CLOVERDALE -- A motion was passed by the Cloverdale Town Council Tuesday night for Keystone Software to be purchased at a cost of more than $30,000.
The motion is contingent upon someone other than former council member John Davis doing the installation.
Council members felt it presented a conflict of interest when Patti Truax, clerk-treasurer, recommended Davis install the software. Davis is currently involved in a lawsuit with the town over an alleged violation of state law concerning the lease of the town's fire station to the township fire department in 2007.
Attorney Allen Yackey called it a "Mexican standoff." He told the board there were three choices: First, Truax could hire anyone she chose; second, council didn't have to purchase the software; or third, the software could be purchased and installed by someone other than Davis.
Ultimately, board member Terry Puffer made a motion for the third option, which resulted in a unanimous vote.
Keystone Software is a full-service business systems consulting company that specializes in the design, implementation and support of Enterprise Resource Planning accounting software and management reporting systems.
It provides a variety of services including consulting, training and implementation, ongoing technical support and solution recommendations.
Council President Don Sublett said he felt the change over was worth it due to the time efficiency provided. He also stated other towns and cities are making the move from Computrol to Keystone.
In a move forward, council members are seeking action on an ordinance violation. Sixteen vehicles, along with furniture and various other items, have accumulated on a property at U.S. 231 and Cemetery Road. This is in violation of the abandoned vehicle law, according to Yackey.
Further investigation will determine if the vehicles have been properly tagged before any action by Yackey is taken.
Town Council members delivered good news to Don Guthrie, who has been acting as the town's utility manager for several months. Guthrie was hired on as the utility manager following the resignation of Mike Gray.
Sublett extended congratulations to Guthrie following the news.
Two public hearings have been set. On Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., a special hearing will be held regarding the water rate ordinance. Prior to the next council meeting March 10, a public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. concerning the next step in the storm water drainage project.
Midwestern Engineering, Inc., Loogootee, has been recommended for the project. A contract will not be signed until after a grant is secured. The town is looking to receive a capped $30,000 grant with a 10 percent match for the project.
In other news, council renewed the contract for Yackey. He reminded each council member they are entitled to 30 minutes free consultation time. It is included in the flat fee of $300, which has been reduced from $600.