CLOVERDALE-- It was a meeting filled with hope on Thursday night as the Cloverdale Town Council started its monthly meeting f with a prayer from Rev. Bob Preusz, hoping for guidance as the town tries to remedy its financial issues.
The town has decided to accept the base bid from Graves Plumbing for the Doe Creek Lift Station grant. The base bid was for $567,890. The town will have to wait for the contracts to be written up and for the release of funds before beginning the project.
The town's utility manager Richard Saucerman brought before the council the issue ordinance violations regarding sewage. These violations include such things as infiltration to one's home.
Saucerman will now inform the resident that they are in violation and give them a reasonable time frame to fix the issue. If the resident does not fix it within the time frame given, Saucerman and the town will fix it themselves and the resident will have to pay a fee.
"We have some situations here in town now, that have been for years," said vice president Dennis Padgett. "If nothing's been done then the fine needs to come in."
The town decided to table the discussion until next meeting where Saucerman will have all details worked out to bring before the council.
Stardust Hills is also having drainage issues at the intersection of Lazy River and Cool Evening, something that has been going on for years. The town discussed possible solutions to the problem, but have yet to make a decision.
Don Gedert spoke to the board on a previous ordinance put in place that will put a 20-inch ditch along side of the road, a definite driving risk.
"This is something that we've been dealing with for the past 20 years, since the ordinance has gone into effect," said Gedert. "I've offered to buy and pay for the pipes on my own, but the problem is the size."
According to Gedert the intersection is one of the most troublesome in Stardust Hills.
"It takes about four to five weeks for the water to just dry up without a pipe," Gedert said.
The council suggested a variance to the ordinance, but would like an engineer to look at the intersection before any decisions were to be made.
Gedert also updated the board on the status of the streetlights on Stardust Road. The lights are in the process of being installed and should be finished within the next coming weeks.
The council has officially decided to rid itself of utility board meetings as it passed, Ordinance 2012-1. The town will now only have one meeting, which is the main council meeting each month.
Council Trustee Jeff Finley spoke to the council regarding the Cloverdale Fire Department. Finley stated that the department has a $30,000 shortfall this year, after receiving just $9,000 in 2011.
Finley also provided the council with a summary of the total number of runs done in the past year 292, as well as asked the council for any help it may be able to provide.
As the town continues to have its own financial issues, it could be of no assistance at this time. However, many suggested ways such as advertising for donations on utility bills as well as having a fundraiser.