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Redevelopment Commission Meeting Minutes 2014

Meeting Minutes

01-09-2014 Redevelopment Commission

January 9, 2014 Redevelopment Commission Meeting Minutes

Mark Barenie, President Gregory Volk Attorney David Austgen
Michael Forbes, Vice-President Ken Gembala Sherry Sury, Clerk-Treasurer
Larry Bustamante, Secretary   Steve Kil, Town Manager

CALL TO ORDER:

Mr. Barenie called to order the St. John Redevelopment Commission special meeting of January 9, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.

(The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

ROLL CALL:

Ms. Sherry Sury, Clerk Treasurer, took roll call with the following members present: Mark Barenie, Michael Forbes, Larry Bustamante, Ken Gembala and Gregory Volk. Attorney David Austgen was present. Staff: Steve Kil. Citizen members Dr. John DeVries and James Sakelaris were also present. Recording Secretary, Susan E. Wright was also present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: JULY 25, 2013

Mr. Barenie noted the first item on the agenda for the Commission’s consideration is the approval of the St. John Redevelopment minutes from the July 25, 2013, regular session. He asked if there were any questions on the minutes. There were no questions or comments on the minutes.

Mr. Forbes made a motion to accept the meeting minutes of July 25, 2013, provided by Recording Secretary Susan E. Wright. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

Mr. Barenie made a recommendation to defer the election of officers to a more convenient time. Mr. Kil explained that the Redevelopment Commission members were not appointed because another meeting was not planned for this month. Attorney Austgen remarked that the members could appoint themselves. (General discussion ensued.)

Attorney Austgen recommended that the Redevelopment Commission hold another meeting after the next Town Council meeting.

Mr. Forbes made a motion to defer the election of officers. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

NEW BUSINESS:

A. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE EDC AGREEMENT WITH WITH MEYERS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Mr. Barenie noted that consideration for approval of the EDC Agreement with Meyers Development Corporation was before the Commission. Mr. Barenie asked Mr. Kil for his comments.

Mr. Kil informed the Commission members that this matter was approved by the Town Council at their last meeting. He stated that existing TIF money is being used and the development is within TIF District. Mr. Kil stated that the EDC agreement with Meyers Development Corporation also requires Redevelopment Commission action. He explained it would be proper for the Redevelopment Commission to approve the agreement and authorize, President, Mr. Mark Barenie, to sign the agreement.

Attorney Austgen noted that substantial discussion was had at the last Town Council meeting related to the EDC Agreement with Meyers Development Corporation. He recommended that the Redevelopment Commission incorporate the portion of the Town Council minutes related to this EDC Agreement into their meeting minutes in order to substantiate the actions of the Redevelopment Commission.

Mr. Barenie asked for a motion. Mr. Forbes made a motion to approve the EDC Agreement with Meyers Development Corporation, and also to incorporate the meeting minutes from the St. John Town Council meeting related to the discussion on the EDC Agreement with Meyers Development Corporation into the meeting minutes of the Redevelopment Commission. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

B. CONSIDER ACCEPTANCE AND APPROVAL OF THE ANNUAL REPORT TO THE EXECUTIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE REPORT FOR CALDENDAR YEAR 2013.
Mr. Barenie noted consideration for acceptance and approval of the Annual Report to the Executive and Comprehensive Report for calendar year 2013 was before the Commission.

Mr. Kil distributed the two reports to the Commission members.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Kil directed the Commission members’ attention to the Report to the Executive and the Comprehensive Report. He stated the two reports fundamentally contain the same information. Mr. Kil stated that the Town’s Redevelopment Commission has retired their debt. He noted that the memorandum reflects approximately $600.000 in the TIF fund and approximately $51,000 left in the operating fund. Mr. Kil remarked that the Redevelopment District is fairly simple to report on at this point in time.

Mr. Barenie commented it was very good news to hear that the debt was retired and interest was being saved. Mr. Barenie asked for any comments or questions from the Commission members. Mr. Bustamante remarked “great.” Mr. Volk had no comments.

Mr. Barenie stated he would entertain a motion to accept and approve the Annual Report to the Executive and Comprehensive Report for calendar year 2013. “So moved,” by Mr. Forbes. Mr. Gembala seconded the motion. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. Barenie asked Attorney Austgen if he had any report.

Attorney Austgen had no report.

Mr. Kil had no further reports.

The Commission members had no reports.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Barenie opened the floor to public comment. He asked if there was any public comment related to the St. John Redevelopment Commission. There was no public comment. Mr. Barenie closed the floor to public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Barenie stated he would entertain a motion adjourn. “So moved,” by Mr. Forbes. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

(The meeting was adjourned at 7:41m.)

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Susan E. Wright, Recording Secretary
St. John Redevelopment Commission

05-22-2014 Joint Town Council RDC Plan Commission

May 22, 2014 JOINT SPECIAL MEETING OF: REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, PLAN COMMISSION & TOWN COUNCIL Meeting Minutes

ST. JOHN TOWN COUNCIL
Michael Forbes, President
Larry Bustamante, Vice-President
Gregory Volk
Mark Barenie
Ken Gembala

ST. JOHN PLAN COMMISSION
Tom Ryan, President
Mike Forbes, Vice-President
Steve Kozel, Secretary
Tom Redar
Steve Hastings
Darwin Nietzel

REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Mark Barenie
Michael Forbes
Larry Bustamante
Ken Gembala
Gregory Volk

Citizen Members: Dr. John DeVries, James Sakelaris

Also Present: Steve Kil, Town Manager
Attorney David Austgen

CALL TO ORDER:

Mr. Forbes called to order the special joint meeting of the Redevelopment Commission, St. John Plan Commission and St. John Town Council for May 22, 2014, at 7:12 p.m.

(The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

ROLL CALL:

Roll call was taken by Clerk-Treasurer, Sherry Sury, for the Redevelopment Commission. Members Mark Barenie, Michael Forbes, Larry Bustamante, Ken Gembala and Gregory Volk were present. Attorney David Austgen was present. Steve Kil was present. Citizen Members: Dr. John DeVries and James Sakelaris were present. Susan E. Wright, Recording Secretary, was present.

