2017-11-08 / Front Page

Flora to proceed with drinking water improvements

Susan Scholl
Editor

The Town of Flora has been notified that it will receive a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant for drinking water improvements. The award was discussed at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

Vince Sommers with Commonwealth Engineering congratulated the town for receiving the grant on its first try. “It’s clearly a good project,” he stated.

Sommers reminded the council that the project must be bid by May 31. “We need to get started on plans and specs right away,” he said.

The total project is valued at $2.92 million. Besides the Community Development Block Grant, the project will be funded through a USDA Rural Development loan.

The council voted to pay the Carroll County Economic Development Corp. the agreed amount of $21,378 which is $10.50 per 2,036 residents (per the 2010 Census). The town has previously been giving CCEDC $25,000 per year for services.

The decision came after councilman Vince Seward recommended paying the contracted amount because he does not believe the town is receiving services for the extra money paid. Councilman Darrell Yoder agreed.

Marshal’s report

Marshal Paul Redmon said police are called almost on a daily basis to the Dungarvin properties. “It’s become a drain on our resources,” he said.

Dungarvin operates two residential homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Flora, one for men and one for women. Both properties are at the east end of town.

Redmon explained in his view some of the problems may be related to a high employee turnover rate and limited staff training.

Redmon also said they expect Officer James Bishop to return to full-time patrol the first of December. Bishop suffered a nonwork related hand injury in July. The past several weeks he has been doing follow-up on cases, working Monday through Friday in the office.

Redmon said the department appreciates all the work Bishop has been able to accomplish.

He also said there were no problems during Halloween and synchronization problems with the department’s computers prohibited him from having a monthly activity report for October.

Park department

All restrooms have been winterized and are closed. Park benches have been put away.

A couple places remain open for camper and boat storage in park buildings. Rental must be paid in advance. Revenue generated is placed in the general fund.

Airport Board

The airport board is recommending that hangar fees be increased from $50 per month to $55. It was noted rates have not been increased in many years.

Plan Commission

The plan commission issued three building permits in October: Ronald and Elizabeth Eurit, new home in Carriage Estates; Joshua Capp, fence; and Pam and Larry Holmes, fence.

Utilities reports

Tree cutting and trimming is underway, mainly around distribution lines.

Street sweeping will continue year-round when possible.

Christmas tree lights are going up and will not be turned on until Christmas Parade Day, Nov. 18.

The recycle truck is still being repaired and should be back in service soon.

Trevor Ayres has completed climbing school and is doing monthly lessons online.

Wastewater foreman Bill Mc- Carty recently attended a twoday training seminar at Fort Wayne.

McCarty inspected one sewer lateral upgrade in the project area. There are still eight upgrades left to do with three either in an estate or foreclosure. One old lateral needs to be sealed.

Utilities foreman Ron Fritz asked the council to consider contracting with a company to do all maintenance and repairs on the water towers. He said he believes it will be money well spent.

Fritz also asked the council to consider upgrading meters, possibly 100 per year. He said it is recommended to prevent water loss that meters be replaced every ten years.

Other business

Clinton County Disposal submitted the lone bid for the town’s three-year trash removal contract. The bid for four bags of trash per household per week was $93,262 per year. The council took the bid under advisement.

The council approved paying an invoice in the amount of $2,275 for legal representation for fire chief Adam Randle during law enforcement interviews Oct. 16 through Oct. 19.

The $50,000 EDIT expenditure from the cum capital improvement plan was approved.

First Farmers Bank & Trust will vacate its temporary office at 27 W. Main St. and move to a new building on East Columbia St. by Dec. 31.

Town offices will be closed Nov. 10 for Veterans Day and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23- 24, for Thanksgiving.

The next meeting will be Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in town hall.

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