CENTER POINT -- As it always is, the Town Hall Building was the site for the Center Point town council's monthly meeting Tuesday.
The meeting opened with a discussion with Norm Crampton, who works with the Census Bureau in Bloomington.
Crampton said the goal of his organization was to get started on plans for the 2010 census, hoping to get 100 percent participation from Center Point residents.
Crampton stressed the importance of heavy involvement, as it would help create more money for the town. He said the town receives approximately $300 per person who participates and the money could be used for various grants that can be utilized for town needs.
A suggestion to promote next year's census was to advertise at a few area "hot spots" with posters. Crampton also suggested to promote at local clubs.
Town Board President Roy Smith agreed, saying that people were more likely to trust a member of an organization they are a part of more than government officials.
Clay County Emergency Management Agency representative Bryan Husband then took the floor to announce FEMA had approved local grant projects that would help lend more money in case of natural disasters. He said this was needed as 2008 saw a record number of weather-based disastrous events in the state.
Husband and Town Board Vice President Cindy Gray also hoped to set up a meeting in May to discuss a disaster plan solely for the town of Center Point. Smith said the plan would simply be precautionary, stating if horrific weather caused devastation to Center Point, the effects would likely be felt county-wide.
The board also discussed reducing water rates for people who use less than 300 gallons per month. Gray stated that some citizens simply looked after area homes and were "livid" they were being charged the same $60 monthly fee for water as they would if they were obtaining residency.
The board agreed to pass a motion to give reduced charges in this situation. It was also suggested that charges be based on how frequently residents visit these homes, but Town Attorney Eric Somheil rejected this idea, saying there was no way to officially monitor the frequency at which people reside in the homes.
The board also decided to maintain the town park, located on Williams Street, between Harmony and Cherry streets. The park had previously been operated by the county, but will no longer be beginning next year due to funding issues, which will leave them unable to continue to support routine maintenance tasks such as lawn care.
Smith said the board had no problem keeping the park operational, and they would keep it the way it was. He said no major remodeling plans were being made at the present time.
The Center Point Town Council meets regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. However, its next regularly scheduled meeting will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 2, at Town Hall.