During this month's Clay City Town Council meeting, the council decided to get the city's water system appraised. The city is considering selling its water system to Indiana American Water with the hope the company will pay for the appraisal.
"It may not be anything we do, but it is something we're looking into if it is going to benefit the town," Council member Rob Freeman said. "Part of the reason we're looking into it is to help lower sewage rates."
Meanwhile, Clay City signed an agreement with Clay County to have the county run the election this year for a total of $995.
The election will take place in the Orange Building.
"The county has been talking about taking over the election, and this is probably a good time for them to do that," President Guy Dickerson said.
Also during the meeting, Jim West from Wabash Campgrounds attended the meeting and presented a plan to sell the water and sewage from the campgrounds to the city. The council discussed the pump station with West. Once the infrastructure is seeded to the town, then the city will take over on maintenance and utilities for its operation. The campground plans to transfer ownership of the pump station to the town after inspection takes place.
During this month's meeting, the council decided on hours for trick-or-treating. The council decided on only one night -- Monday, Oct. 31, from 6-9 p.m.
"Most generally, we'd have two nights for trick or treating, but we don't feel like we should have Sunday night set up as a trick or treat night," Dickerson explained. "We didn't like that there would be a gap if we had it Saturday and Monday."
At the end of the meeting, Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs asked for a new shotgun for $459.95 and a laptop with camera and mount for vehicles for $3,579.96, both of which will come out of deferral funds.
Other issues discussed during the meeting included:
* Three Honeywell chart recorders were recently struck by lightning. The council approved to replace them, totally $750,050 with a $500 deductible,
*The council passed the 2012 salary ordinance,
* A motion was made and passed to make sewage adjustments due to problems with two homes having leaks, Harris Bank flooding and two pools filled,
* A citizen attended the meeting to comment on a ditch near his house.
"The water is standing in the ditch and the mosquitoes are thick," he said. He explained that the ditch holds a 12-inch storm drain that floods whenever it rains. Council member Rob Freeman said he would check the area the next morning,
* Town Attorney Chris Gambill updated the council and those attending the meetings. He said he sent letters to owners of piggyback meters and everyone should be aware of the changes that need to take place,
* The council discussed putting a stop sign on Seventh Street at the Nigh Street crossing, making it a four-way stop. Gambill plans to write an ordinance concerning this issue,
* The council invites bids for the 2007 Dodge Charger without a minimum, and
* The council invites bids for the December meeting for a 1988 Chevy truck and a 1963 Ford Galaxy (Mayberry police car).