A water pressure problem for the past two months in the Scenic Hill area outside Loogootee has left an estimated 17 families without enough water pressure to fill their dishwashers and washing machines.

That information was presented to the Board of Public Works and Safety at Monday night’s meeting by Loogootee City Councilman Rich Taylor, who had received complaints from some of the families living in Scenic Hill. He was told the water pressure had dropped to as low as 18 percent of capacity in some homes.

No explanation was given for the water pressure problem other than the elevation of the area and its distance from the water tower.

Utilities Manager Bo Wilson estimated it would cost about $30,000 to build a booster station, including engineering costs, to provide adequate water pressure for the Scenic Hill area.

The board took no action on the situation, nor did it make a recommendation to the City Council, which met immediately afterward. During the second meeting, the water pressure problem was never mentioned.

During the council meeting, the council approved a payment of $67,000 to the Indiana Department of Transportation to close out the trail/sidewalk improvement project. It was funded by a $1.05 million grant, with the city having to pay 20 percent in matching funds, or about $210,000.

In other business

Wall covering

The council voted to put a metal covering on an exposed brick wall, which is all that remains of the former Ritz Theatre/Gospel House building following its collapse in late December 2008.

Quotes will be sought for the work, which Mayor Don Bowling said was needed to prevent further deterioration of the wall. It cannot be torn down, because it is now the outside wall of an adjacent business.

Credit limit

A limit of $1,500 per purchase and $2,500 maximum for all purchases by authorized employees on the city’s two new credit cards was established.

Street closings

The council agreed to close several city streets during part of the evening from Thursday through Saturday due to the annual Summerfest.

Closed from 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, will be W. Main Street from JFK Avenue to Walker Street, W. First Street, and from Wood Street south to Church Street.

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