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Center Point discusses new sign regulations

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Center Point Town Council met for its regular meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., in the Center Point Town Hall.

The council first heard from Kevin Greene, a representative from Schneider Engineering Corporation, who spoke to the council about new laws concerning road signs.

Greene told the council some federal funds might be available to help purchase new signs and to take a sign inventory in the town. According to Greene, cost estimates for new signage includes inventory labor and equipment, preliminary engineering, sign and post materials, labor for installation and construction inspection.

Greene discussed the changes with the council and gave them information about how to seek funding from the federal government to help with the changes. According to Greene, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is responsible for these new laws.

Next, the council heard from Shawnette Szekely, the town's water superintendent, who said 37 of 50 old water meters have been replaced in the town. In addition, 75 more meters have been purchased for installation. Szekely and the council are looking to install 125 new meters in 2013.

Szekely said once all meters are put in place, the town might see an increase in revenue from water bills.

Next, the board heard from Kevin Rhue of Coughanowr Insurance, about the possibility of transferring the town's insurance policies to Coughanowr. Rhue said Coughanowr currently serves the towns of Harmony, Knightsville, Carbon and Clay City. Council members approved the change, with Council President Roy Smith abstaining from voting due to conflicts of interest.

The council then heard from Mike Youngblood from the reserve sheriff's deputy association who thanked the council for the monetary appropriations he and his teammates received from them.

"The money helped us get some really good supplies," Youngblood said. "So thanks for helping us out."

Finally, the board discussed bids to replace several sewer laterals at private residences. The first bid was from Barrett Excavating at the price of $4,500. The second bid was from John and John plumbing for $5,875. The board accepted the bid from Barrett Excavating.

In other meeting news, the council:

* Discussed the possibility of someone starting a small business at the old Winco property,

* Approved the new threshold for a water bill balance to be set at $25. If residents reach an overdue balance of over $25, they will receive a shut off notice, and

* Approved a 25 percent raise in water rates according to the Water Ordinance Amendment No. 11-2012. A public hearing for the amendment will take place Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

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