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MINUTES
PALESTINE VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
August 3, 2006


The Truth in Taxation Meeting was called to order at 5:30 P.M. by President Pat Schofield.
There being no citizens in presence, the meeting adjourned at 5:45 P.M.

The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on August 3, 2006, at 6:00 PM. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, David Branson, Walter Fritchie, Larry Surrells and Larry Miller.

Kathy Fuller and Police Chief Jim Clark were present.

The meeting began with all in attendance reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the July meeting were unanimously approved as presented.

OLD BUSINESS

Larry Surrells reported that the Porter Street overlay had left a manhole cover about 1½ “ lower than the surrounding surface. He and Mike Connor, Village Engineer, had discussed the issue and decided that a hot mix overlay would be the best method to fill the depression.

Larry Surrells reported that he and Village Engineer, Mike Connor, had discussed the Washington Street crossing at the new grade school. Connor suggested that the crossing from the south side of West Grand Prairie be continued across Washington Street. Then, installing a new walk along the west side of Washington Street to the north drive of the new grade school property.

Larry Surrells moved, seconded by Larry Miller that an ordinance be drawn up to install stop signs on Washington Street at the West Grand Prairie St. intersection. Motion passed unanimously.

Gene Purcell moved, seconded by David Branson, that a bid by Maxwell Concrete for installing approximately 1380 square feet of sidewalk along West Grand Prairie and Washington Streets per Connor & Connor specifications be accepted in the amount of $6,210. Motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Schofield reported that the IDOT has approved street closings for the Labor Day Parade.


Progress is being made on the Mini-Park plans. Grants are being actively sought and plans are being drawn to reduce the cost of construction.

IDOT has not approved golf cart crossings on Rt. 33.

Larry Surrells has investigated steps for the rear exit of the Pioneer Room. There are pre-made steps available in heights of 18” and 21”. The 18” steps are too short and the 21” are a little too tall. Larry Surrells suggested we purchase a set of the 21” steps at a cost of $162 and install them by excavating under the steps enough to make then the desired height. The plan was approved by consensus.

NEW BUSINESS

Mayor Schofield reported that there is a lot of concern regarding the proposed street closings by the Indiana Rail Road. John Cummings of the Rail Road has not as yet submitted plans for street closings. He wants to meet with the Village Board to discuss the situation. A suggested meeting was set for August 17, 2006, at 5 P.M.

Chief Jim Clark reported that the Palestine School Board had donated a relative new sewage lift pump to the Village Sewer Department in appreciation for the help in moving High School fixtures from the old to the new building. Those helping were Walter Fritchie, Larry Surrells, Jim Clark and his grandson.

Floyd Fuller reported the first quarter Sewer earnings. The net profit to date is $2,075.88. At this rate, it will be difficult to meet the expense of a major breakdown.

Larry Miller reported that he is continuing to work on the mobile home ordinance.

Greta Dennison is working on the possibility of the DPW employees shifting to a 10/4 work week.

David Branson reported that it is time to take a sludge sample for EPA testing. The cost for this and a maintenance of equipment checkup will be $800. David Branson moved, seconded by Gene Purcell, to order the work done for a cost of $800. Motion passed unanimously.

Larry Miller adjourned the meeting at 6:40 P.M.

Patricia Schofield, President
Floyd M. Fuller, Clerk

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