CENTER POINT -- The Center Point Town Council met Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., to discuss several matters.
With Council President Roy Smith presiding, the town council first heard from Lindsey Lenker about water pump treatments and storm water studies that were being conducted in the town. Lenker reported that the water treatments were completed at the end of July.
Lenker also discussed a storm water project, which will include the inspection of storm water at the west end of Center Point and near the cemetery. According to Lenker, grant money from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Community Focus Funds will make this project possible.
The board then opened up discussion with town members that were present. A couple of town members were upset at the recent increase in their water bill after new water meters have been set up. Smith said the meters have been tested multiple times, but offered to have them tested again.
The council then discussed the Barcus property at 200 S. Gilbert Street. The board is interested in demolishing the property in order to sell the land, but decided it may not be financially worthwhile to do so. The board agreed to keep the matter on the table to discuss at a later date.
Smith also announced a new tornado siren has been put up in town, saying they will soon begin weekly or monthly tests of the siren.
The board spent the majority of the meeting discussing the possibility of purchasing 50 new water meters for the town. Ten percent of Center Point water meters are replaced every year (approx. 25 each year). Over a 10-year period, every water meter is replaced at least once. The board voted unanimously to purchase the 50 water meters in order to have enough to use for the next two years.
Other town council news included:
* The discussion to change a town ordinance to allow town members only 30 days to pay overdue water bills as opposed to the current 60-day deadline,
* The board voted in favor to keep 2013 salaries and mileage numbers the same, and
* Returned check fees to the city will now be $29 instead of $25.
The next town council meeting for Center Point will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m.