2018-01-17 / Local News

Camden vacates drains to aid storm water project

Susan Scholl

The George Hunt and James H. Lesh drains are county drains that run through the town, explained Ken Smith with Municipal Civil Engineers, West Lafayette, at the Jan. 10 meeting of the Camden Town Council. He said it will be beneficial to Camden for the town’s storm water project if both drains are reclassified as vacant for the town to assume responsibility.

Following discussion, the council vacated both drains. A letter will be sent to the county explaining the decision. The council also voted to decline the Memorandum of Understanding with the county concerning the drains that had been tabled in December.

Smith also explained that ABC Concrete and Construction revised its bid to replace 16 ADA mats as advertised instead of 15. The discrepancy occurred when one mat was omitted because it put the project, funded by an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) grant, over the amount to be received.


Reporting for the Camden- Flora Rail Corridor Commission, Peter Wagoner said the Rail Commission recently declined the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) due to lack of authority by the Commission to accommodate the proposed voting membership. By doing that, “we don’t expect to receive direct support any longer from EDC,” Wagoner said.

It is the Rail Commission’s intention to cooperate and collaborate with the EDC on rail-served projects, he said, but only as needed. The Rail Commission is fully accountable to Camden and Flora.

Questions arose concerning the town’s financial obligation to the CCEDC. The town remains under contract for 2018. Town officials said they may want to rethink the town’s contribution in the future if a portion of its monies to EDC do not go to the Rail Commission.


The board held election of officers for one-year terms. Elected were: Brent Deel, president, and Mark Schock, vice president. Anne Briggs was reappointed town attorney.

Julia Leahy was re-appointed to the Carroll County Economic Development Corp. for a threeyear term. Mark Schock’s unexpired term on the CCEDC remains unfilled.

Deel will represent Camden on the Carroll County Emergency Management Board. He will also represent the town on the Kankakee Iroquois Regional Planning Commission.

Ellen Dunning will replace her father, Bob McCain, on the Carroll County E-911 Board. Peter Wagoner and Connie Cripe will continue to represent the town on the Camden-Flora Rail Commission.

Housing rehab grant

An applicant with a very low income is needed to meet requirements for the Housing Rehabilitation Project through Indiana Housing & Community Development. Clerk-Treasurer Pat Casserly said there could be a reduction in the grant if the required number of applicants are not found. Schock suggested contacting Area IV Council on Aging and Community Action Programs.

Broadway Broadband

Chris Underwood and Mike Barron 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. When completed a free basic package for 1 mbps will be available so every child in town can have Internet for homework and studies. The town office and library will be offered service free of charge. The council tabled a decision for further review.

Other business

Officials transferred up to $38,840 in the Rainy Day Fund.

Utility superintendent Jerry Snavely will secure quotes from Vital Signs to replace town welcome signs similar to the current ones but in blue. He will get costs for 4x8 and 3x5 signs.

The council decided a portable sign will reserve patient parking in front of the medical center when events take over downtown parking.

Officials also denied a request from Ecova, the firm that processes TDS bills, to waive late fees.

Steve Pearson was awarded a one-year contract to mow the water tower lot at an estimated cost of $20 per week. He will also mow the Bicentennial Garden for free.

Pearson also praised the town’s snow removal efforts.

Andy Robison congratulated the four new businesses that have opened recently in Camden.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the library reading room.

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