The Markle Town Council met in a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 17, discussing the town’s garbage contract, town correspondence and spring clean up day matters.
At the end of 2020, Markle Town Council had considered two bids for town garbage disposal service and accepted the bid from Waste Management. However, in a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 4, council explained that it would require a re-bidding process due to a misunderstanding of Waste Management’s bid. The re-bidding process gave council the chance to re-bid for garbage disposal service and to ensure that language in future bids would be clearer.
The re-bid process resulted in the town receiving bids from Waste Management and Republic Services.
According to President Aaron McClary, several entities reviewed the bids, including the town Clerk-Treasurer, Assistant Town Superintendent and Town Attorney. Upon the review of the bids by these entities, the recommendation was made to accept the bid from Republic Services because they were the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. The motion to award the garbage contract to Republic Services passed unanimously.
Town correspondence from the Markle Area Chamber of Commerce was received. The Chamber requested a donation for the town’s Independence Day festivities and fireworks celebration. Council
Vice President Matthew Doss shared some dissent with donating money for fireworks.
“I’m probably going to be a buzz killer,” Doss said. “To donate money for fireworks . . . I’m not a big
fan, personally. And I’m not a fan of putting that kind of money to that kind of thing . . . and I don’t think I’m alone in that either.”
Doss specifically expressed his concern for the effect that fireworks may have on some community members, especially veterans.
McClary noted that, historically, the town of Markle has given to the Wildcat Festival and other town parties and gatherings of that nature in the past. Therefore, McClary said he was “inclined to move forward with support of this” and also noted how many families enjoy the events and that events like the block party bring other families into the area.
“I understand and respect your position completely,” McClary said to Doss, “but I would be inclined to move forward with providing some sort of financial support.”
A motion was made to donate the requested $1,500. McClary, along with councilmember Nicolas Lund, approved. Doss abstained from the vote.
Correspondence was also received from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) announcing that the previous application for a permit at the St. Henry Tile Company had been approved.
Clerk-Treasurer Stephenie Hensley shared that she was working with Region 3A in order to create an updated comprehensive plan and proposed that CEDIT money be used to pay for the plan.
Hensley also shared spring clean-up dates and plans for the town. From May 10 through May 14, residents may call 758-3193 or place non-hazardous items on the curb outside of their homes to have them hauled off for disposal.
There will also be a separate day that residents may dispose of hazardous waste. On May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., residents may bring items such as paint, batteries and chemicals to the fire station parking lot at 150 W. Sparks St., Markle. Superintendent Rick Asher explained that the hazardous waste would need to be separated by which county it originated from, since Markle is split between Huntington County and Wells County.
In other business:
• Resolution 2021-1, which authorized a 10 percent transfer from the town’s 2020 General Fund Budget to the town’s rainy day fund, was passed unanimously. According to Hensley, this practice of transferring 10 percent of the previous year’s leftover funding has taken place for many years. The amount transferred totaled $102,067.90.
• Town Superintendent Rick Asher announced that the town was waiting for Community Crossings Matching Grant (CCMG) funding.
• Council approved giving Jon Gray, a prior town employee, 160 hours of Paid Time Off, which he had previously earned.
• The town attorney has been tasked with researching the best next steps to take with the Markle Area Historical Society. No further updates have been made on the matter of which town entity is responsible for the ownership of historical items.