WM flooding discussed

WM flooding discussed

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:21 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Water has been a problem for many residents across the area and it’s also been a problem for many government entities. Woodland Mills is no different.
The mayor and board of aldermen learned Monday night that recent rains caused some problems at the Woodland Mills Civic Center. Maintenance employee Perry Carr said he found the problem to be water seeping through the side of the building and not a roof leak. He told the board, “I think it will be OK since we don’t get that kind of rain very often.”
The city has also had problems with its sewer system, it was reported.
There apparently has been an increase in the amount of water infiltrating the sewer system. The city has experts coming to inspect the pumping stations to see if there are leaks and to check the equipment to make sure it is working properly.
Carr said he has checked all the manholes and none appear to be leaking. In recent years, the city has performed smoke tests, fixed problem areas and raised manholes to reduce the intake of rainwater into the system.
After the meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by alderman Tom Menees and in prayer by Mayor Wade Carrington, the board:
• Learned the city has been given permission by the state comptroller’s office to invest a general fund CD for a period of 60 months. The CD in question has already been reinvested in a six-month CD while the city awaited a decision by the state. The city will wait until it matures and then invest it for the 60 months.
• Approved the April financial reports including total assets of $7,501.39 in the refuse collection fund, $6,969.74 in the street aid fund, $551,504.88 in the sewer fund and $131,784.05 in the general fund.
• Learned $13 in property tax owed from 2008 has been paid and now all taxes from that year have been collected. The city also collected $13 in taxes for 2009, with $164 still outstanding, and $553 from 2010, with $2,630 still owed.
• Was informed a lot on Highway 5 needs to be mowed.
• Was reminded the budget committee will meet May 26 and the next board meeting is June 13 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
• Was asked by Union City resident Tommy Treece to consider a new garbage pickup company. He said a couple of people had contacted him about picking up his garbage at his home for a cheaper price than he is paying now. Carrington told him to have the people contact the city with a bid but explained that the city is currently under contract with Barker Brothers.

Published in The Messenger 5.10.11

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