Roanoke Town Council reviews 2018 budget

The Roanoke Town Council reviewed the town’s proposed budget for 2018 at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner presented the budget to council during a public hearing at the meeting. Kirchner stated that the town’s estimated budget was $1,906,940. The maximum estimated funds to be raised, she noted, was $701,071.

Members of the public can view a copy of the budget by visiting town hall, at 141 W. Third St., or by going online to budgetnotices.in.gov.

Budget adoption is set for council’s next meeting, Oct. 17.

In other business:

Council informed citizens that they are not permitted to deposit brush on the town’s brush pile, located nearby the town’s wastewater treatment plant. Instead, they should leave brush that they would like to have picked up at their curbs. The board also noted that grass clippings must be bagged.

Supervisor of Operations Phil Hibbert was given permission to spend up to $12,000 on the replacement and installation of a new muffin monster at the town’s wastewater treatment plant. Hibbert explained that the plant’s current unit, which is used to grind up raw sewage, has not been operational for months. Councilman John Stoeckley noted that such units typically need to be replaced every nine to 10 years.

The board set the town’s trick-or-treat hours. They will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31. There will be no rain date.