Key action: Approved having Jones Petrie Rafinski Engineering advertise the Industrial Drive road construction project, subject to obtaining the signed property deeds. Bids would be opened at the town council’s work session Aug. 13 and awarded at the council meeting Aug. 15.
The council also passed a resolution approving the written loan agreement with Elkhart County for a $1.5 million loan for constructing Industrial Drive between S.R. 15 and Maple Street, and signed the agreement. The town agrees to pay back the loan with revenues from the S.R. 15 south TIF district. The county commissioners will consider the agreement in August.
Approved hiring the new water and wastewater department employee at a lower wage than the town manager had offered him. The council said the town manager did not have the authority to set wages without the council’s approval. The council approved hiring him at the lower wage, and once he is certified, reviewing his salary.
Heard an offer from Gene Potterbaum to sell the town 9.45 acres between Depot and Maple streets for a new town police station.
Approved buying Storz couplings for the town’s larger fire hydrants out of the cumulative police and fire fund for $16,900.
Approved having Dixon Engineering perform engineering services for repairing safety equipment on the town water tower at a cost not to exceed $1,900.
Heard that Samual Miller, H. Evan P. Chanley and Elizabeth Hostetler were each awarded $500 Russ Hohman Scholarships through the police department.
Heard that those interested have until Saturday to contact Sandy Lingofelter at 848-4010 to be included in the community garage sale map. Inclusion costs $5. The community garage sale will be Aug. 1-3.