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September 24, 2015 Town Council Minutes

Michael Forbes, PresidentAttorney David Austgen
Larry Bustamante, Vice-PresidentSteve Kil, Town Manager
Gregory VolkClerk Treasurer, Sherry Sury
Mark Barenie 
Ken Gembala 

CALL TO ORDER:
Mr. Forbes called the September 24, 2015, regular meeting of the St. John Town Council to order at 7:18 p.m.

(The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

ROLL CALL:
Clerk Treasurer, Sherry Sury, took roll call with the following members present: Michael Forbes, Larry Bustamante, Gregory Volk, Mark Barenie and Ken Gembala. Staff members: Chief Fred Willman, Chief Fred Frego. Town Manager, Steve Kil, was present. Chip Sobek was absent. Attorney Austgen was present. Town Council Recording Secretary, Susan E. Wright was present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
AUGUST 27, 2015, REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

Mr. Forbes noted the first item on the agenda for the Council’s attention were the meeting minutes for August 27, 2015. He asked if there was any discussion on the minutes of August 27, 2015. There was no discussion.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to approve the minutes. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried unanimously by voice vote (5/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

PUBLIC HEARING

A. ORDINANCE NO. 1613, ST. JOHN MUNICIPAL BUDGET.

1. PROOFS OF PUBLICATION
2. OPENING REMARKS --- TOWN MANAGER
3. OPEN THE FLOOR TO PUBLIC COMMENT
4. CLOSED TO THE FLOOR
5. TOWN COUNCIL ACTION --- MOTION TO CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. 1613 ON FIRST READING ONLY.

Mr. Forbes noted the first item on the agenda was a Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 1613, the St. John Municipal Budget. He asked Ms. Sury if the Proofs of Publication were in order. Ms. Sury stated no Proofs of Publication are necessary, as explained previously. She stated everything is on Gateway.

Mr. Forbes asked Mr. Kil if he had any remarks. Mr. Kil stated that the Town will end up with the exact same operating budget that they had this year. He stated the revenue projections are about the same and they expect the collections to be the same. Mr. Kil stated a three percent employee salary increase was budgeted for, as well budgeting to hire one additional police officer.

Mr. Kil stated housing starts are really good, and the budget is scheduled for 60 housing starts. He stated the Town always budgets for 60, and as of now, this year, there are approximately 130 housing starts. Mr. Kil stated this is how the cash is built into the general fund and how the Town is able to maintain a balanced budget.

Mr. Forbes stated, for the record, the adopted budget is $8,824,583.00, the adopted tax levy is $5,702,262.00, and the adopted tax rate is .7106. He asked the Council if they had any questions before he opened the public hearing. There were no questions from the Council.

Mr. Forbes opened the public hearing. He directed those wishing to speak to state their name and address for the record.

P U B L I C H E A R I N G

Joe Hero, 11723 South Oak Ridge Drive
Mr. Hero asked if the budget provided anything for fire hydrant markers. Mr. Kil stated that this would be a Water Department budget item. Mr. Kil stated that not every hydrant will be marked, but only selected hydrants that are usually covered with snow will have whips placed on them. He stated there are in excess of 1,200 fire hydrants in Town.

Mr. Hero stated that he objects to the budget that does not include hydrant markers for all of the hydrants in Town. He stated every hydrant should have a marker, whether it comes out of the general fund or any other fund. He stated this is important for the safety of the community so the fire hydrants can be located when there is a snow.

Mr. Hero asked about the retirement package that was offered this year. He stated he did not understand why this was done. Mr. Hero asked if there was a retirement package in the next budget. Mr. Forbes responded, “No.”

Mr. Hero mentioned the lawsuit between the Clerk-Treasurer and the Town Council. He asked if legal fees were budgeted in order to continue the lawsuit. Mr. Kil stated that normal legal expenses were budgeted for. Mr. Hero asked, “How much do you anticipate that to cost next year?” Mr. Forbes and Mr. Kil both responded with “Unknown.”

Mr. Hero stated if the Council budgeted for political work by a councilman in next year’s budget. Mr. Forbes responded, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Mr. Hero stated he has a right to make his objections to the budget. He stated the Council cannot silence him.

Mr. Hero stated on July 7, July 8, July 10 and July 13th money was spent on political work. He asked, again, if money was budgeted for political work to promote a candidate. Mr. Forbes stated that the Council has not done any political work to promote or not promote a candidate; he stated Mr. Hero was clearly mistaken in his information.

