The Carlisle Town Council was busy in its last two meetings, more so
in December than its short — less than a half-hour — reorganization
meeting on Jan. 4.
At December's meeting, the council approved the setting of a
stormwater rate for town residents in conjunction with a grant process
to upgrade its stormwater infrastructure.
The town is applying for a $600,000 grant through the Office of
Community and Rural Affairs, which was due Dec. 17, and plans to
supplement that with State Revolving Funds of between $190,000 and
$250,000. The town is working with HWC Engineering on their stormwater
Doug Baldessari of Baker Tilly explained a couple of changes to the
stormwater rate ordinance, before the public hearing. When the hearing
was opened, there was no public comment, so the ordinance was adopted
and signed by the council. The new rate will be $11.50 a month.
Kent Anderson, Kenna Consulting, opened a second public hearing on the
OCRA grant. Council president Azalia Barfield signed the grant
application, local match resolution, disclosure report and signature
page. Brian Grotz of HWC explained the scope of the project, while
council member Harold Hatfield offered his opinion of the design on
Eaton Street. Grotz said the actual design could still be changed.
Town manager Joe Coffman reported the town's phone line was not
working a lot of the time and that they could get better service from
Joink at a lower price, which the council approved. The council also
approved running an ad for full-time street and utility employment and
part-time office help.
Construction claims were also approved for HWC ($11,850 and $25,243),
Graves ($75,670) and Layne ($29,363).
January's meeting was much shorter, which started with Barfield being
reelected as council president for 2022. Council member Clint Durall
made the motion. Durall did not attend in December, while Hatfield was
absent in January's meeting. January construction claims were then
approved for Graves ($130,972) and Layne ($43,957).
Coffman said he was planning on conducting interviews for the open job
positions "over the next couple of weeks. Then have an executive
session in mid-January, then hire somebody the first of February."
Barfield asked how many applications were received, which Coffman said
he had "about seven or eight, but had three people I'm actually going
Resident Dave Ledune — who had voiced complaints in the December
meeting about sidewalks on SR 58 by his house — said he had received
Americans with Disabilities Act forms from the Department of Justice
concerning an issue of not having public access for disabled people.
"That's a violation of your civil rights, so I got the forms to fill
out," he said. "We're going to ask for an investigation and file a
Ledune said he has also called the president of Community Natural Gas
Co. twice, who had both times said they would fix a sidewalk creating
an ADA problem. Ledune said that has not occurred and he would also be
putting that item on the complaint form.
As in several past meetings, Ledune again voiced complaints of people
driving too fast along SR 58 by his house and wants something done
"Has anything been considered to slow people down on 58?" he asked,
noting a radar sign seems only to encourage drivers to go even faster,
Town marshal Jerry Mize said they have patrolled in that area at
various times and positions with radar and are not picking up anyone
Ledune requested his concerns once again be placed in the meeting
minutes, saying "I don't care if this ends up in there nine times, I
want something done about it."
Clerk-treasurer Suzan Ridgway said his comments would not necessarily
be placed in the meeting minutes, that the town is only required to
put in items that are voted on by the council.
Durall asked when most of this speeding is occurring, Ledune replied
it is mostly in the morning, at the noon hour and people getting off
work from about 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
After a few more minutes of discussion on this topic, the meeting was adjourned.