Carmi Township Road Commissioner Chris McEwing said the recent five inches of rain in the area was hampering roadwork in the township, but he has managed to spread loads CA6 on several roads, including 900E, 1500N, 1600N, 1700N, and do a bit of ditch work on 900 E. He has obtained five new “High Water” signs and purchased blades for the grater and drag. McEwing reported that there were seven callouts in the township, with six being resolved. He reported that the MFT amount increased from last year to $81,000. He estimated that would take care of 13 miles of oil and chip on the roads.
The Township meeting convened at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday with the reading of the February minutes by Clerk Anthony Huffer, which were approved as read. The monthly bills were examined by the trustees and approved for payment. The township secretary found an error in an invoice for patch from O’Daniel, which gave a credit to the township of $888.03.
Supervisor Deig reported the fund balances. Expenses for February were $24,080.04; income was $2990.12, with a total asset balance of $2,158,250.56.
Two emergency grants were given in February for a total of $750; one was for shelter and one for utility bill.
The board accepted a donation for maintenance of West Union Cemetery and voted to create a line item for “cemetery maintenance” in the Cemetery Miscellaneous Income category as the donor had requested it be used for maintenance. Brandon Huff was reappointed as Cemetery Trustee, with a term starting on January 1, 2019 and extending to December 31, 2024.
Supervisor Pamela Deig introduced an agenda item concerning the County Dog Pound, asking if the trustees wanted to support it in any way. The trustees passed on pursuing any information as to what the pound might need.
The board gave their approval to gather information about creating a Township Flag. The flag will be taken to conferences, and Supervisor Deig stated “It’s pretty impressive to see all the flags from each township.” Carmi Township has never had its own flag. The supervisor will pursue information about the cost of creating one. The Township does have a logo that is used on their letterhead. The Supervisor invited all the trustees to give their input for the design of the flag.
The board voted to again make a donation to the Carmi Senior Center of $1500 to assist with their needs.
Amy Short listed some of the properties she has been assessing in the last month: 104 Smith, 1600 CR 900 E, 1529 CR 900 E, 13337 CR, 300 Plum Street, and the new addition on Dr. Roser’s dental building on W. Main St. She stated that with this being the “quad year” for property tax assessments, the year will be a busy one.
There was no personnel discussion.
Pam announced there would be a cemetery board meeting on March 28 and an IMRI meeting on March 25. She also announced that anyone who works for the cemetery must carry a $1million certificate of insurance.
Pam passed out corrections to the minutes from October, November and December 2018. She also announced that the minutes going forward will be mailed to members before the meeting so they have time to look them over before the coming meeting. Clerk Huffer will no longer have to read them to the board.
Supervisor Deig announced that the TOIRMA Loss Control Meeting was to be held at the Carmi Township building on March 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. She also said she is working on the 2019-2020 budget.
The meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.
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