By Liz Shepherd
CLAYPOOL — The Claypool Town Council voted to temporarily not allow Town Marshal Ben Sanders to work Operation Pullover hours during a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17.
This decision is a result of the town’s insurance company not covering Operation Pullover matters. Claypool Town Council President Benny Stage Jr. said the town learned about the issue after a conversation last week with their insurance provider.
“That’s whether it’s Leesburg or wherever (for Operation Pullover),” said Stage. “Right now, if something were to happen, the town would be held liable. Since we’re not covered, we need to halt for now at least. I am in the process of speaking with other towns to see what they’re doing because it’s not just our marshal that does OPs (Operation Pullover). For liability purposes, right now, we have no choice.”
Sanders was not present at the council meeting.
Council also amended an ordinance regarding the adoption of a COVID-19 expenditure plan for American Rescue Plan (ARP) coronavirus fiscal recovery monies. Claypool received a total of $97,985.28 from the state of Indiana.
The town plans to use the money for the addition of a third lagoon, as well as a new chemical building and maintenance on the existing lagoons.
At the council’s July meeting, John Magsam, Jones & Henry, said Claypool had received a letter from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management regarding the town not meeting testing limits for its wastewater system. At that time, Magsam said a third lagoon for the town would be necessary as well as a new chemical building.
Claypool Council passed the ordinance amendment.
The town’s next council meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21.