Monroe eyes costly sewer line upgrade

    Monroe Town Council on Thursday evening heard a presentation from a representative of Gorman-Rupp Pumps on upgrades needed to fix sanitary sewage lines that run from Monroe to Berne’s wastewater treatment plant. The cost for the project has been estimated at $23,000.
    Council President Al Lehman used an analogy to describe the predicament the town is in, saying, “We can spend $20,000 to fix an old car, or $20,000 to get a new one. That is the position we are in.”
    Assistant water and sewage superintendent Justin Shaffer pointed out that “negligence is what got us where we’re at. It is time to get on the ball.” Numbers are now being pulled together from the company and should be ready within the next two weeks and considered at next months meeting, town officials said.
    In other business Thursday, the second reading of the town’s 2014 operating budget was approved. The spending document reflects an increase of $4,900 will be raised through tax revenue for the coming year. The biggest changes were in a $2,000 reduction in the Roads and Streets fund and a $5,600 increase in the town’s Motor Vehicle HighwayFunds.

One last time
    City officials said Thursday’s meeting would be the final one at the “old” firehouse. An open house at the newly-constructed fire station at 233 Tower Drive will be held from 1-4 p.m. on  Oct. 20.