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Center Point discusses possibile new water pumps

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Center Point Town Council met Tuesday night to discuss several matters.

The council first took comments from town citizens and addressed concerns regarding water meters.

The council then heard from Shawnette Szekely, Assistant Water Superintendent for the city of Brazil.

Szekely was there to discuss with the council the possibility of adding four new water pumps in Center Point to replace existing pumps that are used for water testing. Szekely proposed placing one pump by County Road 200 E, one by the town water tower, one at the east end of town and the fourth at the west end of town.

Szekely said that these water pumps will allow her to test different components in the water than she is able to now. Szekely said those water pumps will be necessary, possibly even mandatory under the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, within a year's time.

Each pump would be installed for approximately $800 each.

"The benefit is that once you get up to speed," Szekely said, "you guys will be cruising. You really should have had these in your system already, and once you get caught up you'll be fine. It's just a matter of installing the pumps, and catching up."

The council discussed the necessity of the pumps, as well as possible protection to put around them to avoid possible damage to them.

The council agreed to table the item pending more information and data from Szekely.

Council President Roy Smith reported that a new tornado siren has been installed in Center Point and is "definitely functional and operating." The siren will sound whenever high winds over 60 miles per hour occur.

"This siren is just an additional resource for protecting the people in this town," Smith said.

In other meeting news, the council:

* Approved a new water shut off warning letter to citizens who are 30 days past due on their water bill,

* Voted unanimously to approve Cindy Gray as Deputy Clerk Treasurer,

* Approved to move the $1,433.59 from the Riverboat Revenue tax to the Rainy Day Fund, and

* Discussed the 2013 budget and set the budget adoption meeting for Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.



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