Village of Oblong

November 2, 2005

The Village Board of Trustees met in regular session on November 2nd, 2005, in the Farley Room of the Municipal Building.

Members Present: Mayor Randy Rich, Clerk Ladora Boyd, Trustee Bonnie Finn, Trustee Ken Russell, Trustee Sherry Catt, Trustee Debi Wilson and Treasurer Jan Miller.

Absent: Trustee Rick Catt and Trustee Rick Houdasheldt.

Others Present: Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Police Chief Chad Pusey, Randy Harrison (Daily News) and son, Adrienne Kelly and Brian “?”.

1. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Rich.

2. The Regular Board Meeting minutes of October 5th, 2005, were approved with a motion by Debi and a second by Sherry. Four (4) ayes, motion carried.

3. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda this month.

4. There were two water bill customers at the meeting this month.
Adrienne Kelly came before the Board to ask for an extension on her mom’s, Jamie Griffin, water bill until Friday, November 4th. The Board granted the extension.
Brian came before the Board to ask for an extension on Kim Priest’s water bill until Friday, November 4th. The Board granted the extension.

5. Motion by Bonnie, with a second by Sherry, to adopted Ordinance #2005-00-484 “ Tax Levy Ordinance”. Four (4) ayes, motion carried.

6. Under Mayor's Comments: Randy stated that the Village Trustee/Employee Christmas Party would be December 2nd at 6 pm. Randy stated that Ladora will need a count of how many are attending by November 28th.

Randy stated that he would like to thank everyone for all the thoughts, cards and flowers for his family during the time of his brother’s death and funereal.

7. The treasurer's report was given by Jan. Jan explained how the new accounts will be.

8. Ken had a question about the rate of reimbursement for mileage. Ken stated that he had received a information sheet from IRS that effective September 1st, 2005 the mileage rate has been increased to $0.485/a mile. Motion by Ken, with a second by Bonnie, to pay the bills that were on the warranty list and any utility bills, bills that will incur a late charge or reimbursements to employees. Four (4) ayes, motion carried.

9. Reports of Committees:

A Police: Chad stated that there will be training sessions this month. On November 3rd, there will be a Night Shoot session for all officers. On November 7th, there will be a training session on explosive awareness in Newton (Chad and Kristin). Chad stated that a gentleman had approached him about shutting off half of North Taylor Street in the 200 block for an auction. Chad told him that it would not be a problem. Chad stated that Wal*Mart had given the department a $1,000 grant for equipment. This is the second grant that the department has received from Wal*Mart. Ken mentioned sending a thank you to Wal*Mart. Chad stated that he would take care of it. Chad stated that everyone had the monthly police report (Calls are up).

B. Buildings and Park: Sherry stated that the Metal Meet was highly successful. There were some complements on the website for the Metal Meet. Sherry read a couple excerpts from some of the letters on The meet brought in $2,010 in camping fee. There is talk of having another one next spring. Sherry stated that the Fair Board has told the people of the Metal Meet that they will work on some upgrades such as the electricity. Gary stated that the guys had gotten 4 concrete bench pads poured with the benches mounted. Gary also stated that the horseshoe court had been seeded and watered. It looks like the grass is coming up good right now. Sherry asked about the pipe being painted. Gary said that it will probably be next spring before the pipe will be painted. Gary stated that the horseshoe court sign was put up by an organization and is not worth putting too much time on fixing it up. Sherry stated that she will look into getting a sign made to replace the old one. Gary stated that they have done some more concrete work around the walking path where it has eroded out.

C. Sidewalks and Lights: No report at this time.

D. Street and Alley: Randy stated that there is a building that is deteriorating that is making the alley dangerous. The building is located in the 100 block of South Range. Randy stated that he would have the Village attorney send the owner a letter.

E. Water and Sewer: Ken stated that the committee had a meeting on October 28th to go over a few things. 1. The committee reviewed and approved the letter from Connor & Connor that will be sent to the Phase II water customers. 2. The committee reviewed and approved Connor & Connor engineering bill for the Phase II project. 3. The committee received an update on the 950N Project. 4. Gary asked permission to have two employees attend a seminar in Decatur on November 9th. The committee approved the request. Randy stated that Shannon Woodard had stopped by the house to drop of the bill for the 950N Project to be paid. Everything is done except the seeding & mulching. Krick will probably do that next spring. Motion by Ken, with a second by Sherry, to pay the 950N project bill less $645.51 until the seeding & mulching are done for a total of $12,264.69. Four (4) ayes, motion carried.

F. Finance: Randy stated that possibly the committee will have a committee meeting sometime next week.

10. Under other business:

a.) Randy stated that as of Saturday, November 5th, the time will be up for Perrine’s clean-up of the property at 402 South Range Street. The Board gave Randy authority to get someone in to finish the clean-up.

b.) Ken asked about some places that are needing looked at. Randy stated that Chad and him are going together and drive around town to check out some place that have been complained about. Randy stated that the Board needs to think about budgeting more next year in the engineering/clean-up account.

c.) Randy stated that the property at 405 South Garfield has been cleaned-up and the Village has removed the petition against it.

d.) Bonnie stated that Saturday, November 5th, at 9 am the Lake Committee will be putting up the Christmas cards and decorations. The committee would like some strong backs to help out since the 4-H kids will not be helping. The electric cords will not be put out until after Thanksgiving.

e.) Gary stated that the guys will start picking up leaves on Monday only with the vacuum, but will pick up bagged and boxed leaves Monday thru Friday, the months of November and December.

f.) Ken stated that a gentleman had contacted him about an alley off South Taylor between East Indiana and East Kentucky streets. Chad stated that he would talk to the people who live at the property and inform them that they can not park in the alley.

11. Motion by Debi, with a second by Ken, to adjourn at 7:36 pm. Four (4) ayes, motion carried.

Respectfully submitted


Ladora C. Boyd



2005 Board Meeting Dates

January 5
Feburary 2
March 2
April 6
May 4
June 1
July 6
August 3
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7