Wastewater Plant headworks project set to start this fall

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The process of installing new headworks at the Vevay Wastewater Plant will most likely begin this fall.

The headworks operates as a screen to take debris out of the water and creates cleaner water, according to Vevay Town Utilities Superintendent Terry Brindley. The $137,000 project is required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in order to meet its standards. The project work was awarded to Parham Excavating of Vevay at a special meeting on July 9th. The project is expected to take approximately 60 days.

At its July 14th meeting, the town council approved payment to Parham Excavating of Vevay of $11,210 in order to begin the process for permits to begin the work.

In other action at the July 14th meeting:

VEVAY HILL DRAINAGE: Council member Keith Smith has been working on solutions to increased rain water runoff from Vevay Hill following completion of the road improvement, possibly due to fewer drains for the water. One solution is a retention pond, which is currently being discussed by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT: The town council is working toward replacing playground equipment at Paul Ogle Park. However, first the old playground equipment must be removed and the council will be looking into the cost to do that.

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER: The town council agreed to work with Switzerland County Schools to partner for a School Resource Officer. The school corporation received a $50,000 Secured School Safety Grant. The officer would be a member of the Vevay Town Police, but primary responsibility would be with the school corporation.

CEMETERY EXPANSION: There is a need for more space for the Vevay Cemetery, but council is considering where to expand. The town owns property across from the cemetery, but is also considering whether it could possibly purchase adjoining land from Rod Dickerson that’s on the same side of the road as the cemetery.

CLOSING ALLEY: Rod Dickerson inquired about closing Tardy Alley on Main Cross Street, where he is planning to build apartments. Council members said they’ll look at the property before considering it. Also, Rod Dickerson was informed that he would need to file a request to vacate the alley before any action can take place.

WATER PRESSURE: Pete McCreary of 507 North Jefferson Street inquired about getting a new main line to his house in order to improve water pressure to his home. He said that the previous owner that owned his property and the adjoining one had run just one line (3/4-inch) to both properties, and neither property has much water pressure. The council informed Pete McCreary that he would be responsible for a new water line.

PARK LIGHTING: Council member Joe Spilman discussed improving the overall lighting at the Paul Ogle Park. He also expressed new light bulbs are needed at the shelter houses.

SIGNS: Kay O’Neal reported the street name signs were down on Cedar Avenue and needed to be put back up. Keith Smith asked that a dog walk sign be put up at the designated area at the park.