CLAY CITY -- The Clay City Town Board met Thursday for its monthly meeting at the Town Hall building.
The primary discussion topic at the meeting centered around an expansion program the town is involved in with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). John Wetzel, the project engineer for Midwest Engineers, presented a proposal from INDOT outlining the proposed project, which will feature a complete revamping of streets running from 1st to the corner of 157 in the city.
The project will include the new sidewalks, remodeled highways and wider roads amongst other repairs.
Wetzel said the agreement was mostly finalized and that the project should be up and running by April of next year.
A potential problem with the project came with a complaint from a local resident. Wetzel said INDOT was planning on tying in eight feet of pipe back into an existing pipe in an easement in front of the citizen's property.
The board said the citizen had experienced a problem with sinkholes on his property, and was worried that running the pipes together could lead to the creation of even bigger sinkholes. Council Vice-President Robert Freeman said the individual expressed "valid concerns" and that the board would try to get the situation taken care of.
Freeman said the plan was to have Council President Richard Sutton speak with the citizen personally to see if a deal could be worked out.
During the meeting, Wetzel said he could contact INDOT to see if they would be able to repair the pipes in the easement themselves, but stated that getting them to handle it "would be a long shot."
Freeman said that if a deal couldn't be worked out, the town would likely hire someone to come in independently to fix the pipe.
Another issue raised was the inability to get a grant needed to put lights on Main Street. Cindy Wagle, a citizen who attempted to gain the grant, has not yet been able to obtain the funding needed to get the lights in place.
The board encouraged Wagle to look elsewhere, namely Duke Energy, to get an estimate on the cost of lighting the area and to try and keep the motion moving.
The INDOT project is slated to begin in April and continue into 2010.
The Clay City Town Board will meet again on Dec. 4 at Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.