CARBON -- Various water issues were the exclusive topic of discussion as the Carbon Town Council conducted its monthly meeting recently.
The evening's first speaker was Gary Ladd, the engineer of Carbon's current storm water project. Ladd said he had overseen the installation of several pipes spread throughout the town and he would evaluate other areas in order to properly set up the system to avoid excessive water damage during heavy rains.
"We're not going to be able to drain every area," Ladd said, "but we will try to get all we can with the money that is available to us."
The council said they hoped the system would be complete and operational by either March or April.
The most heated topic of discussion during the hour-long meeting involved a recent accident with a water main.
On Dec. 18, while members of Campbell's Construction Company were working on the system, a three-inch water main located on North Third Street, west of Poplar, burst, creating a town-wide boil water advisory.
Town Marshal and Water Maintenance Supervisor Ron Keen said there had been miscommunication with Campbell's about who was accountable for the mishap.
Keen and others present at the meeting felt Campbell's and the town needed to be engaged in an open dialogue in order to prevent such an incident from occurring again. To make this happen, a special meeting was planned for Jan. 22, at 6 p.m., at town hall.
Keen said it was imperative that whatever misunderstandings have occurred be cleared up at the meeting.
"We're at the tip of the iceberg," Keen said. "Come spring, it's only going to get worse."
Another special meeting was set up for another noteworthy town issue, the possible 167 percent hike in water prices. Carbon, along with Knightsville, Center Point and Harmony, receive water from Brazil.
The meeting to discuss the proposed water ordinance has been scheduled for Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m., at town hall.
Brazil Attorney Eric Somheil said there haven't been increases in water prices in Carbon for five years and that the hike was being done "to remain even" with inflation.
Board member Dennis Rightsell said he understood the need to increase cost, but felt the timing was poor due to current economic conditions being felt by local citizens.
"This is a bad time to raise water costs," Rightsell said. "It's almost like we're just kicking everyone while they're down."
Both the water main and water rate meetings will be open to the public. The council will meet again for its monthly meeting on Feb. 2.