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01-13-2021 Town Council

January 13, 2021 Town Council Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:

Town Council President Gerald Swets called the St. John Town Council Regular Meeting to order on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 7:03 p.m., with all Councilmen present in person, and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Councilmen present: Bryan Blazak, Councilman; Paul Panczuk, Vice President; Wayne Pondinas, Councilman; Michael Schilling, Councilman; and Gerald Swets, President. A quorum was attained.

Also present: Beth Hernandez, Clerk-Treasurer; and David Westland, Town Attorney.

Absent: None.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

President: Mr. Swets called for nominations for President. Mr. Schilling nominated Gerald Swets; Mr. Blazak seconded the nomination. Having no further nominations forthcoming, Mr. Swets entertained a motion to close nominations. Mr. Panczuk made the motion; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Mr. Swets called for a vote on the active nomination. Nomination carried by a unanimous vote electing Mr. Swets as President for 2021.

Vice President: Mr. Swets called for nominations for Vice President. Mr. Blazak nominated Paul Panczuk. Having no further nominations forthcoming, Mr. Swets entertained a motion to close nominations. Mr. Blazak made the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Mr. Swets called for a vote on the active nomination. Nomination carried by a unanimous vote electing Mr. Panczuk as Vice President for 2021.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion. Mr. Schilling made a motion to approve the December 30, 2020, meeting minutes; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Swets opened the floor for Public Comment.

Adrian Bugariu (11747 90th Avenue) spoke against certain elected officials and asked them to leave town.

Having no one else come forward for Public Comment, Mr. Swets closed the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. Town Manager’s Employment Status
Mr. Swets advised that they had received a letter of resignation from Mr. Phillips. Mr. Blazak made a motion to accept Mr. Phillips’ resignation and authorize a release agreement to be executed, generally consistent, with his resignation letter; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
B. Ordinance No. 1721
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is Ordinance No. 1721, an ordinance establishing the St. John Road Impact Fee, and further advised that this is the second reading. Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1721 on second reading, Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
C. Appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals
Mr. Panczuk made a motion to reappoint Brendan Sheeran to the Board of Zoning Appeals; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
D. Appointment of Town Council Liaisons to Board and Commissions
Mr. Swets advised that the Council had decided to reappoint the same liaisons to the same boards and commissions for 2021. Mr. Schilling made a motion to reappoint the Town Council Liaisons to the same Boards and Commissions in 2021 as 2020; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. Blazak thanked those who worked diligently on the Road Impact Fee, whose work will benefit St. John. Mr. Panczuk thanked Mr. Blazak for heading that project. Mr. Schilling noted that he is looking forward to this new year.

REQUESTS TO PURCHASE:

Ms. Hernandez noted that there are three requests totaling $13,267. Mr. Pondinas made a motion to approve the requests as submitted; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to adjourn. Mr. Schilling made a motion to adjourn; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Mr. Swets adjourned the meeting at 7:11 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council

01-27-2021 Town Council

January 27, 2021 Town Council Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:

Town Council President Gerald Swets called the St. John Town Council Regular Meeting to order on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at 7:28 p.m., with all Councilmen present in person, and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Councilmen present: Bryan Blazak, Councilman; Paul Panczuk, Vice President; Wayne Pondinas, Councilman; Michael Schilling, Councilman; and Gerald Swets, President. A quorum was attained.

Also present: Beth Hernandez, Clerk-Treasurer, and David Westland, Town Attorney.

Absent: None.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mr. Schilling made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 2, 2020, and January 16, 2021, meetings; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Swets opened the floor for Public Comment.

Adrian Bugariu (11747 West 90th Avenue) asked why the nameplates were missing from the dais, why there are cameras all over in stores and on the streets spying on people, and demanded that they be removed. He asked the Town Attorney what would have happened to him if he had beaten the Clerk-Treasurer the way she had the police beat him on June 27, after which he demanded that Beth Hernandez leave the Town.

Beth Hernandez noted that John Boersma emailed her to request an update on the certificates of appreciation for outstanding citizens. Mr. Swets noted that issuing those certificates had not been finalized as yet.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. Appoint New Building and Planning Director
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to appoint a new Building and Planning Director.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to appoint Sergio Mendoza as the new Building and Planning Director; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Mendoza introduced his wife Lisa and his son Xavier and stated that he is excited to be representing the Town of St. John.

B. Consider Ordinance No. 1722 – Preserve West from Open Space to R-1 PUD
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1722, an ordinance rezoning certain property known as Preserve West from Open Space to R-1 PUD. This rezone received a favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission.

Discussion ensued regarding the three rezones that are on the agenda.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1722 on the first reading; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1722 on the first reading; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

C. Consider Ordinance No. 1723 – Greystone, Unit 3, from Open Space to R-3 PUD
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1723, an ordinance rezoning Greystone, Unit 3, from Open Space to R-3 PUD. This received a favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission.

Mr. Panczuk gave an overview of the R-3 PUD that has received the favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1723 on the first reading; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1723 on the first reading; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

D. Consider Ordinance No. 1724 – Preserve East from Open Space to R-1 PUD
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1724, an ordinance ratifying the Town Council’s approval on September 23, 2020, rezoning certain property known as Preserve East.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1724 on the first reading; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1724 on the first reading; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

E. Resolution No. 2021-01-27 – Fund Transfer
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-01-27, a resolution transferring funds from the Escrow Clearing Fund (880) to the General Fund (101), in the amount of $6000.

Ms. Hernandez explained the Escrow Clearing Fund and advised that the funds are transferred to the General Fund when they are forfeited. She noted when asked that she had not received the letter from Rick Eberly for these properties.

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to defer Resolution No. 2021-01-27; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

F. Resolution No. 2021-01-27A – Uncollectable Bad Debt
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-01-27A, a resolution declaring Uncollectible Bad Debt – St. John Ambulance Billing in the amount of $100,266.37.

Mr. Pondinas asked if there was a way to reduce the amount of bad debt being written off. Discussion ensued wherein it was determined that what could be collected is only about 3% of the write-off amount and would be cost-prohibitive.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-01-27A; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

G. Resolution No. 2021-01-27B – Expenditure Reimbursements
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-01-27B, a resolution declaring intent to reimburse expenditures that may be incurred for a certain project of the Town’s Waterworks.

Ms. Hernandez advised that this a reimbursement resolution for the SCADA project that would allow the project costs to be reimbursed by the Waterworks Board should the Town Council decide to issue a Waterworks bond.

Mr. Westland advised that historically it has been a recommendation from the Waterworks Board to the Town Council. He further advised that it could be addressed independently if the Council so chooses.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion.

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-01-27B; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

H. Consider the Fire Projection and Emergency Medical Services Agreement with the St. John Township Trustee
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider approval of the agreement with the St. John Township Trustee for Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services for unincorporated St. John Township.

Ms. Cathy Lareau addressed the Town Council and summarized the changes in the agreement for 2021, including a payment increase of $500 and a request for a quarterly report from the Fire Department.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to approve the agreement with the St. John Township Trustee for emergency services in unincorporated St. John Township for 2021; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

I. Consider Authorizing Bryan Blazak to Sign Certain Documents and Invoices
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider authorizing Bryan Blazak to sign certain documents and invoices on an interim basis in the absence of a Town Manager.

Mr. Pondinas expressed concern that it gives a Councilman too much power.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to defer this matter to the end of the meeting; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

J. Consider an Encumbrance of Funds from 2020 to 2021
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider authorizing the encumbrance of certain funds from 2020 to 2021.

Ms. Hernandez advised that this list of invoices is for various goods, services, and projects that were approved or rendered in 2020 but will be invoiced in 2021, totaling $717.222.89.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to authorize the encumbrance of certain funds as presented by the Clerk-Treasurer; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

K. Deletion of Inactive, Obsolete, or Other Certain Utility Customer Accounts
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider approval and authorization for the Clerk-Treasurer to delete inactive, obsolete, or other certain utility customer accounts.

Ms. Hernandez explained that this is a standard bookkeeping item.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to approve the deletion of certain utility customer accounts as determined by the Clerk-Treasurer; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

L. Unpaid Refuse Balance Write-Offs.
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider the approval and authorization for the Clerk-Treasurer to “write-off” unpaid refuse balances in the amount of $171.01 from CY2020.

Ms. Hernandez explained that the numbers are higher than usual due to Covid.

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to approve the “write-off” unpaid refuse balances in the amount of $171.01 from CY2020; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

M. Professional Services Agreement – Adam Decker
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider a professional services agreement for legal services with Adam Decker.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to approve the 2021 professional services agreement with Adam Decker; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

N. Professional Services Agreement – Nyhart
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider a Service Agreement with Nyhart to prepare the GASB 75 OPEB Actuarial Report for 2021 in the amount of $2900.

Ms. Hernandez noted that GASB requires an actuary report every three years for other post-employment benefits and recommended that the Councilmen approve the agreement with Nyhart for the same.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to accept the Service Agreement with Nyhart and authorize the Town Council President to sign; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

O. Professional Services Agreement – Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider a Service Agreement with Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, to serve as Bond Counsel for the Indiana Waterworks Revenue Bonds of 2021.

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to accept the Service Agreement with Barnes & Thornburg and authorize Town Council President to sign; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

P. 2021 Volunteer Fire Department Roster
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider approving and accepting the 2021 roster as presented.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to approve the 2021 Volunteer Fire Department Roster; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Q. 2021 Farmers Market
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider the Farmers Market Vendor fees and when to start accepting vendor applications for 2021.

Mr. Pondinas requested that this be deferred for more information and state that he feels it would be better under the Parks’ jurisdiction.

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to defer the Farmers Market; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

R. Board and Commission Appointments
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to appoint a new member to two different boards for the 2021 calendar year.

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to appoint Nick Furtek to the Waterworks Board and David Beezhold to the EDC; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS and CORRESPONDENCE:

Town Council:
Mr. Panczuk reported that there are no new signed leases in Shops 96 at this time. He further reported that the retail developer of Shops 96, Mr. Bruce Boyer, relayed to him in a conversation earlier in the day that he hopes to be pulling a permit soon.

