsibility of a Supervisor and is subject to the operational needs of the Town. The Town reserves the right to deny vacation benefits requests when such vacation benefits would interfere with busy times, limited staff, or other circumstances which jeopardize the operations of the Town. All vacation benefits must be exhausted before an employee requests the use of unpaid time off.

Personal Days

The Town of Lapel provides paid personal days to all eligible employees for periods of temporary absence due to illness, injuries, or personal pursuits. Employees in the following employment classification(s) are eligible to earn and use personal days as described in this policy:

*Regular full time employees

Eligible employees receive eight personal days (64 hours) per calendar year which are available to employees on January 1st of each year. New employees are not entitled to paid personal days during their first 90 days of employment. After 90 days of employment, employees will be eligible to use a pro-rated amount of personal days for the remainder of the calendar year.

Employees should request approval from their Supervisors prior to the start of their shift. If a Supervisor cannot be reached, the employee should contact Town Hall prior to the start of their shift and leave a voicemail. Approval of personal day requests is the responsiblity of a Supervisor and is subject to the operational needs of the Town. The Town reserves the right to deny personal day requests when such personal days would interfere with busy times, limited staff, or other circumstances which jeopardize the operations of the Town.

Effective with the implementation of the handbook, personal days may not be carried over year to year.

All earned but unused personal days will be paid out on the last pay period in 2019. Beginning in 2020, earned but unused personal days will be forfeited at the end of the calendar year. Upon involuntary termination of employment, employees will not be paid for all earned but unused personal days. Upon voluntary termination of employment, employees who provide a minimum of two weeks' notice and work thru the final day of employment according to their notice will be paid for all earned but unused personal days.

Personal days are paid at the employee's current pay rate at the time of the personal day. Paid time off for personal days will be used in overtime calculations, and any special forms of compensation such as incentives, commissions, bonuses, or shift differentials thru December 31st, 2019. As of January 1, 2020, personal days will not be used in overtime calculations, or any special forms of compensation such as incentives, commissions, bonuses, or shift differentials.

Section Overtime

Overtime compensation will be paid to nonexempt employees in accordance with federal and state wage and hour restrictions, which includes any time worked over 40 hours in a standard workweek. Paid time off (vacations, holidays, personal days and bereavement leave) will be used in overtime calculations and any special forms of compensation such as incentives, commissions, bonuses, or shift differentials thru December 31st, 2019. 

As of January 1st, 2020 vacation time used, personal time used and holidays will not count toward the calculation of overtime.

The payroll clerk will prepare on a weekly basis, a report to the Council illustrating the amount of and who were paid overtime. It will be the job of the department supervisors to limit overtime whenever possible.

"ON CALL" Employees: The employees who are assigned to utilities duties on weekends that is is considered part of the essential duties and responsibilities of their job and is not considered an emergency will be paid at their straight time rate for all hours worked. Overtime will be paid to nonexempt employees in accordance with federal and state wage and hour laws, for any time worked over 40 hours in a standard workweek.

The definition of "on call" is being designated to be available to answer emergency calls from the Town during nonscheduled hours. Employees in an "on call" status are required to respond to an "on call" emergency within 30 minutes. Employees will be paid for a minimum of two hours of pay, regardless of the amount of time worked. Employees will receive premium pay at a rate of time and one half for all hours worked when in an employee is "on call". Premium pay will not be included in overtime calculations.

Section - Meeting Attendance Payment

Non-council members that are authorized members of the Planning Commission, Park Board, Board of Zoning Appeals and Storm Water Subcommittee will be paid $10 per meeting attended. Disbursements of amounts owed will be semi-annually July and January.

Section - Office Hours and Utility/Street Department Hours

Town Hall office hours are Monday - Friday 8am to 4pm. The Utility/Street Department hours are 7am to 3:30pm.

Section - Police Officers

The workweek consists of seven (7) days from Sunday to Saturday. If a Police Officer works more than 40 hours per week, overtime will be paid. Holiday pay is calculated by annual salary divided by 260 days divided by 8 hours = holiday pay. Overtime hours x 1/1/2 x hourly pay = overtime pay. Overtime must be approved by the Town Marshall or the Town Council.

The salary of a Lapel Police Officer, without academy certification is $33,000 per year. The salary of a Lapel Police Officer with less than two (2) years of experience, with an academy certification is $34,500 per year.

If a Lapel Police Officer is sent to the Police Academy, and compensated by the Town of Lapel, the Police Officer is required to remain on the department for two (2) years after graduation from the Academy. If for some foreseen or unforeseen reason the officer has to leave the department or fails to complete the academy assignment, said officer must repay all training compensation of the Town of Lapel.

  • Non-academy graduates will be in a probationary status until one year from graduation date.
  • Academy graduates will be on a probationary period of one year from hire date.
  • New hire without academy certification will be sent to the academy within one year of hire date.

Section - Educational Reimbursement

It is the desire of the Town of Lapel that all employees gain more education in their specific disciplines. If the employee quits a course, paid by the Town of Lapel, the employee must repay to the Town the cost of the course. This would include tuition fees, cost of books and materials, and mileage reimbursements. If the employee completes the course work and attendance requirements, but fails the final test, reimbursement is not required. Retesting is at the discretion of the Council.

Section - Insurance

The Town of Lapel will pay 100% of the employee's health insurance premium; employees will have to pay dependent coverage, if desired. This benefit is available to full-time employees only. Employees who are eligible to enroll in the group medical program may choose to waive participation in the plan. Only employees covered under another group health carrier will be permitted to waive coverage. Employees are required to complete the appropriate form to waive ther election and provide verification of coverage.

  • Health, Life and Vision - Health Application
  • Life Only - Health Application (check life only, indicate waiver/other coverage)

An optional dental insurance benefit plan is offered to all full-time employees. The premium for the insurance policy is split 50%/50% between the employee and the employer.

Section - Utility Certificates.

When a Lapel Utility employee acquires a Class 1 operator's certification for water or wastewater, their salary will be increased 75 cents per hour.

When a Lapel Utility employee acquires a Class 2 operator's certification for water or wastewater, their salary will increase 75 cents per hour.

If a Lapel Utility employee receives an initial gas operators certification, their salary will be increased by 50 cents per hour.

Section - Special Pay/Year End

Employees with 1 to 5 years of service will receive $100.00, employees with more than 5 year' of service will receive $250.00 at year end.

Salary Ranges

The Council may use these ranges when hiring new Town Employees. Ranges may be increased or decreased depending upon qualifications of the new applicant.

  • Deputy Clerk $20-$23/hour Office Administration
  • Accounts Payable $14-$17/hour Office Administration
  • Seasonal Labor 1 $10-$14/hour Part Time General Maintenance
  • Seasonal Labor 2 $14-$17/hour Part Time Seasonal Labor
  • Seasonal Labor 3 $9-12/hour Part Time Seasonal Labor
  • Wastewater Operator $18-$21/hour
  • Utility Superintendent $19-$22/hour
  • Gas Operator $15-$18/hour
  • Gas Assistant/Labor $14-$17/hour
  • Utility Labor $13-$16/hour
  • Water Operator $13-$16/hour
  • Full time/Part Time Office Employee $14-$17/hour