Roll call was taken by Ms. Sury for the St. John Plan Commission with the following members present: Tom Ryan, Michael Forbes, Steve Kozel, Tom Redar and Derwin Nietzel. Steve Hastings was absent. Attorney Tim Kuiper was absent. Kenn Kraus was present. Steve Kil was also present. Susan E. Wright, Recording Secretary, was present.

Roll call was taken by Ms. Sury for the St. John Town Council with the following members present: Michael Forbes, Larry Bustamante, Gregory Volk, Mark Barenie and Ken Gembala. Attorney Dave Austgen was present. Steve Kil was present. Susan E. Wright, Recording Secretary, was present.

Mr. Forbes gave the floor to Mark Barenie, President, Redevelopment Commission for action on St. John T.I.F. Districts 1 and 2.

REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION:

A. CONSIDER DECLARATORY RESOLUTION CONSOLIDATING AND EXPANDING ST. JOHN T.I.F. 1.

Mr. Barenie noted that the Redevelopment Commission had before them for consideration consolidating and expanding St. John T.I.F. District 1.

He stated that there was an action pending before the Commission to adopt Resolution 14-05-22RDC. He asked if there was any discussion on this matter.

Attorney Austgen presented a brief explanation of the proceedings for the Council, Board and Commission members. He explained that the reason for the special joint meeting was in order to comply with provisions of Indiana Code 36-7-14, regarding the established T.I.F. district in St. John, to consider expansion of the existing T.I.F. district and establishing a new part of the Town to become an economic development area for T.I.F. district purposes.

Attorney Austgen stated that this matter came about as a result of the capital review activities of the Town, and to determine how to utilize the benefits of T.I.F. financing or development that would contribute to the continued infrastructure improvements that have occurred in the community.

Attorney Austgen stated that he wished to explain the statutory sequence of events that would take place in this process. He stated that the Redevelopment Commission declares its intent to establish an expanded T.I.F. district which would be T.I.F. District 1, and also to establish a new portion of the community as a separate but like T.I.F. district area. He stated that this declaration is done in the form of a separate resolution for T.I.F. District One and T.I.F. District Two.

Attorney Austgen stated upon the declaration, statute requires the Plan Commission to consider the action of the Redevelopment Commission and agree or disagree. He stated that the Plan Commission has jurisdictional responsibility over zoning controls and growth and development in the community and is in the chain of “approval review.”

Attorney Austgen explained the next step is that the Town Council would act to consider the declaration made by the Redevelopment Commission, the action taken by the Plan Commission in approving the actions of the Redevelopment Commission, and if concurrence exists in that process, approval.

Attorney Austgen stated that if the Town Council agrees at the end of the actions taken tonight, a public hearing would then be conducted to notify citizens and residents for a public review. Attorney Austgen stated, if all actions are passed, a public hearing could be held as soon as June 12, 2014, the next regular Town Council meeting, or another time as is deemed appropriate.

Attorney Austgen noted that Mr. Kil has maps that have been appended on the proposed resolutions that comprise the declaration. Attorney Austgen turned the floor over to Mr. Kil.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Kil made a presentation to the Redevelopment Commission, Plan Commission and Town Council. He presented a Town map that reflected the T.I.F. districts along the U.S. 41 and U.S. 231 corridors. He explained that this is where the Town’s primary commercial development will occur.

Mr. Kil noted that there are some residential parcels within the T.I.F. district. He explained that the residential parcels are a function of contiguity among the two districts. Mr. Kil stated that there would be a net zero impact for any residential property if commercial development occurred.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Kil explained that the colors on the map as follows, pink depicts the existing T.I.F. district, blue depicts the future proposed T.I.F district along the U.S. 41 corridor. He stated that T.I.F. District 1 contains a north and south district; he stated that north and south districts were linked some time ago. Mr. Kil stated that the pink and blue areas will now depict one T.I.F. district. He stated that the areas can be merged because the Town has retired all of their debt in the T.I.F district.

Mr. Kil stated pieces of property in Town have been tentatively identified for potential future commercial development. He showed various parcels, via map, that could be consolidated for proposed commercial development.

Mr. Kil directed the members’ attention to the district south of 93rd Avenue. He stated that the old Standard Lumber and K-Mart sits are potential sites for future commercial development.

Mr. Kil pointed out a proposed commercial development set out by Schilling Development. He pointed to property across the street from the Shrine of Christ’s Passion as a possible commercial development at a future point in time. Mr. Kil talked about residential property on the south side of 93rd Avenue which may or may not be acquired into the T.I.F. district.

Mr. Kil directed the members’ attention to U.S. Route 231 corridor and showed them the areas that are currently zoned commercial. He stated that commercial development is anticipated in the Gates of St. John. Mr. Kil pointed out the location of the new assisted living facility that is currently seeking approval at the Plan Commission.

Mr. Kil explained that any time a project comes inside the T.I.F. district; the Town can assign allocation areas. He explained the benefits of the T.I.F. districting. Mr. Kil stated the actions that are taken tonight are another step towards the Town’s economic development initiative. He stated if there were any questions from the members, he would be happy to answer them.

Mr. Kil noted that replacement/improvement of Lift Station Number One is a key component to the entire commercial corridor as well as the southwest corner of Town. He stated that there are proposals from Haas Engineering on tonight’s Utility Board agenda proposing that engineering commence for this project. Mr. Kil stated that Lift Station One work needs to be done whether or not additional commercial development is brought into Town.

Mr. Barenie asked if the Councilmen had any comments or questions. There were no comments or questions. Mr. Barenie stated he would accept a motion to adopt Resolution # 14-05-22-RDC. Mr. Forbes made a motion to adopt Resolution #14-05-22-RDC. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. Ayes --- all. Nays --- none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

Mr. Forbes read the resolution into the record as follows: “Resolution 14-05-22RDC is a resolution of the Town of St. John Redevelopment Commission amending prior resolutions establishing a consolidated economic development area and allocation areas therein by expanding the boundaries of the consolidated economic development area and consolidating and expanding the allocation areas therein, amending the consolidated economic development plan for the area and all matter related thereto.”

