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Clay City Council approves road repaving and painting

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CLAY CITY -- During the Clay City Town Council meeting Tuesday, the council agreed to repave roads including 5th Street, from Main to Nye; 6th St., from Main to Nye; Front St., from 6th to 7th; Levan St., from 10th to Fair; 10th St., from Washington to Main; and 7th St., from Burkle Chevrolet to Lankford, among others.

"We'll try to do as many streets next year as we are doing this year," Councilman Rob Freeman said.

Citizens asked about their water being colored again. The council said it would try to have the water flushed twice a month instead of once a month to solve the issue.

"We'll have them flush it again," Council President Guy Dickerson said.

Meanwhile, the council has found a way to have yellow lines painted along the roads. Community services will be coming to Clay City Saturday, Oct. 13, to paint the yellow lines where needed. If the job is not completed that day, community services will finish on Oct. 20. The council discussed having paint and supplies available, as well as having sections marked off so the workers will know where to paint.

The council also discussed several properties that needed cleaning at its last meeting. Tuesday, the council received updates on the properties. Several of the properties had been mowed and a dumpster had been removed as asked. For the businesses, Dickerson said the properties need to be mowed and kept in good order. Many of the discussed properties had clean-up taking place, but it's an ongoing task.

The council will be sending letters to those who still need to work on their properties. Those who do not respond will be fined or a lawsuit will be filed against them.

Meanwhile, the Indiana State Highway Department has asked Clay City to name certain streets due to the changing of State Road 59. Town Attorney Chris Gambill will write an ordinance to extend street names including: 8th St., between SR 59 and Nye, which used to be SR 59; Nye St., from SR 59 to 9th, which also used to be SR 59.

In other Clay City news:

* Freeman is going to check on the bids for having the water towers cleaned,

* The council discussed two plants close to roadways that need trimmed including one at 8th and White Streets, and another at 6th and Forrest Streets,

* The council discussed whether a stop sign is needed on the south end of Cherry Street, after a citizen requested one be put up. The council said they would look at the area,

* The council still needs to get signs for 7th and 8th Streets in order to regulate parallel parking,

* A deep hole near the town mailbox was patched,

* The council asked Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs to make a log of police calls, traffic citations and arrests for the council to have. Skaggs agreed to do so,

* Skaggs told the council a new design is being created to place on the unmarked police car. He said the police department wants to incorporate the school and town into the design, perhaps by adding the eel emblem, and

* The council declined an extended one-year warranty for two versa probes at a price of $565.

The Clay City Town Council will have an executive meeting Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. The next regular town council meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., at the Clay City Town Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

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