Mr. Forbes called for additional public comment.

Jolene Myers, 12022 North Oakwood Drive:
Ms. Myers stated she is present on behalf of the residents in her subdivision. She stated that in the past four years there has been an influx of children on her street. She stated Oakwood Drive was not one of the streets that was repaved last year. Ms. Myers stated the majority of her street ends up in front of her house.

Ms. Myers stated she has a petition signed by the majority of the residents in her subdivision for speed bumps to be installed and for the streets to be repaved. She said the speeders in her subdivision have become a major safety issue. Ms. Myers stated that the subdivision is literally like a drag strip. She stated the three stop signs are “optional.” Rainwater Park is near her home where lots of children play.

Mr. Forbes asked if there were any further comments.

Patrick Connelly, 9354 East Oak Ridge Drive:
Mr. Connelly stated he heard there was a woman who worked for the Town of St. John for nine months and she has been offered the $25,000 buyout.

Mr. Forbes stated that the public hearing is being held for the budget. He stated that Mr. Connelly’s question should be asked during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.

Mr. Forbes called for additional public comment on the municipal budget. He called again for public comment. There was no further public comment. Mr. Forbes closed the public hearing and brought the matter back before the Council.

Mr. Forbes asked the Council if they had any questions or discussion on Ordinance No. 1613. There was no discussion.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to approve Ordinance No. 1613, on first reading only. “So moved,” by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0/2). Mr. Gembala and Mr. Bustamante abstained from the vote.

NEW BUSINESS

A. OPENING OF SEALED BIDS FOR TOWN-OWNED VEHICLES.

Mr. Forbes noted under New Business the opening of sealed bids for Town owned vehicles was first on the agenda.

Attorney Austgen stated that Clerk-Treasurer, Sherry Sury, just handed him the Proofs of Publication. Attorney Austgen noted that both of the publications adhere to the requirements of law and the bid opening could be properly conducted. He noted the bids were all sealed.

Attorney Austgen opened the bids as follows:

Black 2006 Dodge Charger
Stan’s Towing & Recovery Service: $1,200.00
Gay Hernandez: Attorney Austgen noted this bid contained no price.
Don Strom: $1,401.00
Bob Davis: $1,151.00
Yousef Dabbagh: $1,568.00

Black/White 2006 Dodge Charger
Stan’s Towing & Recovery: $711.00
Jason Salamah: $502.75
Bill Garvin: $1,007.00
Yousef Dabbagh: $1,168.00

Black/White 2005 Ford Crown Victoria
Stan’s Towing & Recovery: $500.00
Yousef Dabbagh: $468.00

Black 1989 Chevy Suburban
Stan’s Towing & Recovery: $750.00
Thomas B. Hamer: $2,205.00
Bob Davis: $1,151.00

Yellow 1995 GMC 1500 Pickup Truck
Bill Garvin: $804.00
Jason Witt: $600.00
Bob Davis: $876.00

Yellow 1995 International 4700 7 Yard Dump Truck
Stan’s Towing & Recovery: $500.00
Bill Garvin: $959.00
George Perez: $2,000.00
Robert McKlima: $2000.00

White/Blue 2005 Ford F-450 Super Duty 2-Door 2-Yard Dump Truck
Stan’s Towing & Recovery: $2,000.00
Frank Buck: $6,200.00
George Perez: $3,500.00
Jason Witt: $501.00
Robert McKlima: $3,000.00
Yousef Dabbagh: $668.00

White 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x4 Pickup Truck
Diana Miller: $3,100.00
Stan’s Towing & Recovery: $4,012.00
Gab Hernandez: $7,001.00
Frank Buck: $5,100.00
Phil Garden: $9,909.00
George Perez: $7,500.00
Robert McKlima: $5,000.00
Yousef Dabbagh: $2,668.00

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
TOWN COUNCIL:

Mr. Forbes moved on to Reports and Correspondence.

Mr. Gembala announced that Saturday, September 26, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. the park behind the Town Hall will be dedicated as Veterans Civic Park, a park dedicated to military veterans. The dedication is being held by the Town in conjunction with the VFW post. Mr. Gembala encouraged everyone to attend.

