Danville Town Council pursues land purchase, begins wastewater project

Compiled by Peg McRoy Glover

The Danville Town Council met April 6. Meetings can be viewed on the town’s YouTube channel. 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 April 19. The ICON will report on that meeting in an upcoming issue. 

What happened: Council approved a contract with Bowen Engineering Corporation to begin work on the north interceptor project for wastewater collection. This will accommodate the town’s growth. The council approved the contract 4-1, with Chris Gearld dissenting. 

What this means: This project is in response to a master plan created in 2020 by Banning Engineering and the town’s wastewater department that identified some deficiencies in the north and south interceptors. Addressing the north interceptor in Phase 1 of the overall project was identified as the top priority. The project is expected to take eight to 10 months to complete and cost $5 million. 

What happened: The council voted to take the next step in the process toward making an offer on land for sale at 576 N. Ind. 39. This action does not approve making an offer on the land. It puts in motion the possibility of making an offer. The motion carried 3-2, with Gearld and Greg Irby dissenting. 

What this means:  The council held a work-study session prior to the council meeting about the feasibility of purchasing this land. The clerk-treasurer presented several funding solutions. The acquisition is not part of the town’s master plan. The interest is based on availability and the town’s possible future transportation needs. The town can pull out at any time. 

What happened: The council gave the public works department approval to dispose of surplus property that is either outdated or the department no longer uses. 

What this means: This is a regular inventory assessment. The last disposal yielded $21,000 in auction revenue. 

What happened: Council approved a cleaning contract with AWR Cleaning Service for town hall and the clerk-treasurer’s office. 

What this means: AWR will clean and perform janitorial services in the town hall, police department, training room, break room and office areas for $1,200 per month.