MOROCCO TOWN COUNCIL

July 2, 2019

Bob Gonczy opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M.  Board Members present were Scott Hivley, Duke Gagnon and Treasurer Sherri Rainford and Town Employee Dustin Gary.

Turning Change into Opportunity

  • Community Crossroads Grant- We had the bid opening on Friday, June 28 at 1:00p.m. We had 4 bidders that were all compliant. Walsh and Kelly was the lowest responsive bidder. Bob made a motion to accept the Notice of Award to Walsh and Kelly. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0. We will have a preconstruction with Walsh and Kelly meeting after we have a Notice to Proceed.
  • Barney and JoAlice Belt attended the meeting about putting a light on their street. We contacted Nipsco and the cost for this new light and pole is around $3800. Bob made a motion to do the light project on Beaver St. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • Mike Swiader from the Amateur Radio Association attended the meeting. He presented the Board with a packet of what they do. They are going to be going to the Jasper/Newton Foundation to see about getting a grant for a building. They would like to keep the building in Morocco. They are asking if the Town would donate some of the land behind the Lion’s Club. They need a couple of acres for their building. This building would be for classes and HAM Radio testing. Becky asked the Board to let her do some research and come back with some options next month. Duke will take the lead on this property.
  • Jim Hough brought a proposal to demolish the Kennedy and Molden properties. The total to take down Kennedy is $6,000. The total to take down the Molden property is $9700. There will be an additional cost of $2000 for dirt and sand. Bob made a motion to table the demolishing bids. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • Nick McCann attended the meeting. He was asked by the Board to come back to the July meeting with a plan to clean up his property. He has done some work on his porch. After the scrap is removed he will be ready for a dumpster. The Board asked him to come to the August meeting with another report.
  • Tree Removal- a list is being made a part of these minutes.
  • We have a quote for Paul Craft for repair at the park.
  • Blight Program- We will be moving forward soon.
  • Brush Pile behind the Lions Club is getting huge. We need to come up with a plan for when people put there brush they put it where it needs to go. Scott thinks that putting signs up is a good idea.
  • MCO Report-We need to repair a pump at lift station 3. FJF quoted us a price of $1000-$1500. Scott made a motion to repair the pump and Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • OCRA Water Tower Grant- We has a public hearing on June 26. Everything is ready to be submitted.
  • The Board met with Mr. Jack Constenaro. He is looking at purchasing the old JB Equipment building on Polk St.

 

 

 

Clerk Treasurer’s Report

  • Scott made a motion to approve the June claims and Bob seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • Duke made a motion to approve the June 4, 2019 minutes. Scott seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • .Bob made a motion to extend
  • Sherri asked the Board to have more than her name on the accounts at the bank. Melissa does the daily deposits and sometimes handles transfers. Duke made a motion to add Bob and Melissa to the signature card. Scott seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

 

Street Department – Casey

  • Absent

Town Marshal- Report to be submitted

  • Report submitted

Town Attorney: (Becky Goddard)

Mike Chaolos owns property on Main St. Becky had previously sent him a letter to clean up his lot. He said he would have it cleaned up tomorrow.

Mashino property on State St. is getting cleaned up.

Donation Requests:

NN Retirement Homes- Bob made a motion to table the donation. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Carlson Golf Outing- Bob made a motion to donate $300. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

New Business:

Mike Rieck house we will file a lawsuit. It is a mess and nothing has been done with clean up.

Next meeting is on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

____________________         ___________________     _______________

Robert Gonczy                           Duke Gagnon                       Scott Hivley

 

MOROCCO TOWN COUNCIL

June 4, 2019

Bob Gonczy opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M.  Board Members present were Scott Hivley, and Treasurer Sherri Rainford. Town employees, Casey Ehlinger, and Dustin Gary were also in attendance.

Turning Change into Opportunity

  • Community Crossroads Grant- Open bid on June 28. Award on July 2nd. We will start to have bids coming in.
  • The Wastewater Grant – The Board has decided to add $5000 to the local match and take some of the soft cost items off the grant. They feel that this will get us more points on the application and improve our chances of getting the grant. We also have a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 26 at 5:00p.m.
  • Well Head Protection- Aaron will have a meeting on Wednesday, June 5 at 5:00p.m. at the Town Hall.
  • The Board advised Sherri to send an invoice to Dennis McElfresh for using the Town’s stone while doing a project for us.

