Gosport Council Addresses Water Rate Issues And New GPD Radios
The Gosport Town Council convened Wednesday evening, May 9, to conduct their meeting for the month. All three members, as well as town clerk-treasurer Wyatt Holsapple, were present.
The first order of business was the approval of the April 10, 2012 meeting minutes and claims register, which were unanimously approved. The claims register was approved after a clarification was made as to which funds to take the claims out of.
An adjustment for a water leak for Orpha Hartman was tabled pending further investigation into the matter.
In other water department news, the board approved paying Reynolds Corporation the smaller of the two bills received for well repair at a cost of approximately $3,000. Holsapple agreed to call the company regarding a payment arrangement for the second bill, amounting to approximately $13,000.
It was announced that Bynum Fanyo’s services will be terminated with the Town of Gosport as of June 1.
In street department news, the board announced that Crider and Crider would be finishing up paving and street work in the near future.
The board next heard from Gosport Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brian Leonard. The board approved his request to complete the narrow-banding by the deadline of June 12th. The cost is $304 for 19 radios. Six radios will need to be replaced at a cost of $3,054 for a total of $3,358.
Gosport Town Marshal Randall VanArsdale was the next to speak, announcing that the department’s new portable radios had been received. They are going to continue to work for grants through the Owen County Community Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to purchase additional radios. VanArsdale also asked the board to approve the purchase of hat badges for officer’s formal uniform hats at a cost of $165, to be taken from the reserve account.
In the final business of the night, the board heard from citizen, business owner and apartment owner John King regarding the new water billing system. After much discussion, the board approved, by 2-1 vote, to reset King’s billing fee back to a 5/8-inch line at the senior apartments times 10 and at the Smedley apartments times five. King looked into remetering the apartments to a 5/8- inch line, but was told it would not work. King noted that towns such as Spencer bill according to usage, not a minimum, and his tenants do not use anywhere near the minimum. Niebel opposed the vote on principle saying she would not have a problem with it, “if there were 5/8-inch lines there.”
The next meeting of the Gosport Town Council will take place Tuesday, June 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Gosport Town Hall.
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