Washburn addresses utility concerns

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Washburn City Council discussed utility charge concerns and code violations at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 17.

A letter from Steve Tygart concerning a high water bill was presented to the aldermen by Janie Mulkey, city utility clerk.

After a long discussion, the council voted to average Tygart's water bill on 11 months and replace his March charges with the amount he was charged in April. The averaged amount will be used when the city updates its sewer rates.

Samantha Wilson was present to discuss her March sewer charges, which were exceptionally high due to her toilet stool running for an entire night.

After discussing Wilson's charges, the aldermen voted to average two other months' charges and recalculate her March charges based on the amount of water used during the averaged months.

City Clerk Sue Rose reported that there are two properties within the city limits that do not meet Washburn's code standards. Those properties are the old Masonic Lodge, which is being used as a business and residence, and a travel trailer that is being lived in as a permanent residence.

After discussing the properties, the aldermen directed Police Chief Doug Henry to address the code violations.

In new business, Alderman Brian Rose stated that he has enjoyed serving on the Washburn City Council but due to circumstances beyond his control he will need to resign his position.

Rose said he has concerns over being able to attend regular monthly meeting due to additional employment he is considering. The aldermen asked Rose to consider all of his options before making a final decision regarding his position.

In other business, the Washburn City Council:

* Voted to reimburse Michele Holenda, court clerk, for MACA dues and pay her expenses to attend training that was scheduled to be held at the Lake of the Ozarks.

* Heard an update on the water project.

* Voted to increase the employee mileage rate to 45.5 cents per mile.

* Rescinded a previous vote to establish salaries for the mayor and aldermen.

* Voted to pay employees for unused vacation days that are above the six days that can be carried over from year to year.

* Authorized Mayor Scott Young to sign an agreement with Allgeier, Martin and Associates, Inc., for a sewer study.

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