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Center Point project underway

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Center Point Town Council President Roy Smith
CENTER POINT -- Center Point Town Council members announced digging for the town's water system improvement project will begin next week during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

"We are trying to get the surface water away from the street and the properties," Council President Roy Smith told The Brazil Times.

Smith explained the town received a grant for $700,000, and town officials plan to use the grant to install a new booster pump and water tower level controls.

"Currently, we're controlling the water tower manually," Smith explained. "But we're trying to fix that to where it's automatically controlled."

Smith and Clerk Treasurer Roger Campbell told those in attendance they plan to attend the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) meeting at the Holiday Inn, Cloverdale, to discuss water and wastewater system sabotage, Thursday, Aug. 25.

During the IACT meeting, representatives from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will discuss the importance for towns to identify potential weaknesses.

The purpose of the meeting is to devise a sound response plan in case water sabotage and vandalism would propose a threat.

"The state treats all water systems, but they have different standards than we do," Smith said. "I'm sure attending the meeting will help us get to where the state wants us to be."

He added the state mandates each town install a ladder guard on their water tower ladders to prevent terrorists from having access.

"But it's kind of redundant because our ladder is already 20 feet off the ground," Smith told The Brazil Times.

The meeting is specifically geared toward protecting smaller communities that could be taken for granted and begins at 7 p.m.

IDEM will also review other town responsibilities under the Clean Water Act.

Others interested in attending can find out more information at www.citiesandtowns.org.

Council members are also applying for another grant to benefit the town.

The government issued new federal signage standards countrywide requiring street signs have a certain level of reflectivity, sign size and letter size to increase visibility and reduce safety concerns.

Under these new mandates, the Town of Center Point will have to inventory all signage and conduct a study to determine which signs will have to be replaced.

"The signs will need to be replaced by 2015," Smith said. "We are trying to see if there are still federal grants available."

In other Center Point news:

* Customers are continuing to make payments to get their past due accounts caught up,

* Council members are making plans to repair two Center Point customer's water meters,

* Town officials will soon be mailing out their yearly water quality reports to residents,

* The council discussed the abandoned Barcus property. Smith said there are judgments against the property. He added the owners were cooperating at first, but haven't followed through. The town wants to clean it up and sell it,

* Town officials also discussed several area residents yard upkeep, and

* The council will conduct a first reading of the town budget Saturday, Oct. 8, and budget approval is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m.

The next Center Point town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m.

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when will center point get water out to state road 59

-- Posted by oknow on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 10:57 AM

Forgive me for being "dumb" but I thought Center Point was on Brazil Water? That is how it appeared the last time the water in Brazil was shut off. I didn't have water for several hours.

-- Posted by dxrs0 on Sun, Aug 7, 2011, at 1:30 AM

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