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Council discusses ongoing water issue

Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Center Point Town Council President Roy Smith
CENTER POINT -- The Center Point Town Council met for its first meeting of the year Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.

After accepting of the December meeting minutes, the council heard from Assistant Water Superintendent Shawnette Szekely.

Szekely reported water testing is still being done as scheduled in town. Szekely also reported a large amount of water is getting into the sewers and overflowing the ponds.

Council President Roy Smith said the town is looking to hire a company to find where a water leak may be coming from so that it may be repaired.

Because of the possible leak, the town is spending more for the purchasing of water than they are getting back from paid water bills.

"This last month, we billed for only 60 percent of the water used," Smith said. "By all indications, we have a leak, and it's only going to get worse and cost us more."

Next, the council discussed old business, including the Knight house that burned down. Smith said the council is working with insurance companies regarding the damage and eventually, the town will have to begin cleaning up the property.

Next, the council discussed a discharge stream and flow meter needed for the water. The cost for the meter is $4,187.81, and will be installed by Dave Brown. The council also approved $450 for rock to be installed at the water treatment center on the drive and around manhole covers.

The council next discussed a $100 development fee established by the planning commission. The development fee will be set in place for those wishing to obtain building permits. The council said not everyone is aware that, just like the city of Brazil, the town of Center Point is set up for zoning, and those wishing to build a property need to have the area zoned and approved through the town.

Finally, the council approved Ordinance No. 1-2013, which is a travel policy that specifies what a council member can spend money on during work travel. The council also approved Ordinance No. 2-2013, which stipulated that the only purchasing agents in town can be the council president and the clerk treasurer.

In other meeting news, the council:

* Approved a $100 raise for the 2013 year for Szekely,

* Discussed their 2013 capital assets record,

* Decided to keep Riddell National Bank as their town bank provider, and

* Discussed the repayment of a $130,000 loan.



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