SILVER LAKE – Silver Lake Town Council approved Wednesday night a motion to proceed with an application for a $40,000 grant to begin the process of addressing problems with the town’s sanitary sewer and storm drainage system.
The town intends to submit a grant application to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and request the $40,000 to hire a professional engineer to analyze the existing sanitary sewer collection system and storm drainage lines and prepare a preliminary engineering report. The purpose of the study is to identify the problems and provide long-term solutions.
The $40,000 would not cover construction costs.
The town also moved to approve a committment to provide a $5,500 match to the grant to cover the cost of grant writing and administration.
The town hopes to submit the grant application by the end of July. If the grant is awarded, the town would then hope to have an agreement signed by mid-September and initiate the planning study. The planning study would be slated to be complete by March of next year with the grant closing by the end of April of next year.
The engineer would then submit recommendations to the town and the town would proceed to make a plan of construction.
In other business, the council discussed renewing a contract with LifeMed Emergency Medical Service. Marvin Gheen, EMS director of LifeMed, addressed the council and asked for a 20 percent contract increase, saying LifeMed is collecting less money this year due to sequestering and write-off charges.
Gheen said LifeMed received 276 emergency calls in Kosciusko County from July 2014 to June 2014, and 80 of those calls were from Silver Lake. The proposed contract would hold Silver Lake responsible for paying LifeMed an annual fee for 2015 to 2016 EMS coverage of $3,100 in two installments per year of $1,550.
Silver Lake Town Council agreed to consider the contract and tabled approval until next month’s meeting.
Council also discussed the installation of a stop or caution sign in front of the Sand’s Mini-Mart gas station on Ind. 15 in Silver Lake. The site is the location of the recent death of 4-year-old Logan Heeter of Claypool, who was struck by a passing truck.
Since the proposed location of a stop or caution sign is located on a state highway, the town council is not able to approve its installation, but the council agreed to discuss it with Indiana Department of Transportation to see what the state can or cannot do to encourage drivers to use more caution while driving through Silver Lake.