The Lyons Town Council voted to hire two new employees to manage sewage operations in an effort to save the town money.
Effective Jan. 1, Cliff Pemberton Jr. will be working for the city at $14,000 per year and Cliff Pemberton Sr. will be on a salary of $25,000.
Council President Scott Powers stressed the town has been pleased with the work of Graves Plumbing over the years.
"We've been very happy with the work of Graves. This is just an effort to save the town money," Powers said.
Clerk-treasurer Kim Flynn will be the acting direct supervisor of the two new employees.
Flynn added the employees will be in charge of maintaining the sewer system, the sewer plants and the lagoons.
The council voted to table awarding a bid for removal of iron from the holding tank in order to gather more bids.
Flynn said the only bid the town had received was from Graves Plumbing. She also stressed the town had been out of compliance with Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) regulations for three months.
Graves Plumbing informed the town the wastewater treatment plant's chlorine monitor needed replaced.
"It doesn't function. With is an IDEM and OSHA violation," Andrew Graves noted.
Graves said he believed the cost of repair would be more costly than replacing the monitor, and noted the monitor was very important to protect the water customers of the town.
The council voted to transfer line items within a fund in order to allow the payment of bills for the end of the year.
"The money is still there. This is an approval to spend within those titles. You are just moving around within a fund," Flynn said.
The town council voted to accept the software use agreement to continue using the Computrol system, and declined the disaster recovery plan in the amount of $3.585 for the year.
"We already have our plan if that happens," Flynn noted.
In order to be compliant with the American Disability Act, the council voted to take measures for a transition plan.
The plan includes changing the sidewalk if there is any work done to or under the sidewalks. The town will also place detectable warnings at the sidewalk intersections.
There will also need to be ramps placed at the entrances of the Lyons Community Building.
Local basketball players are wanting to use the Lyons Community Building for practicing, but council member Kim Nickless raised the rate of the current electric bill as an issue.
"I'm just concerned that it's (the utility bill) already $700, and they aren't using it yet," Nickless said.
Powers suggested she bring her issue before the Community Building Committee to discuss her concern.
The council voted to continue holding their meetings the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The next meeting will be held Jan. 8.