CITY WATER BOND: Dollar amount set at $2 million

COLUMBIA CITY — With the Columbia City Common Council approving its authority for a water bond in September’s regular meeting, the council approved a motion Tuesday to set the dollar amount at $2 million.The council discussed the possibility of the proposed water bond at its last meeting in September, saying it was needed in order for the water department to eventually start rolling on many of its upcoming projects.According to Mike Dear, the Columbia City Water Department Superintendent, some of the projects include water main replacements, construction of a storage barn and tying two mains together from Ind. 205 to CR 100 S.“We have a lot of breaks that affect that whole side of Irish Glen and Eagle Glen,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel. “They’re tired of being shut off for breaks, and this would be one way in which we can ensure the water supply continues.”Dear said his department has approximately five or six projects listed that it wants to complete over the next four to five years.“Basically, we just need the funds to get started,” said Dear.According to Daniel, there was also some ambiguity at the last council meeting as to whether the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) would be paying for the water line relocation on Ind. 205, which would have increased the amount of the water bond, but he was assured INDOT would offer their assistance.In other business:The 2013 budget was adopted.Also, the parking ordinance was passed on second reading. According to the ordinance, changes were made to include where city employees could park, taking the parking fine from $5 to $10, adding a handicapped spot in the first space, north of the alley, on the west side of Chauncey Street between Van Buren and Market streets as well as putting no parking on the south side of Ravenwood.Miranda Cooper, a senior at Columbia City High School, was the Youth Council representative for the month. Cooper said they are still working on their Facebook page, a survey for a business walk in town and also gearing up to go to elementary schools to talk to fifth graders about government.