Council says any new Warren truck route will take businesses' needs into consideration

Any new truck route established in Warren will take into consideration the needs of local businesses that regularly receive deliveries by truck, members of the Warren Town Council said Monday night.

A truck route is being discussed to lessen damage now being caused by large trucks, Warren Town Marshal Dennis Spitler said.

"Semis are tearing up the town," he told residents attending Monday night's town council meeting. "They're hitting houses, hitting poles."

A possible truck ordinance was discussed last month, and Kevin Drayer, one of the owners of Salamonie Mills, addressed the council Monday to express his concerns about such an ordinance on his business. His particular concern, he said, was Railroad Street.

"That street is very important to Salamonie Mills and its customer base," Drayer said. "A lot of grain comes in that way."

"We know you guys would have a problem" if trucks are banned from that portion of Railroad Street, Warren Utilities Superintendent Curt Day said. The truck route will probably be hammered out over the next two to three months, he said, and would then have to be approved by the council in ordinance form.

"Salamonie Mills and the other businesses in town, we don't want to place a hardship on them," Spitler said.

In other business Monday:
- Day told council members that he has stopped adding fluoride to the town's water supply. He expects state officials to send out letters informing the town of the lack of added fluoride, which he said is "suggested, not mandatory."

Chemicals for the addition of fluoride, Day said, cost more than $4,000. Maintenance of the system adds to that cost, he said.

Most other communities, he said, have stopped adding fluoride to their water,

- Council members learned that Huntington County Habitat for Humanity will return to Warren on April 18 to resume work on a Habitat house on 9th Street. Construction of the home was started about three years ago. The house was never completed because the family that had been selected to receive the home moved out of Warren in order to take employment elsewhere.

- Council members decided not to pay a Warren resident for an easement that runs through her back yard.

Real estate agent Eva Witkamp, who is handling the sale of Eva Minnich's property at 115 E. 3rd St., had asked that the town pay $300 to Minnich to compensate her for a utility easement on her property.

Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison said that the easement, which is used for gas, electric, cable and phone lines as well as town utilities, has been in place so long that it is legally considered to be an easement even though it may never have been recorded. In addition, she said, the town has traditionally paid only $1 for new easements obtained by the town for recent projects.

In making a motion that Minnich's claim be denied, Council President Bill Cartwright said, "We're not doing any harm to Eva Mae. If she thinks we are, we'd be happy to look at it again."

- Day told council members that he had hired Alex Fiock as a summer employee. Fiock will attend Purdue University as a freshman this fall.

- Morrison said spring cleanup will be held May 4 through May 9.