-The Indiana Department of Transportation and Department of Commerce representatives presented grant information concerning the proposed downtown lighting project to the Clay City Town Board Thursday. About 72 lights will be needed. Each light will cost $829. The Lighting Commission has raised $24,000 towards the project. The proposed grants would cover 80 percent of the project.
-The first stage of applying for a Rural Development Grant to replace the sewage system has been completed. The city is currently under a sewage ban. It has been determined by Midwestern Engineers the current system is equipped to handle 120,000 gallons per day; its regular usage far exceeds the maximum capacity at 160,000 GPD, during rain the number can rise to 400,000 GPD. The problem lies at the flow stations and water treatment plant. The estimated cost of upgrading the system is $3.95 million. Users can expect an increased bill each month. If the city is able to attain the Rural Development Grant, an average bill should range between $27-$50. Without the grant, the average bill could rise to $80-100. The second stage has been completed and is awaiting council approval before being submitted.
-The city is currently under a "sewage ban", however the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will allow an existing structure with an unused hookup to return to service. A single family dwelling is allowed a new hook up in accordance with IDEM guidelines.
-The council reiterated the city's ordinance that only existing mobile homes may be allowed within city limits. New mobile homes are allowed only in the two mobile home parks.
-A unanimous decision was reached on raising the deposit from $35 to $50 when obtaining a city water hook up.
-The council also approved a 5 percent pay raise for all city employees in 2005. The raise was approved due to the annual cost of living increase.
Police Report for November.
2 break ins
8 Criminal Investigations
2 Criminal Arrests
8 Traffic citations
16 Traffic Warnings
-The Clay City Fire Dept. Tanker vehicle will be sold by closed bid with a minimun amount of $1,000.