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Council files extension for lagoons

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Center Point Town officials have filed for a 30-day extension on their wastewater treatment lagoons.

According to the meeting minutes, the grant was supposed to be finished and signed by April 30, but several agenda items are still to be accomplished, such as the chlorination and de-chlorination training and the moving of dirt at the lift station and treatment plant.

Officials said the plugged drain in the discharge pipe at the lagoon has been fixed, and the booster pump "bugs" have been worked out.

Council President Roy Smith stated he had talked to several golf cart owners in Center Point in regard to passing an ordinance allowing the operation of golf carts on city streets.

The ordinance would require all lights necessitated by law if operated at night.

A provision exempting those lights for "special occasions approved by the town" was discussed as Phyllis Maurer, who stated she used her golf cart to relay ice cream back and forth from the Methodist Church to the Fire Department during the Annual Fish Fry.

Smith advised he would have Town Attorney Eric Somheil add it to the ordinance.

Council member Helen Hoffa made a motion to revisit the golf cart ordinance, with Roy seconding the motion and board member Don Moreau abstaining.

Meanwhile, Eagle Scout hopeful Eli Topie was at the meeting to present and discuss repairs and painting to be made at the town's park.

Funds for the project were approved at a previous board meeting, approximately $400.

Topie inquired as to how to purchase the material.

Smith stated he would meet them in Terre Haute to purchase materials on the town card and/or haul the materials back once purchased.

Topie plans to begin work Sunday, July 8, at 5-6 p.m. and possibly Sunday, July 15.

He expressed concern about children playing while he worked.

Council members told Topie, if he has a problem he is to inform a council member. Cindy Gray volunteered to assist on keeping the children away if it becomes a problem. Hoffa and Smith will donate a screen to continue with the project. Smith made the motion, and Moreau gave the second.

In addition, Smith passed his mosquito spraying test and has applied for the licenses.

Smith's son, Zeph, will accompany Roy to Washington, Ind., to retrieve the mandatory annual droplet calibration and continue education credits.

Fifteen Continuing Education Credits are required in five years.

The required annual class should be adequate in attaining the required amount.

The Smiths will spray as soon as needed.

Town residents are to let Smith know when mosquitoes become a problem.

Eventually, Zeph will obtain his own certification.

There was discussion on the safety of the mosquito spraying material.

Roy assured it was very safe and if there is any public concern, the council would make the label available.

However, officials said persons with compromised immune systems should stay inside while the actual spraying is taking place. Roy planned on three sets of spraying for a total of six sprays this year.

In other Center Point news, Moreau checked on street paving.

He presented a breakdown estimate -- not an official bid--which included grinding and surface paving of Main Street from Harmony to West Street at a cost of $240,000. Those in attendance raised discussion about exploring the possibility of going through the Lilly Foundation or similar resource to seek assistance.

Hoffa mentioned the need to put in storm drains before paving.

This brought discussion from Smith regarding the impending wheel tax.

All revenue generated from the shake down will be distributed for use throughout the county to be used exclusively for roads.

The Center Point Town Council meets regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Its next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, at Center Point Town Hall.

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