By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer

At its Tuesday, August 27 meeting, Brookville Town Council agreed to sign a contract with HWC Engineering to enter into the starting phase of the pool project.

The starting phase would allow for more detailed planning, and the next step is to begin design plans with the goal that after the first of the year, the town can get the project out for bids.

A goal is to have a contractor start the work next spring or summer, allowing for the pool to open in 2021.

The contract is for $327,800 and includes all services needed to proceed with the project, including design work and sub-consultants. Surveyors will soon start visiting the site as well as geotechnical engineers to check the existing conditions.

In other business, Kelly Bulmer, the executive director of the United Way of Franklin County, attended the meeting to give a presentation on behalf of UWFC. The organization has been serving the community for nearly 30 years, and they have noticed the needs of the community have changing.

According to Bulmer, 34 percent of families in the community are struggling either at poverty level or are ALICE families which are asset limited income constrained employed individuals. UWFC has been focusing on those families, and they have been working with people throughout the community such as transportation to help out where they can.

Bulmer asked to start a payroll campaign with town employees. The employees would just have to fill out a form saying how much they want deducted out of each pay period if they are interested in participating. The campaign would be from January to December of next year. Bulmer added it doesn't need to be a large donation as a little goes a long way.

Bulmer also provided some information about Indiana 211, a referral line they help fund. Those interested can call text or go online and get resources on food, shelter and health care.

BTC received one bid for the Blight Elimination Project house removal. The contract was from Friendly Contracting for $49,000. The bid includes all machinery and labor needed to complete the project. BTC motioned for town attorney Tammy Davis to review the bid.

There was no new information about the annexation from the town. According to those in the proposed annexation area, they received a survey askingwhat they think should be done. They were wondering who the survey came from as it was sent from a P.O. Box. The town did not know and suggested they ask members of the LLC. The survey due date was August 26, and the town has not received any other information from the LLC.

BTC approved some building permit requests including the construction of a roof over an existing patio and a request from Dairy Cottage to replace its sign. There was also a request from Korners Kountry Kithchen for a variance for its smokehouse as it does not meet proper setback requirements from the adjoining property line. BTC approved the request contingent upon adjoining property owners’ approval.

Other items on the agenda included:

* Entering a contract for services with an HR consultancy to update the employee handbook and salary ordinances. The cost is $45,000 for the employee handbook.

* Hiring Amberly Wolfram as an operator at the Brookville wastewater treatment plant.

* Giving permission to start hiring a replacement for officer Fred Neeley

* Receiving a thank you letter from New Mercies Community Services for helping them find a new location.