Police department to receive stipend

BOURBON — Bourbon Police Chief Bill Martin revisited a request for the department to receive a stipend from the town to use their personal cellular telephones for personal and police business rather than have to carry two around at all times.
At an earlier meeting council president Les McFarland presented various cell phone plans and showed research showing that it wouldn’t be cost effective to pay for the officers’ plans instead of paying for the phones the town supplies them to use. Martin said that his departmental phone was “shot” and that before getting a new one, he wanted to talk to the council about it again. “All the officers have their own personal phone,” he said. “At this time the town is paying $27.02 per officer and if you gave $20 per officer, per month, it would save the town about $7 per officer per month.”
Councilmember P.J. Hanley asked if the other officers were in agreement with the request to which Martin said they were and McFarland said he would like to have them sign a paper saying so.
Clerk-treasurer Kim Berger said the agreement would save the town $420 a year and that the stipend could be added to the officers’ regular paychecks. The council agreed to allow it.
Addressed prior to the regular meeting was a public hearing for the town to vacate an alley behind the property of Steve Duff on Center Street. There were no complaints or concerns from the general public so the council agreed to allow it — pending that the town had easement rights to access the land for issues related to waterlines.
Six bids were turned into Territorial Engineering, the firm hired by the town to oversee the main lift station project south of town, and Robert R. Crosby Inc., Fort Wayne, came in as the lowest bidder by $100,000. The council approved the engineering firm to prepare a motion of award to the construction company as the successful bidder. The water station pumps roughly 150 to 170 gallons of wastewater from the town each day and the project will run roughly $800,000.
Also approved at the meeting was allowing the town-contracted waste removal company, Allied Waste, to replace the town’s recycling containers with larger bins that would be picked up by automated-removal trucks. Clerk Berger explained that the company hoped to have them being used by June 1. McFarland asked about the size of the containers and whether or not seniors and the handicapped would be capable of maneuvering the new, bigger containers. Berger explained that those that were unable to control the larger containers could contact the town or company and request to keep the smaller one.
In other business:
• Councilman Hanley signed a conflict of interest form as the town may choose to hire his company in the future.
• A leak found in the roof of the police department was approved by the council to repair for $2,997 and Morris Roofing was approved to be hired to do the job.
• Water department supervisor Mike Shoda reported that the town will soon begin the Shaffer Road project which entails replacing the waterlines. Much of the work accessing pipes crossing Schaffer will be done on Saturdays to avoid school traffic. The remainder of the project is being planned to take place over the summer.