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Residents receive update on water from council

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

During the Clay City Town Council meeting this month, the council updated citizens on the water situation.

The town has had problems with dirty water for years, but the council said during the April meeting that it didn't have the money to fix it. The council hired a company, Reynolds, to change the town's water filters. The estimated cost for the new filtrations system is $30,000.

Reynolds was in Clay City in April to put in the new filters. The council said the city should see a difference in the water.

During the June meeting, the council reported having only a few cases of brown water. According to officials, the brown water is coming from the breaking away of particles in the line. The council also stated some citizens are complaining of lime build up; however, the council agreed the only way to resolve that issue is for the residents to buy a water softener.

Meanwhile, the town council would like to sell the third police car, a Crown Victoria. Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs requested a special meeting to discuss the car, which is paid for and maintained by the Clay City Police Department. The council approved the sale of the car. A public notice will be put in the newspaper and bids will be taken until Aug. 7.

Meanwhile, community member Jessie Schepper was present for the meeting to discuss her concerns about a neighbor. The council stated the road between the two neighbors is in fact a road and ends at the railroad tracks. Schepper was told if her neighbor keeps harassing her, it becomes a civil suit and she should call the police. She stated she would like a copy of the meeting's minutes to send to the Prosecutor's Office.

Another town concern was a large bush that blocks 14th Street. Tammy Wilson owns the plant.

The council was concerned that cars pulling out onto 14th Street may have a hard time seeing. The bush will be trimmed. Also, the weeds along Main and Ninth Street were mowed to make it easier for cars to see.

In other Clay City news:

* The council approved the filling of swimming pools,

* A letter will be sent to Wayne Sinders concerning clean-up needed on White Street at a torn down house,

* Skaggs said he would like to put up a fence on the west side of the police station to make it look nicer. However, the builders hit concrete so it will take longer than expected,

* Skaggs said the Clay City Police Department was honored to take part in the funeral of Spc. Arronn Fields,

* The council said the cold patch is helping the holes in the roads, but they could use more in different places,

* The council discussed black topping Fifth and Sixth Streets. Three bids are needed before the council can make any decisions, and

* The council found out the Coal City Fire Department has been taking water from Clay City to sell to people for their swimming pools. Town Attorney Chris Gambill plans to write the department, asking them not to sell Clay City's water. The department may fill up their trucks with Clay City water for a large fire though.

The next Clay City Town Council meeting will be July 3, at 7 p.m., at the Clay City Town Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

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