The Center Point Town Council met Tuesday night to discuss regular business.
The council was scheduled to hear from software representatives about a program to help the town with budgeting, but the representatives were unable to attend, and will be giving an informational meeting prior to the March 4 meeting at 5 p.m.
Most of the meeting was spent discussing the operations of the water works.
Citizens of Center Point at the meeting voiced concern about the boil order which was placed last week but has not been lifted.
They asked the council for better notification and information about the required tests done after an order is placed.
The council responded with a promise to post boil orders at the Center Point Hardware Store and the Center Point Post Office.
In other water works issues, the sewer pump sent in for repair has not been returned yet, but there have been no reported issues with the sewer.
Council President Roy Smith said the town should prepare the sewer for power outages by connecting pumps to an emergency generator to pump in clean water and pump away waste and rain water.
The council also discussed Certified Water Tester Phyllis Barrett's license, which has not been sent into the state yet.
The council has repeatedly asked for the license, and for all of the appropriate paperwork to be filled out as well. The council moved to have a letter sent to Barrett outlining the necessary changes that need to be made and information the board needs to continue her work.
In other business, the hole on South Street has been fixed, and the board moved to have a tree removed on Hendricks Street and another in the cemetery, which need to be taken down from the top and not felled.
The council motioned to start a neighborhood watch to assist the Clay County Sheriff's Department, and to look into reinstituting the Town Marshal if volunteer Gene Crowley wanted to go through with the classes.
Smith reminded the council that, according to Homeland Security, they are the "ultimate authority" during emergencies, and they need to react quickly if the town needs financial assistance from the government.
Clerk/Treasurer Roger Campbell reported the annual budget report was completed and sent in to the appropriate office, and an inventory of town supplies was also done.
The council reminded citizens to put down Center Point, not Sugar Ridge Township, when applying for driver's licenses and renewals.
Campbell announced a meeting for the Fall Festival will be held at Center Point Hardware at 6 p.m., Friday, to discuss a date for the festival and to elect officers. The public is welcome to attend.
Water Clerk Rosella Parks was unable to attend the council meeting again because of an injury, but sent word that more checks than usual bounced for the month of January.
The Town of Center Point collected $1,600 in late fees for water and $3,000 in late fees for sewer during the year 2007. This does not include reconnection fees.
The council motioned to strip the old town marshal cruiser and sell for parts. The board did not decide who to sell the parts to.
Campbell and council member Cynthia Gray attended an Indiana Association of Cities and Towns "boot camp" in January, and reported some of the training they received to the board.
Gray signed up for a listserv through IACT where towns can e-mail questions and receive responses from other town officials around the state.
The next Center Point Town Council meeting will be Tuesday, March 4, at 6 p.m., at the Center Point Town Hall.