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6/12/2018 - Westport Town Council Meeting - Click here to print this information

The Westport Town Council met Monday evening. For March, the Police Department made 8 arrests, issued 14 citations, 2 written warnings, and 37 verbal warnings. The Department assisted the Decatur County Sheriff's Department on 5 calls, the Indiana State Police on 2 calls, Child Protective Services on 8 calls, the Greensburg Police Department on 1 call, and Animal Control on 2 calls. The department had 48.25 reserve hours in March with 2 reserve officers and 1 reserve officer in training.

The council presented the Fire Department, Kiwanis, and Community Building the first of their biannual (June/December) payments. At Monday's meeting, the Fire Department received $10,500; the Kiwanis received $3,000, and the Community Building received $1,250. The council approved Resolution 2018-4 to transfer $16,171.74 from the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund to the Community Crossings Matching Grant Fund for Project 3 along High School Road.

Deen Rogers of Umbaugh and Associates provided the council with a preliminary special purpose report for the Westport Municipal Water Utility Project. The estimated project costs vary between $4.3 and $4.4 million dollars. He provided estimated project funding based on four alternatives, from receiving no grants along with combinations of Rural Development and Office of Community and Rural Affairs grants. The estimates were developed with the assumption of interim financing at an interest rate of 2.375 percent. The report also provided preliminary estimates of changes in the average monthly residential bill.

Alternative I (no grants): would require bonds of just under $4.4 million and would raise the average monthly bill by $30.52.

Alternative II (with 25% Rural Development Grant of $972,000 plus $500,000 OCRA grant): would require bonds of just over $2.9 million and would raise the average monthly bill by $20.79.

Alternative III (with 45% Rural Development Grant of $1,741,000 plus $500,000 OCRA grant): would require bonds of just over $2.1 million and would raise the average monthly bill by $15.54.

Alternative IV (with full 75% Rural Development Grant of $3,225,000): would require bonds of just under $1.1 million and would raise the average monthly bill by $8.87.

A representative from Commonwealth Engineers briefed the council on an Agreed Order from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management based on unsanitary sewer system overflows. An Agreed Order is an enforcement action with a civil penalty. Westport faces a penalty of about $4,374.00. Commonwealth is assisting the council in appealing the penalty. Prior to the town's wastewater improvement project, the average number of SSO's was 24. The average number after the improvements was reduced to 5. Since the completion of the wastewater improvement project, the town implemented additional measures to reduce SSO's.

The council approved closing the end of Lincoln Street where a cul-de-sac was previously planned for a housing subdivision. It is now a dead end street with no adjoining property owners. The council approved purchasing a computer from Summit Microsystems for the Water and Sewer Department at a cost of $1,098.00.

Theresa Hartwig, Business Development Director for Commonwealth Engineers, was introduced to the council. She will assist the town in the submission of Rural Development Grants. She reported that the US Department of Agriculture has pulled funds from states that haven't used their allocation and has given Indiana about double the previous available amount.

The council will hold its next meeting on July 9th at 7:00 pm at the Westport Town Hall.

Tom Flemming-WTRE News

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