September Linton City Council Meeting

I went to the Linton City Council meeting tonight.  It was something I used to go to, but I haven’t been in a while.  It was nice to be able to go again, to see where things are headed and what our community needs.

Here’s the long and short just the short of what was covered.  This is only as accurate as my interpretation.  For the exact details, feel free to get in touch with the mayor’s office:

The A.M. Risher Memorial Pool (the “Linton pool€) needs a new liner.  The Lintonian liner is now about 7 years old.  A new one, according to Nigel Lehman, will cost about $51,000.  The council went ahead and moved forward to get the liner replaced for the next pool season.

The Fire Department Holding Corporation wants to purchase the property adjacently north of The Lintonian fire station from Regions Bank.  After ten years, the City of Linton will own the property—there will be no new tax debt for this, because the money is already bonded.  The council moved to go ahead with the purchase of the property.

The budget hearing was on Friday, September 10.  Nobody from the public came.  The council approved the budget of around $3.3 million.

The IHCDA+INDOT Stellar Communities program, a state program funding comprehensive community development projects, is accepting submissions.  The submitting deadline is October 1.  The council wants to go ahead and submit a letter to the program to try to be included.

The Linton Police Department is worried about the increase in usage of “synthetic cannabis,€ more commonly known as K2 or Spice.  This is an herbal chemical product that mimics the effects of cannabis.  These drugs do contain synthetic cannaboids.  The city council wants to move ahead making an ordinance banning the sale of these drugs.  City attorney Tim Shonk will look into drafting an ordinance.

The Linton Fire Department will be testing out the city’s fire hydrants next week.  Do not be alarmed if you see some hydrants randomly spraying water.  Any hydrants not working properly and in need of repair will be painted orange.  This lets the fire department quickly determine in an emergency what hydrants do and do not properly work.

The grant for new LED street lights is going well.  There will be 260 replaced lights.  The grant has chosen to go with the GE Cobra Head lighting.  Highway lights will be replaced with 157 Watt (400 Watt incandescent comparable) LED lamps.  The regular streetlights will have 95 Watt LED lamps.  They are testing out some LED ‘security light’ style lamps tomorrow, and are expecting great results.

Sample LED lamp shown at the meeting