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Topeka water well repair approved


The Topeka Town Council approved repairing one of the town’s water wells at their meeting on Feb. 25.

The council was told that well #1 has a leak somewhere and that the full extent of the problem won’t be known until the town digs down to the well to check it.

The well was originally installed in 1979 and runs an average of 252 days a year.

If the pump in the well needs to be pulled and rebuilt, the cost could be around $24,000, the council was told.

In other business:

The council was informed that Freedom Metal Works is looking to expand and is interested in seeking a tax abatement. However, the area where the facility is located, on West Lake St. just east of SR 5, is zoned B-3 and needs to be rezoned I-2. The council approved starting the rezoning process.

The council approved the purchase of two refurbished computers for the town hall at $339 each. The purchase will also include one new monitor at an estimated cost of $150.

A new scoreboard for diamond #2 at the East Park diamonds was approved. The scoreboard will cost $2,370, but a sponsor has pledged $2,000.

The council approved raising the town’s service fees to $50 per hour for employees and equipment when town services are requested by residents or businesses.