New Haven talks water upgrade project

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

NEW HAVEN — The water upgrade project was the main topic of discussion when members of the New Haven Town Council held their most recent meeting.

Recorder Roberta Hysell said a meeting will be held Dec. 10 with town officials, engineers and fire department representatives to discuss the fire hydrants being installed during the upgrade. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., and is also open to the public.

Resident Harry Roush asked if the town has an inspector on the project, stating he is concerned about the quality of the products being used. While the town has no dedicated inspector, the council told Roush that employee Steve Myers is checking on the project and supply shipments.

Drawdowns for the project were approved by the council in the amounts of $7,950.67; $1,380.50; and $851. Members voted to spend $3,400 for an emergency water repair. They had previously agreed to the expense when polled by phone.

Also during the meeting, council discussed the lack of bank reconciliation statements being completed by office workers.

Mayor Greg Kaylor said since taking office on July 1, very few accounts have been reconciled. He said when speaking to the town attorney, the statements should be done monthly on each bank account.

The council agreed that the process needs to be accelerated for the completion of the reconciliations. Councilman George Gibbs said he feels the accounts should be caught up by the first of the year.

The recorder announced that roller skating will soon begin at the community center and continue through the winter months. The longtime volunteer overseeing the skating is unable to continue, and Hysell said another volunteer is being sought. Skating is held on Friday nights, and is very popular among the Bend Area youth. Anyone interested in the position should call the city building.

In other action, the council:

Agreed to give a years-of-service benefit of $225 to all full-time, and $75 to all part-time employees;

Voted to go with the state calendar regarding holidays;

Appointed Councilman Matt Shell as the human resources director for the town;

Agreed to meet with all parties involved on Nov. 27 to resolve a dispute over an employee who was not signed up for health insurance in a timely manner, and must now wait until open enrollment, with benefits to begin July 1; and,

Approved three building permits.

Attending were Mayor Kaylor, Recorder Hysell, and council members Shell, Gibbs, Roy Dale Grimm, and Grant Hysell.

There will only be one council meeting in December due to the holidays. It will be held Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at