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Town council addresses waterworks project

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Staunton Town Council met Monday night for its monthly meeting to discuss town matters.

Council President Andy Kirchner started the meeting by addressing the large waterworks project.

Shirley Jolly, the Staunton treatment plant operator, gave a report on the waterworks and treatment facility work being done.

Jolly said the new plant was "coming along fine," and because of the lack of rain, the current facility is still operating within its permit range. Jolly said the walkways and railings around some of the tanks have been put in, and "it's something to see."

Mark Downey, the town engineer from Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., gave recommendations to pay Graves Plumbing and Commonwealth Engineers for work done on the new waterworks plant. The board positively commented on the work being done with Graves.

The board passed the movement to pay the two companies.

Downey said Graves Plumbing did not expect to have any pay claims until the beginning of the 2008.

Jacob Raubuch, the town water superintendent, said the fourth quarter radium and December bacteria sample have been sent to the Department of Health, and the November bacteria reading came back satisfactory.

Raubuch also said the average daily use of water has decreased since a leak under one of the Staunton Elementary School driveways was fixed.

Street supervisor Alvin Ripple reported a new sign at Green Street and Filmore Street, and there are 12-13 signs around town that need to be straightened out.

Ripple said the first snow removal went well, and he did not have to use the sand spreader.

Town Marshal Chuck Jones reported a rash of vandalism and car break-ins that were resolved.

Jones also had an appointment Tuesday to have the radar recertified on the squad car. This is necessary for Jones to write speeding tickets.

He also said there are still homes around town that need house numbers and permanent addresses. Law requires house numbers after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Clerk/Treasurer Cathy Mienheartt said the new computer is up and running, and the software company needed the contract to be approved to be able to transfer payroll and utilities accounts to the new equipment.

The motion was approved, and taking $4,200 for the software out of the special water fund was approved.

Mienheartt also reported the town now has a functioning e-mail address, townofstaunton@verizon.net.

The next meeting will be Monday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Board member contracts and officers will be elected at the meeting.

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