By Lynn Hamilton, Times Staff Writer
At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, Mayor Kenny Crabb noted that the budget has been passed by Indiana Legislature and the $33 million they have in gaming money will be given back to municipalities. Clay County will be receiving $51,000.
All bids for the sidewalk project are due June 20. The board will vote on these at the next meeting, June 24. The decision will be between at least two or three companies.
Crabb drew special attention to the plaque from the Preservation Association honoring Forest Park's Chafariz Dos Contos, or Fountain of Tales. The award was presented to the Clay Community Parks Association, but will be permanently displayed at City Hall.
In new business, the Council approved compliance of the statement of benefits of Morris Manufacturing, which currently has about 97 employees.
In the Board of Works meeting that followed, Jim Sheese reported that the prices of weather alert sirens are being explored and they may not be as expensive as anticipated. They could be as low as $12-14,000.
It was voted to go through with the purchase of three new trucks from the Brazil Autoplex. The city will be buying a 2002 Silverado with heavy duty transmission and two S-10s for use in water maintenance and by the meter readers for under $47,000. They will take out a loan from Fifth Third Bank to replace the old trucks, which were beginning to need many costly repairs.
Also, the deposit for water may move from $25 to two or three times that. This should take place within the next four to six weeks.