Hanover approves sewer line repairs
Work could open door to future state grants
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:00 AM
The Hanover Town Council entered into an agreement Tuesday to address the issue of invasive roots in the town's sewer lines.
Layne of Orleans, will use a robotic camera to pinpoint the location of the roots and then remove them with a special root-cutter machine.
Town Street Superintendent Scott Williams said he has given the company about 6,500 feet of sewer line to inspect and clean out.
The town unanimously approved the contract for $16,000, which will be taken from the sewer fund.
The work will be another step in improving the town's utility service. Last year, the town contracted Midwestern Engineering to detect faulty lines and manholes covers in the town.
By pursuing the sewer projects and improvements, the town could be considered for a planning and implementation grant by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the councilmembers said.
Williams also reported to the council that he was looking for a small barn or shelter to house some of the town's equipment, which is now sometimes exposed to the weather.
Board president Debbie Kroger told Williams to look at the costs and options and bring a quote to the council at its next meeting.
In other business:
The council addressed an unsafe building at 138 Ohio Avenue, which is owned by the Federal Housing Authority. Kroger said the council started the process of attaining the lease on the property last May but has not heard from the owners since. Town attorney Wil Goering said he would follow up with a letter to get things moving.
The council hashed out details for its website, which is set to launch later this year. Kroger said the town would include information on the schools, including Hanover College, council members, ordinance information and possibly rental and Real Estate information.
Council member Brett Mitchell said he would like to see the town work toward having an online payment option for utilities customers.
A part-time administrative assistance position will be created. The employee would report to the council, and among several other duties, serve as the town's ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance officer and coordinate activities at the town park building. The job requires a time commitment of 29 hours each week and pays $12.