MINUTES OF TOWN OF NORTH SALEM COUNCIL MEETING SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
CALL MEETING TO ORDER: The September 5, 2019, Council Meeting was called to order by Council President Becky Fancher at 6:00 pm.
ROLL CALL: Becky Fancher, President – Present; Jimmy Roberts, Vice President – Present; Mike Russell, Member – Present
PLEDGE/PRAYER: Council President Becky Fancher led with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.
MINUTES: Becky asked if there were any additions or corrections to the August minutes, there being none, the minutes were approved as written.
PUBLIC HEARING – 2020 BUDGET – The proposed budget for 2020 was presented to Council. After a very brief discussion, Jimmy made a motion to accept; Mike seconded. Motion passed unanimously. The budget will be adopted at next month’s meeting.
OLD ITEMS: Title VI/ADA Compliance – Mark and Kevin finished putting the self-evaluation plan together and we submitted to INDOT via email. We received word today that it was accepted and we are now in full compliance with the State.
NEW ITEMS:Old Fashion Days – no one from the committee was in attendance.
FSG Corp – Water Rate Report – Greg Guerrettaz was in attendance from FSG to go over their report. Greg explained that in order for us to continue the process of obtaining an state revolving fund loan to complete our water filter and water tower project, we must increase our rates. Our rates have not increased since 2009. He told the Council that expenses of running a utility will NEVER decrease, but will ALWAYS increase. He explained that an increase of at least 25% must be put into effect immediately. After much discussion, the Council decided to set a workshop date for Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm to discuss.
REPORTS: Mark – Absent
NSPD – Marshal Berry’s report for August was presented for the record; John submitted his letter of resignation to the Council. After some discussion, Becky accepted his resignation and also thanked him for his lifelong service to our Community. He will stay on until January 1st or until we find a replacement.
Council Members – none
Harold Blake – let the Council know that he will be out of town for the next two weeks but he will be accessible by phone or email.
Beth – discussed the RQAW contract; Council and Harold will peruse and we will discuss next month. Beth also let Council and Harold know that there is an AIM Roundtable scheduled for October 9th in Covington. Beth will register Becky, Mike, Beth and Tammy.
PUBLIC:Former Attorney General Steve Carter was in attendance on behalf of Senator Mike Braun. They wanted to reach out to us to let us know that if we ever have any questions or concerns, to feel free to contact them directly.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:55 pm. The next Council Meeting will be October 3 at 6:00 pm.
Attest: Beth Russell, Clerk-Treasurer