Part of Warren will see power outage on Sept. 16

Power to a small area of Warren will be turned off for about four hours on Sunday, Sept. 16, Town Utility Manager Curt Day told memebrs of the Warren Town Council during their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.

Crews will use that time to replace a pole and transformer, Day explained.

The affected area includes parts of Main to Wayne streets, and those businesses and residents will be notified of the scheduled outage.

The council adopted a revised ordinance that will increase water rates by 25 percent, an increase that will translate to about $4 a month for an average user.

A similar ordinance approved by the council at a previous meeting contained an error, making it necessary for the council to adopt the corrected ordinance.

Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison reported that the 2013 municipal budget has been published and reminded the council that the public hearing for the budget will be held on Sept. 24, with adoption scheduled for the regular meeting of Oct. 8.

President Julia Glessner announced that the fall clean-up week has been scheduled for the week of Oct. 8-13.

Council member Barb Trosper moved to adopt an amendment to the town code to allow for a one-time notification per year that a nuisance exists on a property. The motion was seconded by Council member Ethan Stivers and the ordinance was adopted unanimously.

Final plans for the acquisition of properties at 120 E. First St. and 124 N. Wayne St. should be completed within the week, Morrison said. Discussion will then be held on finalizing plans for both.

The council continued its review of Commonwealth Engineers Planning Grant Report. A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24, with approval of the plan to be considered following.

Stivers reported that the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce approved funds for support of the GED program being set up in the Warren area and that support of the Bread of Life Food Bank was being continued.

Other agenda items included:

• Day requested renewal of the water and wastewater generator maintenance contract with MacAllister for three years at $8,568.00. The renewal was approved unanimously.

• INDOT's plan to replace the culvert on Ind.-5 at the north entrance to town will require that water lines be moved. The town will be required to pay a percentage of the cost with the state to cover the remainder.

• Fire Chief Lee Poulson submitted the monthly report and stated that Lee Smith had been added as a member of the Department. The Department has a Golf Outing scheduled for Sept. 15 and a luncheon at the Knight-Bergman Center scheduled for Oct. 8 as fund-raisers.

The next meeting will be held on Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Assembly Hall.