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Trezevant Adds Alderman; Raises Water Rates

Posted 6/19/19

TREZEVANT — The Trezevant Board of Alderman added a member at the outset of the meeting to replace Pam Bryant who recently resigned. Scarlett Peevyhouse was welcomed to the board after being …

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Trezevant Adds Alderman; Raises Water Rates

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TREZEVANT — The Trezevant Board of Alderman added a member at the outset of the meeting to replace Pam Bryant who recently resigned. Scarlett Peevyhouse was welcomed to the board after being sworn in by City Attorney Charles Trotter. Peevyhouse, a 32-year resident of Trezevant, is married with three children. After Peevyhouse was sworn in, the board approved the first reading of an ordinance to raise the water rates. Under the old billing cycle, people were paying a $20.66 base rate for the first 2,500 gallons of water with a minimum rate per gallon over 2,500 gallons usage. After discussing three different options on how to apply the increases, they chose a base rate of $21.16 which includes the first 1,000 gallons of water and $2.35 per gallon over a thousand gallons. This scenario was chosen primarily to aid senior citizens who mostly live on a fixed income. Financial Officer Jeff Goad advised the board they were going to finish the current fiscal year with a deficit in the water budget largely due to unexpected repair costs. So a bill for a household that manages to stay within the first thousand gallons could expect a bill of approximately $45 dollars which includes water and sewer.

The board also approved the first reading of the town budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year which includes a raise to $18.37 per hour for Trezevant Police Chief Mike Mulligan and a two-percent raise for other city employees. The budget includes no property tax increase.

Aldermen approved a motion to interview several existing applications for a full-time position in the Water Department. Alderman Eddie Granger made the recommendation to hire a full-time employee. Alderman Tim Rogers added that whoever is hired needs to be paid a good wage with benefits and do what needs to be done to keep the employee. They set dates and times to interview the applicants. Mayor Bobby Blaylock asked Granger if he would contact insurance companies and get estimates for a benefits package. He agreed to do so.

No action was taken on a discussion about moving the town’s dumpster so the gated area can be locked and secured. The board opted to do more research and possibly take action during next months meeting.

A discussion about surplus property belonging to the town resulted in no action while research was done to learn how much surplus property the town actually has.

It was learned that board member Teresa Goodrum has sold her house and will be leaving the council in the near future. The board will meet in a called session June 27 to consider the second reading on the water increase ordinance and the second reading of the town budget so it can be enacted prior to the new fiscal year beginning July 1.

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