B. CONSIDER DECLARATORY RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING ST. JOHN T.I.F. 2.
Mr. Barenie noted that the Council had before it for consideration a Declaratory Resolution establishing St. John T.I.F. District Two. He requested a motion to adopt Resolution # 14-05-22A-RDC.

Mr. Forbes made a motion to adopt Resolution # 14-05-22A-RDC, as follows: “This is a resolution of the St. John Redevelopment Commission declaring an area in the Town of St. John, Lake County, Indiana, as an economic development area approving a development plan for said area and all matters related thereto.” Mr. Volk seconded the motion. Ayes --- all. Nays --- none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

Attorney Austgen recommended that attachments of the separate resolutions be appended to the minutes of the public meeting. Mr. Barenie concurred with Attorney Austgen’s recommendation.

Mr. Barenie passed the gavel to Tom Ryan, President, St. John Plan Commission.

PLAN COMMISSION:

A. CONSIDER DECLARATORY RESOLUTION CONSOLIDATING AND EXPANDING ST. JOHN T.I.F. 1.
Mr. Ryan noted that the first item on the agenda for the Commission’s consideration was a Declaratory Resolution consolidating and expanding St. John T.I.F. 1. He stated he would entertain a motion on Resolution 14-05-22-PC.

Mr. Kozel made a motion to adopt Resolution # 14-05-22-PC, “a resolution of the St. John Redevelopment Commission amending prior resolutions establishing a consolidated economic development area and allocation areas therein by expanding the boundaries of the consolidated economic development area and consolidating and expanding the allocation areas therein, amending the consolidated economic development plan for the area and all matter related thereto.” Mr. Redar seconded the motion. Ayes --- all. Nays --- none. The motion was carried by voice vote (5/0).

Attorney Austgen stated that the Plan Commission members were free to ask any questions of the Town Council and the Redevelopment Commission. Mr. Forbes commented that the Plan Commission had discussed this matter previously at one of their meetings, and they felt that they had been sufficiently informed.

B. CONSIDER DECLARATORY RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING ST. JOHN T.I.F. 2.
Mr. Ryan stated that the consideration of a declaratory resolution establishing T.I.F. 2 was before the Board. He stated he would entertain a motion. Mr. Kozel made a motion to adopt Resolution #14-05-22-PC, declaring an area in the Town of St. John, Lake County, Indiana, as an economic development area approving a development plan for said area and all matters related thereto.” Mr. Forbes seconded the motion. Ayes --- all. Nays --- none. The motion as carried by voice vote (5/0).

Mr. Ryan passed the gavel to Mr. Forbes, President, Town Council.

TOWN COUNCIL

A. CONSIDER DECLARATORY RESOLUTION CONSOLIDATING AND EXPANDING ST. JOHN T.I.F. 1.
Mr. Forbes noted the first item on the Council’s agenda was to consider a declaratory resolution to consolidate and expand St. John T.I.F. 1. He asked if there was a motion to adopt Resolution # 14-05-22. “So moved,” by Mr. Gembala.

Mr. Forbes read the title of the resolution as follows: “This is a resolution of the Town Council of the Town of St. John, Lake County, Indiana, approving an order of the St. John Plan Commission approving a resolution of the St. John Redevelopment Commission, amending prior resolutions establishing a consolidated economic development area and allocations areas therein by expanding the boundaries of the consolidated economic development area and consolidating and expanding the allocation areas therein, amending the consolidated economic development plan for the area and all matters related thereto.

Mr. Forbes noted there was a motion on the floor by Mr. Gembala; he asked for a second. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. Ayes --- all. Nays --- none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

B. CONSIDER DECLARATORY RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING ST. JOHN T.I.F. 2.
Mr. Forbes noted the next item for the Council’s consideration was a declaratory resolution establishing the St. John T.I.F. District 2. Mr. Forbes read as follows: “Resolution # 14-05-22A, this is a resolution of the Town Council of the Town of St. John, Lake County, Indiana, approving an order of the St. John Plan Commission approving a resolution of the St. John Redevelopment Commission declaring an area in the Town of St. John, Lake County, Indiana, as an economic development area, approving a development plan for said area and all matter related thereto.”

Mr. Forbes asked if there was a motion on Resolution # 14-05-22A. “So moved,” by Mr. Volk. Mr. Gembala seconded the motion. Ayes --- all. Nays --- none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

Attorney Austgen noted in light of the actions taken tonight and at the direction of Mr. Forbes, this matter would be advertised for a public hearing to be held on June 12, 2014, the next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting. Mr. Forbes noted that the public hearing would be held on June 12, 2014, contingent upon the advertisement for public hearing being properly noticed.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Forbes opened the floor for public comment. He asked if anyone wished to comment on the T.I.F. expansion. He called for comment. There was no comment. Mr. Forbes closed the floor to public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adjourn the special meeting of the Redevelopment Commission, Plan Commission and Town Council. “So moved,” by Mr. Gembala. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. Ayes --- all. Nays --- none. The motion was carried by voice vote (5/0).

(The meeting was adjourned at 7:37 p.m.)

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Susan E. Wright, Recording Secretary
St. John Plan Commission

06-12-2014 Redevelopment Commission

June 12, 2014 Redevelopment Commission Meeting Minutes

Mark Barenie, President Gregory Volk Attorney David Austgen
Michael Forbes, Vice-President Ken Gembala Sherry Sury, Clerk-Treasurer
Larry Bustamante, Secretary   Steve Kil, Town Manager

CALL TO ORDER:

Mr. Mark Barenie called to order the St. John Redevelopment Commission special meeting for June 12, 2014, at 7:22 p.m.

