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Center Point officials pleased with progress of project

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The foundation has been laid for the Town of Center Point's booster pump station located by Jackson Township Elementary School, and officials say they expect the construction projects to be completed in December. [Order this photo]
CENTER POINT -- Officials say construction crews have made significant progress toward finishing the lagoon renovations in the Town of Center Point.

During the monthly town council meeting Tuesday evening, Hannum, Wagle and Cline Engineering Project Manager Lindsey Glover gave those in attendance an update on the project.

In June, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) awarded Center Point a $1 million grant for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

Center Point has hired Graves Plumbing Company, Switz City, as head contractors, as well as two local subcontractors, Barrett Excavating and T.J. Fencing, both of Center Point.

Roy Smith
"The water project is nearly 65 percent complete. All work with the town is complete, including valve and hydrant replacement and the installation of a new check valve at the northeast side of town," Glover said.

The water booster pump station that will replace the existing underground station was delivered Thursday, and according to Glover, the contractor will begin station installation and connect site piping to bring the pump station online.

In addition, Glover said the wastewater project is nearly 50 percent complete.

"The contractor has completed the installation of the new contractor has completed the installation of the new concrete structures at the wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) and connected all the piping to the north lagoon," Glover said. "Work on piping to the south lagoon will be completed this month, as well as installation of the chemical feed building and equipment to be located at the WWTF."

After completing that project, the contractor will begin installing the new main lift station that pumps all the collected waste from the town to the WWTF.

In addition, construction crews have disassembled the old fence in preparation to install a new fence.

The tasks remaining to be completed include the installation of a new pump and a level control center for the water tower and booster pump center and a level and flow control for the wastewater treatment plant.

Glover told The Brazil Times she expects the project to be completed in December.

Meanwhile, Center Point property owner Pat Thomas was present at the meeting to express her feelings about the closing of an alley located at between Main and Ohio streets, which runs from Gilbert to Church streets.

"I see no purpose in closing the alley," Thomas said. "It's so small, and I don't see how it would benefit anyone to close it."

Council President Roy Smith said Thomas' objection left him with conflicting feelings about what the right decision would be.

"I truly hate being the middle," Roy said. "I don't care if it's closed or not. There are going to be hard feelings either way."

Resident Dave Brown suggested the town let Habitat for Humanity have the property.

"There have been very few new homes built in Center Point in recent years," Brown said. "Most people who have habitat homes work to keep up their homes."

However, Attorney Eric Somhiel reminded the council that state law states the alley be divided among the residents who live on either side of the alley.

"They can take care of it any way they choose to," Somhiel said.

After discussing the different options, Roy said he didn't feel it was right to close the alley if anyone objected to the decision.

Board member George Dickens made a motion to keep the alley open, board member Dan Brand gave the second and the motion was unanimously approved.

In other Center Point news:

* Somheil is creating a credit card ordinance policy,

* The council is communicating with members of the Center Point Fire Department to install a tornado siren. They are trying to do more research to find out how much it will cost,

* The council decided to pass attorney costs on to customers for legal fees associated for with new water customers, and

* Smith told those in attendance the government is no longer giving grant money to help towns pay for the new signage requirements they are mandating.

The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m.

Center Point has an additional meeting scheduled for closing their yearly books Friday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m.

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Good job Roy.

-- Posted by rlcez on Fri, Nov 4, 2011, at 11:08 AM

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