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Center Point council discusses water projects

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Center Point Town Council members Helen Hoffa (left) and Don Moreau (right) listen as Council President Roy Smith announced he and his son, Nephaniah Smith, will be attending classes during the months of March and April that will license both of them to spray for mosquitoes, which requires a state license and has been a problem within the town. [Order this photo]
CENTER POINT -- Discussions at the Center Point Town Council meeting Saturday morning centered mainly on drinking water and waste water maintenance projects.

During the meeting, Council President Roy Smith gave those in attendance an update concerning both projects.

"The IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management) inspector was here, and the only two things they still want us to fix are already in the works," Smith said about the drinking water. "We need to have an emergency response system and an updated map of the valves and hydrants."

Smith added the water tower holding cell has an alarm on it that sends messages to Smith's phone and another town's Water Superintendent Brad Barrett, to notify them if someone opens the door to the water tower.

"Cindy and Bryan are working on the emergency plan," Smith said.

In addition, Smith said the waste water lagoon projects are also coming along.

"Everything is installed at the lagoon and the lift station; we're just not online yet," Smith said. "We weren't quite done by Christmas like we'd hoped, but we had a lot of weather. They are building the fence out there, and I got the signs for the lagoons and lift station."

The council passed a motion to pay the contractors for work they've completed thus far.

Meanwhile, Center Point resident Jim Griffith addressed the council with concerns about the fluctuation of his water and sewer bills.

He said the bill's amount varies and is $20 higher every other month.

"I think it's a rip off when you have to pay a bigger bill every other month," Griffith said.

However, Smith explained that the water company's charges come from meter readings that are rounded to the nearest hundredth, and a customer's water bill is determined by which usage bracket they fall into at the given time of the meter reading.

Smith further explained that Griffith's water usage must be on the cusp of a higher bracket.

"The first bracket is those who use up to 2,000 gallons of sewer or 2,500 gallons for water," Smith said. "You must be exceeding that."

Council members also discussed a traffic issue involving the intersection at State Road 42 and Harmony Road.

"You can't see to pull out turning south on Harmony Road," Campbell said. "Two large piles of dirt are obstructing the traffic view."

The Center Point Town Council's next meeting is schedule for Tuesday Feb. 7, at 6 p.m., in the Center Point Town Hall.

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