1-10-12 Public Hearing
MINUTES FROM THE 1028 PUBLIC HEARING
OF THE BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
NETTLE CREEK SCHOOL CORPORATION
A meeting of the Board of School Trustees of the Nettle Creek School Corporation was held at the Hagerstown Elementary School LGI Room, Hagerstown, Indiana, on January 10, 2012 at the hour of 7:30 p.m. (Local Time), pursuant to notice duly given in accordance with the rules of the Board.
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Rhoades, President of the Board of School Trustees.
On call of the roll, the members of the Board of School Trustees were shown to be present or absent as follows:
Present: Julie Blaase, Bob Clark, Chuck Golliher, Elaine Hellwarth,
Gary Keesling, Jim Lewis, and Cary Rhoades
(Among other proceedings had and actions taken were the following:)
Mr. Rhoades welcomed everyone to the hearing and introduced the speakers present: Collette Irwin-Knott and Jason Tanselle, Umbaugh & Associates; Ed Soots and Garrett Mize, LWC, Inc.; Ron Cross, School Attorney.
Mr. Cross explained that the purpose of the meeting was to comply with Indiana law which states that whenever a school corporation proposes to construct or renovate a school building at a cost in excess of one million dollars, it must first hold a public hearing. Notice of this hearing was published in the Nettle Creek Gazette and The Courier-Times on December 28, 2011. The proofs of publication of the notice of the hearing were presented at the meeting.
It was explained that at these hearings all interested people may give testimony and/or ask questions concerning the building projects. The purpose of the hearing is two-fold: 1) to inform the public as to the proposed building projects; and 2) to allow all interested parties, taxpayers, and patrons of Nettle Creek School Corporation to voice their opinions as to the projects and ask questions.
After the purpose of the hearings was explained, presentations were given regarding the need for the renovation of and improvements to (i) Hagerstown Elementary School (the “Elementary Project”), and (ii) Hagerstown Jr. Sr. High School (the “High School Project”, which with the Elementary Project shall collectively be referred to as the “Projects”). Mr. Soots and Mr. Mize gave an evaluation of the existing facilities, as well as an explanation of the building plans and the proposed facilities. The estimated Project costs and schedules were then presented to the public per Project. Ms. Irwin-Knott explained how these Projects could be funded and the tax rate impact the Projects would have on the community.
After the above presentations, Mr. Rhoades announced they would now hear testimony and questions from the public. No questions or comments were brought forth by the public.
At the conclusion of the public testimony and question, the Board considered the Elementary Project Resolution to construct the Elementary Project at a cost of more than one million dollars. Motion was made by Mrs. Blaase to adopt the resolution attached as Exhibit A. Seconded by Mrs. Hellwarth. There was no further discussion by the board. Motion carried 7/0.
At the conclusion of the public testimony and question, the Board considered the High School Project Resolution to construct the High School Project at a cost of more than one million dollars. Motion was made by Mrs. Blaase to adopt the resolution attached as Exhibit B. Seconded by Mrs. Hellwarth. There was no further discussion by the Board. Motion carried 7/0.
Mr. Cross stated that, pursuant to the direction of the Board, he had consulted the firm of Ice Miller LLP, bond counsel of Indianapolis, Indiana, relative to the procedure to be followed in connection with the proposed general obligation bond issue and the rendering of an opinion approving the legality of the bonds. Mr. Cross presented to the Board a form of resolution approved by Ice Miller LLP, and recommended by them for adoption for the purpose of authorizing the issuance of bonds.
After due consideration of the preliminary bond resolution, Mr. Clark made the motion to adopt same resolution attached as Exhibit C. Seconded by Mr. Golliher. There was no further discussion by the board. Motion carried 7/0.
Mr. Cross stated that the Board needed to consider a Reimbursement Resolution. On motion made by Mrs. Hellwarth and seconded by Mrs. Blaase, the resolution attached as Exhibit D was adopted by a vote of 7/0.
Mr. Cross then stated that the Nettle Creek School Building Corporation has previously been formed to assist the School Corporation in the financing of school facilities. After discussion of the proposed building corporation, the Board unanimously adopted the resolution attached as Exhibit E on a motion by Mrs. Blaase and seconded by Mr. Clark.
Mr. Cross further stated that the Nettle Creek School Building Corporation has approved and submitted to Nettle Creek School Corporation a proposed form of third amendment to lease (the “Third Amendment”), which proposed form of Third Amendment was examined by all of the members of the Board of School Trustees. After discussion of the proposed form of Third Amendment, upon motion made by Mr. Golliher and seconded by Mr. Keesling, the resolution attached as Exhibit F was adopted by a vote of 7/0.
Motion was made by Mr. Lewis to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Mr. Golliher. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.