Oolitic Town Council Approves Purchases

(OOLIITIC) – The Oolitic Town Council voted to purchase fire hydrants and a camera for sewer lines.

The town council voted to spend up to $6,000 for the purchase of fire hydrants after it was discovered that the fire hydrants on Smith Avenue were not working properly. The hydrants were installed in 1954.

The town council then approved to spend up to $3,000 for the purchase of a sewer camera for the sewer and water departments to locate leaks and other issues.

“This will save us money from having to dig up people yards to locate leaks and issues,” said Zac Bell of the Oolitic Utilities Department.

In other business:

  • Zac Bell reported this summer, crews will be busy making stormwater drain repairs at Park Lane, Hoosier Avenue, and Nikirk Lane.
  • Bell advised the council the town needs a new trash truck to replace the current 1984 trash truck. They would like to purchase a side loader trash truck similar to the ones the City of Bedford uses.
  • Bell asked the council to consider getting a notification system, One Call, to notify residents of leaks, boil orders, and payment notification.
  • The Town Council voted to renew Greg Pittman’s contract as town attorney for 2021. Pittman will be paid $6,000 a year. His fee will be paid in two installments.
  • Councilman Steve Kerr wants to replace the town’s current water meters with automated meters. Kerr says the new system will save manpower, will notify town officials of water leaks, and save customers money by not receiving large water bills. The Town of Oolitic currently has 30 water meters in need of repair, including some at local businesses.