(The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

ROLL CALL:

Ms. Sherry Sury, Clerk Treasurer, took roll call with the following members present: Mark Barenie, Michael Forbes, Ken Gembala and Gregory Volk. Larry Bustamante was absent. Attorney David Austgen was present. Staff: Steve Kil and Chief Fred Frego were present. Citizen member Dr. John DeVries was present. Citizen member James Sakelaris was absent. Recording Secretary, Susan E. Wright was also present.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

A. TO RECEIVE AND HEAR REONSTRANCES AND OBJECTIONS FROM ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN OR AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED PROJECTS AS SET FORTH IN THE AMENDING RESOLUTION AND AMENDED RESTATED PLAN FOR ST. JOHN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA ONE. (RESOLUTION #14-06-12 RDC, A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE AMENDED AND RESTATED PLAN, AND RESOLUTION FOR ST. JOHN T.I.F. ONE – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA ONE).
Mr. Barenie noted that Item 3A on the agenda was to receive and hear remonstrances and objections from all the persons interested or affected by the proposed projects as set forth in the amending resolution and amended and restated plan for the St. John Economic Development Area One.

Mr. Barenie asked Attorney Austgen if the Proofs of Publication were in order. Attorney Austgen noted that the public hearing was properly advertised and the Proofs of Publication are evidence of the same. He stated that the proofs will become a part of the record, and the public hearing could be appropriately conducted tonight.

Mr. Barenie asked Mr. Kil to elaborate on T.I.F. District One. Mr. Kil directed the audience’s attention to a map. He stated that when looking at the larger map, there are colored areas along the U.S. 41 Corridor. He stated that Route 41 is the primary commercial corridor through Town, and defined as T.I.F. Area One.

Mr. Kil directed the audience’s attention to the location of the Gates of St. John, the corridor along U.S. Route 231. He stated that the T.I.F. Districts have been isolated along Route 41 and Route 231. Mr. Kil stated that the tax increment financing means that the T.I.F. monies will give the Town the ability to work with commercial development by providing an incentive for them to locate in Town.

Mr. Kil stated that the T.I.F. will allow the Town to take and issue debt to do certain infrastructure improvements in the event of new commercial development has a need for it. Mr. Kil remarked that without the T.I.F. the Strack & Van Til/Target project could not have been built. He further stated that the debt for this project is already retired.

Mr. Kil noted there would be a net zero impact on any residential property that falls within a T.I.F. District. He explained that any bond/debt that is issued is paid for out of the development of the T.I.F. District. He stated that the debt repayment is made out of the increased taxes that are paid from a commercial development and not the tax amount that is currently paid.

Mr. Kil reiterated that the T.I.F. Districts have been isolated to the commercial corridors in Town in hopes of future economic development. Mr. Kil stated that there is a McDonalds going up next to Eenigenburg Water, and Eenigenburg Water and the McDonalds are included in the T.I.F. District.

Mr. Barenie stated he would open the public hearing. He asked all individuals who wished to speak to state their name and address for the record.

PUBLIC HEARING

Joe Hero, 11723 South Oakridge Drive, St. John
Mr. Hero stated he wished to remonstrate against Resolution #14-06-12 RDC. He stated that his remonstrance was in reference to Economic Development District One. He opined that the only individuals that will benefit from the T.I.F. District are the developers and the corporations that are going to develop the land.

Mr. Hero stated that come July 1st, the Clerk-Treasurer will become the treasurer of the T.I.F. money. He stated that the T.I.F. money will pass right through in order to pay the bonds off. Mr. Hero stated that the services rendered to the people located in the T.I.F. District will cause the residential taxpayers to have to pay increased taxes for the “free ride benefit” of the T.I.F. District.

Mr. Hero stated that another issue is that the existing businesses in Town will have competitors and they will be paying taxes to support competitors. Mr. Hero opined that the T.I.F. is bad for the existing businesses in Town. He stated that T.I.F. Districts should never be done in St. John, Indiana, which is a growing and attractive community where developers already want to come in. Mr. Hero reiterated that the T.I.F. District is giving a free ride to developers as the tax dollars pass through and the developers don’t pay for the services that the Town provides.

Mr. Hero stated that this area covers two schools, Hanover and Lake Central, and the schools will not receive the tax money. Mr. Hero stated that the money will go to the infrastructure for the redevelopment areas in the T.I.F. Districts.

Mr. Hero stated this is just a “bad deal for all of the people in St. John.” He stated right now the Board has the power to control this. Mr. Hero stated that next year the voters in Town will have the power to control the Board members’ re-election. He promised the Board that if the T.I.F. resolutions are passed, he would work to make sure that they are not re-elected.

Kurt Knabenhans, Knabenhans Motor Sales
Mr. Knabenhans stated that his business is located north of the Shrine of Christ’s Passion. He stated he is more worried about the infrastructure being brought into St. John, causing the Town to upgrade all of their utilities. He named one infrastructure in particular, the lift station across the street from his business.

Mr. Knabenhans stated that his property was surveyed yesterday without his permission. He mentioned a resolution related to the installation of two 12” pipes that may run through his property to accommodate the expansion of St. John. Mr. Knabenhans stated that five years ago, his father gave the Town twenty feet behind his shop to support the Watts subdivision. He stated that now the Town will be wanting to take another 20-30’ of the frontage of his business. Mr. Knabenhans stated that his business is finally coming into its prime after 50 years of being in St. John.

Mr. Knabenhans stated he is utterly appalled by this action. Mr. Kil stated he spent two hours going through this matter with Mr. Knabenhans.

Mr. Forbes stated that two completely separate items are being discussed. Mr. Forbes remarked “do not confuse the T.I.F. District with the expansion of our lift station.” Mr. Forbes stated that the expansion of the lift station and the T.I.F. Districts have nothing to do with each other.

Mr. Forbes instructed Mr. Knabenhans to address his concerns about the lift station with the Sanitary Board which meets in two weeks.

Kevin Knabenhans, Knabenhans Motors
Mr. K. Knabenhans noted that his business is right in the middle of the T.I.F. District. He noted everyone can see that there is redevelopment going on all over the area. Mr. Knabenhans stated his location has three entrances. He stated with the infrastructure that the Town intends to do, there have never been any plans that have been discussed in detail as to where the infrastructure will go.

Mr. Knabenhans noted the map that was shown earlier and asked what kind of infrastructure or economic development the Town is planning on doing. He wanted to know what plans there were to build in the redevelopment district. Mr. Knabenhans noted more resources will be needed with the redevelopment and there are multiple items that go along with redevelopment and increased businesses.

