The Center Point Town Council met for its regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., and discussed many important issues.
Council President Roy Smith told the board that Lindsey Lenker, the town's connection with HWC Engineering, has left her job in pursuit of other opportunities. The town will work with a junior engineer until another person can be assigned to help the town with their water problems.
A town marshal was on hand to request funding from the council for handguns, ammunition, body cameras, batteries, bulbs, clothing, medical/first aid gear and other miscellaneous items. The board agreed to give him $1,000, money that is already budgeted for town marshal expenditures.
Smith also discussed several unclaimed or uninhabited properties in town that need to be taken care of. Smith said he and other council members have explored the possibility of going through web seminars to learn more about getting rid of unwanted property in town.
The board also discussed lateral lines and replacements in the town. The board agreed to have three lateral lines at private residences capped for a cost of $1,500. The board is looking into replacing other lateral lines around town.
The board also discussed homes in Sugar Ridge estates. The board is interested in creating a database of the properties and their different water lines.
Further, the board discussed the recent increase in Brazil's water prices, and how it will affect their town.
The board was concerned that citizens who already cannot pay for their water supply will struggle further when the increase hits their town.
The board decided, because of financial issues, they have to raise the rates by 25 percent.
They plan to schedule a town meeting to discuss the issue with local citizens.
In further meeting news, the board:
* Approved Graves Maintenance to fix a booster pump, lifts and work with wastewater annually at a price of approximately $6,900,
* Set the Halloween trick-or-treating dates for Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 31, both from 6-8 p.m.,
* Discussed the efficiency of mosquito spraying this summer and set plans to have the mosquito spray again next summer, and
* Set their budget adoption meeting for Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.
The board will meet for it's next regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.