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Obion council approves city sticker ordinance

Obion council approves city sticker ordinance
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Obion residents will soon be paying $17.50 for city stickers under a new city ordinance that passed on its second and final reading Monday night.
The city sticker ordinance was one of two ordinances and two resolutions approved Monday night by the Obion City Council.
The new city sticker fee goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012, and the fee will be collected by the county clerk’s office at the Obion County Courthouse. Previously, city residents paid $15 for a city sticker.
Preliminary approval was also granted Monday night to an ordinance establishing new water and sewer rates for Obion residents. The new rate structure maintains the same basic rate of $10.50 for the first 1,500 gallons of water and the same rate for sewer, but the fee for residents inside the city limits increases 35 percent for each additional 1,000 gallons of water and sewer. Outside the city limits, the rate increases by 75 percent for each 1,000 gallons of water used above the basic rate.
Financial matters dominated Monday night’s meeting in Obion. The council approved a pair of resolutions establishing a policy that diverts late utility payments into a payment-in-lieu-of-tax account rather than depositing the late payments into the city’s building fund.
Approval was granted to depositing the remaining amount of the city’s insurance settlement from the old city hall building (about $162,000) into a CD. City officials also decided to look into whether about $9,500 remaining from a state grant might be used to install an air conditioning unit at the city’s Public Safety Building.
In other action Monday night, the council:
• Agreed to repair a culvert on Hurt Avenue and will do some street repair work along Broadway Street. In a related matter, the council agreed to have Natural Gas Piping bury an exposed water line at Davidson Creek and agreed to hire Greg Roberts to repair three fire hydrants in the city at a cost of $800 each.
• Voted to issue a daily ticket to John Gardner until he cleans up his lot on Palestine Avenue.
• Approved a motion to increase the on-call pay for Public Works employees from $40 a week to $75 a week.
Monday night’s meeting lasted just over an hour and a half. Published in The Messenger 10.4.11

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