Mr. Knabenhans asked the Board how the sanitary/lift station is not a part of the redevelopment of the T.I.F District. Mr. Forbes explained that T.I.F. is a financial tool that is used to draw commercial development to the Town. Mr. Forbes stated that Lift Station One needs to be increased, repaired and/or replaced mainly because the Town of St. John is a growing community. He stated whether or not the Town gets even one additional commercial property on Route 41, it will not matter because so many houses are being built in Town. Mr. Forbes reiterated that the lift station infrastructure needs to be increased based on the fact that St. John is a growing community.

Mr. Knabenhans asked if the redevelopment district wasn’t a plan to bring in businesses. Mr. Forbes stated that the reason the T.I.F. Districts were started is because the Town does want to bring in commercial business to St. John. Mr. Forbes reiterated that Lift Station One would need to be improved, enlarged and/or replaced regardless of whether any commercial development happened in St. John.

Mr. Barenie noted that the proposed lift station improvements are due to the Town’s residential growth. Mr. Forbes concurred.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Knabenhans noted that there are many properties in St. John that are not sold. He stated that there are vacant lots with no houses. Mr. Knabenhans noted that there is a lot of property sitting vacant with no houses being built. He asked why areas are being redeveloped if nothing is being changed.

Mr. Forbes summarized that what the Town is trying to do is attract businesses to St. John that are wanted in St. John. He stated that rather than waiting until Route 41 fills up with strip malls, the Town is desirous of drawing “high-end businesses to St. John.” Mr. Forbes stated that businesses settling in St. John need to be businesses with services and products that the residents of St. John want.

Mr. Forbes stated the T.I.F. District expansion is not a ploy to force people to move off of Route 41 or rezone peoples’ properties, which is something he has heard. He stated that the T.I.F. is a tool to entice a commercial business to come to St. John.

Mr. Forbes stated, for example, they are trying to fill the K-Mart. Mr. Knabenhans stated would like to purchase the K-Mart. Mr. Forbes stated that the T.I.F. is a great tool to get someone into the K-Mart property.

Mr. Barenie noted that a couple of years ago the Town’s water towers had to be repaired and expanded due to the capacity level. Mr. Barenie stated that this is a similar type of investment in the Town’s infrastructure. Mr. Barenie explained that every once in a while infrastructure has to be redone and enhanced so there are not bigger problems down the road. He stated that the Town is trying to strike a balance between commercial and residential growth given the resources that they have.

Antoinette Pritchard, 10727 Forestdale Street, St. John
Ms. Pritchard asked if the Town was talking about further development of Route 41. Mr. Forbes stated that the Town would like to see further development on both Route 41 and Route 231.

Ms. Pritchard asked if there would be motels/hotels built near the Shrine of Christ’s Passion. Mr. Forbes stated he had no answer for this question at the present time.

Mr. Pritchard asked who was in charge of all of the redevelopment besides the Town of St. John. Mr. Forbes stated that the redevelopment is entirely at the behest of the Town Council.

Ms. Pritchard noted that the Board knows the location of her home. She asked if the Board was aware of how dangerous it is for her and others in her neighborhood to get out onto Route 41. She stated that individuals in her neighborhood take their lives in their hands every time they try to get out on the road. Mr. Kil stated he was aware that there it was difficult to get out onto Route 231. Ms. Pritchard stated she is talking about getting out of the neighborhood by Dick’s Restaurant (Route 41).

Mr. Kil noted Ms. Pritchard has the option of going out onto Route 41 or Route 231 from where she lived. Ms. Pritchard stated that she does not get on Route 231 due to the high speed of the cars coming over the hill. Ms. Pritchard stated that the people who come over the hill are dangerous; she stated she has had friends killed there.

Ms. Pritchard stated if she needs to go to Walgreens she goes to Cedar Lake because it is too dangerous to get across Route 41. She stated she has spent 25 minutes trying to get across Route 41. Ms. Pritchard stated that her little neighborhood is an island and it’s extremely dangerous to try and get out onto the roads. Ms. Pritchard stated she knows a traffic light will never be installed.

Ms. Pritchard stated that the Town needs to consider the little neighborhoods, not just her neighborhood but the neighborhood across from her. Ms. Pritchard asked how people were going to get across Route 41 from McDonalds. She stated getting out of the Dairy Queen is dangerous.

Mr. Kil stated that the tax increment that was paid on the undeveloped portion stays with all of the taxing units, the schools, the county, the libraries. Mr. Kil stated that without the investment in the infrastructure the properties will sit vacant. Mr. Kil stated when T.I.F. District bonds are paid off then more money that is generated stays with the Town.

(General discussion ensued.)

Jim Buchannon, St. John:
Mr. Buchannon stated it seems to him that this a good way to keep money in the Town of St. John rather than have it get spent around the whole state.

Mr. Kil reiterated that the Town gets to keep all of the tax money that is generated off of the businesses stays in the community and is used to pay off the debt. He stated this is kind of a deferred gratification process. The Town gets to keep all off the tax money to incent the development on the front end, but after approximately 10 years, the monies get released to all of the taxing units at a higher rate.

Mr. Kil stated that the Town does not blindly do projects or hand out incentives. He stated that there would have to be a really nice development that comes into the community that requires assistance. Mr. Kil stated just because someone is located in the T.I.F. District does not mean it will become a T.I.F. project. He stated that one hundred percent of the taxes have to be paid in the T.I.F. District or else the debt cannot be paid off. Mr. Kil stated that St. John does not do tax abatements.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Barenie acknowledged an audience member’s remark that St. John is a great place to live and a great community. He stated that St. John does not have quality businesses knocking at the door; he stated that the Town must hustle and compete for them. Mr. Barenie stated that the Town has to work very hard to get businesses into Town.

Mr. Kil reiterated that the Strack & Van Til/Target development was a nice addition to the community and the debt was paid off seven years early. He stated that the Town was able to use T.I.F. funds to help make this development come to fruition.

Mr. Barnie called for further public comment. There was no further public comment. Mr. Barenie closed the public hearing on St. John T.I.F. District One.

