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Commissioner Minutes August 2, 2010




August 2, 2010 @ 7:00 P.M.

Commissioners/Council Public Meeting Room


Those Present: County Commissioners:                Eric E Roberts     Thomas E WilsonDon VonderMeulen

County Auditor:                Susan A Jones

Commissioners Secretary:Carol Westerman

Attorney:Michael Wilhelm


Eric Roberts opens the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

CLAIMS – MOTION – Tom Wilson motioned to approve the claims (August 2, 2010).  Don VonderMeulen seconds.  Eric Roberts, All in Favor.  Motion carried.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION 2011 GRANT APPLICATION & COMPLIANCE REVIEW – Cathy Pelsor, Director Public Transportation had presented their Compliance Review and 2011 Federal Section 5311 Rural and Small Urban Transit Assistance, Capital & Intercity Grant Application for the Commissioners to review and sign.  Grant Application can be sign August 9, 2010 and is due to INDOT next week.  The Compliance Review needs to have a letter sent to INDOT that the Commissioners had review and was reported that there were a few minor issues that are being corrected.  Cathy reported they have until September to correct the findings.  The one finding, the lettering on the vehicles has Franklin County Public Transit instead it needs to say Franklin County Public Transportation.

HUMANE SOCIETY – Teresa Miller, Theresa Abernathy and Eva Heyob, Members of the Humane Society were present to propose a revised ordinance for small animal control in Franklin County.  Teresa Miller reads presentation.  This ordinance contains many of the same points as the old ordinance, but also includes graduated penalty system for offenders of the proposed code.  The Humane Society feels the revised code is fair to both pet and non-pet owners.  Having an ordinance of this nature will promote a safer environment for citizens and animals of the county.  It would require pet owners to be accountable for their choices and actions regarding care and containment of pets.  The penalty system will shift the financial burden of dealing with bothersome or out of control animals to the responsible parties.  The purpose of the ordinance is not intended to be a means of intimidations for most law abiding citizens, but as recourse for law enforcement officials dealing with habitual offenders who have little regard for rules and regulations.  The Franklin County Humane Society will continue to provide assistance to those needing help with their pets.  A section of the ordinance deals with the reinstatement of dog licensing.  We would like to suggest for your consideration a $10 annual license fee with a $5 discount for animals that are fixed.  A kennel license would also be available for those with 5 or more dogs.  We suggest the cost remain at $25, the same price as previous years.  As county budgets continue to tighten, other sources of revenue need to be considered.  100% of the proceeds from this program should help fund the Franklin County Animal Shelter and possibly a low-cost spay/neuter program for county pet owners in need of assistance.  Rest assured that the Franklin County Humane Society is concerned only for the welfare of companion pets.  The Franklin County Humane Society has no affiliation with and receives no support from the Humane Society of the United States.  The Humane Society would appreciate being included in any committee forum concerning this topic.  We look forward to your input and suggestions and thank you for your consideration of this very important matter.  The new ordinance is more up to date to follow state laws.  The existing ordinance is not being enforced to collect the $25.00 fine.  The Humane Society had been in contact with the City of Richmond and Hendricks County and they sell the County Dog Tags.  The City of Richmond is partnered with Wayne County, but is mostly the City.  It was asked if any County’s enter into a contract to outsource Small Animal Control and it was said yes, Hendrick’s County does.  Don VonderMeulen would like to review the ordinance and contact the City of Richmond and other Counties.

BRIDGE INSPECTION – Eric Roberts had received an email form Jackson County and their Bridge Inspection cost had also gone up.  Tom Wilson feels the price had doubled and feels we should be able to negotiate, we are strapped for cash.  If we can’t negotiate with Butler, Fairman & Seufert, than we should be able to go to the next highest rated firm, which would be Clark Dietz.  It is being said the software that has been provided by INDOT to be uniform, has cause the cost to rise.  Don VonderMeulen asked who would negotiate the price with Butler, Fairman & Seufert.  Eric Roberts and Tom Wilson will get with Brent Roberts, Engineer with Butler, Fairman & Seufert this week and look at it again next week.

BLUE CREEK BRIDGE 94 LPA REVIEW – A LPA Review was presented for approval for LPA Payment No. 4 in the amount of $12,700.66 for the Replacement of Bridge 94 on Blue Creek Road.  Susan Jones, Auditor had brought to the Commissioners attention that LPA Review Form says Payment # 4 and the LPA Invoice Voucher says Claim No. 3, both for the same amount for reimbursement $12,700.66.  MOTION – Tom Wilson motioned for Eric Roberts to sign the LPA Review for Bridge 94.  Tom Wilson seconds.  Eric Roberts, All in Favor.  Motion carried.