Mr. Bustamante announced that Wiggly Field dog park will open Monday at 6:00 p.m. He invited everyone to attend and bring their dogs.

Mr. Volk had no reports.

Mr. Barenie had no reports.

Mr. Forbes stated that the Parade of Homes is being held in St. John. He stated it was the first single site Parade of Homes that has taken place in seven years. Mr. Forbes stated, to date, two thousand people have attended the Parade of Homes. He noted that the developer who secured the Parade of Homes this year has also secured the same for next year, again, in the Gates of St. John.

Mr. Forbes announced that Lake Hills Haunted House opens on October 2, 2015. He stated that the Town is fortunate to have great kids working at this event, and the kids are what make the Lake Hills Haunted House a success. Mr. Forbes asked the Council to consider setting aside Thursday, October 29, 2015, at the Lake Hills Haunted House as a fund-raising night for Dollars for Scholars.

Mr. Forbes proposed that any money brought in on October 29, 2015, at the Lake Hills Haunted House event be turned into scholarships for the kids in the Town’s schools. Mr. Forbes proposed dividing the proceeds of the fundraiser between two schools, Lake Central High School and Hanover Central High School. Mr. Forbes stated that the kids work so hard at this event and awarding a scholarship would just be a “thank you” to them. He asked the Council for their comments.

Mr. Bustamante commented that this proposal was a good idea. The councilmen had no objections to Mr. Forbes proposal. Mr. Forbes stated he had consulted with the Town’s attorney and the scholarship award would be an allowable use of funds generated from the Haunted House event.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to make Thursday, October 29, 2015, Dollars for Scholars night at the Lake Hills Haunted House. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (5/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

CLERK-TREASURER:
Ms. Sury had no reports or correspondence.

ATTORNEY’S REPORT:
Attorney Austgen had no reports.

TOWN MANAGER:
Mr. Kil announced that on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. the Make a Wish Foundation will be at the GameStop in St. John. The event is being held at GameStop for a cancer stricken young man named Matthew who is into gaming and computers. He stated Matthew is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Mr. Kil invited all those present to attend this event.

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Chief Fred Frego presented the Police Department’s August 1-31, 2015, monthly report to the Council.

Chief Fred Willman presented the Fire Department’s August, 2015, monthly report to the Council.

Chief Willman announced that on Sunday, October 4, 2015, the Fire Department will have its annual Public Safety Open House. He invited everyone to attend.

PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Mr. Forbes moved on to payment of the bills for the Corporation.

He noted that the five page docket reflected the amount of $1,104,280.15. He asked if there were any questions on the bills. There were no questions.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion. Mr. Volk made a motion to approve payment of the bills in the amount of $1,104,280.15. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
Mr. Forbes opened the floor to public comment. He asked anyone wishing to speak to provide their name and address for the record.

P U B L I C C O M M E N T

Joe Hero, 11712 South Oak Ridge Drive:
Mr. Hero stated he asked a question at the budget meeting about payments made on July 8, July 9, July 10 and July 13. He stated these payments totaled approximately $1255.00. He asked the Council to explain to him why these monies spent were not a misappropriation of funds. Mr. Hero asked the following questions: Who ordered this work done? Who ordered the Town’s attorney to do the work? What was the purpose of doing this work?

Mr. Kil noted that Attorney Austgen was not paid for these bills. Mr. Forbes concurred. Mr. Hero stated the bills weren’t paid because the Clerk-Treasurer stopped the payment. Mr. Hero asked who ordered attorney to do political work.

Mr. Forbes, again, stated that the bills were not paid. He asked Mr. Hero if he had any further comments. Mr. Hero stated he wanted an answer to his questions. He stated that these expenditures appear to be a misappropriation of funds.

Mr. Kil stated that he had ordered the legal work done. Mr. Hero questioned that the Town Manager would order legal work. Mr. Kil explained that he usually consults with the Town’s attorney and routinely asks him for legal opinions.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Forbes remarked that the question had been answered.

Mr. Hero asked Mr. Kil why he ordered this work. Mr. Kil explained that he likes to ensure that everything is valid and in accordance with the law. Mr. Kil reiterated when he has a legal question, he consults with the Town’s attorney as he has done for the past 24 years.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Hero alleged that this was political work. He asked why the Town Manager would order political work.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Forbes stated Mr. Hero’s questions had been asked and answered.