Mr. Barenie asked for a motion on Resolution #14-06-12 RDC. A resolution confirming the amended and restated plan, a resolution of St. John T.I.F. Number One, Economic Development Area One.

Mr. Forbes made a motion to adopt Resolution #14-06-12 RDC, “a resolution of the St. John Redevelopment Commission confirming a resolution of the Redevelopment Commission amending prior resolutions of the Commission establishing a consolidated economic development area and allocation areas therein by expanding the boundaries of the consolidated economic development area and consolidating the expansion of the allocated areas therein amending the consolidated economic development plan for the area and all matters related thereto.” Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

B. TO RECEIVE AND HEAR REMONSTRANCES AND OBJECTIONS FROM ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN OR AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED PROJECTS AS SET FORTH IN DECLARATORY RESOLUTION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR ST. JOHN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA TWO. (RESOLUTION #14-06-1A RDC, A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING DECLARATORY RESOLUTION FOR ST. JOHN T.I.F. TWO, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA TWO.
Mr. Barenie noted next on the agenda was “to hear remonstrances and objections from all persons interested in or affected by the proposed projects as set forth in Declaratory Resolution and Economic Development Plan for St. John Economic Development Area Two.

Mr. Barenie asked Attorney Austgen if the Proofs of Publication were in order. Attorney Austgen noted that the Proofs of Publication are in order and the public hearing could be properly appropriately conducted tonight.

Mr. Barenie asked Mr. Kil for opening remarks. Mr. Kil stated that there are two separate public hearings, the first public hearing was for T.I.F. District One and the second public hearing was for T.I.F. District Two, Route 231 between Parrish and Cline Avenues. Mr. Kil stated that the only difference is that there is a separate public hearing for each district.

Mr. Barnie opened the public hearing for public comment.

PUBLIC HEARING

Joe Hero, 11723 South Oakridge Drive, St. John
Mr. Hero remonstrated against Resolution #14-06-12A RDC. He stated he would incorporate all of his previous comments from his remonstrance in the public hearing on T.I.F. District One.

Mr. Hero stated what he sees happening is “smoke and mirrors.” He stated that the bottom line is that the residents of St. John are going to be paying for the services for this large area of the two T.I.F. Districts. Mr. Hero stated he knows of no other community that has so much acreage devoted to T.I.F.s. He stated that the taxes of the residents of St. John will be affected.

Mr. Hero opined that this matter of the T.I.F. Districts have been “sugar-coated” to “deceive the public.” He reiterated his comment that if the Board votes on the T.I.F. Districts he will oppose them in the next election and remove them from office.

Mr. Barenie called for additional public comment. There was no further public comment. Mr. Barenie closed the public hearing for T.I.F. District Area Two and brought the matter back before the Board.

Mr. Barenie asked for a motion to adopt Resolution #14-06-12A RDC. “A Resolution declaring the Declaratory Resolution for St. John T.I.F. Two, Economic Development Area Two.

Mr. Forbes made a motion to adopt Resolution #14-06-12A RDC. “A resolution of the St. John Redevelopment Commission confirming a resolution declaring an area in St. John, Lake County, Indiana, as an economic development area and approving an economic development plan for said area and all matters related thereto.” Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. RESOLUTION #14-06-12B RDC, A RESOLUTION APPROVING A PROPOSED LEASE WITH THE ST. JOHN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AND AUTHORIZING PUBLICATION OF NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING IN CONNECTION HEREWITH.
Mr. Barenie noted “Resolution #14-06-12B RDC, a resolution approving a proposed lease with the St. John Redevelopment Authority and authorizing publication of Notice of Public Hearing in connection herewith,” was the next item on the agenda. Mr. Barenie stated he was looking for a motion to adopt Resolution #14-06-12B RDC.

Mr. Forbes made a motion to adopt “Resolution #14-06-12B RDC, a resolution of the St. John Redevelopment Commission approving a proposed lease with the St. John Redevelopment Authority and authorizing publication of Notice of Public Hearing in connection therein and all matters related thereto.” Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. Barenie moved on to Reports and Correspondence.

Ms. Sury had no report.

Attorney Austgen had no report.

Chief Frego had nothing to report.

Mr. Kil noted that the next action of the St. John Redevelopment Commission will be held on June 26, 2014.

Mr. Barenie asked the councilmen if they had anything to report. The councilmen had nothing to report.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Barenie opened the floor to public comment. He asked if there was any public comment related to the St. John Redevelopment Commission.

Joe Hero, 11723 South Oakridge Drive, St. John
Mr. Hero stated that what was done here tonight is not in the best interests of the residents of St. John. He stated that these actions will have a severe impact on their taxes. Mr. Hero stated that what the Commission has done is give special interests a special good deal, and for that reason the Commission made a big mistake tonight.

There was no further public comment. Mr. Barenie closed the floor to public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Barenie stated he would entertain a motion adjourn. “So moved,” by Mr. Gembala. Mr. Volk the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

(The meeting was adjourned at 7:57m.)

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06-26-2014 Redevelopment Commission

June 26, 2014 Redevelopment Commission Meeting Minutes

Mark Barenie, President Gregory Volk Attorney David Austgen
Michael Forbes, Vice-President Ken Gembala Sherry Sury, Clerk-Treasurer
Larry Bustamante, Secretary   Steve Kil, Town Manager

CALL TO ORDER:

Mr. Mark Barenie called to order the St. John Redevelopment Commission special meeting for June 26, 2014, at 7:11 p.m.

(The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

ROLL CALL:

Ms. Sherry Sury, Clerk Treasurer, took roll call with the following members present: Mark Barenie, Michael Forbes, Larry Bustamante, Ken Gembala and Gregory Volk. Attorney David Austgen was present. Staff: Steve Kil. Citizen members Dr. John DeVries and James Sakelaris were absent. Recording Secretary, Susan E. Wright was also present.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

A. RESOLUTION #14-06-26 RDC, A RESOLUTION OF THE ST. JOHN REDEVELOPMENT COMISSION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A LEASE BETWEEN THE ST. JOHN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AND THE ST. JOHN REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, AND ALL MATTERS RELATED THERETO.
Mr. Barenie noted Resolution #14-06-26 RDC was the first item on the agenda for the Board’s consideration.

