TOWN OF ST. JOHN, LAKE COUNTY, INDIANA
ORDINANCE NO. 1583
AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF ST. JOHN, LAKE COUNTY, INDIANA, AMENDING TOWN ORDINANCE NO. 1247, ENTITLED: “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1235, THE SAME BEING AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A TRAVEL POLICY FOR THE TOWN OF ST. JOHN, LAKE COUNTY, INDIANA”, ESTABLISHING A TOWN PER DIEM OFFICIAL TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT POLICY, AND ALL MATTERS RELATED THERETO.
WHEREAS, the Town Council of the Town of St. John, Lake County, Indiana (hereinafter “Town Council”), has reviewed current Town policies in Town Ordinance No. 1247 related to travel and reimbursement of Town Officials for the reasonable expenses incurred while traveling and conducting official business for the Town outside of the jurisdictional limits of the Town; and
WHEREAS, the Town Council has reviewed the current Indiana State Board of Accounts (hereinafter “SBOA”) policies and regulations related to reimbursement of Town Officials for reasonable expenses incurred for travel and conduct of official business for the Town outside the jurisdictional limits of the Town together with SBOA regulations governing the travel reimbursement policies for Town Officials who are traveling for official Town purposes; and
WHEREAS, the SBOA has issued its guidelines and position statements regarding the authority of the Town Council to establish reimbursement procedures and policies for public employee travel expense reimbursement and compensation, at the discretion of the Town Council; and
WHEREAS, the Town Council, based upon its review, and in the exercise of its discretion within the parameters set forth by the SBOA, now seeks to establish policies and procedures establishing a “per diem” reimbursement Travel Policy for Town Officials compliant with current SBOA guidelines and policies, and applicable law; and
WHEREAS, the Town Council, based upon its review, and after being duly advised, now deems it appropriate to amend its Travel Policies consistent with present needs and circumstances, all as permitted by the current guidelines and policies of the SBOA and applicable law.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF ST. JOHN, LAKE COUNTY, INDIANA, AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION ONE: That Town Ordinance No. 1247, Establishing a Travel Policy for the Town, be, and the same is hereby amended to add a Per Diem Allowance provision in SECTION TWO therein as follows, namely:
“SECTION TWO: The following policy shall be used in providing or reimbursing Town Council Members, Town Clerk-Treasurer, Members of Boards and Commissions, Appointed Officials and/or Town Employees for travel accommodations and expenses incurred therefore when such travel has been authorized and budgeted. Such persons shall hereafter be referred to as Town Officials.
7. Per Diem Allowance.
In lieu of Town Officials presenting itemized receipts for reimbursement by the Town, the Town Council, may, at its discretion, allow a “per diem” amount to be distributed to Town Officials to offset the costs of incidental and direct travel expenses (i.e. food; transportation; gratuities; and the like) incurred by Town Officials while on official Town business. Town Officials who pay travel expenses with the use of “per diem” funds are not required to maintain itemized receipts showing the expenditures made while using said funds. The “per diem” amount authorized by the Town Council, shall not exceed the sum of Ninety and 00/100 ($90.00) Dollars per day. “Per diem” funds shall only be used for those travel expenses authorized by the Town, and are not to be used for lodging and mileage costs.”
SECTION TWO: That all existing Ordinances, or parts thereof, in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance, are hereby deemed null, void, and of no legal effect, and are specifically repealed.
SECTION THREE: That all remaining terms and provisions of Town Ordinance No. 1247 not amended hereby are ratified and reaffirmed, and shall remain in full force and effect, except as amended hereby.
SECTION FOUR: That if any section, clause, provision, or portion of this Ordinance shall be held to be invalid or unconstitutional by any Court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect any other section, clause, provision, or portion of this Ordinance.
SECTION FIVE: That this Ordinance shall take effect, and be in full force and effect, from and after its passage and adoption by the Town Council of the Town of St. John. Lake County, Indiana, in conformance with applicable law.
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ALL OF WHICH IS PASSED AND ADOPTED THIS 24 DAY OF April, 2014, BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF ST. JOHN, LAKE COUNTY, INDIANA.
TOWN OF ST. JOHN, LAKE COUNTY,
INDIANA, TOWN COUNCIL
MICHAEL S. FORBES, President
LARRY BUSTAMANTE, Vice President
MARK BARENIE, Member
GREGORY J. VOLK, Member
KENNETH D. GEMBALA, Member
SHERRY P. SURY, IAMC, CMC,
RULES and REGULATIONS – ST. JOHN DOG PARK
The following Rules and Regulations shall apply for the use of the St. John Dog Park Facility by Participant/Users, namely:
- Only two (2) dogs per adult owner are allowed at one time. Both dogs must remain in the same run area with owner. Owners shall not leave dogs in run areas without owner supervision.