Mr. Schilling stated that he would like to have Bruce Boyer at the February RDC meeting to discuss the future of the project. He gave kudos to Public Works for their snow-removal efforts over the past few days. Mr. Swets concurred.

Clerk-Treasurer:
Ms. Hernandez reported that her office now offers residents an online option to pay for various licensures and services.
Staff:
Mr. Westland advised that there is not a clear-cut answer regarding agenda item I. One of the powers of a town manager under IC 36-5-5-8 is the authorization of payment of these bills. Under § 6 of the same chapter, it states in the absence of a town manager, a municipality should appoint a qualified person to perform the duties of the town manager. Under § 3, it states that a member of the Council cannot be the manager.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to authorize each department head to sign certain documents and invoices for up to $4000 for their respective department on an interim basis in the absence of a town manager; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

REQUESTS TO PURCHASE:

Ms. Hernandez stated that they have 13 Requests to Purchase totaling $106,956.20.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion. Mr. Pondinas made the motion to approve the RTPs and authorize the Clerk-Treasurer to pay the same; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

PAYMENT OF THE BILLS:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to pay the bills. Mr. Pondinas made a motion to pay the bills in the amount of $2,632,289.26; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to adjourn. Mr. Schilling made a motion to adjourn; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion.

Mr. Swets adjourned the meeting at 8:31 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council

02-02-2021 Town Council

February 2, 2021 Town Council Special Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:

Town Council President Gerald Swets called the St. John Town Council Special Meeting to order on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 7:01 p.m., with all Councilmen present in person, and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Councilmen present: Bryan Blazak, Councilman; Paul Panczuk, Vice President; Wayne Pondinas, Councilman; Michael Schilling, Councilman; and Gerald Swets, President. A quorum was attained.

Also present: David Westland, Town Attorney.

Absent: Beth Hernandez, Clerk-Treasurer.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

None was had.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. Town Manager Update
Mr. Swets advised that they have enlisted Tom DeGiulio to assist in the process to find a new Town Manager and entertained a motion for the same.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to hire Tom DeGiulio at the rate of $150 per hour to assist with the new Town Manager search; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

B. Discussion – 85th Avenue Repairs
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to discuss repairs to 85th Avenue. Mr. Panczuk stated that the stretch of road between Alexander Street and Lake Hills Drive is in bad repair and has a drainage issue near Fairway Drive. Schererville, Lake County, and St. John intend to work together in repairing that roadway. Mr. Panczuk advised that Bob Davis, Director of Public Works, has an estimate for approximately $7000 to install a new drain, which needs to be done first. The Council noted that the road repairs would be done in 2022.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to approve the Request to Purchase for the drainage improvements to the south side of 85th Avenue between Fairway Drive and Alexander Street in an amount not to exceed $7000; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

C. Disclose and Present Potential Settlement Agreement Options Concerning BLB St. John and LBL Development
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to disclose, present, and discuss a potential settlement agreement with BLB St. John and LBL Development, which includes the Gates of St. John and Oak Ridge Development.

Mr. Panczuk presented a slide show and briefly summarized the history of the litigious matters. Mr. Panczuk gave an overview of the recent settlement agreement options. The first option resolves all disputes except for the 40 acres at White Oak Avenue and 109th Avenue. The second option is identical to the first and includes resolving the 40-acre parcel zoning dispute. Mr. Panczuk noted that copies of the presentation could be obtained at Town Hall.

Mr. Schilling gave an overview of the proposed second fire station, which will be located on 109th and not in a subdivision where little children could be playing. He noted that the train track issues are solved going that way because there are viaducts there.

Mr. Panczuk stated that in option two, the 40-acre parcel would be donated to the Town for expansion of Heartland Park in exchange for granting an R-2 PUD zoning for 160 acres of land with lots of 70x140 feet on 60 of the acres and lots of 80x140 feet on 100 acres. Mr. Panczuk advised that they have been in discussions, but there is no commitment as yet.

Mr. Swets invited public input.

Nick Crnokrak, 10656 Bell Street, Crown Point, thanked the Council for working hard to improve this area. He spoke against the difference in density between Green Acres and the proposed density and asked that a privacy fence similar to the one in Greystone be installed between the two subdivisions.

Mr. Panczuk explained that the number of units was never stipulated in the 2019 agreement and many of the lots were considerably smaller than are proposed in the settlement. Mr. Panczuk noted that there is more green space now, due to some odd shapes and the NIPSCO easement.

Mr. Dravet advised that a PDF of tonight’s PowerPoint Presentation can be found at stjohnin.com in the Town Council Minutes section and is titled 02-02-2021 Town Council Exhibit.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

None was had.

REPORTS and CORRESPONDENCE:

Town Council:
Mr. Panczuk stated that the intersection at 97th and US 41 had some issues with the striping, and INDOT is working to correct those issues.
Staff:
None was had.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to adjourn. Mr. Blazak made a motion to adjourn; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Mr. Swets adjourned the meeting at 8:08 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council

02-02-2021 Town Council Exhibit.pdf
02-24-2021 Town Council

February 24, 2021 Town Council Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:

Town Council President Gerald Swets called the St. John Town Council Regular Meeting to order on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 7:11 p.m., with all Councilmen present in person, and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Councilmen present: Bryan Blazak, Councilman; Paul Panczuk, Vice President; Wayne Pondinas, Councilman; Michael Schilling, Councilman; and Gerald Swets, President. A quorum was attained.

Also present: Beth Hernandez, Clerk-Treasurer, and David Westland, Town Attorney.

Absent: None.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mr. Blazak made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 27, 2021, meetings; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Swets opened the floor for Public Comment.

Mike Kovacevic, 9885 Meadowrose Lane, spoke against mask mandates, cited information from OSHA, and requested that the Council help to aid Indiana in the rescinding the mask mandate.

Daniel Reising, 14902 93rd Avenue, Dyer, reminded the Council that they were elected by a PAC and remonstrated against their behavior for allowing one resident give a hypothetical threat to the Clerk-Treasurer.

Ms. Hernandez read two written comments into the record; the same are marked as Exhibit Nos. 2021-02-24-TC1 and 2021-02-24-TC2.

Having no one further wishing to speak, Mr. Swets closed the floor for Public Comment and stated that the Town is looking for a new Town Manager and noted that Mr. Blazak is not acting as the Town Manager.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

A. Ordinance No. 1725
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider the annexation of certain real property to the Town of St. John by the petitioner CWS Holdings, LLC.

Attorney Westland noted that the proofs of publication are in order for this Public Hearing to proceed. The purpose of tonight is to take public comment and wait fourteen days to take up the ordinance.

Mr. Panczuk gave a brief description of the parcel being annexed into town. Mr. Swets opened the floor for public comment. Having no one come forward, he closed the Public Hearing, brought the matter back to the board, and introduced the fiscal plan that is to be adopted at the March 24, 2021, Town Council meeting.

B. Ordinance No. 1726
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider annexation of certain real property to the Town of St. John by the petitioner ElevenTen, LLC.

Attorney Westland noted that the proofs of publication are in order for this Public Hearing to proceed. The purpose of tonight is to take public comment and wait fourteen days to take up the ordinance.

Mr. Swets opened the floor for the Public Hearing.

Ms. Hernandez read a comment into the record; the same are marked as Exhibit No. 2021-02-24-TC3.

Leon Ruiz, 11030 Parrish Avenue, asked what they will do with the water that is displaced with the new subdivision.

Bob Renderg, 10000 W 113th Avenue, remonstrated against the annexation due to additional homes and potential water issues.

Tim Gerald, 11817 Parrish Avenue, remonstrated against the annexation due to wells in the surrounding area being impacted by the additional housing in that area and having to obtain deeper wells.

Linda Ruiz, 11030 Parrish Avenue, remonstrated against the annexation due to increased traffic.

Having no one else come forward to speak, Mr. Swets closed the Public Hearing, brought the matter back to the board, and introduced the fiscal plan that is to be adopted at the March 24, 2021, Town Council meeting.

C. Ordinance No. 1728
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1728, an ordinance re-establishing the CCD Fund.

Ms. Hernandez noted that the proofs of publication are in order. This ordinance re-establishes the rates for the Cumulative Capital Development (CCD) Fund. The rates fall over time from the maximum rate of 5 cents per $100 of assessed value, and by re-establishing the rate, the Town will regenerate approximately $69,000 in 2022.

Mr. Swets opened the floor for public comment. Having no one come forward, he closed the Public Hearing, brought the matter back to the board.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1728 on the first reading; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1728 on the first reading; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. 2021 Community Crossing Grant Bid Opening
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is the bid opening for the 2021 Community Crossing Grant project.

Attorney Westland advised that three bids were received:
1. Gallagher Asphalt, base bid $2,066,418.07
2. Reith-Riley, base bid $1,333,190.81
3. Walsh and Kelly, base bid $1,651,794.98

Mr. Swets advised that they will take the bids under advisement and have a bid award on March 3, 2021, at a special Town Council meeting.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to take the bids under advisement and award the bid at a special Town Council meeting on March 3, 2021; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

B. 93rd Avenue and US 41 Project Update
Mr. Panczuk provided a presentation for the public present and noted that First Group Engineering completed the conceptual plan and provided a contract for engineering, which will be reviewed in the near future. The budget is approximately $2.9 million and is funded via the 2020 General Obligation Bond and may be flexed using 2023 road funds or potential excess GOB Fund. Mr. Panczuk advised that no homes will be taken for the project.

Mr. Panczuk stated that the project will add dual left turn lanes and a dedicated right turn lane onto southbound US 41 from 93rd Avenue, a right turn lane from 93rd Avenue to northbound US 41, and a left turn lane at Keilman. Keilman will have dedicated right and left turn lanes onto 93rd Avenue. Decorative lighting would be installed and the water main replaced before it is repaved.

C. 96th Place Extension Project Update
Mr. Panczuk provided a presentation on the 96th Place extension. A T-intersection will be utilized for the extension on Joliet Street. There will be an 8-foot pathway from Joliet Street over to Keilman with a signal-actuated crosswalk at 96th Place and US 41. The pathway will lead into a full east-west path connection from the existing trail system at Heartland Park to The Gates of St. John and eventually to the Pennsy Trail.

