January 26, 2011 The regular meeting of the Town of Pines Town Council was called to order at 6:30 p.m. Cathi Murray led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. In attendance were: Cathi Murray, Vicki Kuzio, George Adey, Alan Murray and Sandra Hall. Dan Fries was not present.
George made a motion to leave the officers of the Council as is and Vicki seconded the motion and the motion was voted on and passed 3-0.
George made a motion to accept the December 29, 2011 meeting minutes and Vicki seconded the motion and the motion was voted on and passed 3-0.
Clerk-Treasurer Sandra suggested that the Town of Pines look into a off site backup company such as Keystone. She will look into prices and details during this month.
Sandra is to look into prices for copiers for the Town Hall.
Building and Zoning Administrator No building permits were issued this month. Pumps on 12 building has been boarded up and the garage has been locked up. Alan is to check with the neighbors of Dobkins to see if they are satisfied with what has been done with the clean-up on his property.
Street Department A resident has voiced a concern over the safety of the children that are sledding at the Pines Park . They are concerned that the children will sled into some trees that are on each side of the path they are sledding down. She has offered to pay for the removal of these trees and Jon’s Tree Services is willing to take the trees down and remove all stumps and return area to the same condition minus the trees that it was before removing trees. George made a motion to accept the offer of this resident and have the trees removed and Vicki seconded the motion and the motion was voted on and passed 3-0.
Lights on Overpass on Railroad Ave have been fixed.
Sheriff Lain want a list of unlicensed cars and once a month he will work on tagging these for removal.
Old Business Bob Gerometta gave the Council paper work on getting the notice to bidders out and we have set the bids to be advertised on February 1 and February 8. Bids will be opened on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. George made a motion to advertise on these dates and Vicki seconded the motion and the motion was voted on and passed 3-0.
Lorelei Weimer from the Indiana Dunes Tourism came to encourage the Town Council to use this new Town Hall to promote our “Retro” Brand. Lorelei suggested that we talk to Nipsco about hanging up banners on their telephone poles with our brand on them. Think about other things that can bring in tourism, for example a 50’s Festival in the summer. We need to try and get the business in the Town involved in this branding theme.
Public Comments None George made a motion to pay the claims and Vicki seconded the motion and the motion was voted on and passed 3-0. As there was no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:30p.m.