During its monthly August meeting, attorney Alex C. Intermill, Bose, McKinney and Evans LLP, Indianapolis, approached board members to request the board grant a letter of waiver allowing the Kocolene Corporation (Fast Max gas station) to obtain a carryout liquor permit.
Fast Max, 939 East National Avenue, resides 187-feet from East Side Elementary School, 936 East National Avenue.
State law prohibits businesses from selling alcoholic beverages within 200-feet of a school or a place of worship.
However, the law also states an exception can be made if the school corporation grants the business a waiver.
"We want to appreciate, respect and honor the community," Kocolene Corporation representative Rich Steele told those in attendance. "It is a privilege to sell alcohol, and we plan to take many measures to provide increased security if granted this waiver."
He added the convenience store planned to sell the alcohol in a separate room and install security cameras and television monitors to safe guard against alcohol falling into the wrong hands.
Despite the company's articulate arguments, board members unanimously voted to deny Kocolene's request.
Meanwhile, the bus garage debate continues amongst board members, CCS transportation personnel and meeting patrons.
CCS bus driver Kathy Rogers approached the board in an attempt to urge them to choose to purchase a doublewide modular and place it at the present transportation office location to allow for more space for meetings.
In addition, former CCS Superintendent and meeting patron Bill Schad approached the board expressing his concerns regarding rumors he said he overheard at a local "burger stand."
Schad said he'd heard others say CCS board members were allegedly considering wasting or misusing taxpayer dollars by leasing the property for an unspecified number of years only to buy it later for a higher price from a second appraisal.
"To buy and renovate the William's property is costly. You need to look in the tax payer's best interest," Schad told board members. "Using an office in the central office building for transportation that is separate from the bus garage makes about as much sense as moving the superintendent's office in the cafeteria."
CCS board member Amy Burke Adams reassured Shad the rumors he'd overheard were false.
"I think the Williams property would suit what we need for a mechanic's garage, and we'd like the transportation office to have a space large enough to meet with parents," Adams said. "No one has any underhanded, squirrelly ideas in mind. We do plan to get a full appraisal because we've only had curbside appraisals previously."
Board members met Monday, Aug. 8, to tour the existing transportation office, the Williams property on Pinckley Street and the Hughes property on Knight Street.
CCS Board President Rob Miller said finding the solution to the issues surrounding the bus garage has been a challenge.
"I think there are actually two problems -- the office space problem and the garage problem," Miller said.
CCS Board Vice President Tina Heffner agreed with her counterparts and made a motion to get a full appraisal on the Williams property.
"We need more room and better working conditions for the mechanics," Heffner said. "Economically speaking, we could do well with the Williams property."
Adams gave the second to Heffner's motion, and the board approved the motion (5-0-2), with board member Forrest Buell and Secretary Ron Scherb abstaining.
In other transportation business, the board approved a motion to advertise for bids for buses and fuel.
CCS Transportation Director Frank Misner said, "If gas goes above the range the company sets, they pay us penny for penny, but if gas goes below the range, we pay them penny for penny."
In other school board news:
* CCS board members unanimously voted to purchase and renovate the American Legion property at $277,500 after real estate agent Lori Dalton confirmed the property was free of any liens and judgments against it. The money to purchase the property will come from the rainy day fund, and all renovations are subject to CCS board approval,
* Pam Fischer and other YMCA summer day camp personnel attended the meeting to present information about the success of the summer camp,
* Board members unanimously approved Director of Business Affairs Mike Fowler's request to accept membership into the Health Trust. The membership includes all school personnel in the Health Savings Account plan. A $1,500 per employee buy-in fee has been agreed upon,
* The board granted permission to advertise the 2012 school corporation budget in local newspaper legal advertisements,
* CCS is transitioning from 401(a) and VEBA vendors to TIAA-CREF due to significant problems with the current VEBA vendor. During the meeting, board members approved the switch and authorized Fowler to set up the appropriate accounts with TIAA-CREF and to make the change to TIAA-CREF for our 401(a) and VEBA retirement accounts, and
* Board members approved a pay raise for non-certified employees and bus drivers.
All board members were present during the meeting.
The CCS board meets on the second Thursday of every month. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the North Clay Middle School Media Center.