CLOVERDALE --Cloverdale is now eligible to receive grant money to help aid the town on much needed upgrade projects.
Following the completion of the income survey, it was found that Cloverdale around 57 percent of Cloverdale residents are in the moderate-to-low income bracket.
Don Gedert of the Redevelopment Commission stated that the findings were 60.3 percent. However, Terry Jones of West Central Indiana Economic District, the firm who helped with the income survey, said they would say 57 percent on the grant form.
"Really, anything over 51 percent is considered economically bad. Any percentage over 51 adds to the funds," Jones said.
At this time, the Cloverdale Town Council is going through a list of possible projects they may wish to use grant money for. They plan to have these prioritized to send back to Jones by Wednesday to see where to go from there.
The board also has another grant person they will send the list to in hopes of having a better chance at acquiring the funds.
Meanwhile, a water tower in Cloverdale may be torn down soon. Council President Don Sublett told the council about the company ISLER that tore down the towers in Spencer and McCormick's Creek. In a recent phone conversation with Sublett, they said the tower would have a salvage value of $13,000 and could be torn down in one day. At this time, no motion has been made to go further with this.
Jerry Acrea also pitched the plan to create a museum out of the old depot station. He said the owner would be happy to oblige this so long as the museum stayed a non-profit. If at anytime the place was sold, the money would go to the owners remaining family members.
Resident Cathleen Monaco also spoke to the board at Tuesday's meeting.
She stated that her home on the corner of the road that leads to the sewage department is having its yard town up by trucks going back to the plant due to the road being too small. At around 10-feet, the road can only handle one semi at a time.
"I know modern fire trucks are 12 feet from side mirror to side mirror. Most trucks probably aren't that large but it is still something we need to look into," said Alan Yackey, Town Attorney.
Yackey suggested the council hire an engineer to look into the possibility of widening the street or to at least see what can be done to alleviate the situation. Monaco said she would be happy with just a guardrail to keep the trucks from being unimpeded onto her property.
The Cloverdale Town Council meets regularly at 7 p.m. at Cloverdale Town Hall. Their next meeting will be Aug. 12.