Warren council OKs testing for new well

The Warren Town Council, meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, approved expenditures to test locations for a possible new well and to help pay for new air packs for the Warren Volunteer Fire Department.

Testing a location for a new well at Tower Park will cost about $3,700, Utilities Superintendent Lee Poulson told council members.

The town has three wells to supply water to residents, but one of the wells has been turned off because "it doesn't pump enough to make it worthwhile," Poulson said. The new well would replace the non-functioning well.

One of the other town wells recently had $18,000 in repairs and may still have a leak, he said. However, the company that did the initial work will come back and install a check valve at no cost to the town, Poulson reported.

The town approved spending up to $42,320 to help pay for new air packs for the fire department.

Firefighter Brandon Bolinger, who presented the request to the council, said the department plans to purchase 16 air packs, 16 spare bottles, 26 face masks and a "rapid intervention pack" to be used in emergencies. The total cost would be a maximum of $91,640 and would be lower if the department decides to go with a smaller size of air pack.

The fire department has raised $7,000 to pay for the air packs. With the town funding half of the remaining cost, Bolinger will request the final amount from Salamonie Township.

Council members opened bids from four companies who want to provide trash pick-up devices to the town. The current provider, H&H Disposal, offered to continue serving the town at its current price of $8.25 per unit per month. Other bids ranged up to $10.18 per unit per month.

The council will meet in special session on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4:15 p.m. to award a trash contract.

The council will also ask Mark Mussman, director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, to attend that meeting to discuss his proposal to reduce the extent of the town's extraterritorial jurisdiction.

The town currently controls zoning issues both within the town and two miles outside of town limits. Mussman has proposed eliminating the town's zoning jurisdiction outside of town limits.

The council's next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 p.m., a change from the regularly scheduled date of Dec. 9.