CARBON -- Town officials from Carbon met recently to discuss various community issues.
The primary issue discussed was the ongoing need for a storm-water upgrade.
Resident Tony Matz said water runoff from the road near his home was damaging his yard, while another resident, Mark Harben, said that holes dug on his property for the system were filling up and causing water damage.
Gary Ladd, the project engineer, faxed Carbon Board President Josephine Rightsell before the meeting telling her he would be unable to attend due to "personal reasons."
Rightsell said progress has been slowed due to excessive rainfall in the area in April, adding that digging can't be done in those conditions.
"Everything's wrong, but there's nothing anyone can do to help it," she said.
Dough Clodfelter, Certified Operator for the Waterworks Plant, took the floor to discuss the need to draft a letter to the Indiana State Sewage Board to begin a chlorination process to remove any possible E. coli from the town's water.
Clodfelter said the town would need to install a low flow water meter, which would allow potentially dangerous water to be discharged at anytime, an option that is not available with the current system.
The letter has to be drafted by July 1. No bids have been made for such a project at this time.
The board made special mention of the town's Clean-Up day, which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at the town hall building.
Rightsell said the event was for "anyone who has something the trash can't take."
The Wallace Trash Company will supply a truck that will smash up any large-scale items citizens are looking to get rid of. It is for residents of Carbon only.
Harben also made a point about trying to have something done about various dilapidated buildings that were "making the town look like a dump."
One place in particular is an abandoned building located behind the town post office.
According to reports, it is overrun by stray animals. The board said correcting the problem is "a very slow process," because it is not yet known who owns the buildings. Rightsell said the board would get to the bottom of the problem and try to get it corrected.
Another complaint Harben had about the buildings is that they posed a potential danger to adventurous children who may feel compelled to see what's inside.
Rightsell expressed gratitude toward Harben and all others in attendance who brought their concerns to the public forum.
"If you don't complain, we don't know anything's wrong," Rightsell said.
The board will meet again June 1, at town hall.