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Town Council gives update on community center

Monday, November 9, 2009

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STAUNTON -- According to Brad Webster, things are moving ahead as scheduled.

On Monday, Webster -- a Staunton Town Council member -- offered an update on the Staunton Community Center during the board's monthly meeting.

"There have been no snags," Webster said. "They're making good headway."

The council conducted a bid hearing earlier this year for construction on the building, eventually choosing to move forward with MSI Construction, Inc., based in Clinton. During the bid process, MSI Construction offered the lowest bid at $427,600.

The foundation for the center has been laid, according to town officials.

Despite a few things here and there, everything is currently on schedule, according to town council president Andy Kirchner.

"It's normal minor stuff," Kirchner said. "But nothing significant."

Webster added the board elected to use a shingle roof as opposed to the proposed metal roof due to costs.

Both said they believed the building could be ready for business by late February or early March. In fact, Webster said some residents have already expressed interest in renting out the building.

Meanwhile, Webster told the board he had been in contact with officials with the Clay Community School Corporation about the possibility of purchasing a metal building located on the grounds at Staunton Elementary School.

Webster told the board he was told the corporation may have interest in placing the building up for auction in the spring.

Webster said the building would be ideal for the town to store equipment, such as the town backhoe, which is currently housed in an open area near the water tower.

In other business, the board:

* Learned that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) had recently visited the wastewater treatment plant and the plant received a passing grade, and

* Learned Town Marshal Chuck Jones handed out five speeding citations and took care of two dog complaints.

The Staunton Town Council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Its next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 14.

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