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WM officials question accuracy of utility bills

WM officials question accuracy of utility bills

By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Messenger Associate Editor
Sometimes when the utility bill comes in the mail, it seems like the charge is just too high and the recipient of the bill concludes the meter must have been misread. It doesn’t happen only to residents; it also happens to cities.
While reviewing the Septem-ber financial statements during a rescheduled meeting Monday night, Woodland Mills’ mayor and board of aldermen came to that same conclusion. At the heart of the matter was a natural gas bill for $75. Mayor Wade Carrington said the charge should not be that high because the only gas the city uses is to heat the buildings and it hasn’t been cool enough to turn on the heat. The city uses all electric water heaters.
Another bill listed in the general fund statement the city’s leaders couldn’t figure out was a $551 electric bill. Alderman Waymon Reagan said he knows the meter at one of the pumping stations was misread because it was more than $400 but city recorder Tammy Speed was told not to pay the bill until a corrected copy was sent.
Mrs. Speed was not available at the meeting.
The board decided to go ahead and approve the September financial statement for the general fund, with any changes to be made at next month’s meeting.
The general fund includes total assets of $51,738.48. Other September statements approved include total assets of $579,058.19 in the sewer fund, $6,938.83 in the refuse collection fund and $7,492.57 in the street aid fund.
After the meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Reagan and in prayer led by alderman Mark Hayes, the board:
• Accepted a check from Jeff Decker, who was representing the ball teams. The money will be used in the park fund.
• Learned a new flow meter still has not been installed for the sewer system. Reagan said one million gallons of recorded wastewater was not accounted for through customer usage.
• Gave high praise to Union City employee Bobby Reid, who switched out a water meter at the pavilion.
• Issued a reminder that Fall Cleanup will be held Oct. 29. Carrington said residents will have all weekend to pull items to the curb before 7 a.m. that Monday. A dumpster will also be available for use by Woodland Mills residents.
• Heard from Hayes that the recent Mayor’s Roundtable was very informative and that there has been progress made through this networking of mayors and that all communities are benefiting.
• Learned there had been a complaint of a sewer smell by an overflow pipe near the city limits.
• Briefly discussed information from the Tennessee Municipal League which states the city must appoint a chief financial officer. No one was appointed during the meeting.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 10.16.07

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