Attorney Austgen noted that the Proofs of Publication for the Notice of Public Hearing were timely published and the public hearing could be properly conducted at this time.

Mr. Kil noted Resolution #14-06-26 RDC is the next step in the process to begin the Town’s road project. He stated that this resolution is related to the $5.2 million bond for the Town’s road paving project.

PUBLIC HEARING
Mr. Barenie opened the public hearing. He called for public comment. There was no public comment. Mr. Barenie closed the public hearing and brought the matter back before the Board.

Mr. Barenie stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Resolution #14-06-26 RDC. Mr. Forbes said he would make that motion. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. Mr. Barenie asked if there was any discussion on this matter. There was no discussion. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. RESOLUTION #14-06-26A RDC, A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF ST. JOHN REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION APPROVING A SUB-LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWN OF ST. JOHN, LAKE COUNTY, INDIANA, AND THE ST. JOHN REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.
Mr. Barenie noted “Resolution #14-06-26A RDC, a resolution of the St. John Redevelopment Commission approving a sub-lease agreement between the Town of St. John, Lake County, Indiana, and the St. John Redevelopment Commission was before the Board for their consideration.

Mr. Barenie stated he was looking for a motion to adopt Resolution #14-06-26A RDC. “So moved,” by Mr. Gembala. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

B. RESOLUTION #14-06-26B RDC, A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF ST. JOHN REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION CONCERNING THE 2015 BUDGET YEAR DETERIMINATION FOR T.I.F. REVENUES FOR THE ST. JOHN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA ONE ALLOCATION AREA.
Mr. Barenie noted “Resolution #14-06-26B RDC, a resolution of the Town of St. John Redevelopment Commission concerning the 2015 budget year determination for T.I.F. revenues for the St. John Economic Development Area One Allocation Area,” was before the Board for their consideration.

Mr. Barenie stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Resolution #14-06-26B RDC. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Forbes seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

C. RESOLUTION #14-06-26C RDC, A RESOLUTION OF THE ST. JOHN REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION CONCERNING THE 2015 BUDGET YEAR DETERMINATION FOR T.I.F REVENUES FOR THE ST. JOHN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA TWO ALLOCATION AREA.
Mr. Barenie stated that the next item on the Board’s agenda for their consideration was “Resolution #14-06-26C, a resolution of the St. John Redevelopment Commission concerning the 2015 budget year determination for T.I.F. revenues for the St. John Economic Development Area Two Allocation Area.”

Mr. Barenie stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Resolution #14-06-26C RDC. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

Mr. Kil noted that in addition to the captioned notices to the Lake County Auditor for the tax increment to redistribute and pay in 2015 as approved this evening, for the St. John Economic Development Areas One and Two, information has been collected and prepared “consistent with Senate Enrolled Act 118 and pursuant to the Memorandum from the DLGF dated June 5, 2014, that requires the submission of Redevelopment Commission information.”

Mr. Kil noted this information has been prepared with the assistance of Cender & Associates. “All the data is required to be collected, gathered and assembled for submission to the DLGF prior to the July 1st and August 1st deadlines so that the St. John Redevelopment Commission is in full compliance with this request prior to July 1st. The data and information required to be submitted is available upon request to the Commission.

Mr. Kil stated consistent with Redevelopment law, a compilation of annual reports to the Town Council, as the fiscal body for the year ending December 31, 2013, for each allocation area is required. This annual report is due to the Town Council before Friday, August 1. “Furthermore, consistent with Section 13, the Town Council shall compile the reports and submit them to the DLGF before Wednesday, October 1st.”

Mr. Kil noted that Mr. Dan Botich, Cender & Associates, was here to answer any questions that the Board may have. Mr. Kil noted that during the Town Council meeting the Council would be required to acknowledge receipt of the reports from the Redevelopment Commission.

Mr. Botich submitted to the Board a copy of Comprehensive Annual Report and the DLGF data on T.I.F. EDA One and T.I.F. EDA Two.

Mr. Botich noted that he had submitted to the Board the August 1st notice which is a Comprehensive Annual Report to the Legislative Body. He explained that this report is required under Indiana Code 36-7-14-13E. He stated that the report is similar to the annual report that is submitted to the Town Council President prior to March 15. Mr. Botich stated that the only difference in these reports is that the State requires that the individual components/key numbers within each allocation area be included in the Comprehensive Report to the Legislative Body.

Mr. Botich stated that next year’s filing will include the Annual Report due March 15, and the Annual Report to the Legislative Body, due on August 1st. He explained that the two reports will be consolidated into one report and with the same information to be submitted to the Town Council President and Town Council members at one time. Mr. Botich stated that the information will also be available in Gateway along with the report.

Mr. Botich stated that on June 5, 2014, pursuant to Senate Enrollment Act 118, the DLGF is required to put together information related to allocation areas designated by Redevelopment Commissions throughout the State. He explained as part of the legislative study, the DLGF was directed to collect various information from Redevelopment Commissions.

Mr. Botich noted that on June 5, 2014, a DLGF Memorandum set forth the requirements of the data that is to be submitted before July 1st and August 1st. Mr. Botich stated, in accordance with the DLGF Memorandum directives, various worksheets were provided for each of the two allocation areas of the St. John Redevelopment Commission/St. John Economic Development Area Allocation Area Ones and Area Two. Mr. Botich stated that an T.I.F. Identification Schedule has been prepared, which is an overview sheet of each allocation area, the completed projects in each allocation area, current projects, proposed projects, fund information from fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2013. Mr. Botich stated that the fund information was gleaned from the audit reports provided by the State Board of Accounts to the Town.

Mr. Botich stated that the worksheets are due July 1st, and will be filed timely and electronically. Mr. Botich noted as related to T.I.F. Area Two, the establishment and expansion documents are required to be scanned and filed and must identify and file each authorizing resolution to the DLGF. Mr. Botich informed the Board that he has all of the information for T.I.F. Area Two, because it’s a newly established T.I.F. District. He stated that this information has been included in the documents that he handed out.

