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Budget cuts on the table

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Although the Center Point Town Council met on April Fool's Day, the monthly meeting at Town Hall was all business.

With President Roy Smith unable to attend, Vice President Dan Brand ran the meeting.

Center Point hosted an Indiana Association of Cities and Towns round table event last week, and along with meetings with the county's auditor, braced for budget cuts likely to be seen when all provisions of the new property tax bill are enacted.

The cuts come at a time when the town is already spread thin paying for road, sidewalk and waterworks repairs.

An estimated $12,000-$15,000 would be needed to fix the storm drain on Church St., which has been on the council's agenda for several months.

When asked if there is a quick fix to the storm drain, council member Cynthia Gray replied, "The quick fix is a drought."

Nine thousand dollars was needed to repair the two sewer pumps for the town, and the constant maintenance may require the board to change vendors.

The board denied a request from the water department to place a shutoff valve near Jackson Township because other valves need replacing first, and rarely has the water been shut off at Jackson Township Elementary School.

The board received a quote on repairing the potholes on Main St. from Lowes, and the project would be a major cost to the town. The road has been built upon, layer by layer, and run-off water issues means the road would need to be redone.

Lowes estimated the project would cost $250,000, and the board is waiting for estimates from two other firms.

A Capital Improvements five-year plan is required by the state, and Center Point hopes to solve many of the financial issues with a capital project "wish list" being compiled by town employees.

"This will be an interesting year trying to keep our heads above water," Brand said.

In other business, information for a new neighborhood watch committee was distributed to organizer Brahm Sanders. Sanders and George Dickens are putting together the group as a formal way for citizens to work with law enforcement to protect the town.

Recent issues with paint-ball shootings, 4-wheelers on town roads and speeding vehicles have pushed the board to move quickly to begin the group.

The board also intends to sell the old Marshal car for parts to Carbon, which will add to law enforcement funds and decrease the amount of insurance paid.

A concerned citizen also asked the board about leash ordinances for dogs in Center Point.

Gray said there is no leash ordinance, but Indiana law says dogs cannot "run at large."

The citizen mentioned several different dogs within town that are able to run loose, and with kids starting to play outside again, a major problem could ensue.

The board said they would like to remind community members to prevent pets from running loose on the streets.

The Center Point Town Council meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Town Hall. The next meeting will be May 6, at 6 p.m.

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