 

 

Clerk Treasurer’s Report

  • Scott made a motion to approve the May claims and Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • Scott made a motion to approve the May 15, 2019 minutes. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • Scott had some questions on a few claims. Sherri pulled the claims and Scott signed off on them.

 

Street Department – Casey

  • Storm Clean up
  • Trying to catch up on mowing.
  • Casey asked the Board if we could use another Work One employee to help with mowing. The Board agreed to have JJ Eiler work for us through Work Force Development. Casey will contact them tomorrow.
  • Casey will be taking vacation June 26-July 3.

Town Marshal- Report to be submitted

  • Report submitted
  • Issues with a trailer on Beaver St. We will contact Becky about getting a letter sent out to clean the property up.

Town Attorney: (Becky Goddard)

Absent

 

Donation Requests:

Scott made a motion to give $500 for 4H Sport Fishing.  Bob seconded. Motion carried 2-0.

The Board gave Sherri permission to transfer money from MVH to the General fund if needed until we get our June draw.

New Business:

Next meeting is on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

____________________         ___________________     _______________

Robert Gonczy                           Duke Gagnon                       Scott Hivley

MOROCCO TOWN COUNCIL

April 2, 2019

Bob Gonczy opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M.  Board Members present were Scott Hivley, and Treasurer Sherri Rainford. Town employees, Casey Ehlinger, and Dustin Gary were also in attendance.

Turning Change into Opportunity

  • Community Crossroads Grant- Bob contacted Matt Kieser about the grant. The Board recommends that the $106,000 come from the MVH restricted fund. This would include the June draw.
  • The Wastewater Grant income surveys are coming in. We will have a public hearing on April 15, 2019 at 5:00p.m.
  • US Rubber tax abatement- We have a public hearing on April 8, 2019 at 7:00p.m. The NN School Corporation’s Attorney and Treasurer have called the office with concerns on the tax abatement.
  • Blighted Property Grant- KIRPC is coming on April 15 to talk about the grant.
  • MCO’s report is being made a part of these minutes.
  • Town Wide Clean-up is Saturday, May 4. Sherri has ordered dumpsters.
  • Betty Kessler Park- There will be a celebration of Harriet Webb’s life on May 11, 2019. The fence still needs fixed or replaced.
  • Scott made a motion to purchase a Bobcat. The Conservancy is paying 1/3 and the Sewer is paying 2/3. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0. MVH is paying for the street sweeper and the snow pusher and stump grinder.
  • A brick needs replaced at the sewer plant. We also have a quote from Gaskill and Walton for an airline at the sewer plant. Randy is going to get us a few more quotes. Bob also wants the sandbags removed and claps installed.

 

 

Clerk Treasurer’s Report

  • Scott made a motion to approve the March claims and Scott seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • Scott made a motion to approve the March minutes. Bob second. Motion passed 2-0.
  • Scott made a motion to approve the March Special meeting minutes. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

 

Street Department – Casey

  • Terry Equipment from Winamac was $5200 for a salt spreader. Scott made a motion to purchase the salt spreader and Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • New tiles in Town Hall finished.

Town Marshal- Report to be submitted

  • Report submitted

Town Attorney: (Becky Goddard)

  • We own three properties now. Mortenson, Monetmayer, and Menn. Becky is finalizing the Kennedy property.
  • Molden Property- Bob made motion Scott seconded.
  • Michael Rieck- Becky did a title search on the property. There is no recorded mortgage. Becky will start the process for him to clean up the property.

 

 

 

Donation Requests:

The NN Honor Society thanked us for our $200 donation for the Special Olympics.

Scott made a motion to donate $250 to the Wyatt Hoaks Memorial Scholarship Fund. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

Next meeting is on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

____________________         ___________________     _______________

Robert Gonczy                           Duke Gagnon                       Scott Hivley

MOROCCO TOWN COUNCIL

May 15, 2019

Bob Gonczy opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M.  Board Members present were Scott Hivley, Duke Gagnon and Treasurer Sherri Rainford. Town employees, Casey Ehlinger, and Dustin Gary were also in attendance.

