CROMWELL – Cromwell Town Council approved a site plan for water treatment plant improvements for its water rehabilitation project at Tuesday’s meeting, then gave the green light to the advertising for offers.
Casey Erwin of DLZ, the city’s engineering firm, said an addition to the water treatment building will house the new filter and pumps. The block building will then be clad in sheet metal and a sloping metal roof will replace the current roof.
Erwin asked the council to consider what paint color to use on the rehabilitated elevated water tower, which has been in place since 1974. The current color scheme is a blue and red hot air balloon.
He said water towers are usually painted blue with the name of the city inscribed on the side. Any special design or color scheme is an option but would cost more.
Publicity for bids for the water project will be very soon, with bids opening likely at the April 19 meeting, Erwin said.
Board members also selected Region 3-A as the grant administrator for the water project, accepting the recommendation of the grant rating committee. Those committee members were council chairman Jerry Pauley, clerk-treasurer Kayla Pauley and Cromwell resident Jane Miller.
In other business, Wawasee Tent & Tools, a tent and awning rental company in Syracuse, was the highest bidder at $9,600 for the town’s 2004 plow truck sale. Thirteen bidders submitted sealed bids, which were opened and read at the board meeting by Jerry Pauley.
Cromwell’s Spring Cleaning Day will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citywide yard sale days are Thursday through Saturday June 23-25.
The Cromwell Days Festival will take place on September 23 and 24, with the Friday activities in the city park and the Saturday event downtown.
During the public comment period, Mandy Mawhorter of the Noble County Public Library-Cromwell Branch, asked for guidance on handling parking complaints when the library hosts programs, activities, or events in its meeting rooms.
Two nearby businesses, a pizzeria and a liquor store, complained that their quick-stop customers couldn’t park in front of their storefronts to rush in and pick up their products. A social media exchange turned very negative, Mawhorter said.
The library branch has parking at the rear of the building and signs are posted indicating that parking is for patrons only. Mawhorter said some customers prefer to park in front of the building on Jefferson Street to be near the accessible entrance and the elevator to the second floor.
Anyone renting the library’s meeting spaces is told about the parking lot out back, but Mawhorter said she couldn’t force people to use it.
City attorney Jay Rigdon said the Jefferson Street parking lot is public, so complaining business owners cannot designate certain parking spots for their own use.
Imposing a time limit on public parking is also an enforcement issue since Cromwell does not have an enforcement officer to police the space for violators.
Cromwell resident Devon Miller also spoke on the parking issue, pointing out that the Cromwell Post Office car park, opposite the library, is not a public car park. Drivers who park there illegally after the post office closes could be towed from federal property, he said.