NEW HAVEN — The Town of New Haven is getting an extra boost in funding for its upcoming water project.
Engineers from Chapman Technical Group attended the most recent council meeting to announce the state Department of Health and Human Resources has offered the town $1 million in debt forgiveness. The stipulation to receiving the forgiveness, however, is to complete the entire project as first submitted to the state for approval and funding.
The council has considered a number of options in the past eight months on the water upgrade project, which members inherited after taking office on July 1. Completing a portion of the project in the areas where the water lines are most needed was one of the considerations, cutting the projected funding by millions. However, after receiving the offer for the debt forgiveness, the council approved allowing the engineers to proceed in getting the funding.
Council members also held the first reading of an ordinance to increase sewer rates, after consistently seeing negative numbers in the wastewater department.
According to Recorder Roberta Hysell, the increase will become effective June 1, with the second reading set for the next meeting. The increase will raise the rates from $21.54 for 2,000 gallons of water usage, to $25.64.
In other action, the council:
Approved the purchase of a portable air compressor for the sewer department;
Voted to purchase a new computer for the water/sewer plant;
Agreed to install electrical service at the town park;
Tabled the purchase of a door at the community center;
Heard a report that the police department received two laptop computers and printers from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program that will allow them to issue e-tickets;
Approved drawdown eight for the water project in the amount of $12,059;
Heard clarification from Clyde Weaver that he and wife, Elnora Weaver, resigned from the town’s planning and zoning commission after lengthy consideration and not because of any particular incident; and,
Approved the minutes of the prior meeting, financial report, and invoices to be paid.
The next meeting will be March 20 at 6 p.m.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.