$n$ In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

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Pomeroy City Council members are Dennis Gillis, James Fuchs, Stephanie Newberg, Paul Miller and Donna Hunt. Mayor is Alan Gould. With all present Tuesday:

  • BUDGET: Conducted a public hearing on the 2011 budget. Following the hearing the council adopted the budget, with expenditures and revenues totaling $2.05 million. Unanimous.

  • UTILITIES: Passed an ordinance increasing the quarterly sewer charge by $7.25 per quarter, from $84.25 to $92.50. Water rates were increased from $89 per quarter to $91.50, an increase of 2.8 percent. The water overage rate is increased by 3.6 percent, to $1.45 per 1,000 gallons used over the basic allotment of 30,000. Unanimous.

  • FEES: Approved increases for pool, golf and cemetery fees ranging from 5.6 percent (18 holes golf) to 270 percent (weekend rate for opening and closing grave for cremains.) The only fee that will remain at the 2010 rate is the daily pool admission ($1.75). A family pass category ($500) was added to the golf fee schedule. Unanimous.

  • BUILDING FEES: Passed resolution to adopting building permit fees, which was discussed at the July 6 council meeting. Unanimous.

  • SIDEWALK GRANT: Learned the city has received a Transportation Improvement Board grant for $180,788 for sidewalk from High Street to Main Street.

  • WATER DISTRICT: Heard a report from Rick Stauty regarding a $375,000 grant he is seeking from the state Department of Ecology for the Zumwalt Water District. The district is also seeking a grant through Rural Development. Neither grant requires monetary contribution from the city, but they need a letter of support from the city.

  • REIMBURSEMENT: Voted to cover 40 percent of a $1,157 bill for plumbing costs. Homeowner Dave Boyer requested the assistance because it was incurred by him in moving a city water meter, and subsequent water damage caused by water draining from the hole into his basement. Unanimous.

  • TENNIS COURT: Learned the tennis court is currently locked because of safety concerns caused by a hole.

  • TREES: Learned downed trees from park and cemetery will be removed this week. The city is looking for someone with equipment large enough to remove a downed tree across the creek on 9th Street.

  • NUISANCE: Learned the grace period for the nuisance ordinance is over, and a list of problem properties will be drawn up. Letters will be sent to property owners.

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