Calibrating water meters at the central water plant could help track down the source of a Centerville water system leak.

That’s according to town manager Kevin Slick, who asked Centerville’s council at its Nov. 14 meeting to approve $20,350 to enable maintenance that will include that calibration work. The expense is for the installation of valves that will allow isolating the water plant from the rest of the system, which isn’t currently possible.

Once the valves are installed, workers will be able to perform needed cleaning and updates. Plant meters are supposed to be calibrated annually but it has been some time. Council approved the request.

Slick also reported on the recent inventory reduction auction, which netted the town a little over $38,000. He said council members should not “get any ideas” for spending the money as it has mostly already been allocated.

Slick noted that leaf pickup has been extended to Nov. 28, and after that residents will need to bag leaves. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, trash pickup that would normally be Thursday, Nov. 23 is being moved to Monday, Nov. 27, and pickup that would normally be Friday, Nov. 24 is being moved to Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Other council business included:

  • Updates from Centerville Police Department about preparations for the Turkey Chase 7K and plans to deliver Thanksgiving meals to 100 households this past Sunday.
  • Permits and citations: 14 permits issued, 18 ordinance violation cases, 16 were cleared without enforcement, one open, one unfounded.
  • Addressing blight: The 309 N 4th Street property that the town acquired has had the structures removed, utilities sealed up and has been seeded and strawed. The property at 210 E Walnut has also been cleaned up per removal orders.
  • A request from the clerk’s office to approve retroactive longevity pay for law enforcement officers for 2022-2023 to correct an earlier miscalculation and to come into compliance with the state board of accounts. The request was approved.

Council noted that the town offices will be closed Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving, and that the next meeting is a work session on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. The public may attend. 

Christmas in Centerville is on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4 until 9 p.m. with the Lighted Parade at 7 p.m. down Main Street.

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A version of this article appeared in the November 22 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Chris Hardie is the owner and publisher of the Western Wayne News.