2018-01-10 / Front Page

Flora residents disgruntled with lack of recyclables pick up

By Susan Scholl

Recyclables are expected to be picked up today, Jan. 10, reported Flora Electric Utility foreman Ron Fritz at Monday night’s town council meeting. Flora’s truck is currently being repaired but Clinton County Disposal has a truck the town can borrow.

Fritz said often when there are issues with Flora’s truck, Clinton County Disposal lets the town borrow an extra truck it has. Unfortunately, Clinton County Disposal has had problems with its trucks with the extreme cold weather and has needed that extra vehicle so could not loan it to Flora the past two weeks. If recyclables are not picked up Jan. 10, it is due to the fact Clinton County Disposal needs the truck.

Residents have been taking their frustrations about the situation out on Facebook.

The council agreed the problem lies in no communication when recyclables cannot be picked up. They are looking at notification systems such as NIXLE that would help with the situation in the future.

President Josh Ayres commended residents for their high participation in recycling.

“There’s a ton of recycling around town,” he said. “People like the program and it’s free. But people have to bear with us, things like this happen.”

The town has its trash hauling contract with Clinton County Disposal. Ayres said Clinton County Disposal will not pick up recyclables in the totes and they prefer not to pick up recyclables at all.

Permission for beer garden

Laurie Brower, president of the Flora Community Club, requested town officials waive park rules stating no alcoholic beverages in the town park. She made the request for one night only, June 16, when the Community Club will host a tractor/truck pull. She explained the club will contract with an outside vendor that will oversee the beer garden. The beer garden will be an enclosed area where beer will be sold and consumed.

The club is currently checking into required insurance.

Town officials told Brower that they, too, want to check insurance before granting the waiver. They also want to review the vendor contract, which she stated she will supply.

Broadway Broadband

Chris Underwood and Mark Page with Broadway Broadband, Peru, presented a plan to town officials to bring cutting edge Internet connectivity to town through fiber optic cables. They want to hang and use easements to bury fiber optic cables in Flora and Bringhurst. When completed a free basic package for 1 mbps will be available so every child in town can have Internet for homework and studies. Competitive pricing will be offered for higher bandwidths. Ayres instructed them to discuss their plans with Fritz.

Fire department

Two quotes were secured for new key pad locks for the town’s fire department bays. The quote submitted by Mulhaupt’s in Lafayette for $1,000 was approved.

Fire chief Todd Trent reported 25 medical runs and four fire calls in December.

Trent reported it was brought to his attention Sunday night that there is a significant water leak in Station 2. Ayres explained this is not a new problem and Utility foreman Ron Fritz will check it out.

Other business

A contract with the Kankakee Iroquois Regional Planning Commission for administrative services and labor standards for the town’s water project, not to exceed $41,000, was approved. The fee, explained K-IRPC representative Emily Albaugh, was built within the OCRA grant which the town received. KIRPC will make sure the town is compliant with all rules set out in the terms of grant acceptance.

Officers will remain the same with Josh Ayres, president; Vince Seward, vice president; and Darrell Yoder, financial officer.

David Albaugh will continue to be the town’s representative on the board of K-IRPC.

The council agreed to continue membership in Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (formerly IACT). Dues for 2018 are $1,581. The council also approved a $1,000 donation to AIM to build relationships with legislators and peers.

The marshal’s report for December included 4 arrests/misdemeanors, 2 felonies, 4 citations, 6 warnings, 47 calls for service, and 3 accidents.

One building permit was issued in December to Raymond King for a fence.

Town offices will be closed Jan. 15 in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The next meeting will be Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.

Utilities reports

Wastewater foreman Bill McCarty reported he inspected one sewer lateral upgrade in the project area and there are six left to do, three of which are either in an estate or foreclosure. Two still need sealed at the main.

Out of pocket expenses for the town for pipe, main fittings, asphalt, labor and miscellaneous for sewer lateral upgrades in the project area for 2017 have totaled $30,872. T-Bird Engineering will use this information to show IDEM the town is moving forward with limited available funds.

There were several frozen meters and residents are asked to trickle their water when temperatures fall below 32 degrees to help prevent meters and pipes from freezing and costly repair bills.

A dozen or so trees have been removed from lines and there are still more to do.

Residents are reminded if they notice a streetlight is out to call the town office for the light to be replaced.

Fritz said he welcomes suggestions on how the department can provide better utility service to the community. Residents are welcome to stop by the shop or call.

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