Mr. Panczuk noted that the geotechnical work that was needed is 90% complete. Walsh & Kelly was awarded the road construction work with a bid alternate to perform paving on Thielen and part of Joliet Street with that road construction. The project is expected to be completed by May 31, 2021, including actuating the traffic signal. Joliet Street then will become a right turn only at US 41 with a concrete barrier in the center median.

D. Discuss Development Activity and the Building and Planning Department
Mr. Panczuk reported that Sergio Mendoza started as the new Director of Building and Planning and jumped in with both feet. The Plan Commission revised the Subdivision Control Ordinance last year and will be working on updating the Master Zoning Ordinance this year.

Mr. Panczuk noted that there is an industrial company from Illinois that is entertaining moving to St. John’s Industrial District. He further noted that the owner of the Kmart building is getting a lot of interest for that location, but he is waiting for actuation of the traffic signal there and the right tenant.

E. Ordinance No. 1727
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1727, and ordinance establishing the Park Board Family Gardening Program Special Revenue Fund, which received a favorable recommendation from the Park Board.

Ms. Hernandez gave an overview of the fund’s purpose and noted its importance.

Mr. Pondinas reported on the Park Board’s progress on the Community Garden, noting the bids received for the fencing and that the Town will install the water line for the project, and B&D Sewer is going to donate the soil.

Mr. Swets noted that and Eagle Scout project that will make ten raised garden beds. He advised that the Park Board has invested $7000 and entertained a motion for the Town Council to match that amount.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to contribute $7000 to the Family Gardening Program; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1727.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1727 on the first reading; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1727.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1727 on the first reading and authorize the Town Council President to sign; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

F. Resolution No. 2021-01-27
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-01-27, a resolution transferring funds from the Escrow Clearing Fund (880) to the General Fund (101), in the amount of $6000.

Ms. Hernandez noted that her office verified the addresses to be accurate and asked that the same be authorized.

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-01-27; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

G. Resolution No. 2021-02-24A
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-02-24A, a resolution adopting the Joint Interlocal Cooperative Agreement with Town of Schererville for building inspection services.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-02-24A; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

H. Resolution No. 2021-02-24B
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-02-24B, a resolution to enter into a Cooperation Agreement with Lake County, Indiana, to undertake Community Development Activities.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-02-24B; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

I. Resolution No. 2021-02-24C
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-02-24C, a resolution to void stale checks that are outstanding and unpaid for a period of two or more years.

Ms. Hernandez advised that the stale date checks total $2611.05.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-02-24C; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

J. Police Department Vehicles
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider the approval of Police Department vehicles to be placed on the auction website.

Mr. Schilling noted that this is a new process for the Town and will hopefully yield more money.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to approve listing the Police Department vehicles on the auction website; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

K. Public Works Vehicles
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider the approval of Public Works vehicles to be placed on the auction website.

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to approve listing the Public Works vehicles on the auction website; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

L. Dollars for Scholars
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider donation to Dollars for Scholars for Lake Central and Hanover School Corporations.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to donate to the Dollars for Scholars program for the Lake Central and Hanover Central School Corporations in the amount of $1000; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

M. Consider Annual Safety Village Donation
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider the annual donation to the Safety Village.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to approve donation to the Safety Village in the amount of $15,000.00 with reconsideration in July; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

N. 2021 Farmers Market
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider the Farmers Market Vendor fees and when to start accepting vendor applications for 2021.

Ms. Hernandez noted that Tyler McLean, Director of Parks and Recreation, checked surrounding communities’ fees, which vary, and recommended not increasing the fees at this time due to the pandemic.

Discussion ensued as to whether or not the Farmers Market should be under the Parks Department.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion for the starting date to be May 2, 2021, and that the fees remain the same.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to set the fees at the same rate, the start date to be May 2, 2021, and for Tyler McLead to oversee the Farmers Market; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

O. Consider Settlement Agreement with LBL Development and BLB St. John
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider a settlement agreement with LBL Development and BLB St. John.

Attorney Westland advised that the Town Council present the final document at the March 3, 2021, Special Meeting as there are still some details to be finalized.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to defer any consideration of a settlement agreement with LBL, BLB St. John to March 3, 2021, Town Council Special Meeting; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS and CORRESPONDENCE:

Town Council:
Mr. Schilling responded to public comments, apologized to Ms. Hernandez, thanked Public Works for their snow removal while working very long hours, and thanked Mr. Panczuk for all his hard work and for working with him over the past year.

Mr. Blazak concurred and noted that both Mr. Pondinas and Mr. Schilling have both helped with plowing this year.

Mr. Pondinas reported that the Town has 7 trucks to cover 216 miles of roadway, when it is snowing at an inch an hour, it takes a lot of hard work. He asked that the residents be patient. Public Works received two quotes for uniforms and noted that they would like the contract to be with Aramark.

Attorney Westland advised making a motion on the contract at the special meeting and having the specifics of the contract for said motion.

Ms. Hernandez advised that the Sanitary District and the Board of Waterworks approved the SCADA project for $600,000 each, but they couldn’t get someone to execute the contract and requested a ratified authorization for Bob Davis to execute that contract. Attorney Westland advised that the two boards approved them, and the president of each board should have executed the same, which is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to ratify authorization of Robert Davis’ execution of the contract for the SCADA System; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Pondinas commented that both boards want assurance that they will get reimbursed for their payments with the bonds. He added that Baker Tilly will be at the next meeting to explain to the Council how the bonds will be repaid.

Mr. Panczuk apologized to Ms. Hernandez for not throwing Adrian Bugariu out of the last Town Council meeting and stated that the Town does vigorously pursue any infraction of the law in Town Hall or on the street. Mr. Panczuk commented that everyone is aware of the seemingly increasing crime in the area, with car chases across the state line, cars being stolen in the tri-town area. St. John, Dyer, and Schererville Police Departments have been doing a great job at handling it. Mr. Panczuk requested that the overtime be increased to $15,000 per year, which will keep the Town safer.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to initiate the process to earmark an additional $10,000 to the Police Department’s overtime budget for a total overtime budget of $15,000 a year; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Discussion ensued, and it was decided that a transfer would be done at the next meeting by way of a resolution.

Mr. Swets noted that this is Mr. Panczuk’s last meeting and expressed gratitude for all the work that Mr. Panczuk has done for the town. Mr. Swets highlighted some of Mr. Panczuk’s work, such as the Subdivision Control Ordinance, Shops 96, and his years of work on the Plan Commission and BZA. All concurred and wished Mr. Panczuk the best in his future endeavors.

Mr. Swets thanked Mr. Reising for his comments. He stated that the everyone is entitled to speak during public comment and added that he thanks everyone even if he doesn’t agree with what is said. Mr. Swets stated that he apologized to Ms. Hernandez and her husband after the meeting for not taking action during the meeting. Mr. Swets publicly apologized to Ms. Hernandez and all others for allowing that to take place.

Clerk-Treasurer:
Ms. Hernandez thanked Mr. Panczuk for his service to the Town, for being extremely dedicated, and his numerous hours that he has given to the Town. She added that he will be missed.

Ms. Hernandez reported that the residents are asking if and when the Town will host the Town-Wide Garage Sale, which did not take place the year prior due to the pandemic. Based on the survey taken in 2020, the preferred dates are Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to set the Town-wide Garage Sale dates from June 3 through June 6, 2021 and waive the $5 permit fee; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Hernandez reported that due to the cost projections for the Prairie West parking lot expansion submission for part of the CDBG grant (Community Development Block Grant), Tyler McLead checked and those funds can be transferred to Founders Park, which was the other half of the grant award. Attorney Nicole Bennet drafted a letter so that the same could be provided to Lake County for the transfer of those funds from Prairie West Park to Founders Park ADA improvements, which will allow the Town to utilize the entire allocation of $85,912 and requested a motion authorizing the Town Council President to execute that letter.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to transfer the $15,000 from the Prairie West Park project to the Founders Park project and authorize the Town Council President to execute the same; Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Staff:
None was had.

REQUESTS TO PURCHASE:

Ms. Hernandez stated that they have 7 Requests to Purchase totaling $55,492.75.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion. Mr. Panczuk made the motion to approve the RTPs and authorize the Clerk-Treasurer to pay the same; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

PAYMENT OF THE BILLS:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to pay the bills. Mr. Blazak made a motion to pay the bills in the amount of $1,484,980.54; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to adjourn. Mr. Blazak made a motion to adjourn; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Mr. Swets adjourned the meeting at 9:22p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council

02-24-2021 Town Council Exhibit 93rd and US41.pdf
02-24-2021 Town Council Exhibit 96th Place.pdf
02-24-2021 Town Council Exhibits.pdf
03-03-2021 Town Council

March 3, 2021 Town Council Special Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:

Town Council President Gerald Swets called the St. John Town Council Special Meeting to order on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 7:01 p.m., with all Councilmen present in person, and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Councilmen present: TBD, Councilman; Bryan Blazak, Councilman; Wayne Pondinas, Councilman; Michael Schilling, Councilman; and Gerald Swets, President. A quorum was attained. (Note: The new vice president will be named after the vacant seat is filled.)

Also present: David Westland, Town Attorney.

Absent: Beth Hernandez, Clerk-Treasurer.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

None was had.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. Community Crossing Grant Bid Award
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to award the bid for the Community Crossing Grant.

Matt Miniel, Haas & Associates, LLC, reviewed the bid recommendation to award the bid to Rieth-Riley for $1,333,190.81, everything is in order, and they have confirmation from Reith-Riley that they will hold to their prices.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to award the bid to Rieth-Riley in the amount of $1,333,190.81 and authorize the Town Council President to sign; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (4-0).

B. Professional Service Agreement with First Group Engineering
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider a professional services agreement with First Group Engineering to provide engineering services for roadway improvements and the lighting project at 93rd Avenue and US 41.

