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McKENZIE (October 11)— During its regular monthly meeting, the City of McKenzie Board of Mayor and Council voted in favor to increase the water department’s maintenance and rehab fee by …
McKENZIE (October 11)— During its regular monthly meeting, the City of McKenzie Board of Mayor and Council voted in favor to increase the water department’s maintenance and rehab fee by $3 a month.
Water Superintendent Billy Wood explained the department could not show two fiscal years of financial loss without the State’s intervention. Increasing the public’s bill by a flat monthly rate of $3 would accrue approximately $71,000 showing a minimal profit for the department.
If the State were to intervene there would not be a small increase, in all likelihood the state would increase water rate by 75%. A monthly bill averaging $65 would increase well over $100 if the State intervened.
The council unanimously approved the increase. The increase went into effect immediately, and will be reflected on next month’s bill.
The council approved resolution 18-007 to authorize the McKenzie Industrial Board to negotiate a Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Taxes (PILOT) program. By granting the industrial board the ability to negotiate the board can accept lease payments to promote jobs without approval from the county.
In other business, the council authorized the issuance of an interest bearing general obligation capital outlay note of $350,000 for the paving of University Drive and other street repairs within the city limits. The bids for the paving project will be opened on October 29 at 4 p.m. at City Hall during a special called meeting of the council.
The council approved the city to solicit bids for a F-350 dump truck for the Public Works Department. Director Johnny Mercer stated he had money in his budget and could use additional funds from Solid Waste since the vehicle served dual purpose. The purposed purchase would be similar to the Water Department’s. A dump bed would have to be purchased separately.
The Housing Authority Board adds a new member with the appointment of Garrett Burns. Burns was recommended by Housing Authority Board Chairman Brian Winston and Mayor Jill Holland.
Under financial matters, the city will pay On Duty Depot $7,869 for police car equipment and Ramco Motorsports $8,699 for the Parks Departments EZ Go utility vehicle. Both expense were approved in prior meetings under budget items and vehicle purchases.
Public Works Director Mercer reported they have been busy with household and brush pick up. Mercer and his crew have started servicing equipment for the coming fall leaf pick up season.
Parks and Recreation Director Mike Beasley reported mowing was still an ongoing weekly job. The fall sports of soccer and flag football are going strong. The department also has been working on fence maintenance.
Water Superintendent Wood stated the sewer rehab project was still going on. He added the rehab should be done in two weeks. Then they can begin repairing the cuts in the streets.
Police Chief Craig Moates stated the Police Department had a total of 1178 calls for the month of September, including 447 security checks, 157 investigations. Moates explained the department had two officers in the academy, one officer on deployment with the National Guard. He added there was still one positions to be filled.
A representative of the Fire Department was not available at the time of the meeting.
The next regular meeting of the Mayor and Council is November 8 at 6 p.m.