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Washingtonville Council shifts rate split for water, sewer

December 4, 2012
Morning Journal News

WASHINGTONVILLE - Council voted to adjust the water and sewer rates to place more money in the sewer fund, Fiscal Officer Dale Davis said Monday.

Mayor Will Jones emphasized the action does not raise anyone's rates.

Davis said the ordinance will help build up our sewer fund.

"That's all this does," he said, "places money in the sewer fund" by taking some from water fund that is doing well.

Jones said, "We're doing this so we don't have to raise anyone's rates."

Council passed the legislation with a 5-0 vote. Councilwoman Becky Vignon was absent.

In other action, council voted to accept the best quote for a new roof on the wastewater treatment plant building.

Mike Mancuso Construction in Columbiana submitted the winning estimate out of four received.

The quote was the highest at $3,575 but Councilman Jim Smith said it was the only that included a new grip edge.

"Myself, I would go with Mancuso," Smith said, "it's not the cheapest but it's the most complete." He pointed out that two estimates also included gable vents.

Jones said he wanted ice guards.

"I don't want the gutters to come off, " he said.

Councilwoman Laura Trummer wanted to go with the lowest estimate submitted by LZ Contracting LLC at $2,925 while noting it was over $500 less and didn't have ice guards.

Altomare Home Improvement submitted an estimate of $3,350 while Custer Construction put in an estimate $3,550.

The vote was 3-1-1 with Trummer voting against the measure and Councilwoman Theresa Allison declining to vote, saying she didn't know enough about the issue.

State law requires government agency must bid projects over $25,000.

Council also passed an ordinance giving Solicitor Michele Michele McBride Simonelli a contract with a three-percent pay raise. She currently earns $585 a month.

Assistant Police Chief Mark Husk asked council to consider placing Patrolwoman Autumn Dean of Warren on the police reserve roster.

She is the first woman officer on the force in about four years, Husk said.

Both Husk and Jones said Dean would "make a good fit" for the department.

"She's also in the military reserves," Husk said. After the meeting he said, "In this line of work you need a female."

Dean will be on 90 days probation after she is sworn in and Husk said he hopes he can place her into a work shift within two weeks.

In other business, council set 8 p.m. Dec. 17 for its Christmas party at the Washingtonville VFW and invited all village employees, but left the kids out until a picnic can be arranged in 2013.

Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. before the party.

"We'll probably have about 25 people if everyone attends," Jones said, adding that he will supply most of the things. Council agreed to leave a sign-up sheet in the community building for people to list what food they will be bringing.

"I think it would be a good thing to bring everyone together," Jones said.

As an FYI, Jones said that not every garbage truck going through town was picking up garbage. He said it was a state route while pointing out the only time garbage can be picked up is between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

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