Mr. Schilling added that the project includes the intersection of Keilman Street and 93rd Avenue as well as lighting from 93rd Avenue to 97th Lane on US 41.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to approve and accept the agreement for First Group Engineering to provide engineering services for the roadway improvements and roadway lighting and authorize the Town Council President to sign; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (4-0).

C. Professional Service Agreement with Aramark
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider the professional services agreement with Aramark for Public Works uniform services.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to approve and accept the agreement with Aramark Services for uniforms and authorize Robert Davis, Director of Public Works, to sign: Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (4-0).

D. Settlement Agreement with LBL Development and BLB St. John
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider a Settlement Agreement with LBL Development and BLB St. John. He further advised the changes that were made to the agreement. They eliminated the fireworks donation and the park donation in the 160 acres in exchange for them to provide $160,000 to the Parks Department to improve the parks in The Gates of St. John. We will allow them to use the 2020 Subdivision Control Ordinance, but we are not going to allow them to have any part of any residential lot on a pipeline easement or any retention or detention easements.

Mr. Swets asked Attorney Westland to advise on the recapture agreement, the timeline on the annexation of the 160 acres, the ownership of Well No. 9, and the sled hill to be built in The Gates of St. John.

Attorney Westland advised that there are two recapture agreements, one for the 36” interceptor line, which was drafted in 2005 with the line accepted by the Town 4 or 5 years later. The cost increased by approximately $1.3 million, and the recapture agreement isn’t effective until the Town accepts the interceptor line, which increases the cap by a commensurate amount and allows 15 years from the date of acceptance. It was not contemplated previously that the developer would recapture the full amount of the 24” interceptor cost of $1.5 million. The agreement allows for a redefining of the area effective until January 15, 2022, which is the 15-year end date. It potentially allows Mr. Lotton to recapture what he has invested into the line.

Attorney Westland noted that there is no specific timeline for the 160-acre annexation in the agreement in paragraph 13. One of the replacement parcels is under contract, and the other he is still working on getting under contract. The problem with that is the language in paragraph 14 triggers paragraph 12, which is the donation of the 40 acres. If he doesn’t acquire a replacement parcel, then paragraph 12 would not be triggered. In the agreement, there is a line above paragraph 14 and after paragraph 16. If Mr. Lotton doesn’t acquire the property, there would need to be an additional conversation. To lock this down, we would need to wait until he locks down the other parcel of land. In a “doom’s day” situation, it would revert to option one.

Attorney Westland stated that he believes with the latest changes, the Town will have ownership of Well No. 9 no later than October of 2021. We do have to make that request.

Mr. Schilling expressed a desire to defer this until the next meeting where they can hopefully have a more concrete answer on the 40 acres of land in question. Mr. Pondinas concurred. Discussion ensued.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to approve the Settlement Agreement contingent on the replacement property being acquired and a petition for annexation being filed by January 1, 2022, and Paragraph 13 of the Settlement Agreement being modified to so reflect; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (4-0).

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Swets opened the floor for public comment.

Terry A. Nellemann, 9500 West 103rd Place, alleged that there is a situation of collusion between the homeowners association in The Gates of St. John and the builder. He noted that he received a cease and desist order from Lennar, the police report for failure to get a building permit to correct the issues, and the homeowners association has got the control for a permit. He stated that the builder used materials that were not new when building his house. He asked the Council to get the federal government involved.

Attorney Westland stated that the Town can’t really do anything about the matter. Have Mr. Nellemann meet with Sergio Mendoza and Councilman and put together a summary and see if there is anything we can do.

Mr. Nellemann offered the use of his home for the meeting.

Mr. Swets stated that they would have Mr. Mendoza contact him.

(A written comment was submitted by Mr. Edward Marek and is attached hereto as Exhibit No. 2021-03-03-TC.)

Having no one else wishing to speak, Mr. Swets closed the floor.

REPORTS and CORRESPONDENCE:

Town Council:
None was had.
Staff:
None was had.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to adjourn. Mr. Blazak made a motion to adjourn; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion.

Mr. Swets adjourned the meeting at 7:44 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council

03-03-2021 Town Council Exhibit.pdf
03-24-2021 Town Council

March 24, 2021 Town Council Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:

Town Council President Gerald Swets called the St. John Town Council Regular Meeting to order on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 7:06 p.m., with all Councilmen in attendance present in person, and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Councilmen present: TBD, Councilman; Bryan Blazak, Councilman; Wayne Pondinas, Councilman; and Gerald Swets, President. A quorum was attained. (Note: The new vice president will be named after the vacant seat is filled.)

Also present: Beth Hernandez, Clerk-Treasurer, and David Westland, Town Attorney.

Absent: Michael Schilling, Councilman.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mr. Blazak made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 24, 2021, meeting; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

PRESENTATION:

Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is a presentation by NIPSCO regarding acquisition of Town property to expand the existing Palmira Substation.

Megan Henning, Dan Elzinga, and Jim Skiff presented a modernization of the substation requiring them to purchase an additional 175 feet to the area they currently have. The equipment will be approximately the same size. The substation is overloaded due to the growth of St. John, and they need to stretch out the equipment to better serve the community. The substation modernization is the result of a study they completed. The project is proposed to start in the fall and run into 2022. The property is currently being appraised.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Swets opened the floor for Public Comment.

Johnny Boersma, 11930 W. 103rd Court, stated the two signs are up for the Veterans’ Memorial project and noted that it would be kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony over Memorial Day Weekend.

Tim Kuiper of Austgen, Kuiper & Jasaitis, representing Tobacco Island, urged the Council to review the minutes and written Findings of Fact before rendering their decision for the Special Exception Variance.

Attorney Westland asked if the Town Council were to grant the Special Exception, would the client honor the request that no LED lighting be used. Mr. Kuiper guaranteed that his client would adhere to those conditions and added that she would not alter the exterior of the building other than updating the signage for the business.

Catherine Walsh, 9063 Columbia Street, spoke about the loss of tree canopy due to the development and requested that the town become a “Tree City USA”.

Ms. Hernandez read comments from Ed Marek of 10135 W. 93rd Avenue and Jason Shields of 11202 Parrish Avenue, which are attached to these minutes as Exhibit No. 2021-03-24-TC1 and 2021-03-24-TC2.

Having no one further wishing to speak, Mr. Swets closed the floor for Public Comment.

NEW BUSINESS:

Ms. Hernandez asked that the Resolution for the Intergovernmental Agreement with the Park Board be moved to the first item under new business.

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to amend the agenda as requested; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

A. Consider Resolution No. 2021-03-24B, a Resolution for an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Park Board.
Ms. Hernandez advised that the Intergovernmental Agreement gives the Town Council and the Park Board a commitment to spend funds on the Founders Park project through Park Impact Fee, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grant, and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds. It also gives authority to the Park Board to manage the project.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-03-24B, an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Park Board, and authorize the Town Council President to sign; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

B. Bid Award – Founders Park Construction Contract
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to award the Founders Park Construction Contract to the lowest and most responsive bidder.

Attorney Westland advised that the contract be awarded to the lowest and most responsive bidder who is Integral, conditional upon the Park Board’s approval and award, and authorize Tyler McLead, Parks and Recreation Superintendent to execute those documents.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to award the contract to Integral, the lowest and most responsive bidder, conditional upon the Park Board’s approval and award, and authorize Tyler McLead, Parks and Recreation Superintendent to execute those documents; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

C. Consider Resolution No. 2021-03-24
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-03-24, a resolution adopting the Fiscal Plan for the annexation by CWS Holdings, LLC.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-03-24; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

D. Ordinance No. 1725
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1725, an ordinance for the annexation of certain real property to the Town of St. John by the petitioner CWS Holdings, LLC.

Attorney Westland advised that since there are only three Council Members present that the Council cannot adopt the ordinance on first reading because there is not a two-thirds majority present.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1725 on first reading only for the property commonly known as Calumet Avenue; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

E. Consider Resolution No. 2021-03-24A
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-03-24A, a resolution adopting the Fiscal Plan for the annexation by ElevenTen, LLC.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-03-24A; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

F. Ordinance No. 1726
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1726, an ordinance annexation of certain real property to the Town of St. John by the petitioner ElevenTen, LLC.

Attorney Westland advised that this is the same issue as Ordinance No. 1725.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1726 on first reading only for the property commonly known as 11115 Parrish Avenue; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

G. Consider Special Exception for 10135 Earl Drive to Allow a Tobacco Island
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider a Special Exception request from Ms. Jennifer Buksar to locate a Tobacco Island at 10135 Earl Drive in the US 41 Overlay District.

Attorney Westland advised that the recommendation was certified on February 22, 2021, so the Council has 90 days from that date to act. If no action is taken within those 90 days, it is approved automatically.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to defer; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

H. Ordinance No. 1729
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1729, an ordinance authorizing the acquisition, construction of certain additions and improvements to the Waterworks of the Town of St. John, issuance of additional revenue bonds, and all matters related hereto.

Attorney Westland noted that these are the improvements that Baker Tilly recommended.

Phil Faccenda, Barnes & Thornburg, stated that he and Eric Walsh, Baker Tilly, were present at the meeting virtually. He advised that this is the bond ordinance and that the waterworks rate ordinance and the sewage works rate ordinance are coming next. This the is first reading on all three ordinances with a second reading and final consideration and public action at the April meeting with the Town Council. The bond ordinance provides for the financing through a waterworks bond not to exceed $8,750,000 for improvements which include the new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA), a new well house for Well Nos. 8 and 9, and water main relocations and replacements.

Attorney Faccenda advised that they will report again next month. He further advised that the Waterworks Board approved the projects with a declaratory resolution last week and recommended the adoption of an ordinance to the Town Council. The Waterworks Board will also have a Public Hearing on those projects at their April meeting prior to the Town Council entertaining this bond ordinance and rate ordinance. If all those steps pass favorably, the bonds will be marketed and sold. Baker Tilly will prepare an offering document. We will close on the bonds in early June, as an earliest date, if it is the Council’s pleasure to move ahead.