Turning Change into Opportunity

  • Community Crossroads Grant- They asked Bob if we had a place to put the grindings. We also need to remove the sidewalk on the corner of Walker and State.
  • The Wastewater Grant site visit is this Monday, May 20 at 3:30p.m.
  • MCO’s report is being made a part of these minutes.
  • Scott was so happy with the way things went for Harriet’s dedication this past Saturday.
  • Duke made a motion to enter into an agreement with Evapar for a yearly service agreement. Scott seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

 

 

Clerk Treasurer’s Report

  • Duke made a motion to approve the April claims and Scott seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • Duke made a motion to approve the April 2, 2019 minutes. Scott second. Motion passed 3-0.
  • Scott made a motion to approve the April 8, 2019 Special meeting minutes. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

 

Street Department – Casey

  • Town Wide Cleanup Day went well. Casey is asking for set hours for Cleanup Day. Casey thinks that we need to have six dumpsters next year.
  • Worked on Kessler Park
  • Grated alley ways

Town Marshal- Report to be submitted

  • Report submitted

Town Attorney: (Becky Goddard)

 Becky got a court order on May 10, 2019 for the Kennedy Property. We should own it soon.  We are just waiting on the auditor to send the deed.

 

Donation Requests:

Karen Williams from UMC Church of Morocco is asking for a donation for Vacation Bible School is doing a Community Bible School. They are asking for a donation to help fund Bible School. Scott made a motion to approve the donation for $1000 and Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

The Newton County Leadership Class is asking for a donation for a scholarship. Duke made a motion to donate and Scott seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

The Newton County Queen Committee is asking for a donation for the 100th Anniversary of the Fair. Scott made a motion to donate $250 and Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

New Business:

Nick McCann attended the meeting asking for an extension on his letter to clean up his property on Walnut St. The Board told Nick that he has to come to the July 2nd meeting and report to the Board what his progress is.

Next meeting is on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

____________________         ___________________     _______________

Robert Gonczy                           Duke Gagnon                       Scott Hivley

 

MOROCCO TOWN COUNCIL

March 5, 2019

Bob Gonczy opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M.  Board Members present were Scott Hivley, Duke Gagnon and Treasurer Sherri Rainford. Town employees, Casey Ehlinger, and Dustin Gary were also in attendance.

Turning Change into Opportunity

  • Community Crossroads Grant- Bob contacted Matt Kieser about the grant. The Board recommends that the $106,000 come from the MVH restricted fund. This would include the June draw.
  • The Wastewater Grant income survey would cost $3950 if we hire someone to do it. Duke made a motion to pay for the survey and Scott seconded. Motion passed 3-0. The Board feels like if we pay to do it, it will be better if we pay to have it done.
  • Blighted Properties- There is a 10% local match. The board has three properties in mind. They are the old laundry mat, the hotel, and Feed Store. This includes purchases, knock down and clean up.
  • US Rubber tax abatement- Based off what they have asked of us we will dictate to them.
  • We have acquired the following properties: Mortenson, Menn, and Montemayer . Still working on Kennedy.
  • Betty Kessler Fence- We have $2180.56 in the fund. We will replace the fence in Betty Kessler Park.
  • The cost of the NIPSCO light project was $20,300. This was for ten new poles with LED lights on State St. One pole on Beaver St. and one LED light on Beaver St. At this time we will put this project on hold.
  • Town Hall Project- The Board feels like this is something that needs tabled.
  • MCO’s report is being made a part of these minutes.

 

 

Clerk Treasurer’s Report

  • Duke made a motion to approve the February claims and Scott seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • Duke made a motion to approve the February minutes. Scott second. Motion passed 3-0.

 

Street Department – Casey

  • Dylan Boots is working with us. He is helping paint at the Town Hall, along with other miscellaneous jobs.
  • New tires on the truck.
  • Casey will bring prices for a salt spreader next month.

Town Marshal- Report to be submitted

  • Report submitted

Town Attorney: (Becky Goddard)

  • We have acquired the following properties: Mortenson, Menn, and Montemayer . Still working on Kennedy.
  • We have appraised the lots up town and the Estes house. If we decide to sell them we need to get another appraisal.
  • Becky went to court on the Molden property. Duke made a motion that we do title work on Molden and Rieck. Scott seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • The US Rubber Abatement- Becky has looked over the abatement. She thinks the Board would like to make some changes. Becky thinks someone should contact the assessor’s office and find out exactly what the dollar amount will mean on this abatement.

 

 

 

Donation Requests:

Projects Unlimited is asking for a donation for the Easter Egg Hunt. Duke made a motion to give $500. Scott seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Next meeting is on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

____________________         ___________________     _______________

Robert Gonczy                           Duke Gagnon                       Scott Hivley