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 Town Council Postpones Meeting

April 25, 2007 - With only two of its five members in attendance, the Knightstown Town had to postpone last Wednesday's regular monthly meeting until the weekend.

President David Glenn and Cort Swincher were the only council members who showed up for the April 18 meeting. One council member short of a quorum, the meeting had to be reset for Saturday.

Of the three council members absent last Wednesday, Glenn and Swincher had explanations for two: Council Vice President Nate Hamilton did not attend due to a medical issue, and council member Steve Nelson was vacationing out of state. They did not, however, know why the council's fifth member, Valerie Trump, was not present.

At Saturday's rescheduled meeting, Trump said she had been unable to attend Wednesday due to a prior commitment helping with prom-related activities at Morton Memorial High School. She had left a voice message on Glenn's cell phone earlier on Wednesday letting him know she would not be able to attend, but Glenn said he did not discover the message until after returning home from town hall Wednesday night.

The council did have a sufficient number present to have their meeting on Saturday. With only three members there, however, every action taken by Glenn, Swincher and Trump required a unanimous vote.

In new business, the council approved the hiring of three new employees. Rick Hall will fill a lineman vacancy in the town's electric department, and Eileen Taylor and Kristie Matlock were hired to be part-time secretaries at Glen Cove Cemetery.

The council also received and took under advisement four bids for the demolition of a condemned residence at 203 S. Washington St. Bid amounts were as follows: Earth Concepts, LLC (Carthage) - $13,420; Rodney Quick (Knightstown) - $10,000; Erwin Excavating (Knightstown) - $6,000; and Miers Excavating (New Castle - $5,900).

Bids for paving the parking lot behind the town hall and fire station and paving several streets in town were also received and taken under advisement by the council. Crim and Sons (Manilla) bid $19,200 for the parking lot if the town removes the asphalt there now, and their bids on street paving ranged from $32,035 to $61,685. Milestone (Richmond) bid $32,090 for the parking lot if the town removes the asphalt and $38,572 on the street projects.

The amounts of the third paving bid, submitted by Bloom Paving, Inc. (Lapel), were not disclosed. Works Manager Mel Matlock told the council he did not understand Bloom's bidding price from what they had submitted.

"I don't understand this at all," Matlock said. "This doesn't make sense." He said Bloom submitted their bid at the last minute and said he was not sure how comfortable he felt using a company he didn't know.

The council also approved on first reading an ordinance that will, if passed twice more, vacate two of the town's alleys and allow them to become the property of Knightstown resident Jeff VanHoy. Matlock explained to the council that VanHoy currently owns property on both sides of the alleys, which he said are covered by grass and not used by the town for utilities or other purposes.

The council gave Matlock permission to purchase two new 25 horsepower riding mowers with 61-inch cutting decks from Hoosier Outdoor Power for $13,150. One of the mowers will be used at Glen Cove Cemetery, while the other will be used by the town's utilities.

Matlock told the council the conversion of the old fire station into a new home for the town's court was near completion and looked good. He said he hoped the court would be relocated by the council's May meeting and that he is still awaiting an appraisal on the building at 203 E. Main St. that currently houses the court.

There was some discussion about what to do with old records stored at the town court. Clerk-Treasurer Judy Haines said a list of any old records destroyed will need to be sent to the State Board of Accounts. Trump also said she wanted to make sure the town is compliant with all laws regarding destruction of records.


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