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Clay City USA looks into revitalization project

Friday, December 2, 2011

A revitalization project was discussed during Thursday's Clay City Town Council meeting.

Dave Schuck, president of Clay City USA, spoke to the Clay City Town Council, updating them on the foundation. Several months ago, Schuck had discussed that Clay City USA and the Town of Clay City had been accepted by the state as an Indiana Main Street.

The foundation has been waiting on the highway and sidewalks project to be completed before starting work with a revitalization effort.

Last month, the foundation met with Professor Scott Truex, who is director of the Community Based Projects Program from Ball State University's School of Architecture and Planning. He has worked with more than 200 communities to help their community planning and revitalization.

"If we can work with them and find funding through working with the school, we are going to see if we can enlist them to help us plan for downtown revitalization and community project and planning," Schuck said.

Schuck has also been in contact with Professor Susan Lankford, the director of the Center for Historic Preservation also at the BSU's School of Architecture. She works with building fašade restoration and planning.

Schuck asked the council for permission to work with the college and town merchants to see how they could plan for downtown.

"My plan is to continually update you as things develop," Schuck said. "If we can get the school and students involved, they'll be down here working with us and that's where we'll also want the council to be involved."

Schuck explained that Clay City USA is not asking for money from the town.

"There will have to be concurrence with the town for certain grant applications," Schuck said. "But we're not asking for any financial support. We're hoping to do this independent from that. It will probably just be legal support from the town council."

The council agreed to give their support.

Also during the meeting, the council realized they have $10,000 for new blacktop, which will not rollover into the new year.

"We were so busy messing with everything else," council member Rob Freeman said. "We got involved in the highway project, and I really didn't realize we had any money."

The council decided they would like to contract and obligate the new blacktop project now. They would start the actual work on the project in the spring.

The council will have to hold a special meeting to approve a bid before the new year or they could lose the money.

"Well, can we get it done?" asked Freeman.

"The street will otherwise not be paved," Town Attorney Chris Gambill said.

"Well, I know," Freeman said. "I guess we better try."

Meanwhile, the town council opened the only bid they received for the black town truck. The bid was from Rick Nelson for $200. The council accepted the bid.

Regarding the Mayberry police car, Clay City USA, who originally donated the vehicle to the city, has asked for it back. Instead of trying to sell the car, the council transferred it back to Clay City USA.

Other items discussed during the meeting included:

* The council passed a motion to adjust sewage for nine residences,

* The council paid $200 to the Clay County Humane Society,

* The council approved the rectification for the Clay City municipal code books with a cost of $450,

* The council approved paying Reynolds, Inc. $3,200 for repairs and repacking of a well pump on the north side of town, on the east side of the highway,

* Gambill noted he would be filing suit on those who haven't paid toward their piggyback meters,

* The town council has decided to wait until the new board begins to move any further with the Indiana American Water project,

* The council approved the payment for two training workshops for newly elected town officers, and

* Gambill thanked Clerk Treasurer Denetta Hane for all she has done for the community, explaining that community members have no idea what all goes into her job.

The Clay City town council meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.

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