NEW HAVEN —Building permits, maintenance agreements, and town vehicle upkeep were all under discussion during the recent meeting of New Haven Town Council.
Those members present were Mayor George Gibbs, and council members Amy Ferguson, Sarah Gibbs, Jim Elias, Kenneth Vickers, and recorder Roberta Hysell. Jessica Howard was absent.
The council voted to approve a maintenance agreement during its October meeting; the town will bill Lakin Correctional Facility for previous assistance provided by the town. The town helped the facility with some sewer problems. Building permits were granted to the following residents: James Shell, for a building with a concrete foundation; Paul Freeman, for a storage building; Chastity Young for a temporary fence.
In other matters, a dicussion raised by the mayor concerning personnel handbook revisions was tabled for a later date. Three town employees aren’t currently on the town insurance; council agreed this will be remedied as soon as possible. All employees must be offered insurance under the Public Employees Insurance Agency guidelines.
Council also discussed the possibility of rotating those town employees who work on the garbage truck. The police chief David Hardwick approached council previously about the possibilty of new tires for the the Chevy Impala, a town vehicle. Council voted to approve his request and purchase new tires along with an alignment for the Impala.
Citizens have expressed concern about the holes which remain in streets after town water leaks have been fixed. The mayor said that holes are usually left for a period after repairs have been made, so that workers can ensure that leaks are fixed properly. He added that he will speak to workers concerning the issue.
Mayor Gibbs also raised the possibility of an improved method of reading water meter books. The idea is to condense the water meter books from four into six. Currently, Gibbs said, there are six books and four employees to read them. He added that he will raise the subject with Johnny Oldaker, who is the water department supervisor.
The council briefly addressed the issue of dilapidated houses in town, but this subject will be fully discussed at the next council meeting.
The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26 at the town hall.