SILVER LAKE — Town council members voted to approve the purchase of new water meters for the town in the amount of $119,890 at the meeting held Wednesday, Oct. 10. Silver Lake Water Department Superintendent Joey McNeal recommended the Sensus water meters that Todd Ortman of EJP, Lafayette, provided information about at the September meeting. Council members agreed and approved this purchase.
Salary/wage increases for 2019 were briefly discussed. Council member Phil Shalley suggested giving merit raises on an individual basis rather than an across the board raise. After some discussion, council members agreed to review this on Monday, Oct. 29, when they hold a public meeting for the 2019 budget adoption.
Mark Sullivan from Midwestern Engineers, Inc., Indianapolis, submitted a change order with two items. According to Sullivan, Ty Bancroft, a contractor for The Bancroft Companies, South Bend, indicated that a previous change order did not include additional time of 18 hours for pothole work as well as additional work to a vacuum sewer, which took one hour to repair.
The second item, Sullivan explained, included adjustments made to the storm sewer due to utilities that were in conflict. The storm sewer was deepened about 6 inches. These modifications resulted in an estimate of an additional $8,283. The change order was approved.
- Trick or treat hours will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
- Ross Hagan of Umbaugh & Associates attended the meeting to review the 2019 proposed budget. A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, for the budget adoption.
- Josh Hemingway qualified for a $142.76 water adjustment and a $3.48 sewer adjustment. Tasha Williams qualified for a $199.67 water adjustment and a $9.92 sewer adjustment. Dixie Taylor qualified for a water adjustment in the amount of $166.60 for July and 237.06 for September. Taylor also qualified for sewer adjustments of $3.03 for both July and September.
- Silver Lake Fire Department is holding a gun raffle. The drawing will be held at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from any SL firefighter.
- Silver Lake Town Marshal Jason McGlennen advised that address changes from county to town for annexed properties tentatively took effect Monday, Oct. 8. Any resident who has questions regarding this process may contact McGlennen for further information.
- Minutes for the September meeting were approved.
- The next regular meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, immediately following the public hearing regarding a USDA rural development grant. There will be no meeting on the second Wednesday of the month in November.