Mr. Walsh advised that the introduction of the water rates, the rate adjustment is required to repay the bond issue. The Town is looking at approximately $8.4 million for the bond issue. Amortizing that over approximately 17-18 years at current market interest rates, the bonds cannot be marketed without the rate adjustments because that is the revenue stream to repay the bonds. Mr. Walsh further advised that there is a bond-coverage provision that is required by bond holders. A minimum bond coverage requirement amount is about 125%. Based on current estimates with the rate adjustment, the Town will be in the 140-150% bond-coverage range. It is a little bit higher than the minimum, which is good as they will go to Standard and Poor’s for rating the bonds in an effort to reduce the interest rate.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1729 on first reading only. Mr. Blazak made the motion; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

I. Ordinance No. 1730
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1730, an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1645, establishing rates and charges for the use of and services rendered by the Waterworks System; and amending Ordinance No. 1385, establishing rates and charges for the use of and services rendered by the Waterworks System.

Attorney Westland noted that the Waterworks Board approved the rate adjustments at their March meeting.

Mr. Pondinas requested that flyers go out in the next utility bills to alert the public. Mr. Pondinas also stated the he feels the Public Hearing should be at a meeting prior to the meeting where the vote is taken so the public has a chance to ask questions and digest it. Mr. Swets stated that they would look at having a special meeting in April to have that Public Hearing.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1730 on first reading only. Mr. Blazak made the motion; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

J. Ordinance No. 1731
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1731, an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1634, establishing a schedule of rates and charges to be collected by the Town of St. John from the owners of property served by the Sewage Works and other matters connected therewith.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1731 on first reading only. Mr. Blazak made the motion; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

K. Consider Resolution No. 2021-03-24C
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-03-24C, a resolution approving the transfer of Appropriations.

Ms. Hernandez advised that the majority of the transfers were in response to the creation of this year’s budget and the 5-year Capital Plan. This creates specific line items so each department can track where they are with each expense. This is transferring money to those line items that were created.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to consider Resolution No. 2021-03-24C. Mr. Blazak made the motion; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

REPORTS and CORRESPONDENCE:

Town Council:
None was had.
Clerk-Treasurer:
Ms. Hernandez noted that pet tags are due by March 31, 2021; if it is not paid by that date, there will be a $10 late fee. The Patnoe Family Gardens is still accepting garden beds. Coed sand volleyball registration is open. Leaf and branch pickup will return in April. The Town-wide Garage Sale will be June 3-6; registrations are due by May 20. Rain barrels and composters are able to be purchased until April 25. Ms. Hernandez asked if they are aware of any residents, businesses, or organizations who are making a difference in the community, please submit a nomination for the “Making a Difference Commitment to Community” award.
Staff:
Attorney Westland reported that Mr. Kovacevic signed in on the RDC after the meeting, and that he asked that he be allowed public comment. He further reported that the Settlement Agreement with BLB had to be approved by the Sanitary District, and the Sanitary District expressed concerns over the final Settlement Agreement. Mr. Lotton, through Attorney Kuiper has agreed to make the following changes: In paragraphs 2, 5, 14, where it referred to Hardy Board or Smart Siding Style, he agreed for it to read Hardy Board or Smart Siding Style or equivalent. The other changes requested were in regards to the privacy fence in paragraph 11, between Green Acres and the 108-acre property, the privacy fence shall be consistent with the remainder of the approved fencing for The Gates East 111-acre property and the 108-acre property so that the fencing is uniform and consistent with BLB’s development. Lastly, they asked that in paragraph 16, that the obligation to construct a bike trail along the NIPSCO easement from the 111-acre parcel at Joliet Street and 101st northeast to the eastern property of their replacement property have a deadline. Mr. Lotton and Attorney Kuiper proposed to add the language that the bike trail would be constructed within six months of the last final plat being approved by the Town on the replacement property.

Attorney Westland for a motion and approval the Settlement Agreement being approved as amended if the Town Council is in agreement with those changes to the document. He advised that if they do that tonight, then the Sanitary Distract can set a special meeting to consider the new document.

Discussion ensued about the timing of meetings.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to approve the Settlement Agreement as amended. Mr. Blazak made the motion; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

Attorney Kuiper requested that a special Town Council meeting be held prior to the special Sanitary District meeting just in case they ask for some wording that they want that does not change what is there to expedite the matters.

REQUESTS TO PURCHASE:

Ms. Hernandez stated that they have 10 Requests to Purchase totaling $313,824.28 with two from Gaskill & Walton, Master Meter, Peerless Midwest, Core & Main, three from Ferguson Waterworks, Ray O’Herron Co., and Castongia Tractor.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion. Mr. Blazak made the motion to approve payment of the RTPs of $313,824.28; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

PAYMENT OF THE BILLS:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to pay the bills. Mr. Blazak made a motion to pay the bills in the amount of $1,226,636.22; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously (3-0).

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to adjourn. Mr. Blazak made a motion to adjourn; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Mr. Swets adjourned the meeting at 8:21 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council

03-24-2021 Town Council Exhibits.pdf
04-14-2021 Town Council Special Meeting

April 14, 2021 Town Council Special Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:

Town Council President Gerald Swets called the St. John Town Council Special Meeting to order on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 7:44 p.m., with all Councilmen present in person, and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Councilmen present: Mike Aurelio, Councilman; Bryan Blazak, Councilman; Wayne Pondinas, Councilman; Michael Schilling, Vice-President; and Gerald Swets, President. A quorum was attained.

Also present: Beth Hernandez, Clerk-Treasurer, and David Westland, Town Attorney.

Absent: None.

Mr. Swets welcomed Mike Aurelio as the newest Town Councilman. Mr. Aurelio thanked the Republican Committee for caucusing him into the Council and stated that he is looking forward to serving the Town of St. John. Mr. Aurelio has served on the Town’s Board of Zoning Appeals and the Police Commission as well as serving at the township level as the St. John Township Chairman. Mr. Aurelio has a background in economics and business. He is married to his wife Michelle; together they have four children.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

Mr. Pondinas nominated Mike Schilling as Vice President. Hearing no further nominations, Mr. Swets closed nominations and called for the vote. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mr. Schilling made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 2, 2021, and March 3, 2021, Special Meetings; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

NEW / OLD BUSINESS:

A. Ordinance No. 1725
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is the second reading of Ordinance No. 1725, an ordinance for the annexation of certain real property to the Town of St. John by the petitioner CWS Holdings, LLC, commonly known as property on Calumet Avenue, and entertained a motion to adopt the same.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1725; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried 4 ayes to 1 abstention by Mr. Schilling.

B. Ordinance No. 1726
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is the second reading of Ordinance No. 1726, an ordinance annexation of certain real property to the Town of St. John by the petitioner ElevenTen, LLC, commonly known as 11115 Parrish Avenue, and entertained a motion for the same.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1726; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

C. Town Employee Health Insurance
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider the health insurance for Town employees. Mr. Swets further advised that this is something that the Town Council is addressing in the absence of a town manager. After review of policies presented, the Town will continue with the Cigna OEP coverage, switching from Accurisk to ISU, noting that everything from deductibles to coverage will remain the same. The employee rates will increase by about 2%.

After a brief discussion, Mr. Swets entertained a motion to approve the insurance policy and authorize the Town Council President to sign. Mr. Aurelio made the motion; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried 4 ayes to 1 nay by Mr. Pondinas.

D. Town Liability, Umbrella, and Workers’ Comp Insurance
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider the insurance quote for the Town’s liability, umbrella, and workers’ compensation insurance. Mr. Swets further advised that this is also something that the Town Council is addressing in the absence of a town manager. We are staying with the same company and representative. Mr. Swets reviewed the coverage and premium amounts and noted that there is a savings of $30,000 per annum in premium costs.

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to approve the insurance policy and authorize the Town Council President to sign. Mr. Blazak made the motion; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried 4 ayes to 1 nay by Mr. Pondinas.

E. NextEra Energy Access Agreement
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider NextEra Energy to access Town property near Olcott Avenue and 103rd Court in Homestead Acres and at The Gates Soccer Field for surveying purposes involving new area transmission lines.

Attorney Westland advised that this agreement provides NextEra Energy the right to enter the property and conduct their survey upon notification for which they will pay monetary compensation in the amount of $250.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to accept the agreement with NextEra Energy and authorize the Public Works Director to sign; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Swets opened the floor for public comment:

Gordon Ivetich, 14576 West 93rd Avenue, Dyer, remarked that Lake County told him that they were putting a hold on paving the area by his residence from west of the town limits to Sheffield Avenue because St. John would be annexing the unincorporated area there. The Council had a conversation with the gentleman and told him that there are no plans to annex property in the area he is referencing.

Having no one else coming forward to speak, Mr. Swets closed the floor.

REPORTS and CORRESPONDENCE:

Town Council: Mr. Swets stated that he would like to appoint Bryan Blazak as the Town Council Liaison to the Plan Commission and BZA and appoint Mike Aurelio as the Town Council Liaison to the EDC with the resignation of Paul Panczuk and entertained a motion for the same.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to appoint Bryan Blazak as the Town Council Liaison to the Plan Commission and BZA; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to appoint Mike Aurelio as the Town Council Liaison to the EDC; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Clerk-Treasurer: None was had.

Staff: None was had.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to adjourn. Mr. Blazak made a motion to adjourn; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Mr. Swets adjourned the meeting at 8:11 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council

04-14-2021 Town Council Special Study Session

April 14, 2021 Town Council Special Study Session Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:

Town Council President Gerald Swets called the St. John Town Council Special Meeting to order on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 7:01 p.m., with all Councilmen present in person, and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Councilmen present: Michael Aurelio, Councilman; Bryan Blazak, Councilman; Wayne Pondinas, Councilman; Michael Schilling, Councilman; and Gerald Swets, President. A quorum was attained.

Also present: Beth Hernandez, Clerk-Treasurer, and David Westland, Town Attorney.

Absent: None.

Mr. Swets introduced Michael Aurelio as the newest member of the Town Council.

PRESENTATION: Lake Hills Master HOA – Camera Installation

Mr. Swets turned the floor over to Michael Bender.

