Of those speakers, Lou MacEwan was concerned about the number of police reports that are in the paper. Mayor, Ron Zerkle, explained that the Police Chief provides a monthly report to the Council. Mr. MacEwan also discussed the problem of speeding trucks traveling down Fifth Street and the parking on the sidewalks. Mayor Zerkle gave some clarification.
Andrew and Jeff Weaver, along with Diane Riffle, asked if the Town could provide them with water service. The Town agreed to hook them up to an existing meter, if the owners can run lines to the meter.
Bernita Allen asked if there was an open container law in New Haven. Mayor Zerkle replied that there is not, neither is there one in the state. She also made a request for the lights on the tennis to be donated to the ball park, since they haven’t been turned on for two years. In addition, Allen requested that half of the tennis courts be turned into a basketball court. The Mayor will check on both issues. Bernita Allen did report that the pool is closing Aug. 30 for the summer.
Jack Ramsey, from Triad, reported that all but one permits are submitted. The railroad permit has to go in at a certain time. He discussed that the easements are half done and the archeological survey is finished and approved. Ramsey also reported that the DEP is out of stimulus money for the first round and the Town will try again in the spring. He would like a meeting with the water/sewer board.
Departmental reports were also given.
• Garbage pick up should be ran at the same time and in the same way everyday. The sanitation department will do a survey on the number of times a business gets dumpster pick up, so that a rightful charge for service can be given.
• The water department reported that as soon as the small back hoe is repaired, the ditch at Mayo Lloyd’s house on Seventh will be cleaned.
• The sewer line at Jean Gray’s needs replacing sometime in the future, as reported by the sewer department.
• A discussion with the police department was held to talk about insurance reimbursements and D. Hardwick’s Academy.
In other business:
• For clarification, any remodeling or new construction of exterior has to have building permit. Four residents were approved of their building permits including Revna King, Willis Dudding and Mark Clark.
• Personnel reported that as of Sept. 11, 2009, any extra insurance (Western Southern, etc.) will no lnger be taken out of employee’s pay. If the employee wants to continue coverage, they will have to do so independently. It was also reported that text messaging and internet service is no longer available on the cell phones.
• New business was discussed about replacing the gravel on Third Street leading to Doc Bryant Street. This issue will be looked into.
• Sarah Gibbs made a motion to purchase two electronic locks and 40 combination pad locks for City Hall and the Sewer Plant from Thompon’s. The motion was seconded by Jim Elias and the motion carried.
The work session at city hall will be Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 at 9 a.m. The next New Haven Council Meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009.