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New wastewater treatment plant performing beyond expectations

New wastewater treatment plant performing beyond expectations New wastewater treatment plant performing beyond expectations
Chris Adams, Contributing Writer

Milltown’s new wastewater treatment plant went online on Aug. 31, and so far, so good.

“As far as I know, everything is operating as anticipated,” project engineer Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering told the Milltown Town Council at its regular monthly meeting Sept. 13.

The plant operator, Steve Tolliver of Aqua-Utility Services, later in the meeting went a step further, telling the council the plant has been flawless.

“It is performing beyond our expectations,” he said.

Woosley said he is reviewing a few punch list items with the contractor, Mitchell and Stark Construction, to take care of before the project is officially closed but added that none are major.

Satisfied with the work, Woosley recommended the council approve the eighth pay request from Mitchell and Stark Construction in the amount of $92,363.75. As has been the case with the previously approved pay requests, 5% was being retained to pay for any punch list items, bringing the total amount being retained to $76,925.

The council also was presented with several quality-of-life suggestions by Bill Byrd during his Economic Development Committee report. The suggested improvements are from a recent series of meetings.

“We’ve had three meetings,” he said. “They’ve been very productive.”

Some of the suggestions included:

Installing lights on the downtown bridge that could change color.

Painting curbs and crosswalks. (Councilman Justin Barnes noted that Indiana Dept. of Transportation guidelines require a special, reflective thermal striping be used.)

Adding an ATM. (Councilwoman Jean Melton already has been in communication with First Savings Bank about possibly installing one in the town.)

Painting poles with artistic designs. Byrd presented photos of how other towns have painted utility poles.

Painting murals throughout the town.

Byrd added that he also had preliminary discussions regarding potential economic development opportunities.

In another matter, the council voted 3-0 to approve an ordinance allowing the town to enforce traffic violations in residential complexes. The ordinance came about after Lincoln Hills Development Corp. requested that town police regulate traffic at its elderly housing complex.

Town attorney David Hutson said the town only can enforce traffic violations in residential complexes if it receives a written request from the property owner and then enters into an agreement.

The ordinance notes that residential complexes with at least two units can request enforcement on their property. Hutson noted the town has the right to deny requests.

Hutson said that Cave Country Canoes also has requested enforcement of traffic violations on its property, but, unlike with residential complexes, an ordinance isn’t needed before the town can enter an agreement with a business. Only a written request from the business is needed, he said.

In other business, the council:

During a public hearing, voted 3-0 to accept the 2022 budget ordinance as presented. The proposed budget includes an estimated civil maximum levy of $159,471 and an estimated property tax cap credit of $41,700. There were no public comments from the hearing.

The budget adoption meeting will be Monday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. prior to the council’s regular monthly meeting at the town hall.

Approved, 3-0, a resolution authorizing a reduction in the 2021 budget. The resolution reduces the Police Donation line item by $595 and the Law Enforcement Continuing Education line item by $200. The resolution allows those appropriations, which were not going to be spent in 2021, to be carried over to 2022.

Was informed by Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Lutz that the town has received its Community Crossings Matching Grant dollars. The council learned in May it had received the $74,722 grant from the state, which, including the $24,914 match from the town, allows for up to $99,636 of paving work to be completed throughout the town. Bids for the work were opened in July, with the low submission of $97,153.20 from C&R Construction of Corydon accepted by the council. Lutz said the contractor is looking at starting the project in November.

Approved, 3-0, spending $2,600 of the town’s riverboat gaming money to purchase two new tasers, a pair of tourniquet kits and a vacuum sealer for the Milltown Police Dept.

Voted 3-0 to approve the notice for sale of the property at 307 E. Main St. Sealed bids, due on Nov. 1, will be opened on Nov. 15.

Was notified by town manager Josh Breeding that a new residential pump at the Indiana Avenue lift station has been installed.

Received Breeding’s resignation as town manager, effective Sept. 20.

“Thank you for the support and opportunities that you have provided me during the last two years,” he said.

Breeding said he will be working nights at his new job, so, if the council would like, he will be able to help whomever the town hires during the day.

“I’d like to thank you, Josh, for the time you spent with the town. I wish I could have helped you more,” Jerry Mackey, the council’s president, said.

Barnes, who preceded Breeding in the role before serving on the town council, also thanked him for his service to the town.