Michael Bender, 8947 Winding Trail, and Jesse Washington, 10207 South Branch, presented on behalf of the HOA. The HOA had installed a camera system in the past, and many of the residents weren’t happy with it because it was in someone’s basement and was subsequently removed. They would like to install two cameras on all three entrances that will be solar-powered. The system would upload footage into the “Cloud” that would be monitored by Flock Safety in Georgia, and the only time the footage would be accessed is when the police request the same for an investigation.

The HOA representatives noted they had taken a poll on their website due to the crimes committed in their subdivision in the past few years in which 82% of the respondents voted in favor of the cameras. They are hoping that the cameras will deter the crimes and undesirable activities that appear to be happening in the parking lot by the park. The residents of Stonegate are also in favor of the system. The optimal place to put the cameras would be in the islands at the entrances/exits.

The HOA requested for the ownership of those islands to be given to the HOA, which maintains the landscaping and upkeep of said islands. Mr. Swets advised that it is part of the roadway and not parcels of land. Attorney Westland confirmed that if it is part of the roadway, that it would be problematic. The HOA requested permission to post the cameras in that area. Mr. Swets responded that it is something that might be able to be considered, but that they would need a license for it if the Town approved it.

The HOA requested for something to be done regarding the late-night and overnight parking that happens in the park, even if it is only signs that only allow parking from dawn to dusk.

Liz Sheeran, 8818 Hillside Drive, asked if the Town Council is looking for a certain number of people to say yes to the installation of the cameras.

Mr. Swets stated that this item would be on a meeting agenda for action so the residents can come and speak one way or the other about it.

DISCUSSION – Water and Sewer Rate Increases and Waterworks Bond

Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the rate increases and bond go hand in hand. The water usage continues to grow on an average of about 40 million gallons per year, and the Town spends about $500,000 per year buying water from Schererville. The Town is looking to improve the water distribution system and is considering a bond issue to do the work and spread the payment out over a number of years. The bond will cover the cost of the new SCADA system, upgrading water mains, and adding additional wells. The average 2-person residence use of 4,000 gallons of water a month would increase the water-sewer bill from $36 per month to $42 per month.

Eric Walsh of Baker Tilly advised that the water and sewer utilities are enterprise funds of the Town and with the increase, the funds could stand alone based on operational costs and the proposed debt service. Mr. Walsh noted that in addition to the projects mentioned, other projects would need to be done over time, and this rate adjustment also creates a revenue source to pay for those pay-as-you-go costs.

Mr. Swets advised that it has been a number of years since the rates have increased and noted that the cost of employment and equipment to provide those utilities continues to grow annually. There are also additional treatment, monitoring, and reporting costs that are incurred regularly.

Mr. Pondinas advised that the cost to do Well No. 3 and 5 is $90,000. Well No. 7 had an oil leak and cost approximately $12,000.

Mr. Swets reported that he has had emails asking why the developers aren’t being asked to pay for these things and responded that the Town is only statutorily allowed to ask for developers to pay for certain costs. The developer is required to install all the infrastructure.

Mr. Walsh commented that water and sewer both bring in approximately $500,000-$600,000 each from new development in the form of system development charges. When a house or new development goes up, there is money that those individuals are paying to connect to the utilities, which is used for capital infrastructure, etc. That revenue source is the primary reason that the Town has been able to go this long without a rate increase. Eventually, the growth is so much that quite a bit of revenue must be reinvested back into the system, and the Town is at the point where the growth is not paying for the capital improvements it has.

A short question-answer session with the Town Council and Mr. Walsh occurred.

Mr. Schilling noted that several of the lift stations, which were installed by developers, are getting ready to age out in the next ten years and will need to be replaced.

Mr. Swets opened the floor for public comment.

Joan McInerney, 9405 West 90th Lane, asked where the additional funds were coming from for the water and sewer if the funds were not self-sustaining. She further asked if the rate increase would allow the Town to have additional funds for additional maintenance that may be needed.

Mr. Walsh explained that the Town has cash reserves, and any time there is a negative cash flow, you dip in and deplete reserve amounts. It got to the point with the sewer utility, that there was a loan made between water and sewer that is being paid back, which shows that the rate increase is overdue. Mr. Walsh furthered that when he alluded to the $300,000 and $400,000, those are for reinvestment back into the system with a projection of 5 years based on current trends.

Brian Daniell, 14285 West 93rd Place, asked if the Town will still buy water from the same place if there is a rate increase or if it would be a better quality of water.

Mr. Schilling responded that it will be the same water. It was noted by Mr. Swets and Mr. Pondinas that Well Nos. 8 and 9 will be better water-producing wells.

Mr. Swets advised that the resolutions and ordinances regarding the rate increases will be addressed during a public hearing at the Town Council meeting on April 28, 2021.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Swets entertained a motion to adjourn. Mr. Blazak made a motion to adjourn; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion.

Mr. Swets adjourned the meeting at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council

04-28-2021 Town Council

April 28, 2021 Town Council Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:

Town Council President Gerald Swets called the St. John Town Council Regular Meeting to order on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 7:04 p.m., with all Councilmen in attendance present on-site, and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Councilmen present: Michael Aurelio, Councilman; Bryan Blazak, Councilman; Wayne Pondinas, Councilman; Michael Schilling, Councilman; and Gerald Swets, President. A quorum was attained.

Also present: Beth Hernandez, Clerk-Treasurer, and David Westland, Town Attorney.

Absent: None.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mr. Blazak made a motion to approve the minutes of March 24, 2021, Regular Meeting; April 14, 2021, Study Session; and April 14, 2021, Special Meeting; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Swets opened the floor for Public Comment.

Attorney Tim Kuiper of Austgen, Kuiper & Jasaitis, representing Tobacco Island, urged the Council to review the minutes and written Findings of Fact before rendering their decision for the Special Exception Variance. Attorney Kuiper reiterated his comments from the March meeting for those members who were not present at that meeting and noted that the only letters received for the business were in support of the business. He requested a favorable decision from the Town Council and affirmed that his client will commit to having no LED lights and to making no changes to the exterior of the building except for the signage.

Randy Stotmeister, 10760 Thielen Street, stated that there are too many deer now, and they are eating plants.

Jean Smith, 10575 West 93rd Avenue, complained about the deer population, presented a flyer to the Council entitled “Urban Deer Control” that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources sent her, and asked the Council to consider it.

Ms. Hernandez read comments from Bill Purcell, 8649 Fairway Drive, and Christian Jorgensen, 10157 East Wellington Court, which are attached to these minutes as Exhibit Nos. 2021-04-28-TC1 and 2021-04-28-TC2.

Having no one further wishing to speak, Mr. Swets closed the floor for Public Comment.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

A. Ordinance No. 1732
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is Ordinance No. 1732, a petition for annexation of certain real property to the Town of St. John. The petitioners Leo and Marla Meaney are requesting to voluntarily annex an R-1, single-family residential lot, located at 8901 Deodor Street.

Attorney Westland advised that the proofs of publication are in order and in compliance with Indiana law.

Mr. Swets opened the floor for public comment.

Leo Meaney, 8901 Deodor Street, stated that they are present to request the Town Council for permission to be annexed into the Town of St. John.

Having no one further wishing to speak, Mr. Swets closed the floor to public comment and publicly introduced the fiscal plan.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1732 on the first reading; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Swets advised that the adoption of the fiscal plan and the ordinance will take place at the May 26, 2021, meeting.

B. Ordinance No. 1730
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is Ordinance No. 1730, an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1645 and Ordinance No. 1385, establishing rates and charges for the use of and services rendered by the Waterworks System. Consideration of this ordinance was approved on March 24, 2021.

The Town’s Bond Attorney Phil Faccenda of Barnes & Thornburg advised that the proofs of publication and notices of the Public Hearing for both the water rates and the sewer rates are in order. They were posted in the Times and the Post Tribune on April 2, 2021. Attorney Phil Faccenda requested that Eric Walsh of Baker Tilly give an opening presentation on the rate adjustments.

Mr. Walsh summarized the rate adjustment for both the water and sewer rate adjustments:

The water rate adjustment being proposed would impact a 4,000-gallon-per-month customer by an increase of about $3.91 per month on the water bill only, which is the average usage for a two-three family residence. The rate adjustment will pay for operational maintenance repairs, past, present, and a future couple of years. It will also support capital improvements and support the bond issuance. It will produce about $400,000 per year for water mains and other needs that have been identified.

The sewer rate adjustment being proposed would impact a 4,000-gallon-per-month customer by an increase of about $2.28 per month on the sewer bill only, which is the average usage for a two-three family residence. It will support capital improvements and support the bond issuance. It will produce about $200,000 to $300,000 per year. Overall, for a two-three family residence, it will cost approximately $6.19 for the water and sewer rate increases combined.

Mr. Swets opened the floor for public comment for both the water and sewer rates together with the approval of Attorney Westland and Attorney Faccenda.

Ted Nosal, 12629 Larimer Drive, spoke about his tax increase from 2019 and stated that there should be reductions for people who are retired. He also spoke about the deer population and remonstrated against all the new construction in town and its impact on the town.

Chuck Demkowicz, 9484 Belmont Avenue, expressed concern that the water that comes from the aquifer can dry up, especially with all the building that is happening. He also stated that he would like less expensive utility bills.

Randy Stotmeister, 10760 Thielen Street, inquired as to when the pipe will be repaired on Thielen Street.

Dave Mills, 12465 Hoffman Place, requested that the studies that were conducted to justify the rate increases be published for public consumption.

Rick Conaway, 12381 West 94th Court, inquired if the increase will impact those using less than the minimum rate.

Ms. Hernandez read public comments from Bill Manousopoulos, 10011 Parrish Avenue; Joe Hero, 11723 South Oakridge Drive; Debra Magurany, 8735 Howard Street; Mike Ziemkowski, 12331 103rd Court; Dave Iperlaan, 8980 Schillton Drive; Erik De Vries, 11903 Louis Drive; and Wendy Guglielmo, 8725 Howard Street, which are attached to these minutes as Exhibit Nos. 2021-04-28-TC3 through 2021-04-28-TC9.

