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Construction of new Milltown sewer plant continuing smoothly

Construction of new Milltown sewer plant continuing smoothly Construction of new Milltown sewer plant continuing smoothly
Chris Adams, Contributing Writer

All aspects of the Milltown wastewater treatment plant construction project continue to go smoothly, the town council learned at its regular monthly meeting on March 8.

Nathan Held of Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission said the project received the construction release from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, freeing up grant funds to be drawn down to pay construction costs.

“I think we’re moving along,” he said.

Councilman Justin Barnes then motioned to approve the second payout to contractor Mitchell and Stark Construction in the amount of $79,258.50. The motion, which was seconded by the council’s president, Jerry Mackey, passed 2-0. (Councilwoman Jean Melton was absent.)

“I’m very impressed with Mitchell and Stark out there, by the way,” Barnes said. “I know most people don’t go out there to see (the new plant), but I’ve seen it. They’re moving along really good.”

The new wastewater treatment plant is scheduled to be completed this summer.

The council also followed up on discussion from a previous meeting about increasing the sewer deposit from one month ($100) to three months ($300).

Town attorney David Hutson said that, according to state statute, the maximum the deposit for a property can be is three times the property’s average monthly rate.

“It’s not three times the average for the town; it’s three times the average for that property,” he said.

“That won’t work,” Barnes said. “You can’t average a house when somebody doesn’t live in it. This isn’t just renters, though. (It is) deposits for people moving into a home, too. So, it would be hard to average that.”

Hutson said if the town does increase the deposit amount, the procedure for doing so would be the same as any other rate increase: via ordinance with a public hearing.

In other business, the council:

Was notified by Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Lutz that Roxanne Morgan has secured 100 kids’ meal vouchers from Texas Roadhouse to give to children at the town’s Easter egg hunt. Any remaining vouchers will be given to East Crawford Elementary School.

The Easter egg hunt will be Saturday, March 27, at 1 p.m. at Baylor Park. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Saturday, April 3, also at 1 p.m.

Approved an ordinance authorizing the transfer of dormant fund balances.

Approved paying an invoice of $1,361 submitted by Heritage Engineering regarding a Roadway Asset Management Plan it prepared so the town could apply for funding from the state’s Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.

The council originally approved $5,000, but the scope of the work increased, necessitating the second invoice.

Was informed by Police Chief Jimmie Vincent that the police department has added David Winebrenner as a reserve officer. This follows the departure of Gary Nale, who was hired by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

The town council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the town hall.