CLAYPOOL — Claypool Town Council members Tom Burnworth, Niki Miller and Don Miller wasted no time getting into the topics to be discussed at last night’s town council meeting. The meeting, which took place around 7 p.m. Aug. 17, at the Lions Club building in Claypool, covered many topics, from cemetery software, to a new website, to body cameras for cops.
The council members addressed Pontem software for the town cemetery. The software would compile information about those who are buried there, and would lower maintenance on the records collected at the cemetery. In addition, there would be less redundancy in the data gathered. The quote from Pontem was $1,500 for the basic plan, which the board opted to choose.
A Claypool website is in the works, and a $149 quote was approved. Over the next several weeks, there will be brief training for multiple people and a website will be created through www.wix.com.
The street-crack fill-ins in downtown Claypool are looking much better, according to Gene Warner, water superintendent. The bill, which had not arrived prior to the meeting, will be $4,015.
The board is planning on placing 15 trees in town. The cost will be $1,650, but a company has agreed to match up to $850. Over the next few weeks, the council will be looking for donations from the town in order to pay for the trees.
The council was going to sign a Lutheran EMS Kosciusko contract, until it was noted that there was another company, Tri-County, that they could sign with. The contract-signing was tabled until the council members could learn about Tri-County.
In the next meeting, the council will be signing an agreement for Pay.gov, an online bill-paying resource that Claypool residents can use to pay their water bill. The motion to move forward with establishing pay.gov in Claypool was approved.
The department heads had little to share, but Town Marshal Lou Mediano said they had received information on a grant for $1,000 that they can put toward two body cameras for the police officers. Kids Gym is also starting next month, and will be held every second Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Claypool Elementary School.
Four payments were approved. One for Reed and Earhart for $295, and two for Crossroads leases, a $6,328.69 (wastewater plant), and $10,721.02 (police car). The police car lease payment will be paid with the TIF bond. The fourth payment was for 25 tons of salt for the upcoming winter, priced at $84.76 per ton from Morton Salt.
A new program to help maintain the computers in government, called WACD, which will cut the costs considerably of maintaining computer systems in Claypool was approved. The total per month is $30, rounding out to $360 per year.
A special meeting will take place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, and the next regular town council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 21.