George Perez 10241West 93rd Avenue:
Mr. Perez stated he had a bid on one of the vehicles and there happened to be a tie in that there were two bids of the same price. Mr. Forbes stated that this matter would have to be taken under advisement; he said he did not want to debate this matter here and now. Mr. Forbes stated that the matter would be reviewed and Mr. Perez would be contacted and there would be an explanation of what needs to be done.

Patrick Connelly, 9354 East Oak Ridge Drive:
Mr. Connelly stated he had heard that one of Town of St. John’s employees who was hired nine months ago is entitled to a $25,000 buyout from the early retirement package that the Town had offered its employees. He asked how the Town could justify someone doing a job for nine months and then being eligible for a $25,000 buyout.

Mr. Kil explained that the Town thought it best not to discriminate against any of the employees. He stated that any employee who had reached the eligible age by the end of the year 2015, regardless of years of service, was deemed eligible for the retirement buyout and it was thought best not to exclude them. Mr. Kil stated, yes, the employee was very short term, yes, the employee met the criteria, and yes, it was thought best not to discriminate against anybody.

Mr. Connelly stated his understanding of the St. John Police Department’s “evening into the morning shift for the police officers” is that there are only two police officers working on this shift. He stated he recently learned that in the past 10 years, St. John has grown to 16,000 residents.

Mr. Connelly stated he had called six other police departments and all of these departments said they have at least four police officers working this particular shift. He stated if something were to happen, say, the police officers were outnumbered in a situation, this would present a safety issue. He asked if a couple more police officers could be put on this shift for safety purposes for the two working police officers. Mr. Connelly reiterated that the Town is growing and its population has doubled in ten years. He stated that a couple of more police officers should be added on in the evenings.

Mr. Forbes said he understood and appreciates Mr. Connelly’s opinion. He stated that the Council relies heavily upon the opinion of the police chief. Mr. Forbes stated if the police chief felt it was necessary he would certainly schedule more police officers for this shift.

Chief Frego explained that there are not always two officers on the night shift, sometimes there are three and four officers working. He stated, unfortunately, the department has experienced a time in which three officers were injured on duty and were off on worker’s compensation.

Chief Frego reiterated that there are times when there are three to four officers working. He stated during the times that two officers are working, the Department relies on mutual aid where the Schererville, Dyer and County will back the Department up. He stated, in a critical incident, there will be several officers on-scene in minutes. Mr. Connelly stated he was looking at this from a safety standpoint.

Mr. Connelly stated he had heard that an outside entity had been hired to find a new police chief, and the cost of this service is $18,000. He did not understand why Mr. Kil or the Council would not perform this function. Mr. Forbes stated that the Council wanted to take every bit of politics out of the potential hiring of a new police chief and that is why an outside firm is vetting for a police chief.

Mr. Connelly stated that his understanding is that there is a police officer who was injured on the job and sat at home for over two years while being paid. He stated it was his understanding that this officer was released in August, 2014. Mr. Connelly stated his understanding is sometimes this officer gets work, sometimes he doesn’t. He stated he does not understand why, if this police officer was released by his doctor, he isn’t back on the force. Mr. Forbes stated that the Council could not speak to this matter because it was a personnel matter.

Mr. Connelly stated while he was off of work from being injured on duty he spoke to two town councilmen about a splash pad being built in Prairie West Park. He stated all of the piping went in and, “all of a sudden, mysteriously,” the Town ran out of funds. Mr. Connelly stated he was told by the two councilmen, “We had pipe --- we had pumps, fittings, valves, over a million dollars’ worth of stuff.” Mr. Connelly asked what happened with this project.

Mr. Kil stated that Mr. Connelly’s recollection of the timeframe was not accurate. He stated that the reason the splash pad didn’t go into Prairie West Park is because the Town Council did not want the splash pad in Prairie West Park. Mr. Kil stated the splash pad project was years ago.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Forbes stated this was a project from a previous council. He stated it has been at least eight years since this project was even ever discussed. Mr. Connelly stated his recollection is that the conversations he had with the councilmen were in 2010, when he was off of work with a job-related injury.

Mr. Forbes explained that Heron Lake Park was upgraded and a splash park was constructed there, and that is where the primary investment went as far as a splash park. Mr. Forbes stated that since 2008, a splash park in Prairie West Park has not been discussed.

