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By KEVIN KOELLING
CANNELTON – Forty-two tons of trash were collected during Cannelton’s annual spring cleanup, city Street Commissioner David Marsh reported to the city council at a regular meeting April 14.
During the annual event, the street department collects items not allowed in regular weekly trash pickups, and this year’s netted enough for 10 trips to a landfill over three days, March said. He thanked Frank Maffia, who oversees a county-court community-service program, for contributing five workers to the effort.
“I got a lot of compliments on the good job that they did with the cleanup,” Councilwoman Kim Reed said. “Everybody around town was real happy with it.”
“They hauled off a lot of stuff,” Councilman Jack Harris said, suggesting another such roundup be scheduled in the fall.
“Wait until you see the bill on that one,” Mayor Mary Snyder replied.
She said Wednesday she still hadn’t seen it, but estimated it would be approximately $4,000.
Council members approved the renewal of a contract with Simplex-Grinnell for servicing and monitoring fire alarms at the city’s community center. County Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth said the company made several visits over the last year “to do some major work that cost us a lot of money.”
She questioned paying those costs while under the contract, and the company sent a representative to meet with her and the mayor. The contract was fine while the center and its equipment were new, Bozarth said, “but now that that gym’s getting some age on it … we ought to get a contract with them that actually covers the labor and the parts and the travel (for repairs).”
She thought an additional $170 per year to cover such expenses would be a good investment, she said. Adding that to the contract would bump the annual cost to $1,695.
“I know we still call it the new gym,” Bozarth said, “but it’s not new anymore.”
Councilman Melvin McBrayer noted the building is 17 years old now.
Snyder said the company representative told them it was common for customers to choose cheaper coverage when facilities are new, then purchase added protection as they age.
Looking for money
The council also approved a contract with Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission under which the agency will apply for funding to replace a Fourth Street lift station and a portion of the pipe through which sewage is pumped to Tell City for treatment.
The funding was the subject of a public hearing March 10, which the News reported March 17.
Snyder reported employee insurance costs had remained about the same. Some costs rose while others dropped, she said, adding, “overall, it was as good as what we had before and was $100 cheaper, so we went ahead and signed for another year. Our workmen’s comp came in good, so we went ahead and signed that one. In fact, we got a little check back.”
She and Marsh were to meet this week with a contractor for work to be conducted under the first phase of a Safe Sidewalks to School grant, Snyder also said.
Heck Hardware building
After the meeting ended, Snyder said Carolyn Barr is “still working on meeting some requirements” imposed on her efforts to rehabilitate the former Heck Hardware building on Sixth Street.
As the News reported in October, Barr was given four deadlines this year, one of which was April 1, for remedying problems city officials said posed hazards to passers-by.
Barr has been working with the state fire marshal and “she’s starting to work on the front of the building right now,” Snyder said at the recent meeting. “We’re working with her.”
Reed said school officials were taking precautions to ensure children avoid the construction area.