Meeting: Birdseye Town Council

The Birdseye Town Council met Thursday and:

• Reorganized for 2020 by agreeing to keep Bret Eckert as town council president. Town Hall hours were expanded to include Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m., in addition to the 8 a.m. to noon windows on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The town council will continue to meet at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

• Agreed to pursue water system and wastewater system operator apprenticeship programs offered by the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water. The Alliance is funded by memberships as well as grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and USDA Rural Development and offers free training and technical assistance. The apprenticeship programs were explained to council members last month by Alliance Assistant Executive Director Kelly Gardner and Water Circuit Rider Dave Adkins.

• Retained Councilwoman Mary Ann Cummings as the town council’s representative on the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission and on Dubois Strong.

• Discussed water audits the State of Indiana will require water systems to perform beginning this year. Every even year, the audit results will need to be validated by a third party and turned in to the Indiana Finance Authority, according to Utility Superintendent Bob Morrow. “It’s just a lot of information, which isn’t all bad,” Morrow said, adding that the town will know more about its water system than ever before, thanks to the audit.

• Agreed to pursue an apprenticeship program designed to get municipalities certified water and sewer system operators.

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