Assistant Town Manager Will Lacey presented the council with a three-year employment contract for the town’s new fire chief, Richard T. Duncan

Compiled by Peg McRoy

The Danville Town Council met June 21. These meetings can be viewed on the town’s YouTube channel after the meeting. The council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Danville Town Hall, 49 N. Wayne St. The next scheduled meeting is July 5.

What happened:  Four bids were opened and presented to the council for the town’s 2023 Community Crossing Grant paving and asphalt projects. The council voted to hand over the review of these bids to the staff and requested they present a recommendation at the council’s next meeting on July 5.

What this means:  The four companies that submitted bids are Reith-Riley Construction Company, DC Construction Services, Milestone Contractors, and Howard Companies. Town staff will make their recommendation based on the lowest most responsive bid. A Community Crossing Grant is a matching grant awarded by the State of Indiana for road and bridge repairs.

What happened: Banning Engineering was awarded two contracts with the town. One is for the town’s drinking water and the other for wastewater. Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds are earmarked for this project. The approval of these contracts is the next step in bringing these projects to fruition.

What this means: The council approved the use of ARPA fund for both projects at their last meeting on June 7. These funds are awarded by the State to municipalities to be used for non-recurring infrastructure expenditures. The drinking water project is at 10th Street and CR 300 East. The wastewater project is the construction of a new gravity sanitary sewer for the wastewater collection system located at U.S. 36 and CR 200 East. Both projects are part of the water and wastewater master plan that was developed in 2020.

What happened: Assistant Town Manager Will Lacey presented the council with a three-year employment contract for the town’s new fire chief, Richard T. Duncan.

What this means: Chief Duncan was aware during the interview process that if hired he would be presented with an employment contract. The five-page document covers the chief’s duties, salary, hours of work, terms of employment, outside employment, causes for termination, voluntary resignation, professional development, fringe benefits, performance evaluation, and various other facets of employment.

What happened: The water department was given approval to purchase an enclosed cargo trailer for $9,300.

What this means:  The cargo trailer will be used as a portable workshop for off-site projects. The trailer will contain tools, equipment, and supplies needed to complete infrastructure maintenance and repair work. The white cargo express trailer will be purchased from Donato and Sons Motors in Logansport, Ind.