Geneva approves trash pick-up rate increase

Authored by Jim Langham on Feb 6, 2013

The Geneva Town Council acted upon the recommendation of clerk-treasurer Bill Warren and unanimously approved raising the rates for trash pick up from $8.35 to $8.49 per unit. This increase came from a letter from National Serv-All, the company contracted with Geneva for trash pick-up. According to the letter, the agreement between the company and the town allows for an “increase once per annum in an amount equivalent to the Consumer Price Index.”
Also upon the recommendation of Warren, the council approved the Interlocal IT agreement with the county. The town will be paying $200 a month for maintenance and software upgrades on all of their computers and $350 a month for phone, Internet, and cable services in all of the town’s buildings. All software upgrades will be included in this agreement. The only additional cost will be if the town needs to purchase new hardware, such as upgraded computers or phones.
Warren updated the council on some work that is scheduled to the iron filtration system at the water plant. After being inspected, it was determined that upgrades are needed, and those upgrades will cost approximately $25,000. According to Warren, the system has not been worked on in over 10 years. The work is scheduled for February 18.
In police news, town marshal Rob Johnson informed the council that the military surplus program has been temporarily suspended due to some missing requisitions. Upon investigation, it has been discovered that 88 weapons requisitioned are missing. Twenty-one of these weapons are in Indiana. Also missing are five humvees. None of the missing items are connected with the Geneva Police Department, but until the missing items are accounted for, the program has been put on hold.
In fire news, the Geneva VFD responded to five calls, including two water rescues during the flooding period in the middle of January. Fire chief Patch also reported that two trucks have been repaired and for less than the quoted price.
“Both trucks are fixed. Everything is good,” said Patch.
The council threw in their support of the Limberlost by signing a support letter for a proposal put forth by the Friends of the Limberlost. The Friends of the Limberlost are looking to acquire 100 acres south of Rainbow Bend. They are hoping to extend the trail from the Covered Bridge Road to SR 116 and back into Geneva.
In other news,
- Heavy trash day is scheduled for Saturday, May 18. Warren stated that he was planning on checking with county about using some inmates on work release to help.
- Johnson has been working on the website, and a new site should be up and running soon.
- Improvements and modifications are in the works for the Rainbow Road lift station, including bigger pumps and lines and trying to find where the infiltration is coming from.

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