Having no one else wishing to speak, Mr. Swets closed the floor.

Mr. Aurelio requested that the rate increase be done incrementally. Mr. Walsh responded that the rate increase must be adopted all at once as part of the bond issuance, and the full rate increase needs to be in place within 18 months.

Attorney Westland asked Attorney Faccenda to advise on doing an amendment on the billing based on the way the ordinances are written.

Attorney Faccenda stated that if the Council were to delay the implementation of the rates for a period of time but keep the ordinance as is, that can be done on the floor; however, if the Council were to come up with a different schedule that is not in the ordinance tonight, a new ordinance would have to be drafted. Discussion ensued, wherein the Councilmen were amenable to delaying the rate increase until the November billing.

Attorney Faccenda addressed the question about the bond issuance not being addressed properly. Attorney Faccenda advised that there was a public process with two meetings before the Waterworks Board, a declaratory and a confirming resolution along with a public hearing on April 20, 2021. Statute requires an estimate of costs, and there was an estimate of cost with much detail presented at that public hearing.

Scott Kuchta, Haas & Associates, addressed the comment about the Town moving the utility lines instead of INDOT and advised that the State allows the utilities to be located in a public roadway right-of-way up until the point that it interferes with INDOT’s road projects.

Mr. Swets asked Attorney Westland about making a different start date from the adoption date. Attorney Westland responded that they would adopt the ordinance to be in full force and effect on November 1, 2021.

The Council and Ms. Hernandez agreed on the November 1, 2021, effective date.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1730, amending Ordinance No. 1645 and 1385, establishing rates and charges for the rates of and services rendered by the Waterworks system, to be effective in total November 1, 2021; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

C. Ordinance No. 1731
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is Ordinance No. 1731, an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1634, establishing a schedule of rates and charges to be collected by the Town of St. John from the owners of property served by the Sewage Works and other matters connected therewith. Consideration of this ordinance was approved on March 24, 2021.

Mr. Swets reiterated that proofs of publication are in order and opened the floor for public comment.

Chuck Demkowicz, 9484 Belmont Avenue, asked if the developer is paying for the sewer and the water in the development. A discussion ensued between the Council members and Mr. Demkowicz regarding the various fees.

Ted Nosal, 12629 Larimer Drive, spoke in favor of stair-stepping the rates.

Having no on further wishing to speak, Mr. Swets closed the floor.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 1731 with it going into full effect on November 1, 2021, that will set the rates for the Sewage Works; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mr. Swets amended the agenda making Ordinance No. 1729 item A and moving the Special Exception for Tobacco Island to item B.
A. Ordinance No. 1729
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1729, on second reading for an ordinance authorizing the acquisition, construction of certain additions and improvements to the Waterworks of the Town of St. John, issuance of additional revenue bonds, and all matters related hereto.

Attorney Faccenda advised that many of the projects have already been addressed; the projects that are incorporated into the financing are, broadly, the SCADA System, the new well house for Well Nos. 8 and 9, and the water main relocations and replacements throughout the town. The aggregate principal amount of the bonds is not to exceed $8,750,000. Included in that would be the costs of the projects, the cost of issuing the bonds, and a debt service reserve for protection for the bonds because they are revenue bonds. The bonds would be on parity with the existing Waterworks bonds that are from 2017, which are refinancing bonds from a prior bond issue with an outstanding balance of $1,895,000. The bonds will be issued in such a way that the impact of the debt service on these bonds would not take full impact until such time that the debt service on the other bonds is winding down. The final maturity of the proposed bonds would be no longer than August 1, 2040.

Mr. Maurer explained the projects in greater detail for the edification of the public. The projects fall into three categories: A) Water Supply, which concerns new Well No. 8 and future Well No. 9 with an estimated project cost of $2,840,000. B) Proposed New Water Mains to improve the distribution, projects include 12-inch water main on the west side of U.S. 41 from Well house No. 4 to the south 1400 feet with an estimated cost of $210,000 and 2000 feet of 12-inch water main on the south side of 101st Avenue from Park Place to Cline Avenue with an estimated cost of $215,000. And C) Water Main Replacements due to seven failing water mains with an estimated cost of $3,367,000. Three of them are on Olcott Avenue, one is on West 85th Avenue, one is the U.S. 41 water main relocation for the INDOT project, one is a water main retirement at Prairie West Park, and one runs from West 96th Court and Northcote Avenue to 97th Court and Northcote Avenue.

Mr. Maurer advised that they are preparing a Water Capacity System Study for the Town which includes the location of future water supply well and determine whether or not well supply can meet the needs of the town at full development, including expansion of the town boundaries. Mr. Maurer spoke about the Town’s ability to get Lake Michigan water at a much greater expense than well water.

Mr. Aurelio made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1729 on second reading; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

B. Consider Special Exception for 10135 Earl Drive to Allow a Tobacco Island
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider a Special Exception request from Ms. Jennifer Buksar to locate a Tobacco Island at 10135 Earl Drive in the US 41 Overlay District. This received an unfavorable recommendation from the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to approve the Special Exception. Motion dies for lack of a second.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to deny based on the Board of Zoning Appeals’ recommendation for 10135 Earl Drive in the U.S. 41 Overlay District; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried 4 ayes to 1 nay by Mr. Schilling.

C. Ordinance No. 1733
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1733, an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1720, Salary Ordinance. This spells out the Building Inspectors I and II and moves the Farmers Market Part-Time Seasonal to come from the Farmers Market Fund as opposed to the General Fund.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to defer this item to the next regular meeting as there are some changes that the Fire Department would like to make; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

D. Ordinance No. 1734
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1734, an ordinance amending the Town Zoning Ordinance No. 1483 to change public notice from two newspapers to one newspaper and change the requirement of notice in the newspaper and mailings to neighboring home within a 300-foot radius of the property in question from 15 days to 10 days.

Mr. Schilling stated that he would like it to still be required in both the Times and the Post. Attorney Westland advised that the changes will bring our policies in compliance with state law. He further advised that if the Town Council modifies the changes, the matter will have to go back in front of the Plan Commission again to have a chance to weigh in on that modification.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to send the change in requirements back to the Plan Commission to review it and add the text of two newspapers with one notice; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

E. Ordinance No. 1735
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1735, an ordinance establishing the American Recovery Plan Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, Fund 176.

Ms. Hernandez advised that the fund relates to the money received from the American Recovery Plan Act. It outlines that all monies must be receipted into the ARP Grant Fund. Before money can be disbursed, the Fiscal Body must appropriate the fund. To ensure accountability and transparency of the fund, all disbursements must be made directly from this fund and may not be transferred to another fund. A detailed accounting of the fund is required along with internal controls.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1735 on first reading; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1735; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

F. Resolution No. 2021-04-28
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-04-28, a resolution authorizing the investment of public funds.

Ms. Hernandez advised that this item and the next two go hand-in-hand and include various items for the investment of public funds, investment advisory services, and banking services and authorizing her to execute the same.

Mr. Walsh advised that the funds can only be invested in Treasury Bills, CDs, Hoosier Fund, and things like that are allowable investments.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-04-28; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

G. Consider Professional Services Agreement – Baker Tilly
Mr. Swets advised the next item on the agenda is to consider a Professional Services Agreement with Baker Tilly for investment advisory services.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to approve the Investment Advisory Services agreement with Baker Tilly and authorize the Clerk-Treasurer to sign; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

H. Depository Agreement – Lake City Bank
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider a Depository Agreement with Lake City Bank.

Mr. Aurelio made a motion to approve the Depository Agreement with Lake City Bank and authorize Clerk-Treasurer to sign; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS and CORRESPONDENCE:

Town Council:
Mr. Blazak advised that the road repaving is expected to start in May and is anticipated to wrap up the last week in July. They will start with the ADA concrete removal and set up to put in the ADA pads, and two weeks following, they will start repaving. Rieth-Riley will be sending notices out to those on the list the week before it will commence.

Mr. Aurelio reported that the Economic Development Committee awarded Welch’s the monthly award, and the committee is hard at work on a façade improvement program.

Mr. Pondinas thanked Eric Walsh, Phil Faccenda, and Engineers Jim Maurer and Scott Kuchta for their hard work on the bond issue as well as Bob Valois and Bob Davis of Public Works.

Mr. Schilling reported that the first phase of the Joliet Street project should be wrapping up in the next couple of weeks, and then they will start the work on the intersection work to connect the road to U.S. 41, which is anticipated to be completed in July or August.

Mr. Swets asked Mr. Kuchta to elaborate. Mr. Kuchta reported that the final lift for the surcharge was installed the week prior and must sit for 4 weeks. If that settles according to how the engineers predicted it would, final road construction should be able to start. The final surface should go down on Joliet Street on Friday. The third phase of Joliet Street between CSX and the Parrish Avenue Roundabout will be part of the Community Crossing Municipal Grant paving program. Within the next couple of months, Joliet should be repaved from U.S. 41 to Parrish Avenue. Thielen Street from Joliet Street to Hart Street will be done next week. Mr. Kuchta advised that the traffic signal will be activated once the road is paved from the new intersection to U.S. 41.; then, the barrier to prevent left-hand turns at U.S. 41 and Joliet Street will be installed. July is the anticipated schedule.

Mr. Swets noted that he has notification from the St. John Volunteer Fire Department that they are looking for support from the Town Council for the maintenance of the training site.

Mr. Schilling made a motion to donate $15,000 to the St. John Volunteer Fire Department Training Site maintenance; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Schilling commented that multiple other areas use the training facility.

Mr. Swets reported that we need to update the Town’s appointment to the Southshore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. We thank Mr. Ed Welch for his service and will be replacing him with Mr. Peter Klideris, Vice-President of Theo’s Dining Group.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to appoint Mr. Peter Klideris, Vice-President of Theo’s Dining Group to the Southshore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Clerk-Treasurer:
None was had.
Staff:
None was had.

REQUESTS TO PURCHASE:

Ms. Hernandez stated that they have 17 Requests to Purchase totaling $403,315.26 from ATN Technology, Boender Electric, Brown Equipment, CoAlliance (2), Dell, Ferguson Waterworks (3), Fire Service, Koorson Fire, KorTerra, Lindco, M&K Truck Center, Peerless Midwest, Ricoh, and Schillings.

