Roanoke council gets update on projects

The Roanoke Town Council was updated on several engineering projects during its Tuesday, Oct. 1, meeting.

Casey Erwin, of DLZ, delivered the updates. Regarding the town's waterworks, Erwin said that plans for the expansion of the water plant and plans and specifications for the water tower were each 30 percent complete. Additionally, casing installation and a pump test are set to occur on a new well this week. Lastly, the town is clearing and installing a stone drive to a proposed well location.

A contractor will start work the week of Oct. 7 on bringing the sewer from 4th to 7th Street into compliance with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The project is scheduled to be complete by Nov. 8.

Plans to install cured-in-place pipes in sections of the town's sewer are scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.

A storm and sanitary sewer and water main were installed from Home Street to Coe Street, with stone installation to follow. The targeted completion date is Nov. 8.

Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner informed council that the town's 2014 budget had been advertised. A vote to approve the budget followed and it passed unanimously.

Roanoke Park Board Treasurer Ken Tanner told council that this year's budget of $7,500 for the wages of park employees was not high enough.

"I think their biggest problem ... is they were having to have so much stuff done because they didn't have a volunteer base in place to do a lot of the stuff," said Council President Dave Tucker, believing that more volunteers will reduce the amount of hours worked by park employees, making $7,500 a workable figure.

Tucker told Tanner he would be at the park board's next meeting and suggested to him that the park board have a representative present at every council meeting.