NEW HAVEN — The repercussions of several unpaid water bills was discussed at the recent council meeting for the Town of New Haven.
Council members stated that thousands of dollars a year are lost due to the fact that people move away and leave a high, unpaid water bill. Council discussed the possibility of using an outside collection agency to collect the unpaid monies, but no decision on the matter was stated in the meeting minutes.
Lisa Thornburg was also present at the meeting, and informed council members of the most recent audit report. Considering the findings from the report, two town employees were terminated, and some other matters are still pending. No information regarding the audit report findings or which two employees were terminated were reported.
A Hickory Street resident also addressed council regarding some uncompleted work, which was said to be completed within 90 days. Mayor Sarah Gibbs apologized for the lack of following up on the situation, and she stated the case with the Public Service Commission may be reopened.
In other council business, Frances Taylor asked that the minutes from the March 8 meeting be re-read, due to the fact that a paragraph had previously been left out. The subject died due to lack of interest, but Gibbs asked the other members to consider what they heard, and a vote will take place at the next meeting.
James McCormick is also working to form a committee to help support area veterans. McCormick stated there were six people in attendance at their first meeting for the committee, and that things were moving forward. McCormick is constructing this committee in order to help veterans and their families sign up for needed benefits or any other paperwork they might have.
Building permit # 650 for June Stewart was also approved. The permit is for a storage building, and was approved with a first by Dorothy Roush and a second by Jim Elias, with Frances Taylor abstaining. The estimates for trees at the library were also received at City Hall, but no decision was made on the matter.
The Town of New Haven council will meet again at 6 p.m. on April 17 for the laying of the levy. The next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. on April 19.