SILVER LAKE - At Wednesday night's meeting, the Silver Lake Town Council voted to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to service the well at the water plant.

The approved quote for $58,950 from National Water Service will include a well rehabilitation and a chlorine shock to knock rust from the existing structure.

Council President Hugh Murfin provided updates on the school building demolition project at 202 E. Sycamore St. Over the next few weeks, any remaining asbestos will be removed first, followed by limestone and historical markers that will be saved for a memorial or time capsule. The building should be totally demolished by mid-June.

A letter will be sent out to local homes containing a survey about the future of the soon-to-be-vacant site. Murfin said the town is considering a community building.

In other new business, the Council approved a salary ordinance raising the base pay rate of a town utilities employee from $18.72 to $19.72 per hour.

In public comments, the Council heard from Silver Lake resident Frank Greer who is interested in raising chickens in town. He asked that the Council consider allowing five hens per household, provided there would be an ordinance in place to detail proper enclosures and upkeep.

In other business:

- The fire department had six runs this month: one traffic accident, one fire alarm, two medical assists and two assists with the Warsaw and Pierceton Fire Departments.

- The claims docket was $195,129.54.

- The Silver Lake Conservation Foundation community meeting will be held at 11 a.m. June 4 at the Lion's Club building.

- The clerk's office will be closed June 12-16.

The Council will next meet at 7 p.m. June 8.