Mr. Botich noted that T.I.F. District One’s history began in 1998. He stated that he is working with bond counsel as well as the Clerk-Treasurer to identify the resolutions. He stated Cender & Associates has all of the resolutions from 2007 forward. He stated that the older resolutions will have to be located. Mr. Botich stated that once all of the authorizing documents have been scanned, the information will be put on a disc and provided to the DLGF in a timely manner before August 1st. He stated that Mr. Kil, the Redevelopment Commission and the Clerk-Treasurer will also be provided a copy of this disc/document.

Mr. Botich submitted a copy of Senate Enrollment Act 118 to the Board. He stated that Senate Act 118, made changes to redevelopment law. He summarized key parts of Senate Enrollment Act 118 for the Board as follows: one, Redevelopment Commission obligations are now subject to legislative approval (bonds, leases, warrants); two, “as of July 1st Redevelopment Commission oversight by the State Board of Accounts and budget review by the legislative body”; three, if the captured, assessed value exceeds two hundred percent (200%) of the obligations, that the amount of released captured assessment needs to be approved by the legislative body. Mr. Botich stated that Notices to the Auditor have been prepared and St. John’s Economic Development allocation areas do not release more than the two hundred percent (200%) assessed value.

Mr. Botich noted the next change made by Senate Enrollment Act 118 as follows, “when establishing or expanding an allocation area the resolution and supporting data must be specific and a finding of fact supported by evidence but for the designation of the allocation area new property taxes would not have been generated without the allocation provision.”

Mr. Botich noted that allocation areas that were established before 1995 are now “due to sunset in 2025.” He stated that particular clause does not apply to the Town of St. John.

Mr. Botich stated that “Disposition of real property by the Commission is and will require legislative body approval.

Mr. Botich noted “as of July 1st, the fiscal agent of the unit establishing the Commission, (being the Town Council) is the fiscal agent of the Commission (being the Clerk-Treasurer) responsible for the administration, investment and disbursement of all funds, and the accounts of the Commission.”

Mr. Botich noted the last change he wanted to bring to the Board’s attention was as follows: “The Commission’s authority of eminent domain in redevelopment areas is abrogated and no longer available as an option.”

Mr. Kil noted that the only action needed by the Town Council is receipt of the annual report. Mr. Botich concurred. Mr. Botich stated that when the minutes are received and approved, the information will be uploaded into Gateway and the Town will be compliant prior to the October 1st deadline.

Mr. Barenie thanked Mr. Botich. He asked if there were any questions. There were no questions.

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. Barenie moved on to Reports and Correspondence. The Board members had nothing to report.

Mr. Kil had nothing further to report.

Ms. Sury had no report.

Attorney Austgen had no report.

Mr. Barenie stated he had a couple of items to mention, the first item being related to the last Redevelopment Commission meeting as well tonight’s. He stated that a couple of e-mails were received regarding the road project. The first e-mail was from Bill Winterhaler, 9894 West Oakridge Drive, St. John. Mr. Barenie noted that this e-mail was received from a resident who lives on the West Oakridge street, the same street as one of the remonstrators present at the last Redevelopment meeting.

Mr. Barenie read the e-mail as follows: “I read an article in The Times that opposed using the income tax funds to repave roads in my subdivision. The views expressed in the article did not represent my views. I am fully supportive of the road project and using income tax funds to pay for the bonds used for resurfacing the project. I look forward to the much needed improvements on my street and throughout the Town of St. John. Please feel free to share this with the rest of the Council at your convenience. Thanks, Bill.”

Mr. Barenie moved on to the second e-mail received from Mr. D.J. Pikarski. He noted that this resident lived in the same area. He read as follows: “Just wanted to send a quick note to indicate appreciation for the plans to pave several of the roads in St. John. The recent Times article did not indicate that some of the local revenue would be used to address a portion of the roadwork within the Town of St. John. The St. John Public Works Department has done a great job in trying to patch the potholes, but a very difficult winter was harsh on our streets. In taking a walk recently, I did notice that the sections of South Oakridge and West Oakridge Drive developed potholes and in some areas have started crumbling and breaking down significantly. I will send some photos. By addressing these issues now, paving will prevent future damage to our cars and keep the integrity of our roads in good shape. Thanks for your help in addressing this matter. Daniel Pikarski.”

Mr. Barenie noted that the e-mails were very supportive of the proposed road paving project.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Barenie opened the floor to public comment. He asked if there was any public comment related to the St. John Redevelopment Commission. There was no public comment. Mr. Barenie closed the floor to public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Barenie for a motion adjourn. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Forbes seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (5/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

(The meeting was adjourned at 7:27 p.m.)

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07-10-2014 Redevelopment Commission

July 10, 2014 Redevelopment Commission Meeting Minutes

Mark Barenie, President Gregory Volk Attorney David Austgen
Michael Forbes, Vice-President Ken Gembala Sherry Sury, Clerk-Treasurer
Larry Bustamante, Secretary   Steve Kil, Town Manager

CALL TO ORDER:

Mr. Barenie called the St. John Redevelopment Commission Special Meeting to order on July 10, 2014, at 7:04 p.m.

(The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

ROLL CALL:

Roll call was taken by the Clerk-Treasurer with the following board members present: Larry Bustamante, Michael Forbes, Ken Gembala, Greg Volk, and Mark Barenie.

Staff Present: Stephen Kil, Town Manager; Sherry Surry, Clerk-Treasurer; and David Austgen, Town Attorney.

Absent: None.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mr. Barenie advised that the next item on the agenda is Approval of Minutes from June 12, 2014 and June 26, 2014 and entertained a motion for the same.

Motion to approve the minutes by Mr. Forbes. Seconded by Mr. Volk. Motion carries 4 ayes to 0 nays and 1 abstention by Mr. Bustamante due to being absent on June 12.

NEW BUSINESS:

None was had.

REPORTS and CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. Kil reported that the Town Council will have a special meeting on July 31 to open the bids.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

None was had.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Barenie entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion to adjourn by Mr. Forbes. Seconded by Mr. Bustamante. Motion carries 5 ayes to 0 nays.

(Mr. Barenie adjourned the meeting at 7:06 p.m.)

Respectfully submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
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