ANDERSONVILLE STORMWATER PROJECT AUTHORIZATION CARD – MOTION – Tom Wilson motioned for Eric Roberts and Susan Jones to sign the Authorization Card for the Andersonville Stormwater Project.  Don VonderMeulen seconds.  Eric Roberts, All in Favor.  Motion carried.

INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH TOWN OF OLDENBURG – Eric Roberts and Greg Struewing of Oldenburg had prepared an Interlocal Agreement between Franklin County and the Town of Oldenburg, Indiana for Compliance to Indiana Department of Natural Resources Notice of Violation No. V-5187-FW.  Franklin County had received a construction in a floodway permit for the replacement of Bridge 164 Vine Street over Harvey’s Branch and the Town of Oldenburg employed the County for approximately 500’ of channel straightening and clearing.  April 14, 2005 DNR approved the County to be valid for a period of 60 months.  The DNR notified the County on March 6, 2008 that terms of the County had not been met.  May 12, 2008 amendment requested from the town was denied on July 14, 2008 by the DNR.  The County was notified by the DNR on May 6, 2010 Notice of Violation.  It was agreed between the Board of Commissioners and Town of Oldenburg to work diligently to mitigate the terms of the floodway permit and Notice of Violation with the DNR.  The County will offer the use of Right of Way near Bridges 110 and 111 on Railfence Road downstream of Harvey’s Branch for the planting of trees.  The Town will comply with the posting of the Do Not Mow or Spray signs along the Right of Way.  The Town will administer the planting of the necessary trees and sowing of grasses.  MOTION – Don VonderMeulen motioned to enter into Interlocal Agreement with the Town of Oldenburg.  Tom Wilson seconds.  Eric Roberts, All in Favor.  Motion carried.

HUNTERSVILLE BRIDGE 116 – It was asked that George Hartman, Highway Engineer, Drew Barth of Howard J Barth & Associates, Engineer for the Project and Rick Fledderman, Mayor City of Batesville be present at the next meeting to discuss the Huntersville Culvert Replacement Project.

PUBLIC COMMENT – Jerry Harnishfeger – has concern about brush along the County Roads, he has been around on the roads, the roads are being mowed under the trees, but not trimming the bushes.  Also asked who is mowing the roads, when they are mowing they are digging into the dirt and are digging into the blacktop, especially on St. Mary’s Road.  Whoever is mowing needs to be taught how to run the machines.  Stated that school is soon to start and the buses will not be able to see clearing around the curves and intersections if brush is not cut, will be a safety issue.  Wayne Monroe – stated they have mowed Reservoir Road, but with the fancy signs that had been put up, cannot see the signs the brush needs to be knocked down.  John Estridge – asked is the ConSpan Bridge being built and why was it chosen.  Eric Roberts, said no, choose to go with the ConSpan Bridge before the bridge was designed.  There was approximately $5,000 difference in price between the ConSpan and the cast in place, would have taken more time & labor.  Asked is the concrete guardrail cost more money.  Eric it added $20,000 to the structure and $20,000 more for concrete, the biggest cost was the wingwalls, somehow they had gotten to be 18 feet.

ADJOURN – Motion – Tom Wilson motioned to adjourn.  Don VonderMeulen seconds.  Eric Roberts, All in Favor.  Motion carried.

Others Present:                               

Jim Suhre                            Sara Duffy                           Cathy Pelsor                       Jerry Harnishfeger          

Brian Patterson                 Aydyn Patterson              Carsyn Patterson             Stan Monroe                    

Teresa Miller                      Theresa Abernathy         Eva Heyob                           Darrell Smith                     

Wayne Monroe                                Janice Gartenman           Scott McDonough            Jeff Batchler

Paula Keller                        John Estridge    


AYE                                                                                                        NAY

___S/ Eric E Roberts__________                             _______________________

Eric E Roberts                                                                     Eric E Roberts

___S/ Thomas E Wilson_______                                              ________________________

Thomas E Wilson                                                              Thomas E Wilson

___S/ Donald M VonderMeulen                                               ________________________

Donald M VonderMeulen                                            Donald M VonderMeulen

ATTEST: __S/ Susan A Jones_____________________

                   Susan A Jones, Franklin County Auditor

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