Carroll takes over as Roanoke council president

The Roanoke Town Council named a new president and vice president at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

The board named Councilman Ryan Carroll as president and Councilwoman Joan Abbott as vice president. Carroll and Abbott’s nominations passed unanimously.

Carroll proposed changing the time of council meetings from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. Council was receptive to the proposal and a motion to change the meeting time passed unanimously. Meetings will continue to be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Roanoke Town Hall, 141 W. Third St.

Rob Miller, president of the Huntington County Redevelopment Commission, as well as a member of the Huntington County Commissioners, spoke to the board about the possibility of creating an economic development plan for a portion of Roanoke. Legal counsel Andy Boxberger noted that the plan would include a Tax Increment Financing district. Lana Beregszazi, president of BCS Management, in Roanoke, added that she would create the plan and determine what the area would be used for. Council agreed to let the plan move forward, by consensus.
Utility Department employee Macy McClellan informed the board that valve main lift at the water treatment plant had been replaced and was fully operational. McClellan also requested permission to switch the internet provider at the plant from Frontier to Metronet. While the monthly cost would increase from approximately $60 to $90, McClellan noted that the speed would improve to 10 megabits from three. Council approved the switch.

Clerk-Treasurer Sarah Milton notified council that the budget portion of the town’s software program, Keystone, was obsolete and needed to be updated soon. Milton said Keystone had informed her the update would cost $6,600. The board approved Keystone’s quote. Milton noted that Keystone would start working on the update immediately.

In other business:
• Superintendent of Operations Phil Hibbert reported that a roof leak had been discovered at Town Hall. He said that he would know soon if the building would need a new roof.

• Dave Mettler, of Mettler Insurance, spoke to council about the town’s annual insurance package, totaling $44,806. That price, noted Mettler, was an increase of $2,563 on last year’s total. The board approved the insurance package.