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Roachdale moving forward with replacing gas system

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ROACHDALE -- Town Council members heard an engineering report from Anthony Everette with the USDI (Utility, Safety and Design, Inc.) about replacing the town's gas system.

"We were given 10 years to solve the problem and that's been several years ago," said board president Bill Long. "We've been trying to place a few each year, but we are spending more on fixing all the leaks so we are going to get a bond and fix the whole thing."

There are two main reasons to proceed with the project according to Everett.

First is the danger to homes and businesses with gas leaks and second are the unaccounted losses to the city.

"Your losses are around 6 percent. Most of the time, losses are about one and a half percent," explained Everertte.

Long told the Banner Graphic about a town in Indiana that had such serious leakage people were not allowed to smoke outside for fear of an explosion.

"We don't want to get to that point, so we're going ahead with this now," said Long.

Estimated cost to the project is $1.1 million. The system that is currently made up of copper and steel pipes and mains will be replaced with a plastic system requiring much less maintenance.

Board members also accepted the resignation of attorney Tom Casey, effective at the end of 2009. Casey served in this capacity for 25 years.

"We really appreciate everything he has done for the town," said Long. Attorney Jim Ensley will replace Casey as legal representative for the town.

Town Marshal Mike Mahoy reminded residents to pick up their dog tags at town hall. Cost is $5 per tag until March 1. After that they cost $10, except for new residents. Animals picked up without tags will cost their owners a $25 fine for the first offense plus storage costs. The second offense costs $35 and a third will be $50.

Mahoy also requested purchasing a new computer for the Explorer in order to support the e-ticket upgrade. He has two bids for $959 and $979 but is looking at getting a better price before purchasing the computer.

The Roachdale Town Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at town hall.

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You would think that Roachdale was a big town with all the new cars- deputies and money spent on

technology it has purchased.... Do they really need all this is necessary for the little town! How much crime happens there?

-- Posted by Innocent on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 7:49 AM

It is not a matter of wanting the equipment just cause it is cool, times are changing with all departments big or small. The new drivers license are made so that they can be read on the e-ticket machines and scanned in stores to verify they are real. All departments will need this equipment or they will not be able to write tickets in the future. Citizens and society in whole need to except that times are changing along with technology big department or small department. FYI only one car has been bought over a year ago,and deputies come and go in all towns! Go to the meetings and listen to the things that do not get printed in the paper as far as donations and what was purchased with that money and you just might be surprised that it did not cost you as much as you think. The town marshall and deputy marshall are the only ones that get paid, the deputies are volunteer with full time jobs that get NO PAY for serving Roachdale. Yes, crime is up every where, or have you not heard about all the homes that have been broke into lately in Putnam County. I am all for whatever it takes to keep us safe, there is no price to high for life or safety!

-- Posted by RDALERESIDENT on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 4:31 PM

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