The Clay City Town Council is thinking about selling its water system to help pay off their sewage debt or to put money back for reserve, which could lower the sewage rates.
"Riley sold theirs last year and their council seemed to really like it," council member Rob Freeman said.
Three years ago, Clay City was using 25 million billable gallons of water. The council had estimated its sewage loan on that number, but now water usage has dropped to 18 million gallons of billable water.
Clay City was able to pay its bills three years ago, but now the town is struggling because of debt.
At this point, the council only plans to research the idea and eventually look at bids from whoever might be interested in buying.
"We want to pursue every avenue we can," Clay City Council President Guy Dickerson said.
The construction on State Road 59 through Clay City is making progress. The section between Fourth and Seventh Streets is set to reopen Aug. 26. A meeting regarding the construction between contractors and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is scheduled for Aug. 17, from 10 a.m.--noon, at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. This meeting is open to the public.
Meanwhile, the council discussed an issue with piggyback meters in the town. They said these are not fair to everyone, and they are hurting the town's revenue. They plan to fix the problem as soon as possible by informing those involved and giving a certain amount of time to get the project completed.
Alicia Jacobs and Jim Mayrose, both of the Board of Directors on Clay City Senior Citizen Housing, attended the meeting to ask about an area near the parking lot on Ninth Street. A drainage basin was rebuilt in the spring, and they thought someone would be coming back to concrete it. Instead, it has been taped off and left. The council members said they would check into the situation.
Finally, the council also plans to cut the police cars down to two and sell the reserve car. They have sold one car to Brazil and plan to sell another to help pay off the other two police cars.
"We're trying to cut down everywhere," Dickerson said.
Other issues discussed included the following:
* A stop sign at Fourth and Ninth streets needs replaced after vandalism, and
* "Children At Play" signs near The Rock seem to be missing.
The Clay City Town Council meets monthly at 7 p.m., on the first Thursday of each month. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Sept. 8.