Mr. Connelly stated he spoke with Mr. Forbes on the phone. Mr. Forbes stated there was no way he discussed a splash park in Prairie West Park with Mr. Connelly via telephone. Mr. Connelly stated, for the record and with all due respect, “There’s two town councilmen and you were one of them that we spoke about it.”

Mr. Forbes asked Mr. Connelly if he had any further comments. Mr. Connelly stated, “Yes, --- I don’t want to get somebody in trouble there because --- we can go through that story. I guess we’ll have to go about it another way.”

John Rainwater 8737 North Oak Wood Drive:
Mr. Rainwater stated that his neighbor, Jolene, accompanied him to the meeting tonight. He stated when you come into his subdivision off of Patterson, up the hill and to the right, there is a big white fence and then there is a playground. Mr. Rainwater stated the street dead ends when you turn right. He stated one evening he went out to get his mail and he almost got ran over by a driver who was making a right turn without stopping for the stop sign.

Mr. Rainwater stated vehicles don’t stop for the stop signs. He stated when you turn left/right onto North Oakwood Drive, you have to look to see who is on North Oakwood Drive and wait for the drivers to make their turn. Mr. Rainwater stated there is a 20 mile per hour speed limit; he recommended lowering the speed limit to 10 miles per hour by the park. Mr. Rainwater recommended a police presence in the neighborhood to apprehend those drivers who break the traffic laws.

Mr. Rainwater stated that it’s a safe subdivision with a lot of kids who use the park. He stated the only thing the kids have to worry about is getting run over by the drivers coming in and out of the subdivision. Mr. Rainwater stated that the only time the drivers do obey the stop signs is if there is a police officer monitoring traffic on Patterson.

Mr. Rainwater stated his street is just falling apart. He stated he has asked questions about the street being paved and has not received an estimate of when the street will be repaired. He asked how far in advance the Town projects which streets will be paved. Mr. Rainwater stated the top two inches of black top is off of his road.

Mr. Forbes stated they could direct the police chief to have a special detail sit in the subdivision to monitor traffic. He stated as far as the streets go, the street conditions are assessed every year by the Town’s engineer, and the Council relies on the engineer’s opinion to prioritize the road paving/replacement project. Mr. Rainwater stated he has lived in Town for 50 years and believes his road has only been paved once.

Mr. Rainwater stated that he has not heard what NIPSCO is doing for the Town of St. John. He stated that if his neighborhood gets a feed from the big, new substation on Alexander Street, still, the power lines going down Patterson are 100 years old, and the wires are so small that they don’t feed all of the homes. Mr. Rainwater stated his fluorescent light will not come on in the afternoon when it’s hot and sticky outside, but at night, when it cools off and everybody goes to bed, the light works beautiful. He stated this would be a problem of the service and not his light.

Mr. Rainwater opined that NIPSCO likes to keep its customers in the dark. He stated NIPSCO keeps their projects “secret.” Mr. Rainwater asked Mr. Kil if he had communicated with anybody from NIPSCO. Mr. Kil stated that the NIPSCO representative he communicates with is a retired NIPSCO employee, and he is the consultant on the current substation improvement going on in St. John.

Mr. Kil explained that the substation is going in, in part, so NIPSCO can feed Mr. Rainwater’s subdivision from another direction. He stated that NIPSCO is putting the new substation in for a reason and there is no doubt that the substation will improve Mr. Rainwater’s service. Mr. Kil acknowledged that the power lines are 100 years old on Patterson, but there is nothing he can do about this.

Mr. Kil stated he did not want to debate Mr. Rainwater about the power grids. Mr. Rainwater explained the layout of the power lines/grids.

Mr. Rainwater stated, “None of you people want to get involved in in it because I’ve heard someone say we don’t want to make NIPSCO mad.” Mr. Forbes stated he never said that. Mr. Kil stated that there is nothing he could tell Mr. Rainwater right now about NIPSCO other than they’re building a substation.

Mr. Forbes stated that issues are being chipped off of Mr. Rainwater’s list of concerns, one at a time. He stated NIPSCO is installing a new transformer, Lake Central has been taken off of Mr. Rainwater’s grid and a new substation is being constructed. Mr. Forbes acknowledged that Mr. Rainwater also wants his telephone poles and wire replaced. He stated that issues are being worked on and things are getting done.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Forbes asked Mr. Rainwater if he had any further comment. Mr. Rainwater suggested that a NIPSCO representative be invited attend a meeting to answer questions and address problems. Mr. Rainwater stated nobody is interested in backing him up or asking NIPSCO any questions.

