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Ray Brewer joins Lanesville Town Council

Ray Brewer was sworn in as a new member of the Lanesville Town Council, and Carolyn Scott was chosen board president at the Aug. 12 meeting. Brewer replaces Alan Richmer, who resigned as town board president last month. He and his family have moved his family to Kentucky.
Brewer, 48, a Lanesville resident for 14 years, has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Indiana University Southeast and is semi-retired from the financial services industry. He is currently helping his wife, Connie, a silversmith and jewelry maker, open a jewelry store in Lanesville.
“I do the bookkeeping and marketing,” Brewer said. “The store, Free Spirit Exchange, should be open in the next few weeks.
“Now that I’m not working full time, I have the time to serve on the council and give something back to a town that has been very good to us,” Brewer said. “When I was asked to serve on the town board, I figured I’d do it.”
The Brewers have two children, Neil and Emily, who attend Lanesville schools.
Also during the board meeting, William Taylor, vice president of commercial lending with Union Planters Bank in Corydon, presented the town council with a plan to refinance three bond issues from the 1980s for water and sewer projects.
The amount of the bonds issued was $628,000. Presently, the bonds are financed at interest rates of 5 and 7.12 percent. Taylor told the board that the bond issues could be bundled together and refinanced at a rate of about 4.04 percent over 15 years, saving Lanesville about $60,000 in the first 10 years.
Taylor said closing costs would be about $15,000, which could be rolled into the total amount to be financed.
In another matter, Lanesville water superintendent Rusty Sizemore asked the council to consider new radio telemetry equipment to control the water level in the town’s 30-foot-high water tower.
“We’ve been having a problem with keeping the water level right in the tower for about three years,” Sizemore said. “When the water level drops to 24 feet, the valve should kick on and refill the tank to 26 feet. But it doesn’t do that, so we have to go there and refill the tank manually seven days a week.”
Tim Bailey of River City Controls in Louisville demonstrated telemetry equipment and explained that a number of other towns in the area are using the same equipment. Radio telemetry has a range of 20 miles, he said.
Sizemore estimates the cost of the radio-controlled monitoring system to be about $12,250.
Another water-related matter concerns the inspection of the dam at the Lanesville lake. Because the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources no longer inspects dams, the town will have to hire a licensed engineering firm to do that.
Sizemore said the dam is considered a possible hazard because several homes are located below it. He did not know how often the dam would need to be inspected.
Rodney Hedrick, an assistant project manager with Midwestern Engineers in Loogootee, reported that the sidewalk project along Crestview Avenue is about 75 to 80 percent finished. He expects the project to be completed by Lanesville Heritage Weekend in September.
Hedrick also said a survey and mapping of the town’s water and sewer line is about half-finished.
A water drainage problem on Crestview Avenue, which causes water to collect in a low area and not go into the storm drains, was discussed. One possible solution is to repave the street so water will be guided into the storm drains. The council agreed to get bids on resurfacing the road.
Carolyn Scott brought up the issue of setting a weight limit for trucks using town roads. A fully loaded cement truck weighs about 80,000 pounds, she said. The council agreed to consider setting a weight limit but wanted to find out how much a full schoolbus and full garbage truck weigh before making a decision.
Finally, the board was informed that a tree inventory would be done in Lanesville to determine the town’s eligibility for a grant to plant trees there. The inventory will specify which trees to plant and where they should be planted.