- Dogs must be leashed until inside run area. Maximum leash length is six (6) feet. No prong or pinch collars are allowed. Only buckle or stretch collars are permitted in the dog park for the dog’s safety.
- Children 11 and under not allowed in run areas. Children 12 through 16 must be accompanied by an adult and are not to be left unattended in run areas.
- Dogs must display current rabies tags.
- Unhealthy dogs or those dogs in season are not allowed in the dogpark.
- It is recommended that dogs are on a regular flea and tick treatment in spring, summer and fall.
- Dogs under six (6) months of age are not permitted in park.
- Perpetual barking is not allowed as this is a nuisance to members and surrounding neighbors. If your dog will not stop barking for whatever reason, you must leave the dog park.
- Dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior must be removed from the dog park immediately. Offenders of this policy will lose their dog park privileges. Do not permit your dog to run to the gate when another dog is entering. Keep gate area clear so that members can enter and exit without incidents.
- Owners must clean up after their dog(s). Bags and waste receptacles are available.
- Food, glass containers, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and alcohol are not allowed on the dog park premises. Small bite sized training treats are permitted.
- Bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters, roller blading, and all other motorized or human-propelled devices (except wheelchairs) are prohibited within the large and small dog areas of the park.
- Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries or damage caused by their dogs.
- Only registered dogs and their owners displaying a key card are allowed into the dog park. Please encourage others to pick up a packet at the St. John Town Hall and register to become a participant user.
- Report "fence jumpers" to St. John Animal Control. The Animal Control phone number is: (219) 365-6032.
- Animal abuse will not be tolerated and will be reported to the Police Department.
- Pursuant to Lake County Ordinance #1244F: Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes are prohibited from participating in unleashed dog parks. Consequently, Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes are not permitted to be in the dog park.
In addition to the foregoing, please note the following, namely:
Precautions and Etiquette
Please remember: Children 11 and under are not allowed in dog run areas.
- Dogs are unpredictable and feisty. Often dogs do not respond well to people running and yelling. Also, all visitors should always ask the handler before petting a strange dog.
- Entering and exiting a dog park is stressful and exciting even for the most well behaved dogs. Please allow other’s space to enter and exit before you do. Be sure to securely close all gates behind you.
- After entering the dog park let your dog off-leash. Leashed dogs feel threatened when they are around unleashed dogs. If you are uncomfortable with letting your dog off leash, do not visit the park. Prong and choke collars must be removed.
- Supervise your dog at all times. When a new dog enters the park, be aware of where your dog is. Don’t allow dogs to congregate around the entrance. Owners must carry one (1) leash in hand per dog (maximum of two (2) dogs per person).
- If your dog starts to mount, you must immediately discourage this activity to avoid any aggression problems from other dogs, or leave the park.
- Dog fights are rare, but if one does occur, the best method to break it up is to grab both dogs’ hind legs and direct them in opposite directions. Block any eye contact the dogs make with each other. Dogs that remain unruly or aggressive must be immediately removed from the park.
- If your dog injuries another dog or owner, be sure to give your name and phone number to injured party. You are legally and financially responsible for your dog’s actions and any harm it causes to others. See Dog Incident Policy in next section.
- Pick up your dog’s droppings. You must carry extra bags with you. Bags and waste receptacles are also available.
- Be respectful of other dogs and their owners. Do not allow your dog to be a nuisance to other dogs and their owners.
- Dog agility equipment and dog toys are for use by dogs – not for use by owners or handlers.
In addition to the foregoing, please note the following, namely:
Dog Incident Policy
Our Rules and Etiquette are deigned to help minimize the chance for a dog incident. However, should an incident occur, here is our policy and recommended action to be taken by dog owners.
- Separate and leash the dogs.
- Inspect dogs for any injury.
- Exchange names and phone numbers.
- Obtain names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
In the event the St. John Park Department is notified, the St. John Park Department has the express right to release names and phone numbers of parties. You are legally and financially responsible for the action of your dogs(s).
The St. John Dog Park and the St. John Park Department reserve the right to revoke park privileges to any participant user who fails to follow park rules and etiquette or where it is determined a participant user dog or dog owner is dangerous to other or in violations of any applicable animal ordinances or regulations.
Dog Park Emergency Phone Numbers:
St. John Animal Control: (219) 365-6035
St. John Non-Emergency Police: (219) 365-6032
St. John Park Department: (219) 365-6236