During a meeting last week, council members unanimously approved the final reading of an ordinance designed to increase the water deposit fees for new customers from $100 to $200.
The increase follows last month’s approval of a deferred payment agreement amendment to the town’s current water ordinance, which states that if utility bills go unpaid for two months, they will be classified as delinquent. The deferred agreement for delinquent customers states that if the customer cannot pay the delinquent bill in full, he or she will pay the current month’s total amount and 10 percent of the past-due amount (but not less than $20 per month) every month until the bill is paid in full. If the agreement is broken at any time, the customer’s water will be turned off.
The water deposit fee increase took effect immediately.
In other business, council members:
• Discussed a mobile home that has been placed on a lot along Midway Drive. Several citizens attended the meeting to address their concerns about the mobile home, adding that there had been ordinances in place that addressed the placement of a mobile home within municipal limits.
However, documentation could not be found regarding the matter, and an attorney in attendance clarified state laws that municipalities cannot require something for a manufactured home that is not required of other types of homes.
In addition, a representative from the West Virginia Housing Institute Inc. as well as the town’s attorney were on hand to discuss the issue further, and council members agreed to give their attorney a week to consider and research the matter more in depth.
• Were updated on the community center. Bernita Allen, manager, said there was a water leak at the center during the Christmas holiday, which was fixed at the center’s expense.
Allen also reported that the new filtration system for the pool was in and cost $1,700 less than the grant funding that was approved for the project. She requested permission to ask that the remainder of that grant be applied to the grant funds for new fencing at the pool.
• Discussed recent burglaries in the municipality and told residents in attendance that the police department now has three officers working.
• Unanimously approved increasing Patrolman Mitch Waugh’s salary to $9.50 per hour because he successfully completed training at the police academy.
• Scheduled a work session for 6:30 p.m. today.
• Met in executive session.
The next regular meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20.