WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (1/9/13) - It was another short meeting for the Sebree Council on Monday night. Once again, in the absence of Mayor Ron Todd, Councilman Ozzie O’Nan was appointed Mayor Pro Tem.
“How long has it been since Ronnie (Todd) has been to a meeting?” Councilman Mark Moser asked.
After a brief discussion they decided that the Mayor hadn’t attended a council meeting in five months.
After quickly approving the minutes from December’s meeting, the council moved on to old business. The only item was the second reading of the city’s new water ordinance, which passed unanimously.
According to the ordinance city water bills will be due on the 10th rather than the 20th. If the bill is not paid by the 10th a ten percent penalty will be added to the bill. If it has still not been paid by the 15th the customer’s water will be cut off.
Once someone’s water has been disconnected, they must pay the full bill including late fees and a $25 connection fee to have their water turned back on.
The new policy will go into effect on the first of February.
“There will be a notation on (the next bill) to draw customers attention to the change,” Ozzie O’Nan said.
“Next month I’d like to entertain something for water customers who live outside the city,” said councilman Kenny Wright. “We have 33 people who live outside the city limits. They only pay $2.00 more a month. And some of them are out quite a way.
In other business, Mark Moser said that several residents had asked him about remodeling the city had done at the old Carhartt building.
“We built a new stage and put down a new floor,” Councilman Harold Orrick reported. “We’ve had some pretty good donations. Not saying we’ve had enough to pay for all of it, but we’ve had a lot.”
“What’s the income on that building?” Moser asked.
City Clerk Mary Thomas told the council that from the two customers who rent space in the building they bring in approximately $1,800 a month.
Charles Buchanan, treasurer of the Sebree Food Bank attended the meeting to thank the council and Mayor Todd for allowing them to relocate to the old Carhartt building.
“We had a problem at our old location of people coming in and just taking stuff,” he said. “Not that we don’t want to help people, but we don’t want them just coming in and taking whatever they want.”
The City of Sebree also uses the building for two purposes. Daily it’s used for a senior citizen’s center, and on Friday nights they host what Thomas called “the Carhartt Music and Entertainment Center” starting at 6:30 p.m.
“There’s a lot of good local music,” Harold Orrick said. “And it's a good family atmosphere with no cussing, smoking or drinking. Come out and bring somebody with you.”
J-E News Editor
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