Mr. Forbes asked Mr. Rainwater if he had any further comments. Mr. Rainwater stated he hoped that something could be done in his subdivision before something happens to one of the kids.

Mr. Forbes called for further public comment.

Scott (unintelligible) 8929 Crooked Bend:
Scott stated he was the president of the Lake Hills Homeowners Association. He stated that NIPSCO is bringing the lines down 85th Street in front of the Lake Hills subdivision and they are using some massive poles. Scott stated that the residents of the subdivision do not want the poles across the front of the subdivision, because it has one of the nicest views of any subdivision in Town.

Scott stated that right now the lines are underground in this area. He asked Mr. Kil if he had heard anything more on this issue. Mr. Kil stated that NIPSCO was directed to put the lines underground. Scott stated it’s such a nice view he hates to see it ruined by the massive poles. Mr. Kil stated that NIPSCO is aware that the lines need to go underground.

Don Ferris, 8544 County Court:
Mr. Ferris stated he wished to thank the councilmen and the Board of Zoning Appeals for not bending to Lake Central’s demands for their sign. He stated the sign would be a safety hazard for everyone travelling up and down Highway 41.

Mr. Ferris stated approximately three years ago when Lake Central was making plans for the addition to the high school, they were going to install an electric gate in the back of the high school going towards Heron Lake. He stated that the electric gate is not there although gates have been put up all over around the high school.

Mr. Ferris stated the absence of the electric gate has created traffic flow through Lake Central High School at all hours of the night. He stated his back yard backs up to the high school in this location and he sees the traffic.

Mr. Ferris stated if there was anything the Council could do about the electric gate, it would be appreciated. He stated he would love to see the electric gate go up and he would let all of the local residents who live there know about it. Mr. Ferris stated nothing has been done about putting up the electric gate.

Mr. Ferris stated his understanding is that the Town has an ordinance regarding tractor trailers being parked in parking lots. He stated that the Lake Central band trailer is parked in the freshman parking lot. Mr. Ferris stated the trailer is an eyesore. He stated that the high school has a bus barn area where the trailer should be parked. Mr. Ferris stated that the trailer has been parked in this parking lot for a couple of weeks, and it seems like it stays parked there for periods of time. He reiterated that the trailer is an eyesore, and if it’s against the Town’s ordinance he would like to see it moved.

Mr. Forbes stated that it would have to be double checked to see if the ordinance applies to this trailer or not. He stated the ordinance is pretty specific to tractor trailers. Mr. Ferris reiterated the trailer is there.

Mr. Ferris thanked the Council for their service to the community.

Chis Romolo, 11541 West 97th Lane:
Mr. Romolo stated he wanted to say the same thing Mr. Ferris did, “Thank you, guys, for everything you do for the community, the parks the dog park.” He stated he lives near the dog park and he will take advantage of it.

Mr. Romolo stated that speeding in St. John is a big problem. He stated that somebody needs to do something about it. Mr. Romolo stated he has a three year old son and more kids coming. He stated that there is a lot of traffic and the cars blow through stop signs. Mr. Romolo reiterated that this problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Patrick Connelly, 9354 East Oak Ridge Drive:
Mr. Connelly stated on Keilman Street and 93rd Avenue people have been complaining about drivers speeding down this street. He stated if you come up 93rd Avenue and head south, there is a 20 mph sign posted, but coming north on Keilman Street from School Street, there is no 20 mph sign posted in this location. Mr. Connelly stated maybe speed bumps would help or installation of a speed limit sign.

Steve Lazroff, 14900 (unintelligible) Drive:
Mr. Lazroff asked what will be done to accommodate traffic for the new Preserve subdivision going in off of 93rd Avenue. Mr. Forbes stated that an extensive traffic study will be done prior to any approval for the subdivision. He stated this developer went before the Plan Commission and this was a hot topic. Mr. Forbes stated there is no information right now, but the development will be looked at it very, very closely.

Mr. Forbes called for additional public comment. There was no further public comment. Mr. Forbes closed the floor to public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adjourn. “So moved,” by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (5/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none. (The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 p.m.)

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Susan E. Wright, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council