Mr. Pondinas made the motion to approve payment of the RTPs of $403,315.26; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

PAYMENT OF THE BILLS:

Mr. Blazak made a motion to pay the bills in the amount of $ 2,104,418.50; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Schilling made a motion to adjourn; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Mr. Swets adjourned the meeting at 9:18 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council

04-28-2021 Town Council Exhibits.pdf
05-26-2021 Town Council

May 26, 2021 Town Council Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:

Town Council President Gerald Swets called the St. John Town Council Regular Meeting to order on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 7:07 p.m., with all Councilmen in attendance present on-site and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Councilmen present: Michael Aurelio, Councilman; Bryan Blazak, Councilman; Wayne Pondinas, Councilman; Michael Schilling, Councilman; and Gerald Swets, President. A quorum was attained.

Also present: Beth Hernandez, Clerk-Treasurer, and David Westland, Town Attorney.

Absent: None.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to approve the minutes of November 9, 2020, Special Meeting and the April 28, 2021, Regular Meeting; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Swets opened the floor for Public Comment.

Louise Tallent, 2723 Sycamore Drive, Dyer, stated that she hand-delivered letters to the Council for the Lake Central Education Foundation and passed out a handout. She spoke about the grant program that supports teachers and educational programs. She requested that the Council Members consider donating to the foundation.

Terry Nellemann, 9500 W 103rd Place, stated that he is here for the community and remonstrated against Lennar Builders. He noted that it was his third time there.

Having no one else wishing to speak, Mr. Swets closed the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. Consider Offer of Employment for the New Town Manager
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider an Offer of Employment for Chris Salatas to be the new Town Manager. He noted that the agreement had language in there for a bracketed annual raise. He believes it would be best to offer Mr. Salatas the same thing that is offered to the other Town employees. Mr. Swets entertained a motion to put the agreement on the table.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to put the agreement on the table for discussion; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion.

Attorney Westland advised that they could defer this until the language is changed. The more expedient option would be to approve the agreement and then approve an amendment to paragraph 3-B. When asked if the Council could move to approve the agreement with the amendment, Attorney Westland responded that they could do it that way as well.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to approve the Employment Agreement and amend Paragraph 3-B to reflect that Mr. Salatas would receive annual raises consistent and the same as the majority of the other Town of St. John employees; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously to amend the contract.

Mr. Swets asked Mr. Chris Salatas and his wife to come up for introductions.

Mr. Salatas introduced his wife Jessica and thanked the Council for allowing him the opportunity to serve St. John. They are looking forward to moving to St. John and becoming part of the community. Mr. Salatas is an Eagle Scout, a Knight of St. John, has a bachelor’s degree from IUN in Political Science, and is working on his MBA at the University of Arizona. He currently serves as the Lowell Town Council President, which he will be giving up that seat to serve as the Town Manager of St. John. He serves as the Regional Director for Todd Young, U.S. Senator. He and his wife just finished real estate school.

Mr. Pondinas requested the floor to make a point of order. He affirmed that he voted to approve to amend the agreement and the percentage. He apologized and added that he did not vote in favor of hiring Chris Salatas.

Attorney Westland advised that for the record the minutes should reflect that Mr. Pondinas voted yes for the amendment but no for the appointment.

B. Consider Change Order No. 1 from Haas & Associates for the Community Crossing Municipal Grant Road Improvement Project, an Increase of $9,314.62
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Change Order No. 1.

Mr. Matt Miniel, Haas & Associates, advised that the change order is for the additional cost for the ADA ramp improvements. The truncated cast-iron domes were in the contract bid documents. After being awarded the bid, Rieth-Riley notified them at the pre-construction meeting that they did not provide a cost for those domes. The price that was in their bid is not conducive to the cost for the truncated cast-iron domes. Their initial cost per square yard was $150, which is typical for fiberglass domes. The initial cost of the cast-iron domes was listed as $410 per square yard. The cost difference is an additional $209 per square yard for a total increase of $9,314.62.

Mr. Miniel stated that in the future, they will tailor the special provisions to specify that the approved equal list for INDOT will only be allowed on the cast-iron material list.

Mr. Pondinas referenced a problematic area in the vicinity of Judith Lane and Ventura Drive. Mr. Miniel advised that the curb cut on Dena Court and Ventura Drive that the cross slope was way off, so it was a liability to the Town. Mr. Miniel stated that it is fixed.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to approve Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $9,314.62 and authorize the Town Council President to sign; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Mr. Miniel gave a Community Crossing Municipal Grant project update and noted that as of June 1, 2021, all of the concrete work will be completed town-wide. They will do the milling process from June 7, 2021, through June 15, 2021, with paving beginning on June 9, 2021. The improvements to Joliet Street are anticipated to start on June 7th.

Mr. Pondinas mentioned the entrance to Alsip is dangerous with the INDOT work taking place. Mr. Miniel agreed to reach out to that project manager at Haas about that issue.

Mr. Pondinas spoke about the water main issues on U.S. 41 between Alsip Nursery and Oil Exchange. The main was moved when the ductal main was having deterioration issues. It was moved with the proper permits and followed what the State requested. When the INDOT came back in, they tore it up. Our locator was there with a probe and told them exactly where it was located. Mr. Miniel responded that he cannot speculate, but it should have been located. If it conflicts, as that contractor claims, the Town should have been notified so that they could send someone out there to adjust it. Discussion ensued.

Mr. Blazak asked for the target completion time for the paving. Mr. Miniel stated that they anticipate the paving to be completed by the end of June.

C. Resolution No. 2021-05-26
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Resolution No. 2021-05-26, a resolution adopting the fiscal plan for the Meaney annexation of the property commonly known as 8901 Deodor Street.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2021-05-26; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

D. Ordinance No. 1732
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1732, the second reading of the ordinance annexing certain real property commonly known as 8901 Deodor Street.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1732; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

E. Ordinance No. 1736
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1736, an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1483, for Greystone R-2 PUD to include the recently annexed parcel platted as Unit 1, Block 6.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1732 on first reading; Mr. Aurelio seconded the motion. Motion carried 4 ayes to 1 abstention by Mr. Schilling.

F. Ordinance No. 1733
Mr. Swets advised that the next item on the agenda is to consider Ordinance No. 1733, an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1720, Salary Ordinance including some revision for Building and Planning and the Fire Department.

Mr. Schilling briefly summarized the revisions to the Fire Department’s section of the Salary Ordinance.

Ms. Hernandez asked for a couple of revisions. Under D, Fire Department, the blank space next to not-to-exceed $21.88 should read “Firefighter/Paramedic, Part-time”. Under “Uniform Allowance” the text should read “All Full-time Firefighters/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedics” so that it is clear that it does not include civilian employees. The retroactive language written into Building and Planning should be included in Farmers Market as well, noting that the change was made in 2020 but that her department did not make that change in their system and paid the salaries from the Farmers Market Fund, so they wish to backdate so the fund that they were paid from is the approved fund.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 1733 as amended on first reading; Mr. Schilling seconded the motion. Motion

Mr. Schilling made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 1733 as amended; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS and CORRESPONDENCE:

Town Council:
Mr. Pondinas requested that Attorney Westland draft an ordinance that anytime another utility is working around within two feet of Town-owned utilities, they must pothole to find our utility before they start digging. There have been three different hits to the water main on U.S. 41 in the last eighteen months. Attorney Westland stated that he look into the matter.

Mr. Swets reported that they have received an abundance of information regarding grant money, Coronavirus Relief Funds, and the American Rescue Plan Act. There is much information out there that needs to be reviewed. He feels it is important for everybody to know that the Town is aware of what is available and is going to investigate how much can be used and for what. There are numerous stipulations and guidelines. St. John was earmarked for $3.9 million, but there are specifications as to how the money can be used.

Mr. Swets reported the Mad Bombers will be doing a fireworks display on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Heartland Park.

Mr. Swets stated that the administrative assistant in the Town Manager’s Office is up for a review of her starting pay as of May 8, 2021. He entertained a motion to raise her salary to $24 per hour retroactive to May 8, 2021. Mr. Aurelio made the motion; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Clerk-Treasurer:
Ms. Hernandez reported that a publication for the sale of real estate for the outlot A in Oak Meadows is set to be published tomorrow and requested the Town Council to approve the same. The property in question is the lot that NIPSCO requested to purchase. Attorney Westland advised the Town Council to entertain a motion to authorize the Clerk-Treasurer to publish the Notice of the sale.

Mr. Blazak made a motion to authorize Clerk-Treasurer Beth Hernandez to publish the Notice of the sale of real estate; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Staff:
Attorney Westland advised that the public emergency for the State of Indiana is set to expire on June 1, 2021, which could be extended by Executive Order for another thirty days. What allows you to have virtual meetings is the fact that there is a public emergency. During the pandemic, the State Legislature amended the statute allowing for governing bodies to adopt a written policy to allow for members to appear virtually with limitations.

Attorney Westland briefly reviewed a few examples of the limitations. The statute does require any member appearing remotely to be seen and heard and certain items cannot be voted on remotely, including but not limited to the adoption of the budget, eminent domain, and certain personnel decisions. Should the Town choose to adopt a written policy, he will assist in that endeavor. Should the Town decide not to adopt a written policy and the public emergency ends, no member shall be allowed to attend remotely.

REQUESTS TO PURCHASE:

Ms. Hernandez stated that they have seven Requests to Purchase totaling $86,446.39 from Bosak Ford, Core and Main, Ferguson Waterworks, Fire Service, ME Simpson, Midwestern Electric, and Rhomar Industries.

Mr. Blazak made the motion to approve payment of the RTPs of $86,446.39; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

PAYMENT OF THE BILLS:

Mr. Blazak made a motion to pay the bills in the amount of $1,459,790.42; Mr. Pondinas seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Pondinas made a motion to adjourn; Mr. Blazak seconded the motion. Mr. Swets adjourned the meeting at 8:17 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Margaret R. Abernathy, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council

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