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 Carthage Wastewater Project Moves Forward

July 8, 2009 - Design plans for improvements to Carthage's wastewater system are now complete.

Jon Query, an engineer with Indianapolis firm Hannum Wagle & Cline, gave Carthage Town Council members that news during last Wednesday's regular monthly meeting. He said plans for the $4.4 million project are scheduled to be submitted in August, along with project specifications, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Rural Development.

According to a preliminary timeline Query previously gave the council, Rural Development's approval of the design is expected to come by mid-October. Query said at last week's meeting that bidding on the wastewater project is expected to occur in November.

Query presented the council with a bill for $14,100 at last week's meeting for work done so far. He said the town could pay this amount, which equals five percent of his firm's total design fee, when it gets its loan from Rural Development.

There was little new information for the council on the town's application for federal stimulus funds to resurface Main Street. Query said there had been a lot of proposed projects applications submitted through the Indiana Department of Transportation office in Greenfield, but that no announcement had been made yet as to which ones were approved.

Clerk-Treasurer Linda McMahan advised the council that the town's insurance agent recommended the town not install a "grind rail" on a concrete area poured for skateboarders at McNabb Park. The town's attorney, Adam Forrest suggested that the agent be asked whether the town's policy excludes coverage for this item.

Jimmie Alcorn, the town's works manager, reported that he'd located a broken section of sewer line and that he planned to use a camera to better survey the damage to the line. Saying the issue should be given prompt attention, he the town should be able to get reimbursement for the cost of this repair through its upcoming wastewater system improvement project.

Council Vice President Wanda Henderson said she wanted to see more estimates on remodeling work being done on the flooring at the Carthage Police Department. One estimate, from J. Michael Pike, gave a price of $1,050 for removing the carpet, cleaning and preparing the floor, and then putting down ceramic tile on a 10-ft. by 10-ft. area.

McMahan told the council that 17 notices had been sent to property owners regarding violations of the town's weed ordinance. She said most of those notified have already taken steps to remedy their violations.

The council also voted last week to pay for the footer for a headstone for an indigent town resident who recently died. The council also agreed to have the town donate the grave and cover the opening and closing costs.


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