During its monthly meeting, Carbon Town Council members voted unanimously in favor to accept Evan Sutherlin as the town's new reserve assistant deputy marshal.
The council accepted Sutherlin after council member Dennis Rightsell made the motion.
"I will be doing everything a police officer does, but I won't be getting paid for it," Sutherlin told The Brazil Times.
He will now receive a 40-hour pre-basic training to ready himself for the position.
"It certifies me to make arrests, possess a firearm and learn traffic and police laws," Sutherlin said. "I've always been interested in law enforcement. I've worked at the jail, and I've worked with the Clay County Community Corrections in the home detention department in their house arrest program. I just really want to help the community."
Meanwhile, council members are looking into an experimental process with Bradley Innovation Group, LLC, to solve their ammonia level problems in the town's wastewater lagoon system.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Certified Operator Doug Clodfelter told The Brazil Times, "They are trying to apply for a grant that would cover 100 percent and won't cost the town anything. If the grant is approved, then we can move forward with the experimental process. We don't have a date of when it will be finished yet."
Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the State of Indiana added two new criteria standards, which requires a limit of discharge for ammonia and E. coli levels.
Currently, Carbon's waste stabilization lagoons are in violation of the new standards.
Although the violation doesn't pose a threat to any citizens, the town is still responsible for solving the issue.
The existing lagoons are not designed to effectively treat ammonia in cold weather.
Council members said the current system meets the state's ammonia standards for the majority of the year, but when temperatures drop during winter months, ammonia levels increase.
"To treat ammonia, there has to be sufficient ammonia-eating bacteria, which isn't able to exist in colder temperatures," Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. Vice President Mark Sullivan said. "There are three main concerns: Aeration, warm temperatures and long detention times."
So far, all the other possible options Sullivan has suggested besides the No Action Alternative have not been financially feasible for the town.
During its January meeting, council members passed a resolution to adopt the No Action Alternative as the solution but said they are still keeping their options open.
This month, council members speculated whether they would have to ask for another extension from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and they also discussed the regulation of ammonia levels within the lagoons this winter.
"We are trying to make it through April," Clodfelter said. "The water levels have increased due to all the rain we've had this winter ... I am going to let it get as high as possible without dumping it (into another lagoon tank)."
In addition, council member Dennis Rightsell made a motion to approve a $200 donation to the Clay County Humane Society.
"They've been coming out every time we've called," Carbon Town Marshall Ron Keen told those in attendance during the discussion process.
In other Carbon news:
* Council members approved a motion to pay $6,345 to the town's sewer department on the lagoon system, with Council President Joann Rightsell making the motion, and
* Council members briefly discussed outstanding water bills of current Carbon residents.
The Carbon Town Council meets regularly the first Monday of each month.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Mar. 5, at 7 p.m., in the Carbon Town Hall, 14678 N. Locust St.