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Updated: December 24, 2012 11:38AM



WINFIELD — The Town Council held its annual organizational meeting Dec. 18 after the end of its regularly scheduled meeting.

The new or renewal appointments are as follows:

† Board of Zoning Appeals: Anthony Clark

† Plan Commission: Joe Gacsy and Bill Bizanes

† Redevelopment Commission: Councilman David Anderson, Bart Botkin, Ann Marie Woolwine, Coralynn Duquette, Karen Pimentel and Thomas Hoffman

† Sewer Board: Anthony Clark

Town Council President Gerry Stiener said, “I believe we have a good group of volunteers that will assist the Town Council in moving Winfield forward.”

At that same organizational meeting council members decided who would represent the council in its relations with various departments and outside bodies. Compromise led to the following appointments:

† Lake County Solid Waste Board member: Paulette Skinner

† Plan Commission: Gerald Stiener

† Lakes of the Four Seasons Fire Force liaison: Don Samburg

† Community Development Block Grants (federal grant administered by the county): Paulette Skinner

† Lake County Sheriff liaison: Don Samburg

† Northern Indiana Regional Planing Commission member: Jim Simmons

† Town Office liaison: Gerald Stiener

† Building Administration liaison: Gerald Stiener along with support from Paulette Skinner

† Street Department liaison: Don Samburg

† Parks liaison: Paulette Skinner

† Planning and zoning: town planner Lance Ryskamp.

At the earlier regular council meeting, members approved the contract with Lake County Sheriff John Buncich, the Lake County Council and the Lake County Commissioners for police service to the town for the next three years, with built in yearly increases and the Town Council’s ability to start a program to hire off duty sheriff’s police officers and their squad cars to provide extra coverage for the town’s continuing need to focus on traffic control and vandalism.

According to Stiener they also authorized his signature to the final Deer Creek contracts to allow for the transfer of the land under it and the lift station itself to the town.

Once the contracts are fully executed by all parties involved, the town will pay $62,000. In addition to the payment for real property, the developer and or the banks in the receivership will also receive for the next 15 years a fee of $800 per sewer tap. This agreement allows all of the non-emergency repairs to be able to start immediately.

Of importance to the safety of the town, according to Stiener, the council also authorized the signing of a contract with the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force for an annual town payment of $126,500 in addition to a final payment of approximately $20,000 on fire engine number 11.



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