Money will ease water woes

Thursday, September 18, 2008

RUSSELLVILLE -- Russellville now has three new ordinances following Wednesday evening's town council meeting.

The first is the implementation of a Community Capital Improvement Economic Development fund. This fund will be used to help pay for two projects.

The first is the much needed water filtration system. At this time, they only have one of four bids returned. However, the council expects this to be between $80,000 and $100,000. This range came from Russellville Water Superintendent Mike Varvel based on his knowledge of these systems.

The second project in this fund will be a new boiler for the Russellville Community Center. Town Council President Don Reddish stated that this will cost $11,000. However, once in place, this new boiler will save up to 40 percent on heating.

Resolution number two from the meeting will release economic development income tax funds by the county auditor.

This will give the town $21,111 for use in the aforementioned Community Capital Improvement Fund.

The final resolution is the reduction of the general fund appropriations. This will take $1,911 out of the appropriations for the general fund.

In other business, the council approved the purchase of a pole saw and chainsaw. This will cost around $975. Factored into that price is oil and a spare chain in the event the original one fails.

Lastly, Mike Varvel told the council that the water tests he has been conducting over the past couple weeks are, "running well." The town also agreed to eventually purchase a chlorine alarm for the chemical store.

This is believed to be around $1,000 but will not be purchased immediately. Varvel told the board it is now being recommended by the state, but in a years time, it will be mandatory.

"We will buy that as soon as we get the money," Reddish said. "$1,000 is $1,000, but when it comes to someone's safety the cost doesn't matter."

Russellville Town Council meets regularly the third Wednesday of the month in Town Hall at 7 p.m.

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  • This is where I end up disagreeing with My Man Mitch. There appears to be a push on to combine city, town and county governments. This and other stories about our cities and towns show that local people are willing to donate their time to making their towns better places to live. It is these folks that know what their towns need and are willing to work at making it happen. Also they are closer to the people that elected them. I think we should be making local government a little stronger and take some power away from the state. You almost need to be a paid lobbyist to speak before an issue at the statehouse, but normally you just need to show up at local and county meetings to be able to be heard. I know that I do not always agree with the decisions made, but believe that they are normally made with the best of the community in mind. Congratulations to all those who serve our cities, towns and county government. Keep up the good work and know that we are always watching, even if we don't make it to your meetings.

    -- Posted by hoosierpete on Thu, Sep 18, 2008, at 6:17 AM
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    I now live in Indianapolis and taxes are out of control up here and in other large cities I've lived in.

    As I was reading this, I realized how much more efficient small towns can be at managing their money and being self-reliant.

    -- Posted by tackleberry65 on Thu, Sep 18, 2008, at 8:27 AM
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